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Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, my colleague suggested this budget would hurt the most vulnerable Canadians. I would note that over the last two years, the Library of Parliament estimates we have lifted 700,000 people out of poverty, which perhaps corrects the record when my colleague suggests our

April 17th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

An Act in Relation to Firearms  Mr. Speaker, I see this as a set of modest improvements. The member noted in particular the question of background checks. He said that this sounds like a good idea in principle but he has a lot of questions about it. We are at second reading, and committee is the perfect time to

March 28th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

The Budget  Madam Speaker, I certainly would not agree with the latter comment by my colleague, but I will certainly use his first comment in relation to my analysis in one of my householders. To answer my colleague more seriously, I am also concerned about a lack of detail, and I would enc

March 21st, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

The Budget  Madam Speaker, I have concerns with any pipeline approval that obviously increases substantively the potential for emissions where we do not have an overarching plan to take into account those emissions and meet our climate targets. Cancelling pipelines can be very costly to ou

March 21st, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

The Budget  Madam Speaker, not only do I disagree with the member, but carbon pricing, as I have said, is the most effective policy. That is not just me saying that. Virtually every intelligent economist in Canada and around the world says that. Whether it is cap and trade or carbon pricing

March 21st, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

The Budget  As I was saying, Madam Speaker, while Conservative opposition MPs occasionally act as if they do not believe in taxation at all, under both Liberal and Conservative governments there have been major transfers to provinces, including for infrastructure; major transfers to persons,

March 21st, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

The Budget  Madam Speaker, I rise today to support budget 2018. I will be splitting my time with the member for Saanich—Gulf Islands. Budget 2018 includes important investments in science and investigator-led research, a number of measures to advance gender equality from pay equity to impro

March 21st, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Opioids  Mr. Speaker, a constituent of mine recently lost her nephew to a fentanyl overdose. It is not the first loss our country or my community has faced because of the opioid crisis. If we do not keep working to change historic and failed drug policies, it will not be the last. In 201

March 1st, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, hundreds of petitioners note that Canada has been a leader in the fight for human rights since the Act Against Slavery in Upper Canada, in 1793, and note also that we are in the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent. They call upon the gov

February 28th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, almost 1,600 Canadians and petitioners call on the minister to acknowledge the clear promise and potential of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies as interventions for treatment-resistant PTSD, major depressive disorders, end-of-life anxiety, and substance addiction.

February 26th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, it cannot be denied that new pipelines will increase upstream emissions. Our government, in approving this pipeline, has at the same time indicated it is very important that we tackle environmental climate change through a price on carbon. I know the member is oppose

February 12th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Madam Speaker, we have some of the strongest political financing rules in the world. We can look at the ban on corporate and union donations, the cap of around $1,500 in personal donations, and, most important, the limits on what politicians can spend. I mentioned this in the H

February 7th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, the third petition was signed by more than 3,000 Canadians. The petitioners call on the Government of Canada to require public canteens under federal jurisdiction to provide a strict vegetarian or vegan option and to raise this issue and work with all provincial an

February 7th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, the fourth petition is signed by more than 7,000 Canadians. The petitioners are calling on the government to require slaughterhouses and other industrial agribusinesses that raise, transport, or slaughter large numbers of animals to install video surveillance equipm

February 7th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I have four petitions to present today that are all related to improving the humane treatment of animals in Canada. The first two petitions are signed by over 40,000 Canadians calling on our government to improve the Criminal Code's animal cruelty section. Ninety-tw

February 7th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal