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Global Warming  Madam Speaker, the member talked about creating incentives to encourage energy efficiency. He is a Conservative, so he has to believe in pricing those and he is quoting economists, so I am going to quote one too. “The most perilous of all environmental problems, climate change, i

October 15th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Global Warming  Mr. Speaker, the hon. member mentioned the word “leadership”. I think it is really important that we talk about this idea of political leadership. I, five years ago, decided to get involved in politics partly because of the absence of leadership on this particular file. In fair

October 15th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Global Warming  Mr. Speaker, that is exactly the absence of leadership and seriousness that I am talking about. It comes down to this. We politicians are followers more than we are leaders, fundamentally. It requires building leadership and educating citizens so that they hold us to account to s

October 15th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Global Warming  Mr. Speaker, very briefly, scientists around the world are telling us that we are at greater risk as a global community, including in Canada, of forest fires and floods. When my friend talks about climate refugees, I have 4,500 constituents in my riding from Bangladesh, and a g

October 15th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Global Warming  Mr. Speaker, I do not consider myself the conscience of the government simply because I think it is every parliamentarian's job regardless of political party to hold the government to account for failing to live up to promises where the government fails to do so. If I failed to

October 15th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Global Warming  Mr. Speaker, my plea to my Conservative colleague, whom I have great respect for, is to stop the war against carbon pricing and a price on pollution and to follow the evidence. I trust in the member a lot, but in the same way that I have stood in this House and disagreed with my

October 15th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Global Warming  Mr. Speaker, I am glad the member appreciated the quote from President Kennedy, who said, “We choose to go to the moon.” We do not choose to tackle climate change. It is our obligation and we have no choice. If we do not tackle climate change, we will have no clean planet to leav

October 15th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Global Warming  moved: That this House do now adjourn. Madam Speaker, we have a choice, as elected officials, when confronted with a difficult and complicated issue like climate change. We can lead or we can follow. We can take evidence seriously and communicate the need for action to our co

October 15th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Request for Emergency Debate  Mr. Speaker, I am seeking leave for the adjournment of the House, pursuant to Standing Order 52, to request an emergency debate with respect to the IPCC special report on global warming of 1.5°C. This is the first sitting of the House since that report was released. Three exper

October 15th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Multiculturalism  Mr. Speaker, some time ago I hosted a town hall on anti-racism and a number of white supremacists and racists interrupted the event. We have an active level of citizenry in Beaches—East York from STAMP to East Enders Against Racism. It was a jarring reminder of the work we still

October 15th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Reese Fallon  Mr. Speaker, there are words to describe the shooting on the Danforth, but those words cannot adequately convey the deep sense of loss felt by those affected. Reese Fallon was an active member of our Beaches—East York Young Liberals. She came with us to the Halifax policy convent

September 26th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act  moved for leave to introduce a bill entitled Bill C-413, an act to amend the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (compliance with obligations). Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce an act to amend PIPEDA, our privacy laws for the commercial sector. T

June 20th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I find this to be an incredibly difficult aspect of the Trans Mountain expansion approval and now purchase. I have two specific questions. First, if the Federal Court determines that there is adequate consultation or if the Federal Court sets a path for additional

June 4th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Endangered Whales  Madam Speaker, I am proud to support Motion No. 154, introduced by my colleague, the member for New Brunswick Southwest. Her advocacy on such an important topic is certainly to be commended. On a personal note, my family used to travel out east to Nova Scotia every summer to vis

June 4th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Health  Mr. Speaker, Helena Kirk was diagnosed with cancer when she was three. Now 12 years old, and after 841 hours of chemotherapy, she is a cancer survivor who continues to fight. Helena has spearheaded a proposal to improve outcomes for young Canadians with cancer, supported by dozen

May 29th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal