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International Trade  Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the treaty entitled ‚ÄúProtocol Amending the Free Trade Agreement Between the Government of Canada and the Government of the State of

June 20th, 2018House debate

Pam Goldsmith-JonesLiberal

Extractive Sector Corporate Social Responsibility Counsellor  Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the 2017 annual report to Parliament on the activities of the Office of the Extractive Sector Corporate Social Responsibility Counsellor covering the period from June 2016 to May 2017. The report was prepared by

June 18th, 2018House debate

Pam Goldsmith-JonesLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, the Azer case is certainly a priority. At the moment, we have a Canadian in harm's way, and that is a top priority. Our government places the highest value on providing consular assistance to Canadians in distress abroad. We are deeply concerned and shocked by th

June 11th, 2018House debate

Pam Goldsmith-JonesLiberal

Business of Supply  I believe that each and every member of Parliament cares an awful lot about Canadians in distress abroad. It is egregious and unacceptable to make any of those cases a partisan issue.

June 11th, 2018House debate

Pam Goldsmith-JonesLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, we were one of the first countries to issue a statement. We deeply oppose Iran's support for terrorist organizations, its threats, its ballistic missile program, and its support for the murderous Assad regime. We will always defend human rights. We will always hold

June 11th, 2018House debate

Pam Goldsmith-JonesLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, Canada's approach to Iran has been focused on careful coordination with our allies, the pursuit of Canadian interests, and the promotion of Canadian values. Chief among these is the pursuit of consular cases and the promotion and protection of human rights. The Mi

June 11th, 2018House debate

Pam Goldsmith-JonesLiberal

Export Development Canada  Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the Canada Account Annual Report, 2016-17, prepared by Export Development Canada.

June 8th, 2018House debate

Pam Goldsmith-JonesLiberal

World Oceans Day  Mr. Speaker, today is World Oceans Day. Our $1.5-billion oceans protection plan prioritizes safer, healthier oceans. I would like to commend the Pender Harbour Advisory Council, the District of Sechelt, and the Bowen Island Municipality for their hard work in identifying and remo

June 8th, 2018House debate

Pam Goldsmith-JonesLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, Canada was an active supporter of Taiwan's participation at the 2018 World Health Assembly, held recently, from May 21 to May 26. The Government of Canada called on the World Health Organization to extend an invitation to Taiwan to attend as an observer and was disap

June 8th, 2018House debate

Pam Goldsmith-JonesLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, Canadians and Taiwanese share many ties. We are committed to growing our significant people-to-people and trade relations with Taiwan. Canada is also committed to supporting Taiwan's meaningful participation in international organizations, such as the World Health As

June 8th, 2018House debate

Pam Goldsmith-JonesLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to rise on the serious matter of judicial appointments. Since elected, our government has taken significant steps to ensure that the process for appointing judges is transparent and accountable to Canadians and promotes greater diversity on the benc

June 8th, 2018House debate

Pam Goldsmith-JonesLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, to those who would accuse our government of inaction, let me highlight just a few of the ways we have acted decisively, and on multiple fronts, to ensure that the Canadian justice system is there for Canadians. To date, our government has appointed or elevated 183 ju

June 8th, 2018House debate

Pam Goldsmith-JonesLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, I think my hon. colleague will be very interested to know that in 2017, we appointed 100 judges, more than any government in the past two decades. We created 28 new judicial positions in budget 2017 to respond to demonstrated workload increases on these same superior

June 8th, 2018House debate

Pam Goldsmith-JonesLiberal

Fisheries Act  Mr. Speaker, does the member opposite truly recognize how galvanizing the gutting of the Fisheries Act by the previous government was for British Columbians? HADD was respected. HADD developed security and confidence at the local level and all the way through the system. I would

June 7th, 2018House debate

Pam Goldsmith-JonesLiberal

Natural Resources  Mr. Speaker, Canada has never been stronger, and there has never been a better time to invest in Canada. We have a strong, stable, and predictable business environment that is open to business, investments, and trade. When foreign investors look at Canada, they see an open, dive

June 7th, 2018House debate

Pam Goldsmith-JonesLiberal