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Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, before I begin, I would like to offer you my congratulations on being elected today. You play a central role in the work that we all do here, and I wish you well. [Member spoke in indigenous languages] [English] It is an honour to rise in this chamber today and t

December 5th, 2019House debate

Patrick WeilerLiberal

Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, over the last four years, we have brought in a new way of assessing industrial projects through the Impact Assessment Act. This is a piece of legislation that went through a long period of consultation and negotiation, and we now have an ability to assess projects in

December 5th, 2019House debate

Patrick WeilerLiberal

Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, this government is committed to working hard on behalf of farmers, supply management, dairy farmers and producers. That is why, when we negotiated the new NAFTA, we included ways of compensating the supply-managed farmers for the increase in people who will be access

December 5th, 2019House debate

Patrick WeilerLiberal

Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, the concerns of all Canadians, especially students, are top of mind for this government. For that reason, in our platform we committed that students not have to pay back their loans until they make $35,000. This will make a very big difference for people. They will n

December 5th, 2019House debate

Patrick WeilerLiberal

Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, housing affordability is a top concern throughout the country, but particularly in the Lower Mainland, and for this reason we have committed to increasing the first-time homebuyers incentive. This will make life more affordable for people buying their first homes. G

December 5th, 2019House debate

Patrick WeilerLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, our communities play a key role in protecting the environment and fighting climate change. I would like to commend the District of Squamish for taking a leadership role in the climate emergency by supporting the national and constitutional price on carbon that our g

December 12th, 2019House debate

Patrick WeilerLiberal

Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752  Mr. Speaker, the downing of Ukrainian Airlines flight 752 was a national tragedy that struck very close to home. Pillars of the North Shore community were lost and families are going through a time of unimaginable grief. In the aftermath of this heartbreaking tragedy, fellow Ca

January 30th, 2020House debate

Patrick WeilerLiberal

Relations with Indigenous Peoples  Mr. Speaker, I will be sharing my time with my hon. colleague for Sydney—Victoria. I will start today by acknowledging that we are standing here on the traditional territory of the Algonquin people. It is also a privilege to serve as a member of Parliament for a riding that incl

February 18th, 2020House debate

Patrick WeilerLiberal

Relations with Indigenous Peoples  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member opposite for raising concerns about the impacts of these continued rail closures. The solution lies in having a meaningful dialogue that will get to the root of the problem. Once we are able to provide a process and move down that process of addre

February 18th, 2020House debate

Patrick WeilerLiberal

Relations with Indigenous Peoples  Mr. Speaker, the Trans Mountain pipeline review process dragged on for many years. The level of indigenous consultation that happened throughout this process is unheard of in this country. The high level of engagement from officials at the most senior levels would be hard to repl

February 18th, 2020House debate

Patrick WeilerLiberal

Relations with Indigenous Peoples  Mr. Speaker, a major focus and really the defining focus for our government is ensuring that we are taking meaningful action to meet our climate commitments. One of the areas the member opposite raised was the contribution of natural gas in this process. One of the major changes

February 18th, 2020House debate

Patrick WeilerLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I will be sharing my time with the member for Mount Royal. I would like to acknowledge that we are gathered here on the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin people. The motion before us today addresses a pressing issue impacting communities across the

February 20th, 2020House debate

Patrick WeilerLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, when we talk about self-determination of indigenous peoples, we need to keep in mind both the hereditary process and the colonial band councils that were put in place. We need to also be careful about who speaks for indigenous nations. There are processes that nee

February 20th, 2020House debate

Patrick WeilerLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, we need to be a little careful about the level of direction the federal government has over the police force. This agency is contracted to the province and we do not direct it on what it should or should not do. One of the measures I have been very encouraged to

February 20th, 2020House debate

Patrick WeilerLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, we can discuss some of the great ideas that all parties have and look forward to working together to put them into practice.

February 20th, 2020House debate

Patrick WeilerLiberal