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Salaries Act  Madam Speaker, that is why it is precisely so important to ensure we have women at the table who are fighting for the equality of women across this country, not just through the position of Minister of Status of Women, but through the positions of all the portfolios that women ho

December 7th, 2017House debate

Patty HajduLiberal

Salaries Act  Madam Speaker, I am happy to talk about cabinet pay and cabinet size. In 2015, under the Harper Conservatives, the prime minister had a cabinet of 40 people. It was tied with only one other prime minister. Prime Minister Brian Mulroney holds the honour of being tied with Prime Mi

December 7th, 2017House debate

Patty HajduLiberal

Salaries Act  Madam Speaker, that is an excellent question, and we share the member's concern about the gender wage gap, which currently sits at 28ยข. I point again to my colleague across the floor, who clearly has no concern about the gender wage gap, given the fact that the Minister of Status

December 7th, 2017House debate

Patty HajduLiberal

Salaries Act  Madam Speaker, I rise to speak to Bill C-24, an act to amend the Salaries Act and to make a consequential amendment to the Financial Administration Act. As the former minister of Status of Women, I know that this legislation is critical and is fundamentally about equality. Earli

December 7th, 2017House debate

Patty HajduLiberal

Employment  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague from Malpeque for his question and his tireless work on behalf of Canadians. We ran on a platform to invest in Canadians, to create jobs, and to support a thriving middle class. Canada has created more than 600,000 jobs since Octobe

December 5th, 2017House debate

Patty HajduLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, Canadians appreciate that moving forward on a trade agreement is no small feat and that the process takes time. We also know it is important to get it right and to show progress in discussions. With China, as with all our trading partners, we are committed to pursu

December 5th, 2017House debate

Patty HajduLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, trade is vital to a growing economy. It is important that we have markets to sell our products to. That actually strengthens employers. It actually strengthens the opportunity for people to have a healthy middle-class living and move strongly into the middle class.

December 5th, 2017House debate

Patty HajduLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, trade is vital to the Canadian economy. It opens up markets. It allows our hard-working businesses to create good paying middle-class jobs. Canada is going to continue to embrace open and rule-based trade, while working to ensure that gains from trade are broadly s

December 5th, 2017House debate

Patty HajduLiberal

Employment  Mr. Speaker, it is a great day for jobs and employment in Canada. Canadians have created over 600,000 jobs since we have taken office, almost 80,000 this month alone. However, the gender wage gap, as my colleague notes, remains high, which is why we are showing leadership to ad

December 1st, 2017House debate

Patty HajduLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Sault Ste. Marie for his question. I was pleased to visit his community recently, along with Sudbury, Mishkeegogamang, Nibinamik, and Whitefish Lake First Nation. We know that to grow the middle class, indigenous people must have

November 27th, 2017House debate

Patty HajduLiberal

Post-Secondary Education  Mr. Speaker, this year, the one millionth child received the Canada learning bond, meaning one million Canadian families have had a head start for their child's education. Making post-secondary education more affordable for Canadians is critical to helping them find a good job i

November 23rd, 2017House debate

Patty HajduLiberal

Employment Insurance  Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to ensuring that Canadians get support when they need it. The series of changes that we have put into place to improve the EI program are benefiting Canadians across the country. More flexibility, more fairness, and a better service are wh

November 23rd, 2017House debate

Patty HajduLiberal

Employment  Mr. Speaker, we know that harassment and sexual violence are simply unacceptable. This week our government took the very first step toward making our workplaces and federally regulated industries and Parliament Hill free from harassment and sexual violence. No government, howev

November 8th, 2017House debate

Patty HajduLiberal

Canada Labour Code  moved for leave to introduce Bill C-65, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (harassment and violence), the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act and the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1. (Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

November 7th, 2017House debate

Patty HajduLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, my hon. colleague raises an important part of my mandate. Of course, it is on the mind of the Prime Minister that we need to make sure that those who are most vulnerable, often those who are young or working at low wages, have the best possible scenario in their work

November 6th, 2017House debate

Patty HajduLiberal