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Sport  Mr. Speaker, there is nothing quite like the Olympics. There is no denying that it brings the country together, unifying it around the power of sport. I remember the 1996 Olympic Games like they were yesterday. Now, we have seen that Calgary and the Province of Alberta are puttin

November 6th, 2018House debate

Peter FonsecaLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I could feel in the words of the member the passion for our animals and their protection. The bill provides the right balance between protecting our animals, keeping them away from animal cruelty, and marrying that with the work that farmers and others need to do. It

October 29th, 2018House debate

Peter FonsecaLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, through a great deal of consultation, reaching out to stakeholders and understanding what needed to be fixed, the bill closes the gap. The minister has committed to continuing that work and the conversation as we modernize the Criminal Code. This continues. If pass

October 29th, 2018House debate

Peter FonsecaLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I will be sharing my time with the member for Davenport. What this bill brings forward is a balance: more protections for animals against animal cruelty, and also an understanding of the important work that farmers need to do. We are going to talk a lot about the l

October 29th, 2018House debate

Peter FonsecaLiberal

Dixie Presbyterian Church  Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize Dixie Presbyterian Church, the oldest church in Peel Region. On June 3, I attended the congregation's worship under the leadership of the minister, Rev. Karen Pozios, in celebration of its 140th anniversary. The ch

October 25th, 2018House debate

Peter FonsecaLiberal

Multilateral Instrument in Respect of Tax Conventions Act  Mr. Speaker, after listening to the member across the way, I have to think he is living in a different time and in a different place. He should be well aware of the facts, those being 600,000 new jobs created and the lowest unemployment rate in the last 40 years at 5.9%. We hea

October 15th, 2018House debate

Peter FonsecaLiberal

Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities  Madam Speaker, yes, I have heard about many other sectors that are also experiencing some labour challenges. With this private member's motion, I wanted to ensure there was a focus, a containment, a deep study and understanding of what would be the best way forward in addressing

October 3rd, 2018House debate

Peter FonsecaLiberal

Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities  First, Madam Speaker, I do not sit on the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development or the Status of Persons with Disabilities or the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. This was through the consultation that I had with many in the labour

October 3rd, 2018House debate

Peter FonsecaLiberal

Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities  Madam Speaker, the member is quite right. In my speech, I talked about a way to fill the gap through a permanent solution. What is not working today is bringing in temporary foreign workers who only stay for a short time. That is a band-aid. The industry is looking for a way to

October 3rd, 2018House debate

Peter FonsecaLiberal

Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities  moved: That the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities be instructed to undertake a study on the labour shortages of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, to consider, among other things, (i) the challen

October 3rd, 2018House debate

Peter FonsecaLiberal

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Implementation Act  Mr. Speaker, my colleague's question pertains to my riding of Mississauga East—Cooksville and the many great businesses that do a great deal of trade right around the world. As we have heard, we punch way above our weight when it comes to trade in Canada. We have companies like M

September 18th, 2018House debate

Peter FonsecaLiberal

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Implementation Act  Mr. Speaker, as I said, through our consultations from coast to coast to coast, we heard from many sectors. Yes, there are some sectors that had very serious concerns about ISDS. However, there were also other sectors, like financial services, the minerals industry and mining, wh

September 18th, 2018House debate

Peter FonsecaLiberal

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Implementation Act  Mr. Speaker, we are so proud of our agriculture and agri-food industries and sectors. Our party is the party of supply management. It is something we have always defended and will always continue to defend. At the international trade committee, through our consultations from co

September 18th, 2018House debate

Peter FonsecaLiberal

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Implementation Act  Mr. Speaker, it is great to be back, to be able to speak on Bill C-79 and, in particular, to be able to speak to trade. I believe trade is part of Canada's DNA, from our beginnings with the fur trade to today, where we are a leader globally when it comes to mining, minerals and

September 18th, 2018House debate

Peter FonsecaLiberal

Portugal Heritage Month  Mr. Speaker, in June we celebrate Portugal Heritage Month and the great contributions made by Canadians of Portuguese descent. The Luso community in Canada numbers over half a million members, and we thank them for their contributions in shaping communities from coast to coast to

June 4th, 2018House debate

Peter FonsecaLiberal