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Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, the member talks about safer communities and our desire for them. I wonder if she has looked at a relatively recent Stats Canada study that says the following: “The higher the proportion of recent immigrants in a neighbourhood, the lower the rates of drug offences, a

December 4th, 2017House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, yesterday was miracle day in the Ferguson and Lashbrook household. Three years ago, Doug Ferguson, a constituent in London North Centre, was able to live because he received a liver transplant. He can now enjoy life with Laurie, his wife, Sarah, Erika, and Duncan.

December 1st, 2017House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

Employment  Mr. Speaker, we need to make sure that Canadians have the skill and experience needed to work in today's economy. There are many well educated students graduating, but the common concern I hear from those in London North Centre is that they are unable to get their feet into the w

November 28th, 2017House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

Access to Information Act  Madam Speaker, it is difficult to listen to the hon. member. It is as if the previous government did not even exist. I am looking at a headline from 2014, published by Global News, entitled “Harper government gets failing grade in freedom-of-information audit”. When the member ma

November 27th, 2017House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

Western Mustangs  Mr. Speaker, it is my honour, as a proud Western University alumni and former faculty member, to stand and congratulate the Western Mustangs football team on winning the 53rd Vanier Cup. Western handily defeated Laval Rouge et Or, the number one team in Canada coming into the n

November 27th, 2017House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

MPP for London North Centre  Mr. Speaker, it is a well-established fact that we must ensure that more women become involved in politics and are appointed to positions of influence. This government is committed to ensuring that there are no longer decisions being made without the voices of women at the table

October 30th, 2017House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I heard in the summary that my colleague is more concerned about the progress of the bill in terms of “getting it right”, as he put it. I wonder if he could comment, because from that I take that he in fact is in favour of the legalization of cannabis, and if so is i

October 24th, 2017House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

Attack in Edmonton  Mr. Speaker, all Canadians stand with the city of Edmonton in the wake of the terrorist attack committed on Saturday. Everyone across the country, and certainly everyone in this House, is thinking of the injured and of their loved ones. We hope for their full and speedy recovery.

October 2nd, 2017House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Act  Mr. Speaker, I will read something, “Climate change is a fact. It is a threat. It is man-made. We have to do something about it, and that something includes putting a price on carbon.” I agree with this sentiment. We just heard it. I agree with the sentiment, but the quote is not

June 19th, 2017House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

Main Estimates, 2017-18  Mr. Speaker, we saw in the past election campaign ideas put forward by various parties on what to do with the Senate. The NDP wanted to abolish the Senate, which would have pushed us as a country into constitutional negotiations for the better part of a decade. In the difficult e

June 14th, 2017House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

Venezuela  Mr. Speaker, it is wonderful to see general solidarity in this House today for the people of Venezuela who continue to suffer under a brutal regime, and it is indeed a pleasure to speak to this very important motion. Canada has a strong voice within institutions of the inter-Ame

June 1st, 2017House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

Business of Supply  Let me switch focus , Mr. Chair. Yesterday, the family of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, was in Ottawa to speak to members of Parliament about the ongoing crisis in Venezuela. Lilian Tintori and Antonieta Mendoza de Lopez came to Ottawa to speak to us about their ex

May 17th, 2017House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, I will remind my colleagues on a playoff night that in a year from now, the Toronto Maple Leafs will be playing in the semifinals, so if the opposition wanted to convene a committee of the whole, perhaps we could all watch the Leafs playing at least in the semifinals.

May 17th, 2017House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

Post-Secondary Education  Mr. Speaker, as a former academic, I can attest to the importance of organizations that advocate for the advancement of post-secondary education, promote innovative research, and ensure student success. I am pleased to highlight the Council of Ontario Universities, and welcome it

May 17th, 2017House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I appreciate the question; however, this government will not take lessons from the Conservative Party on how to generate economic growth in this country. It was under Mr. Harper that Canada experienced its most anemic economic growth rates since the Great Depressio

May 11th, 2017House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal