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Proceedings of the House and Committees  Mr. Speaker, I heard the member say that small businesses are working hard to keep their doors open. I also heard the member say, in earlier comments, that businesses in his riding, such as hair salons, are looking for access to the Canada emergency business account that the gove

May 26th, 2020House debate

Rachel BendayanLiberal

Proceedings of the House and Committees  Mr. Speaker, my colleague's question raises perhaps the underlying question of how the members opposite expect us to vote if we are unable to vote virtually. Perhaps my colleague would care to comment on that, and also to comment on what exactly the problem is with the proposal p

May 26th, 2020House debate

Rachel BendayanLiberal

Proceedings of the House and Committees  Mr. Speaker, I would like to clarify that I was responding directly to a comment from the Conservatives to the effect that we are not working if we are not in this place. We are always working. Through the summer and through constituency weeks, we are always working. I would als

May 26th, 2020House debate

Rachel BendayanLiberal

Proceedings of the House and Committees  Mr. Speaker, what the government is proposing is that we continue to sit in limited numbers respecting social distancing and respecting all health and safety guidelines—

May 26th, 2020House debate

Rachel BendayanLiberal

Proceedings of the House and Committees  Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to rise in the House on the subject of the debate before us with respect to how to structure meetings of Parliament going forward in the midst of this pandemic. I am sure I do not need to remind the members of the House of the extraordinary times in

May 26th, 2020House debate

Rachel BendayanLiberal

Small Business  Mr. Speaker, back home in Outremont and across the country, small businesses are facing unprecedented challenges. After closing temporarily, they are now preparing to reopen responsibly and safely. When I speak to business owners, what I hear is tenacity and resilience. They are

May 25th, 2020House debate

Rachel BendayanLiberal

COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I would particularly like to thank my colleague opposite for her remarks and concern about homelessness. That is exactly why the government doubled the amount of funding for the reaching home initiative. It is also why we have announced additional funding for women's

April 11th, 2020House debate

Rachel BendayanLiberal

COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I would like to begin by thanking all the health care workers at the CHU Sainte-Justine, the Jewish General Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital in my riding. I thank them for their incredible work. I also want to thank all my constituents. There are many people back h

April 11th, 2020House debate

Rachel BendayanLiberal

Women's Entrepreneurship Strategy  Mr. Speaker, as parliamentary secretary, I meet so many women in business, whether in Montreal or across the country. I want to share with the House what we are doing to help women entrepreneurs. Our government launched the very first women's entrepreneurship strategy, and we hav

March 12th, 2020House debate

Rachel BendayanLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member opposite for her advocacy. As the member may know, the minister did meet very recently with leaders of the wine industry. We did that because we very much believe that this industry brings to Canada an incredible contribution to our r

March 9th, 2020House debate

Rachel BendayanLiberal

The Environment  Madam Speaker, I was first elected as the member for Outremont one year ago this week. It is a tremendous honour to be here in the House to speak on behalf of the 100,000 residents of my riding. Protecting the environment is the number one concern for residents of Outremont and

February 28th, 2020House debate

Rachel BendayanLiberal

Multicultural Community Radio Station  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate one of the wonderful institutions in my riding of Outremont, Radio Centre-Ville. Radio Centre-Ville celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. Radio Centre-Ville is a multicultural radio station that encourages an exchange of ideas and g

February 25th, 2020House debate

Rachel BendayanLiberal

International Trade  Madam Speaker, Canada is committed to adopting responsible business conduct here and around the world. Canadian businesses are recognized as world leaders and known for their positive contributions to the communities in which they operate. Responsible business conduct is not the

February 19th, 2020House debate

Rachel BendayanLiberal

International Trade  Madam Speaker, our government is committed to demonstrating leadership around the world on responsible business conduct. We are taking action. We are engaging with companies early to prevent problems from arising, while also providing access to remedies when issues do occur. Pa

February 19th, 2020House debate

Rachel BendayanLiberal

International Trade  Madam Speaker, I can assure the House that our government recognizes the enormous value of the wine industry and its contribution to Canada's reputation as a world-class agricultural producer. We will continue to stand up for Canadian workers and the industry. We have explored w

February 7th, 2020House debate

Rachel BendayanLiberal