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Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member for Northwest Territories for his work. The overrepresentation of indigenous people in our criminal justice system is an intolerable situation, and we are working very hard to address it. Yesterday, I was pleased to announce an investment

October 17th, 2017House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, CBSA makes decisions with respect to the distribution of its business services across the country according to a business plan that reflects the activity in the areas where the offices are located. If there is a need for consultation and engagement, I would be happy

October 6th, 2017House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, in fact, the details of Bill C-59 have been examined by the most eminent experts in the field. Every single one of them has said that this represents a major step forward in terms of transparency, scrutiny, and accountability, including real-time oversight and the cr

October 6th, 2017House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Marijuana  Mr. Speaker, in fact there have been extensive consultations under way over the last number of months with respect to reforming pardons. That work is well advanced. Very shortly, the results of those consultations will be published so that all Canadians can see what was said. Tho

October 3rd, 2017House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Miscellaneous Statute Law Amendment Act  Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, I would like to table, in both official languages, a charter statement on Bill C-60, an act to correct certain anomalies, inconsistencies and errors and to deal with other matters of a non-controver

October 3rd, 2017House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, it is because under our law a criminal investigation and a terrorist investigation are under way. I am sure that no member of Parliament would want to do anything advertently or inadvertently to interfere with that investigation. The RCMP, as do all police forces in

October 2nd, 2017House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, again I would remind the hon. member that because of the nature of the investigation presently under way, questions of that nature cannot be answered in detail at this time. The police will pursue the evidence wherever it leads, and they will lay charges as appropria

October 2nd, 2017House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, as of today, criminal charges have been laid in this matter. Those charges pre-empt all other proceedings. Those charges, depending on how they are dealt with in the final analysis by the courts, will determine the future prosecution of this case.

October 2nd, 2017House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, as the hon. member will know, I cannot go into detail because it is an ongoing police investigation and, in fact, charges have been laid. The individual, of course, has been identified by police now. He is a 30-year-old who entered Canada not recently, but back in 20

October 2nd, 2017House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, we are all appalled by the terror attack in Edmonton over the weekend. All Canadians totally condemn such horrible violence. Our thoughts and prayers are indeed with the five victims who were injured. Three have already been released from hospital; two are still in c

October 2nd, 2017House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, the issue in the Khadr case was precisely and specifically whether the behaviour of Canadian government officials had violated the rights of a Canadian citizen while that individual was in jail. On at least two previous occasions, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled wi

September 26th, 2017House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Royal Canadian Mounted Police  Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased that the RCMP has signed an agreement with the Manitoba Metis Federation and the Métis National Council that will see the Riel artifacts returned to the Métis people. According to the agreement, the items will remain on display at the RCMP heritage

September 26th, 2017House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, Canadians can be absolutely assured that in dealing with extraordinary circumstances at the border, all Canadian laws are enforced and all Canadian international obligations are respected. That has in fact been the case throughout the past seven or eight months of ac

September 26th, 2017House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, sadly, this was a case of the rights of a Canadian in jail being violated by Canadian government officials. A settlement in this case was court supervised and based upon the hard facts, the law, the constitution, and two unequivocal rulings by the Supreme Court of Ca

September 25th, 2017House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Marijuana  Mr. Speaker, this is an issue that has been debated extensively over the course of the last two years. The government benefited from a very professional panel review, headed by former minister Anne McLellan. Our legislation before the House largely reflects the recommendations of

September 21st, 2017House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal