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Questions on the Order Paper  Mr. Speaker, on May 22, 2018, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness said in the House of Commons, “I would note that under the Harper government some 60 terrorist travellers returned to Canada. Not one was charged.” Prior to November 4, 2015, no criminal char

June 20th, 2018House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Firearms Act  moved that the bill, as amended, be concurred in at report stage.

June 20th, 2018House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, Canada is a safe country, but over the past five years, indeed gun gang violence has been increasing. We are committed to combatting these trends and making our communities safer through a package of common sense measures. Bill C-71 is one of those. It will enact me

June 19th, 2018House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Natural Resources  Mr. Speaker, Canadians have their full democratic right to express their point of view through protest and dissent. That is enshrined in Canadian law and it is protected by the Canadian Constitution. They must however express their points of view fully within the context of law a

June 19th, 2018House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, our priority in dealing with these situations is to prosecute, to the full extent of the law, as soon as the evidence is available. I would point out that the public record shows that under the previous government terror charges were laid against four individuals in

June 19th, 2018House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, we use a full suite of measures to deal with these situations: surveillance, investigations, interviews, criminal charges, prosecutions wherever the evidence prevails, peace bonds, Criminal Code listings, no-fly listings, and hoisting of passports. There are threat r

June 19th, 2018House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, the comments made by the hon. member seem to be drawn from various media reports. It is always open to members of Parliament to read the press and to draw their own conclusions from what is reported in the media. In order to deal with a case in court, there has to be

June 19th, 2018House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Firearms Act  Madam Speaker, let me repeat that we have worked very hard to try to ensure that this legislation gets ample time in committee and in the House, and I believe that, on balance, we have achieved that. In terms of the substance of his question at the end of whether this will contr

June 19th, 2018House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Firearms Act  Madam Speaker, the purpose of this legislation is to keep Canadians safe; to add, in a measurable way, to public safety; to assist the police in pursuing guns that are involved in a crime or crimes that involve guns; and to make sure that, in the process of doing that, we are tre

June 19th, 2018House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Firearms Act  Madam Speaker, what the member has to take into account in determining whether time allocation is appropriate in any set of circumstances is in fact how much time is being allotted to the consideration of the measure before the House. In this case, at second reading, there were s

June 19th, 2018House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Firearms Act  Madam Speaker, again, let me repeat the record of what the House has gone through with respect to Bill C-71. The bill got six hours of debate at second reading. It was then referred to the standing committee. The standing committee held five full meetings to receive evidence and

June 19th, 2018House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Firearms Act  Madam Speaker, I cannot possibly admit that because it is false. First, on the question of the consultation, that was gone through prior to the legislation, before our platform was put together, during the course of the election, after the election, in the preparation of the leg

June 19th, 2018House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Firearms Act  Madam Speaker, this takes me back to the work of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security which did a very conscientious job in looking at this legislation. Obviously, as members have reflected in the House today, this is a subject that provokes strong emotio

June 19th, 2018House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Firearms Act  Madam Speaker, the commitment that was made in our platform was loud and clear that there would be no federal long-gun registry and there is none. The provision in the legislation that the hon. gentleman is referring to results from a legal and constitutional quagmire that was c

June 19th, 2018House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal

Firearms Act  Madam Speaker, I fundamentally disagree with the premise of the hon. member's question. The issue of it being a registry or not was very thoroughly discussed in the parliamentary committee. I would note the member for Red Deer—Lacombe, a member of the Conservative Party, said in

June 19th, 2018House debate

Ralph GoodaleLiberal