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National Defence  Mr. Speaker, nearly two years ago, the defence committee recommended that service records of those kicked out of the military for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender be revised to honourable discharges, and nothing happened. Nearly a year ago, the Liberal government issu

October 5th, 2018House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

National Defence  Mr. Speaker, on average, more than one member of the Canadian Forces dies by suicide each month. Unfortunately, serving members often struggle to get the help they need, with one barrier being that self-harm is still a disciplinary offence under the military code of conduct. This

October 5th, 2018House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Natural Resources  Mr. Speaker, people in Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke are astounded that the government intends to ram through the Trans Mountain pipeline at all costs, a pipeline that Kinder Morgan shareholders did not even want and that Vancouver Islanders certainly do not want. Thousands in my commu

October 5th, 2018House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Sikh Heritage Month Act  Mr Speaker, I am very pleased to rise today to support Bill C-376 at second reading. This is the bill that would designate the month of April as Sikh heritage month. New Democrats have long been supporters of multiculturalism and celebrating the diverse backgrounds that make up

October 4th, 2018House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

National Defence Act  Mr. Speaker, what we have here are important reforms that would restrict the use of summary trials and require better investigation and better production of evidence to be used in the more formal proceedings that are likely to occur. There are good things in Bill C-77. These me

October 1st, 2018House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

National Defence Act  Mr. Speaker, I have enjoyed working with the member on the defence committee. I am not sure I understand her particular question. Within the military, as such a close community, until there is some resolution of sexual assault or harassment kinds of cases, there may be good reaso

October 1st, 2018House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

National Defence Act  Mr. Speaker, in the military context, minor breaches of discipline are still breaches of discipline. That is one of the instances where the military context differs from the civilian context. We have to make sure that the system is fair in dealing with those. We have to ensure th

October 1st, 2018House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

National Defence Act  Mr. Speaker, I cited the case of Corporal Langridge, but there are 130 cases since 2010 that are equally tragic and equally important. How can we best do this? I am expecting there have been discussions among the parties that this debate may finish today and therefore will have

October 1st, 2018House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

National Defence Act  Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to work with the member for Selkirk—Interlake—Eastman as the Conservative spokesperson on the defence committee. While we do not always agree, we certainly both have the best interests of the serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces and of Canada

October 1st, 2018House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

National Defence Act  Mr. Speaker, I am not sure what changes the hon. member is referring to, because I have been in the House since 2011 demanding that we move expeditiously in making changes to the military justice system. My position has never changed. This should have been done by the Conservativ

October 1st, 2018House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

National Defence Act  Mr. Speaker, today I rise to speak to Bill C-77, very important, though tardy and still incomplete, legislation. The last time there were major reforms in our military justice system was 1998, in what was then Bill C-25. At that time, Bill C-25 specified there would be a five-yea

October 1st, 2018House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

National Defence Act  Mr. Speaker, as much as I enjoy the debate between the Liberals and Conservatives as to who has been the most tardy in dealing with public issues, I want to return to something much more substantive, and that is the question I raised with the minister of defence earlier. We sti

October 1st, 2018House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

National Defence Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank the minister for his answer to my previous question about having a larger discussion about the removal of self-harm from the military code of conduct. In his speech, he mentioned the apology to members of the Canadian services who were kicked out of the mil

October 1st, 2018House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

National Defence Act  Mr. Speaker, I certainly welcome the minister's remarks about putting people first in the Canadian military. I want to ask a very specific question at this point. We are reforming the military justice system. Section 98(c) makes self-harm a disciplinary offence in the military c

October 1st, 2018House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Accessible Canada Act  Mr. Speaker, during the last three years, I have had the pleasure of sitting behind Peter Van Loan in this borderline between New Democrats and Conservatives. I can safely say that on most policy issues, there are probably no two people in the House who agree less than Peter and

September 24th, 2018House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP