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Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his work on behalf of LGBTQ2 Canadians. I would like to ask him about the process. As he knows, an applicant will identify someone who has been given a criminal record that is historically unjust. They may be members of the public servic

December 13th, 2017House debate

Randy BoissonnaultLiberal

Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my hon. colleague for her heart and her commitment. It is truly an honour, as a fellow Albertan, to stand in this place and hear those words. I would like to share for my hon. colleague a comment that I shared with my caucus colleagues a while back

December 13th, 2017House debate

Randy BoissonnaultLiberal

Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member across the way for his leadership on LGBTQ2 issues and the work that he has done in his caucus to get us to this stage. What is important to understand is that at this stage the bill is speaking to offences related to buggery, anal intercours

December 13th, 2017House debate

Randy BoissonnaultLiberal

Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the hon. member's work in this area and her commitment to human rights. She will understand well that the 2005 Supreme Court decision on Labaye took a lot of the teeth that were in the legislation pertaining to bawdy house laws out of the legislation. Wh

December 13th, 2017House debate

Randy BoissonnaultLiberal

Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member across the way for her support and the work she has done in her caucus and on matters related to the LGBTQ2 community. It is a good question. It is a question we will look into. The provisions in the legislation right now are that family members c

December 13th, 2017House debate

Randy BoissonnaultLiberal

Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act  Mr. Speaker, it is an honour for me to rise on this particular bill. Today Canadians who were unjustly convicted because of who they love are one step closer to clearing their names and moving on with their lives. They were victims of past federal policies and practices that un

December 13th, 2017House debate

Randy BoissonnaultLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, no one should be paid less due to gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. While we have legal equality in Canada, we still have not reached economic equality. I firmly believe in the principle of equal pay for equal work. I am proud to rise

December 13th, 2017House debate

Randy BoissonnaultLiberal

Senate 150 Medal  Mr. Speaker, I rise in the House today to recognize an outstanding elder and community leader from Enoch First Nation in Alberta. Irene Morin has advocated tirelessly for important community causes for the past 56 years. Despite her official retirement in 2016, Irene still shar

November 30th, 2017House debate

Randy BoissonnaultLiberal

LGBTQ2 Canadians  Mr. Speaker, yesterday was a historic day for equality and human rights as all parties joined together to apologize for Canada's history of discrimination against the LGBTQ2 community. To those who were criminalized for loving someone or simply being themselves, for those who wer

November 29th, 2017House debate

Randy BoissonnaultLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I have heard Edmontonians on the doorsteps ask me to get this done, because they see that the current legislative framework against cannabis makes it a gateway drug into the use of harder substances. They simply do not want to have a criminal record for having access

November 21st, 2017House debate

Randy BoissonnaultLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank my hon. colleague for his question. Obviously, we live in a democracy that has political parties. Our government takes the health and well-being of Canadians very seriously. This is something we in the Liberal Party have been talking about for years. Member

November 21st, 2017House debate

Randy BoissonnaultLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, it is clear we have work to do with the provinces and cities to make sure we get this right. It has been clear in our conversations with the provinces and cities that we want to do this in a timely manner to protect the lives of Canadians. Our job as a federal govern

November 21st, 2017House debate

Randy BoissonnaultLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to continue my remarks on Bill C-45. As I shift into my discussion and the details of the legislation, I would like to take a moment to pay tribute to the former deputy prime minister of Canada and former member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, the

November 21st, 2017House debate

Randy BoissonnaultLiberal

Report Stage  Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to rise to speak in the House today in support of Bill C-45, an act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other acts. In my remarks today I would like to focus on why a new approach to cannabis i

November 21st, 2017House debate

Randy BoissonnaultLiberal

Economic Development  Mr. Speaker, last Thursday, Albertans received the news that Amazon was making a major investment in Calgary's economy, committing to opening its seventh facility in Canada. This is great news for Alberta, proof positive that investing in Alberta's talented and skilled workforce

October 30th, 2017House debate

Randy BoissonnaultLiberal