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Salaries Act  Madam Speaker, I want to ask the minister if she could comment on the fact that this is a bill that we have been debating forever in this House, it seems. I think we have debated it more than we have debated the budget, yet it is a bill about nothing. It is a bill that accomplish

December 12th, 2017House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I wonder if the member could perhaps expand on what the government is doing, what steps it is proposing to help people with mental illness stay out of the criminal system, and what steps it might to taking to help them move back into society, providing them with the

December 8th, 2017House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Softwood Lumber  Mr. Speaker, yesterday, the U.S. International Trade Commission once again targeted the Canadian forest industry, a decision that the B.C. Lumber Trade Council has called “completely without merit”. The U.S. lumber industry is enjoying record profits and Canadian imports are at a

December 8th, 2017House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act  Mr. Speaker, I am very happy to hear that my colleague is supporting this bill. As she and everyone else here knows, the NDP has been fighting for this cause for many years. We are happy that this bill has come forward at last, and we will obviously be supporting it. We are also

December 8th, 2017House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I wonder if the member would comment on what the budget does in terms of helping those trying to join the middle class and those in the middle class, who the government is always talking about, when the income tax provisions proposed in the budget do not give any bre

November 28th, 2017House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Department of Public Works and Government Services Act  Mr. Speaker, I have talked to both representatives of firefighters and fire chiefs. As I mentioned, those concerns are out there. This is a new technology. One of their main asks is that they be at the table when we develop a new national building code. They want to be there to m

November 27th, 2017House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Department of Public Works and Government Services Act  Mr. Speaker, that is correct. If we look at the CLT panels being constructed in the Structurlam plant in Penticton, for instance, we will see a lot of blue-stained lodgepole pine being used, because it is perfectly sound in terms of the engineering, especially when put into these

November 27th, 2017House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Department of Public Works and Government Services Act  moved that Bill C-354, An Act to amend the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act (use of wood), be read the second time and referred to a committee. Mr. Speaker, I am proud to rise today to begin debate on my private member's bill, Bill C-354, An Act to amend t

November 27th, 2017House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, the Liberals across the way talk about going by the rules, hiding behind the Ethics Commissioner. I used to sit on the Environmental Appeal Board in British Columbia and the Forest Appeals Commission. When I took on those roles, I was sent off to a kind of judgin

November 23rd, 2017House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present two petitions from constituents in my riding of South Okanagan—West Kootenay, both relating to nuclear weapons. The first points out that 60 years after nuclear bombs devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki, people around the world still very much d

November 23rd, 2017House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

British Home Child Day  Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to rise today to speak to Motion No. 133. I thank the member for Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry for bringing it forward. I will be supporting the motion. The motion asks the government to recognize the contributions of over 100,000 British home chi

November 22nd, 2017House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

British Home Child Day  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry for bringing this motion forward. I just want to ask the member what he thought of the unanimous consent motion here a few months ago, when the House of Commons apologized to the British home childr

November 22nd, 2017House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, what are the member's thoughts on pardons? We are going to legalize marijuana. We are going to create a situation where people across the country will be able to smoke marijuana legally. Parents of young Canadians in their twenties might have a criminal record becaus

November 21st, 2017House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I do not want to make up NDP policy on the fly in the House. I think the member and all his colleagues would agree that the reason we are legalizing marijuana is so we can regulate it, tax it, educate people about it, and keep it out of the hands of kids, where it is

November 21st, 2017House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, that is an excellent question. It is precisely my concern with roadside testing for marijuana, which we heard all about in Bill C-46. The justice committee heard testimony from expert witnesses who said, as the member said, that the level of THC in the blood being me

November 21st, 2017House debate

Richard CanningsNDP