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Expungement of Certain Cannabis-related Convictions Act  Madam Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Victoria for bringing this bill forward. I hope that everyone here supports it and we can send it to committee for further study.

December 7th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Expungement of Certain Cannabis-related Convictions Act  Madam Speaker, to answer the member's comment about a pardon versus an expungement, an expungement can be used, and should be used, when there is a historical injustice in how a criminal record was obtained. A pardon can be used for any criminal record, but an expungement is what

December 7th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Small Business  Mr. Speaker, the fall economic update showered big business with tax breaks while doing little for small business. I am proud to represent one of Canada's major wine and spirit producing areas. Small craft distillers are proposing a reduction in excise tax for producers of less

December 5th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the parliamentary secretary for his words of assurance. I appreciate the funding for drinking water. However, my point is that this very important issue is falling through the cracks. I have to say that the Minister of Infrastructure and Comm

December 3rd, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, the south Okanagan Valley is one of the richest agricultural regions in Canada. It grows the best apricots, the best peaches, the best cherries, the best grapes in the country and makes the best wine in the country. However, all those orchards and vineyards would wit

December 3rd, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act  Mr. Speaker, in response to the first part of my colleague's question, it is ironic and perhaps a little sad that we had a process in the Northwest Territories. There were concerns about how fast development was occurring and how we could do it more efficiently and in a more stre

December 3rd, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to remind the member that the bill we are discussing is part of a controversy in the north, because the government did not do proper consultation with northern communities. If Barack Obama had said that the U.S. would be shutting down oil and gas drillin

December 3rd, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act  Mr. Speaker, how can we avoid these situations in the future? I think we can avoid them if we stop trying to cut corners to move projects ahead. People think projects are being frustrated by consultations that are taking a long time, but consultations take time. What we have see

December 3rd, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act  Mr. Speaker, with respect to the carbon tax, the effect of the carbon tax on investments and on the development of these resources is minimal compared with the other headwinds these developments face in terms of the international price for commodities and things like that. In te

December 3rd, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act  Mr. Speaker, I am happy to rise to speak to Bill C-88, an act to amend the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act. I would like to start by saying that the overall position of the NDP on this bill is that northerners know best how to manag

December 3rd, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act  Mr. Speaker, as we have heard lately, the Conservatives spend a lot of time blaming the Liberals and vice versa, but I see the bill as an attempt to fix problems from the Conservative government and those problems the Conservative government brought in were part of a pattern. The

December 3rd, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the parliamentary secretary's comments about the need for consultation and the need for input from first nations and other regional groups in making decisions around natural resource industries in the north. Part of this bill is a reaction to a moratori

December 3rd, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, six months after flooding devastated their community, the people of Grand Forks are still recovering from the impacts of that flood. With winter setting in and the next potential flood only six months away, they are extremely anxious to get a firm commitment of suppo

November 29th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Canada's Oil and Gas Sector  Mr. Speaker, the member called on the government to get the shovels in the ground tonight on the Trans Mountain pipeline project. I do not know what part of the law she does not understand. Right now, the court of appeal has struck down the permissions that the government gave to

November 28th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Canada's Oil and Gas Sector  Mr. Speaker, the member is of course trying to lay all the blame on the Conservatives and the Conservatives are blaming them. His party ran on the promise to redo the process of the Trans Mountain pipeline approval. The NDP ran on the same promise because we knew the Conservative

November 28th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP