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Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I see a minister get up in the House every time and say that this pipeline will be built, and then the next minister says that the economy and the environment go hand in hand. If that is true, then I would love to see a minister get up in the House and say that we wi

June 12th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, first, we have to realize that this pipeline is an expansion project. It is a project that is designed to enable the expansion of Alberta oil production. Alberta oil production can go along at the present rate, more or less, now and into the future, with the pipeline

June 12th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I am happy to speak to the NDP motion today on what it means to be a global climate change leader and what it means to build a clean energy economy. The three points the motion puts forward to answer this question are investing in clean, renewable energy sources; put

June 12th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague from the natural resources committee for his speech. I was very happy to hear him speak so enthusiastically about the clean-tech industry we have here in Canada that we need to nurture. I just wanted to set the record straight abou

June 12th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Fisheries Act  Madam Speaker, the member mentioned a number of issues. One was the removal of the habitat provisions of the old Fisheries Act. There was the de-staffing. That was something we certainly felt in the interior of B.C. DFO literally vanished from the Okanagan and Kootenays. That sta

June 11th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Fisheries Act  Mr. Speaker, I have not talked to the provincial agencies about the question of introducing the sockeye salmon back to Okanagan Lake. It is the final step in the local plan to bring back salmon to the Okanagan Valley. I know they have introduced salmon fry to Okanagan Lake, and t

June 11th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Fisheries Act  Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to speak tonight to Bill C-68, the new Fisheries Act. Although I grew up, and still live, far from the coast, my family has deep history in coastal fisheries. My mother's family, the Munns, once controlled the cod fishery of Labrador. My great uncle W

June 11th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Fisheries Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the minister about this bill and about calling for time allocation. I hope I am still going to get time to speak to this bill. It is a very important piece of legislation and one that we in the NDP generally approve of. We are supportive of it, bu

June 11th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  With regard to the approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project and the work of the Ministerial Review Panel appointed by the government in this matter: (a) can construction of a new Trans Mountain Pipeline be reconciled with Canada‚Äôs climate change commitments; (b) in the abs

June 11th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Petitions  Madam Speaker, I would like to present a number of petitions from people in my riding and adjacent ridings that support the truth and reconciliation of aboriginal peoples of Canada. The petitioners draw the House's attention to the fact that the Canadian government declared the

June 11th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Chief Electoral Officer  Mr. Speaker, I am rising today to present a petition signed by citizens from British Columbia regarding the events that occurred in Catalonia last fall and that continue to the present. They point out that the right to self-determination is a cardinal principle under the UN chart

June 8th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, today is World Oceans Day, and Canadians are concerned about the health of our coastal waters. Instead of investing in clean, renewable energy, the Liberals have just spend $4.5 billion, our dollars, on an outdated pipeline that threatens our waterways, while doing n

June 8th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Impact Assessment Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague for his speech, and especially for his Yiddish proverb. We all wait for that with bated breath each time he rises. We have heard a lot of concern from the Conservatives about the excessive powers the minister would have to interven

June 7th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Impact Assessment Act  Mr. Speaker, in his speech, the member spent some time talking about the discretion the minister would have with this bill, and that is certainly one of the big concerns the NDP has: the rampant discretion at every step of the way in impact assessments. I have to note that it wa

June 7th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Impact Assessment Act  Mr. Speaker, it is good to hear my colleague's very passionate speech about the environment. In the previous government, the Conservatives took away the final say in the decision-making process on these projects from the regulator, the National Energy Board, and gave it to cabi

June 7th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP