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Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, there is a point of order. I believe the member said “being unscrupulous” when referring to someone in the House. I believe that is unparliamentary language that we should not be using in reference to other members.

October 17th, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, the member for Sherbrooke mentioned cynicism. It is important to consider that aspect in this matter. We often have water here in the House and if I continue to put a drop of poison in this water, it becomes no less poisonous over time. As I continue to add more

October 17th, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

Oil Tanker Moratorium Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to go back to this idea of balance. There was an article in the Winnipeg Free Press that discussed Lynn Lake and some of the mining that was going on there. Under current laws, the mining companies were allowed to pollute, destroy the environment, and make t

October 2nd, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

Oil Tanker Moratorium Act  [Member spoke in Cree] [English] Mr. Speaker, in 1989, the Exxon Valdez had an unfortunate incident. Human failure led to a critical incident that led to tonnes of crude oil being released into the environment, which still impacts the environment to this day. In discussions w

October 2nd, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

Oil Tanker Moratorium Act  Mr. Speaker, I really appreciate hearing about what the minister has been doing concerning consultations with first nations groups. I would like to hear some of his ideas surrounding the criteria, and if he could explain further some of the criteria that were used to determine wh

October 2nd, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

Customs Act  [Member spoke in Cree] [English]

September 26th, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

Customs Act  Mr. Speaker, I understand. I would like to know why no interpretation service is provided here in the House for a language as important as Cree, the language of native peoples of this land. However, I am happy to have the opportunity to ask the hon. member for Salaberry—Suroît a

September 26th, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

Customs Act  [Member spoke in Cree ] Thank you very much, my good friend from Newmarket—Aurora. Mr. Speaker, as an indigenous person, I understand it is very important to make sure that we know who comes into the country and who leaves the country, because sometimes we can make friendships

September 26th, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

Thelma Chalifoux  Mr. Speaker, [Member spoke in Cree] [English] The hon. Thelma Chalifoux, a Métis from Alberta and first indigenous woman in the Canadian Senate, died in St. Albert on Friday. She was 88 years old. “It was a very touching, private moment as we watched our dear mother, grandmot

September 25th, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, in the indigenous spirit of my people, I am presenting a petition on the protection of animals after disasters and emergencies. The petition seeks to ensure that during disasters the government provides assistance for animals, who are like family to us.

June 20th, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, about two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to raise a question of privilege regarding translation and interpretation services in the House. It was not only about official languages, English and French, which are obviously very important. My question of privilege was

June 19th, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I am presenting a petition on behalf of 2,546 constituents who have signed e-petition 211. It concerns a guaranteed annual income. They believe a guaranteed annual income in Canada would help not only to eradicate poverty but would allow individuals the opportunity t

June 14th, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

Indian Act  Mr. Speaker, change is always hard. Many of our chiefs are honourable people who really want to see the best for their communities. I travelled 900 kilometres across Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and I went to 41 first nations communities. My mission statement, when I became a mem

June 13th, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

Indian Act  Mr. Speaker, I think the member was quoting “Equality is actually the law”, which Dr. Palmater told the commons committee. She said, “The fact that the government or any committee would be wondering or considering delaying equality for one more day shows exactly how ingrained sex

June 13th, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

Indian Act  Mr. Speaker, in the last Parliament there was an act passed for a Dakota First Nation and self-government. It was given 52 self-governing areas that it could legislate as it deemed it had the competence to do so as it worked toward it. It was legislated here in this Parliament. I

June 13th, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal