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Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions of a similar nature. Whereas 130 million girls are currently out of school around the world, almost four times the population of Canada, it is a tragic waste of human potential. Therefore, petitioners call upon the House of Commons to fulfill C

December 11th, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

Salaries Act  Madam Speaker, when we use the word “dangerously”, it could be construed as being very dangerous. I would like more information on how it creates this danger. When I see ministers, or anyone in society, it is about equal pay for equal work. We know that in Canada there are some

December 7th, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

Salaries Act  Madam Speaker, there is a tendency across the western world to have a centralization of power. It is often very difficult to oppose, because many of us in the House, whether on the backbench or on the opposition side, always seem to bend our will to the will of our leaders. How

December 7th, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

Salaries Act  [Member spoke in Cree as follows:] Niwakoma cuntik Tansai Nemeaytane Awapantitok. [English] Madam Speaker, on November 4, 2015, my grandmother, who was at home in Kelowna, had the opportunity to watch the swearing-in of our ministers in our government. She was very happy whe

December 7th, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

Indian Act  Mr. Speaker, that is a very interesting question and I will try to answer it as truthfully as I possibly can. Indigenous sovereignty always existed. These nations existed for a very long period of time. In various groupings, they moved around, semi-nomadically in some cases, us

November 30th, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

Indian Act  Mr. Speaker, there are two things that need to occur. As a Canadian society, we are trying to work toward reconciliation, but there are more profound conversations that need to happen among indigenous peoples about what type of nation we would like to have and what it would look

November 30th, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

Indian Act  [Member spoke in Cree as follows:] Niwakoma cuntik Tansai Nemeaytane Awapantitok. [English] Mr. Speaker, how we have progressed over the course of the summer. We have had time to talk and discuss, or, as we used to say or say now, consult. Taking the time to talk and disc

November 30th, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for Beauport—Limoilou. That is a very interesting question. As an anthropologist, I know that cultures change and evolve. They are dynamic and constantly changing. That is part of the indigenous philosophy. However, we still have a responsibility,

November 28th, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for her question. Last Friday in Winnipeg, I had the opportunity to make an announcement about the national housing strategy. Speaking at the Siloam Mission, we explained how this policy will be implemented for the benefit of all Canadians. I d

November 28th, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  [Member spoke in Cree as follows:] Niwakoma cuntik Tansai Nemeaytane Awapantitok. [English] Madam Speaker, it is a pleasure to be speaking today on Bill C-63 and truly speaking on the issues related to the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2. This is an interesting piece

November 28th, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I present a petition on behalf of my constituents concerning safe water for first nation communities. Along with Human Rights Watch, the petitioners demand, in a very lengthy preamble, that we ensure all first nation communities have access to clean water; that the

November 27th, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

National Security Act, 2017  Mr. Speaker, the former Stephen Harper government was largely repudiated for its work on Bill C-51, its national security bill. Our government's bill really tries to fix the issues in Bill C-51 by striking a balance. Our bill would see the tightening of the definition of terroris

November 20th, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

National Security Act, 2017  Mr. Speaker, I am wondering if my colleague could talk about how this bill would strengthen accountability and transparency by creating the national security intelligence review agency and the position of the intelligence commissioner, which I hope would also complement the Natio

November 20th, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I present a petition on behalf of my constituents, who collected over 5,000 signatures. The petitioners ask the Canadian government to use its diplomatic clout with the Government of Ghana to promote respect for human rights of all LGBTQ sexual minorities in Ghana,

November 20th, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal

Halloween  [Member spoke in Cree as follows:] Niwakomacuntik Tansai Nemeaytane Awapamtikok. [English] Mr. Speaker, some politicians have skeletons, others bodies. Today is a very special, scary day. Today is Halloween, but it is also the birthday of my son Jacob Joseph Ouellette. He is

October 31st, 2017House debate

Robert-Falcon OuelletteLiberal