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Export and Import Permits Act  Mr. Speaker, notwithstanding the member's concern over domestic implications here, we have been firmly assured there would be no such implications to domestic users. Canada has, however, in the past 25 years sold $5.8 billion in weapons to countries with questionable human rights

September 21st, 2017House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

Terry Fox  Mr. Speaker, 37 years ago, Terry Fox ended his Marathon of Hope. On September 17, along with runs in communities all across Canada, Port Coquitlam hosted the Terry Fox Hometown Run, where 3,000 participants walked or even danced across the finish line. I am reminded of Terry's w

September 19th, 2017House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

Citizenship Act  Mr. Speaker, the very first immigration or refugee case that came to my attention as a brand-new member of Parliament was such a case. A woman had received refugee status because her husband was a refugee, but she herself was not persecuted or in fear for her life in her home cou

June 12th, 2017House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

Citizenship Act  Mr. Speaker, I certainly agree that this is a beneficial amendment. Particularly in this world where so many children are affected by conflict and may have lost one or more parents or may have been separated from their parents, it is all the more urgent that we be able to accept

June 12th, 2017House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

Citizenship Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Willowdale for sharing his time with me. I welcome the opportunity to speak today about Bill C-6. The legislation would send a clear message to Canadians and indeed anyone who aspires to become a Canadian citizen that Canada is a

June 12th, 2017House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

May Day Festival  Mr. Speaker, last week Port Coquitlam celebrated its annual May Day festival. The festival kicked off at the beginning of the week with May pole dancing, followed by terrific music by Port Coquitlam's own Chersea. The rain finally stopped on Saturday morning, just as the Rotar

May 17th, 2017House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

Framework on Palliative Care in Canada Act  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to be here today to address Bill C-277, an act providing for the development of a framework on palliative care in Canada and to discuss our government's commitment to improving palliative and end of life care for all Canadians. This bill comes at the ri

May 9th, 2017House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to express to you my thanks for so many dedicated women and men, in the House administration and at the library, for their incredible work. Without them, Bill C-224 would not have achieved the success it has had up until now. In particular, I want to thank Ma

May 2nd, 2017House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act  Mr. Speaker, it is very important for the success of the bill that we work proactively and collegially with all members of the House on both sides of the aisle. All members who spoke to the bill in past, and hopefully as time comes, spoke in favour of it. This is likewise in the

May 2nd, 2017House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act  moved the second reading of, and concurrence in, amendments made by the Senate to Bill C-224, an act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (assistance in overdose drugs) be now read a second time and concurred in. Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to stand before you today to

May 2nd, 2017House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam Seniors Advisory Council  Mr. Speaker, I am proud to announce that the Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam seniors advisory council held its first meeting last week. The seniors advisory council will meet regularly. Its members are from different backgrounds, neighbourhoods, and associations. Our government has wo

March 10th, 2017House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

National Defence  Mr. Speaker, our Canadian Armed Forces operates in a wide variety of challenging and geographically diverse locations around the globe. Whether our forces are at home in Canada's North or abroad providing international humanitarian assistance and meeting our commitments to NORAD

February 10th, 2017House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

Health  Mr. Speaker, Canadians need only to turn on the news to see the devastating effect that the problematic use of fentanyl and other opioids is having in our communities. Last year, in British Columbia alone, more than 900 people died from overdose, an 80% increase from 2015. This t

January 31st, 2017House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

Controlled Drugs and Substances Act  Madam Speaker, I see no profit in fighting old battles and worrying about who did or did not do what when. What remains a fact at this time is that we are taking definitive and meaningful action, and moving forward in a substantive way on this issue. This bill shows that very wel

January 31st, 2017House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

Controlled Drugs and Substances Act  Madam Speaker, it is plain that the Liberal government is taking meaningful action on this matter. We have undertaken a number of initiatives such as the conference, bringing together all provincial and territorial stakeholders involved in this crisis. We have also committed $5 m

January 31st, 2017House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal