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Health  Mr. Speaker, sexually-transmitted and blood-borne infections, including HIV and hepatitis C, are largely preventable but remain a significant public health concern in Canada. From coast to coast to coast, community-based organizations work every day with vulnerable populations at

May 28th, 2018House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

Boy on the Beach  Mr. Speaker, in September 2015, the world mourned the death of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old refugee boy found washed up on the shores of Turkey. Alan and his family were driven from their homes, driven to find a safe harbour, driven to discover a life free of war. Alan, his bro

April 30th, 2018House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

Child Health Protection Act  Madam Speaker, I am very pleased to have the opportunity to address the House today regarding an important piece of legislation to prohibit the marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children. Bill S-228, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (prohibiting food and beverage

February 12th, 2018House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

Emergency Preparedness  Mr. Speaker, because of climate change, weather-related natural disasters are becoming more severe, more frequent, and more expensive. At the same time as we take action to put a price on carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it is critical that we help communities become m

February 9th, 2018House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

Port Coquitlam Rail Yard Fire  Mr. Speaker, in the heart of Port Coquitlam lies the second largest rail yard west of Winnipeg. Late last month, a tanker truck moving ethanol through this yard was involved in a collision with a train resulting in an explosion and a spectacular fire that made the national news c

February 8th, 2018House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act  Mr. Speaker, in May, the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act received royal assent. This law is a humanitarian approach to dealing with drug problems, a law that saves lives. Neighbours or friends can now safely call the police if they suspect someone is suffering a drug overdose. A

December 7th, 2017House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, the legislation will keep Canadians safe in many ways. For example, marijuana is currently very widely used among our youth. Canada has one of the highest per capita rates of marijuana use among youth in any developed country. The problem is the marijuana they are

November 9th, 2017House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, I also appreciate serving on the justice and human rights committee with the hon. member for Provencher. In answer to his question as to whether the legislation would serve to protect Canadians and youth, absolutely. It also recognizes the role of parental respons

November 9th, 2017House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to speak in support of Bill C-45, an act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts. I think all members will agree that protecting the health and safety of Canadians is a

November 9th, 2017House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

Health  Mr. Speaker, I was saddened to read today that the leader of the official opposition has adopted Stephen Harper's approach to the opioid crisis. He is proposing that people with addiction issues should be arrested and incarcerated instead of being provided the help they need to s

November 2nd, 2017House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

Canadian Patient Safety Week  Mr. Speaker, the third leading cause of death, behind cancer and heart disease, is patient safety incidents, with just under 28,000 deaths across Canada. This is equivalent to a patient safety event occurring in Canada every 13 minutes. Medication incidents are one of the leading

November 1st, 2017House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

Bahá'u'lláh  Mr. Speaker, this weekend, Bahá’is in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá'u'lláh, the prophet founder of the Bahá’i faith. Unity of humanity and world peace are among the main principles of the Bahá’i faith, and these values are of t

October 23rd, 2017House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, the objective or goal here is not necessarily to limit the amount of a substance in a person's system, but to prevent people from driving while they are impaired by any substance. It is absolutely difficult for us to ascribe particular levels of individual impairmen

October 20th, 2017House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, the contemplated roadside testing for THC is not to test for impairment but for THC levels. It is a legislated requirement under this bill that one of the requirements for exercising the right to operate a motor vehicle is to have a blood alcohol level below a certai

October 20th, 2017House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, this legislation does not legalize driving under the influence of any drug. It is already illegal to drive in any impaired state. What this law does is to provide additional tools for police officers to detect such driving circumstances. I think we would all be naiv

October 20th, 2017House debate

Ron McKinnonLiberal