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National Security Act, 2017  Madam Speaker, I would like to ask my colleague a question regarding previously proposed Conservative legislation and some of the major misgivings we had with it when we were in opposition. It was with respect to the Charter of Rights. I remember that there was a deep discussion

June 18th, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

Impact Assessment Act  Mr. Speaker, I have a great amount of respect for my hon. colleague. However, there are a couple of minor things, minor to some and major to others, that I would like to bring up. First, this is not particularly germane to the debate, but he talked about the surf clam issue. I w

June 18th, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

Interparliamentary Delegations  Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), I have the honour to present to the House, in both official languages, the report of the Canadian parliamentary delegation respecting its participation at the mission to the Republic of Austria, the country that will next hold the ro

June 18th, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

Main Estimates, 2018-19  Mr. Speaker, in many cases I find the same instances. What happens is that a lot of people make mistakes and get caught in a system where they fall through the cracks. Then they come to us and it becomes a longer process for them to receive their refund. The paper issue was als

June 14th, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

Main Estimates, 2018-19  Mr. Speaker, God forbid I delve into hyperbole, because I have only done that for 14 years. I will leave that aside for now. I am on the procedure and House affairs committee, and we have talked about this quite a bit, about the commitment toward this type of debating and the co

June 14th, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

Main Estimates, 2018-19  Mr. Speaker, I am thankful for this time to speak on this particular issue today. I know we have a long evening ahead of us, but if members can bear with me for a few moments, I will bring forward my thoughts and some of my findings based on my experience and on my work in my rid

June 14th, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

Senate Appointment  Mr. Speaker, it is with great pleasure that I rise in the House today to congratulate Dr. Mohamed Ravalia from Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador, on his appointment to the Senate. Dr. Ravalia fled apartheid in Zimbabwe over 30 years ago to find his new home in Canada. Hi

June 7th, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Madam Speaker, the member talked about the spending issue. I recall back in 2008 when spending by the federal government at the time was rising at an exponential rate. Conservatives will use the excuse that they were spending because the recession was settling in, but the spendin

May 31st, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Madam Speaker, when we listen to this time and time again, it is almost like the years 2006 to 2015 just did not exist. My issue about all of this is, it is not like there was never a Conservative minister that attended any fundraisers, or that leaders never had any fundraisers.

February 7th, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Madam Speaker, again I have to ask, because it was said in the House by a Conservative member that the government should have that distinct advantage to raise twice as much money as the party in opposition. Is that not the very essence of cash for access? If that is his assumptio

February 7th, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Madam Speaker, the member quoted quite a bit in his speech, and I have one for him as well. However, I want to touch on the fact that the transparency issue is one that is brought froward in Bill C-50, and whether one calls it a positive first step or a step in the direction, it

February 7th, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, my questioning is going to pick up where I last left off with the Conservative member. He mentioned that he is supporting the bill, but that it does not go far enough in his opinion. That is fine and I respect that. Further, he went on to vilify how we do fundraisi

February 2nd, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I have known the member for a while now, and I know he is new. I saw him in action at the Procedure and House Affairs Committee, and I have a great deal of respect for him, both as a member and as part of the exempt staff he pointed out. This is probably more about

February 2nd, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

Order of Canada  Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to rise today and congratulate Chief Mi’sel Joe of the Miawpukek First Nation in Conne River, Newfoundland and Labrador, on receiving the Order of Canada last week. Chief Joe has been active in first nations politics since 1974. It is under the lea

February 2nd, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I sat quite close to the member for Papineau when he first came here. I can honestly say that to suggest that he was not involved in this place at the beginning is not exactly correct, considering the fact that he was one of the first ones to pass a motion regarding

February 2nd, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal