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Elections Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, this is one of the final times we get to speak in this House. We have been doing this since 2004. I want to thank my colleague for his speech and his insight with respect to the legislation. I want to go back to the last election and when we talked about democratic

December 12th, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

Elections Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, in normal speak, we would probably call this a hoist amendment. On this side of the House, we call the hoist amendment part of the 2015 election. One of the reasons why we hoisted the Conservatives was the fact that the Fair Elections Act of 2014 was such an egregiou

December 12th, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

Aeronautics Act  Madam Speaker, once again, it is an honour to rise in the House. I will start by following up on the speech we just heard by the NDP member. I will start by illustrating an old saying. I come from a large hunting area where we use the term “on target”. The way the member describ

December 4th, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to first congratulate the member on a speech that provided a perfect dismount near the end: free Willy, indeed. That is Senator Moore she is referring to, I am assuming. He was a fine colleague and incredible person. I miss him. I remember watching a document

November 29th, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I resist rising but I will anyway. I want to talk about that massive void of a speech. Nevertheless, I have been here for 14 years and have witnessed many budget implementation acts come and go, some good and some bad. I would like to take a moment to reflect on al

November 29th, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs  Mr. Speaker, today the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs visits Parliament Hill. I want to thank all of the brave men and women who continue to risk their own health and safety to protect communities across this great country. Representing over 3,500 fire departments across Can

November 26th, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, back to the regularly scheduled programming, I want to thank the member for Yorkton—Melville. At the beginning of her speech when she described the statutory elements the minister goes through when administering the department, I appreciate that her comments were wel

November 5th, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

Elections Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, if I recall, the debate was about changing Bill C-33, doing exactly what it is we are doing right now. That is the whole point of this. The point is to walk back what was done by the former Conservative government. By the way, members of the NDP agreed with what we

October 30th, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

Elections Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, I have never been in a position where I had to make a decision as to when a by-election would be held. I do not presuppose anything of that nature by saying what I would do as opposed to what someone else would do. I think there is a due process for by-elections and

October 30th, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

Elections Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, I do not know how I am going to follow that. It was quite blistering, intelligent and if I do say so myself, something I must surpass. I will try. I do not know if I will have any success, nevertheless we know the Lower Mainland of British Columbia is well represente

October 30th, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act  Madam Speaker, the member tied pricing on pollution and carbon issues with the amendment or the bringing forward of the agreement. Israel's green tax reform is successfully shifting demand toward less polluting vehicles, proving the efficiency of economic incentives in changing b

October 29th, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

Corrections and Conditional Release Act  Mr. Speaker, the process is the process, as the hon. member knows. I was the former chair of the committee he was involved with. Certainly, he can bring forward whatever he wishes to do. That is his domain. That is his priority as a member. The debate and acceptance of it, time

October 23rd, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

October 23rd, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

Corrections and Conditional Release Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague for bringing this up, especially with regard to the indigenous dimension of this. I did not bring it up in my speech and I apologize. However, certainly there is a higher proportion of the population who find themselves in that situ

October 23rd, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal

Corrections and Conditional Release Act  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the time. I will bring some perspective to this debate dating back to October 2004, when I first came to the House. At the time, it was the tail end of a minority government. We did not deal too much with legislation that addressed crime and other matte

October 23rd, 2018House debate

Scott SimmsLiberal