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Salaries Act  Madam Speaker, I heard my colleague's speech, in which he, in a way, criticizes the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and I just wanted to defend the minister. I very much appreciate the member and his party's new-found interest in our regions. Perhaps it

December 12th, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Questions on the Order Paper  Mr. Speaker, with regard to (a)(i), the National Holocaust Monument is currently open to the public from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. However, public access is restricted overnight to manage and ensure appropriate and respectful use of the site. Part of the main level of the monumen

December 11th, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Canadian Heritage  Mr. Speaker, our government has always been clear on this, and our position has not changed. We understand the concerns of the francophone cultural sector. We want to reassure people and and remind them that we have made historic investments in support of our culture. We have ma

December 11th, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Canadian Heritage  Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for St. John's East for his question and for his excellent work. Last week, for the first time ever, a temporary family skating rink was installed on Parliament Hill. In addition to free family skating time, 32 peewee hockey teams from coast

December 11th, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Canadian Heritage  Mr. Speaker, we know that trustworthy journalistic content is essential to a healthy democracy. Our thoughts are with the employees and their families who have been affected by these cuts. Canadians value local media, and we will continue to support this industry. We have already

December 11th, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Canadian Heritage  Mr. Speaker, our thoughts are with the workers and their families affected by the cuts in the print media industry. Canadians value local news, and our government will continue to support it. We know that reliable journalistic content is critical to a healthy democracy. We have

December 11th, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Canadian Heritage  Mr. Speaker, our government has always been very clear on this, and our position has not changed. We understand the concerns of the francophone cultural sector. We want to reassure the cultural sector of our support and point out that we have made historic investments in support

December 11th, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Recognition of Charlottetown as the Birthplace of Confederation Act  Mr. Speaker, I am proud and honoured to stand in this place to offer my contributions to the debate on Bill S-236. I would like to acknowledge some of the people who have brought it to this stage: the former member of Parliament for Hillsborough, George Proud; Philip Brown, from

December 4th, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Official Languages  Mr. Speaker, as I said, we have already indicated that the leaders of the parties in both Houses of Parliament were invited to promote the opportunity to potential candidates, provide their input on stakeholder engagement, and highlight qualities the selection committee should co

November 28th, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Official Languages  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from Drummond for the question. As my colleague knows, on July 28, the government relaunched the process for appointing the Commissioner of Official Languages. We sent a document to the leader of his party. My colleague complains about a lack o

November 28th, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Rail Transportation  Madam Speaker, the people of Lac-Mégantic are always in our thoughts and prayers. Improving rail safety is the Minister of Transport's top priority. That is why we have allocated $143 million to rail safety and the transportation of dangerous goods. That is why we accelerated the

November 27th, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Rail Transportation  Madam Speaker, I thank the hon. member for Mégantic—L'Érable for his question. As the Prime Minister said, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and all those whose lives were changed because of this tragedy. Four years later, this very tight-knit communi

November 27th, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Government Appointments  Madam Speaker, on February 25, 2016, the Prime Minister announced the introduction of a new approach to Governor in Council appointments. The new approach is more open and transparent, representative of Canadian diversity, and merit-based. The Government of Canada considers the

November 27th, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Government Appointments  Madam Speaker, the Government of Canada sees the function of the Commissioner of Official Languages as very important, since it ensures the enforcement of the Official Languages Act in Canada. We will ensure that we identify the best candidate for this position. A new commissio

November 27th, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

World Children's Day  Mr. Speaker, yesterday was World Children's Day. I was honoured to be invited to the United Nations in New York to witness a kid's takeover of the proceedings. Children from all over the world gave inspirational presentations to the UN delegates. Canada's representative was Bas

November 21st, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal