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Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, my hon. colleague is absolutely correct. The Canada child benefit is a marquee policy of this government. We stopped sending child care cheques to millionaires and put more money in the pockets of nine out of 10 Canadian families. In my riding, the median income is a

April 19th, 2018House debate

Sean FraserLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, implicit in that question is a conversation about the plan of the government to grow the economy. We campaigned on a promise to invest in our infrastructure, among other things. One of the consequences of that plan is that, in the short term, there would be deficit

April 19th, 2018House debate

Sean FraserLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, I cannot say how ecstatic I am to answer the question. Had the member been here yesterday, he would have heard that this was a focus of the remarks I made in the House. I said that the pursuit of ensuring that Canadians have the ability to participate fully in the ec

April 19th, 2018House debate

Sean FraserLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to offer a few comments today on legislation that will implement many of the commitments made in budget 2018. While there are many things I would love to touch on that have been canvassed during the course of this debate, I will restrict my comments to

April 18th, 2018House debate

Sean FraserLiberal

Summer Street Industries  Mr. Speaker, I rise to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Summer Street Industries in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. This organization is celebrating 50 years of helping adults with intellectual challenges live full and happy lives, including some personal friends and former classmates

March 26th, 2018House debate

Sean FraserLiberal

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, I know the member for Kingston and the Islands has been a passionate advocate for the prison farms in his riding. From the very first moment we got here he has been in my ear trying to gain support with his caucus colleagues for this important measure. Of course, wha

February 28th, 2018House debate

Sean FraserLiberal

Fisheries Act  Madam Speaker, before addressing this question, I would like to say that there is important work already happening under the government to restore fish stocks. I know of projects in my own riding to rebuild salmon populations in the West River in Sheet Harbour and the St. Mary's

February 13th, 2018House debate

Sean FraserLiberal

Fisheries Act  Madam Speaker, I will take that a step further and say that the importance of the legislation is not just something that the caucuses care deeply about, but in fact something the people we represent care deeply about. The movement towards this legislation has been an incredible

February 13th, 2018House debate

Sean FraserLiberal

Fisheries Act  Madam Speaker, this is extraordinarily important. The measures that the minister takes should be based on facts, science, and evidence in all cases. I am of the view that discretion in certain aspects of decision-making can be a positive thing, so long as the public has faith th

February 13th, 2018House debate

Sean FraserLiberal

Fisheries Act  Madam Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the hon. member for Mission—Matsqui—Fraser Canyon. I am very proud to take my spot today in the House of Commons to bring the voice of my constituents to Ottawa and speak to the proposed amendments to the Fisheries Act. There are

February 13th, 2018House debate

Sean FraserLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, during his speech, my colleague cited the changes made in 2012 that gutted certain protections in our Fisheries Act, our environmental assessment process, the navigation protection act, and more. I agree that they were very important changes, which we are taking so

February 12th, 2018House debate

Sean FraserLiberal

Fisheries and Oceans  Mr. Speaker, Canada's fisheries and marine ecosystem hold economic, cultural, and social significance for many Canadians, including so many living on the coast back home in Nova Scotia. In 2012, the previous government cut the protection of fish and their habitat, leaving signif

February 9th, 2018House debate

Sean FraserLiberal

Summer Special Olympics  Mr. Speaker, this summer, the Special Olympics are coming to Antigonish, Nova Scotia. This is only the second time in the history of our province that the national games are coming there, and it is the first time in almost a quarter century. We are long overdue, but I cannot sa

February 6th, 2018House debate

Sean FraserLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, that question was a bit of a mixed bag and I would question the relevance of two-thirds of it. It started on whether this was an opportunity to legitimize cash for access events and it had a very partisan slant against the Liberal Party. I note that this bill is actu

February 5th, 2018House debate

Sean FraserLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, before I address the question squarely, we have to ask ourselves if we want to recognize the political reality that campaigns cost money. I suggest that we do. The answer in my mind, then, is not to prevent certain people from raising money and meeting the people who

February 5th, 2018House debate

Sean FraserLiberal