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Petitions  Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to present a petition to the House of Commons on behalf of some of my constituents who care about protecting Gatineau Park. It is one of the most visited parks in Canada, and is home to about 90 endangered plant and 50 endangered animal species. The b

May 4th, 2018House debate

William AmosLiberal

Earth Day  Mr. Speaker, yesterday, April 22, we joined the international community in celebrating Earth Day and honouring our planet. In the Pontiac, from Gatineau to Wakefield, folks of all ages attended workshops, went hiking, took part in panel discussions, and even attended a choral per

April 23rd, 2018House debate

William AmosLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, I will answer in a very Pontiac manner. The riding of Pontiac, where the average median income in a number of major sections hovers around $30,000 a year, desperately needs investment. Our government committed to investing, and that is one of the biggest reasons why

April 23rd, 2018House debate

William AmosLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, my learned colleague has been a mentor to me over many years. The simple fact is that Pontiac families desperately need the Canada child benefit. Specifically, 23,190 children are being supported, and there are 12,600-odd payments. The average payment is $540, tax-f

April 23rd, 2018House debate

William AmosLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to speak to Bill C-74 and budget 2018 today. This plan will help increase growth in urban communities in Pontiac and our rural communities, and will make them more prosperous. I feel engaged and inspired by the potential to make our country more equ

April 23rd, 2018House debate

William AmosLiberal

Maple Syrup-Themed Postage Stamp  Madam Speaker, the production and consumption of maple syrup and related activities are an important part of Pontiac's culture and economy. One might say the people of Pontiac have maple syrup in their veins. Quebec accounts for about 92% of the maple syrup produced in Canada and

April 19th, 2018House debate

William AmosLiberal

Annual Conference of the Pulp and Paper Industry  Mr. Speaker, this week, the Quebec forestry minister, Luc Blanchette, and I had the opportunity to participate in the opening panel for PaperWeek 2018, the annual conference of the pulp and paper industry. As members know, forestry runs in the blood of the Pontiac and Gatineau v

February 9th, 2018House debate

William AmosLiberal

Agriculture and Agri-Food  Mr. Speaker, the Canadian organic industry is one of the fastest-growing agricultural sectors in Canada. We have our farmers and organic food processors to thank for that. They are highly regarded throughout the world. With more than $5 billion in retail sales in 2017, there has

January 29th, 2018House debate

William AmosLiberal

Organizations in the Pontiac  Mr. Speaker, we are right in the middle of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, an initiative that will come to a close on December 10. All around the world, people are participating in 16 days of activities to raise awareness, share experiences, and

December 1st, 2017House debate

William AmosLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, that is an important question. Yes, it would be inappropriate for this government to advance a legislative proposal without significant funds, and that is exactly what we are seeing. Canadians expect this. They expect us to have a series of measures that will educat

November 21st, 2017House debate

William AmosLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, the answer is clear. There is no truth to the statement that the government has done nothing. This government, by virtue of engaging in this very debate, by virtue of bringing forward legislation, and by virtue of campaigning on the need to shift our approach, has br

November 21st, 2017House debate

William AmosLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for his question. I find this very curious because we now find ourselves in a situation where the NDP opposition is interested in the issue of decriminalization of various drugs. The Liberal Party is prepared to discuss legalization, very strict

November 21st, 2017House debate

William AmosLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, it is a privilege to speak on Bill C-45, because so many Canadians are talking about it right now. If one goes to a school in the Pontiac, and I have visited several, or to a municipal council to talk about what the federal government is doing that is new, much of th

November 21st, 2017House debate

William AmosLiberal

Quebec Municipal Elections  Mr. Speaker, as you may know, Quebec is holding municipal elections this Sunday. On November 5, the voters of Pontiac will elect 41 mayors, 243 councillors, and 2 prefects. More than 500 residents of Pontiac have thrown their hat in the ring. I would like to thank all candidates

November 2nd, 2017House debate

William AmosLiberal

Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Act  Mr. Speaker, it feels like this is reflective of the high-handed, unconstitutional approach the previous government took to relations with our indigenous peoples. I would like to return to the argument the member for Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo made before. She alluded to the fact

October 26th, 2017House debate

William AmosLiberal