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Indigenous Peoples Day  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize June 21 as Indigenous Peoples Day. National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day to celebrate and recognize the ongoing contributions of first nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples throughout Canada. This year, Canadians across the country will celeb

June 19th, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Mining Industry  Mr. Speaker, yesterday, history was made in my riding as nickel producer Vale announced the first underground mine for Labrador. The company started the open-pit mine 16 years ago and has two successful impact benefit agreements with the Innu Nation and the Nunatsiavut Government

June 12th, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

National Security Act, 2017  Mr. Speaker, what I said was that much of the legislation we were dealing with was written in the 1980s. If we go back through the previous legislation, members will see that many of those things were on the books as they related to national security and intelligence in the lands

June 7th, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

National Security Act, 2017  Mr. Speaker, maybe I can best speak to this by quoting the experts from the University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto, who said that this is the biggest reform of Canadian national security law since 1984 and the creation of CSIS. We have needed this for a while. They sa

June 7th, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

National Security Act, 2017  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my hon. colleague from Winnipeg Centre for his question and for his remarks on this bill, which were very comprehensive. It goes without saying that this bill is our way of keeping our promise to Canadians to fix Bill C-51, which was brought forward

June 7th, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

National Security Act, 2017  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak today to the bill. Bill C-59 is legislation that our government committed to prior to the last election. It came from a very disconcerting perspective that Canadians had with regard the legislation passed by the former government, Bill C-51. B

June 7th, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Impact Assessment Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the minister for all her work in leading on the bill. It is long overdue that we modernize the environmental assessment process via the proposed impact assessment act and the other acts we are speaking to today in the House. It is important to point

June 6th, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, one thing I can say for certain is that I have lived the terrible tragedy of what happened to so many steelworkers in my riding when Cliffs Natural Resources pulled out and left many of them losing up to 25% of their pension and health care benefits. That is wrong an

May 31st, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, the member opposite is talking about the acquisition of the Trans Mountain pipeline. I will say this to him. The Government of Canada stepped up when workers in Alberta and people in all of Canada needed it to step up, to ensure that we get a pipeline to tidewater, b

May 31st, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, for many reasons, I am pleased to rise today to speak to the budget implementation bill. The first is that I really believe this budget is responding to Canadians across the country. We came in as a government with a commitment to consult with Canadians. That is what

May 31st, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, I am sure the member opposite will agree that her constituents must be very happy with the new trade agreements the government has implemented over the last several years, allowing many farmers to get products to market for export from Canada that they could not befo

May 31st, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, first of all, I want to outline that the government has consulted more with Canadians than any other government in our history, not just on budget measures but also on policy decisions. One thing that is for certain is that the Liberal government has been listening t

May 31st, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for Nunavut for his question and acknowledge his contributions to the NPC when he was chair of the commission. Canada, the Government of Nunavut, and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated determine the core funding for Nunavut's institutions of public go

May 25th, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, members on this side of the House walk with veterans every day in our ridings and in many other regions across Canada. We walk with them and support them. We do so because we firmly believe that no veteran should be left homeless in Canada. We also believe that the p

May 24th, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I know that the member for Courtenay—Alberni is very passionate about this issue, as I have heard him speak to it many times in the House. Homelessness is unacceptable in any state or form in this country, and one veteran being homeless is one too many. I would lik

May 24th, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal