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Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, what we respect is the process and the relationship that we have with indigenous people in Canada. That relationship is built on respect. It is built on dialogue. It is built on talking to one another. I want to be very clear that as I said, our consultations will

April 23rd, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I rise today on the traditional territory of the Algonquin people to answer this question again from my hon. colleague from Nanaimo—Ladysmith. We are a strong feminist government, and we are proud to be such a strong feminist government. Not only that, we are the fi

April 23rd, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to ending the ongoing national tragedy of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. That is why we were the first government to establish the independent commission. The commission's mandate is clear. It is that families must be a

April 19th, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada  Mr. Speaker, I would like to acknowledge the presence of an important group of individuals who are here in Ottawa today, the board of directors for Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, including president Rebecca Kudloo and Nunatsiavut representative Charlotte Wolfrey. Pauktuutit In

April 19th, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Madam Speaker, we did make modifications to the Employment Insurance Act, allowing claimants to earn money and keep more of their employment insurance during the off-season. We also extended maternity benefits to those who needed them, and we are continuing to look at the employm

April 19th, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Madam Speaker, it is very fair to say that the government has taken tremendous action on taxation. First, we have been able to reduce taxes for small businesses in Canada. Second, we reformed the taxation program for individual income earners across Canada to ensure that the weal

April 19th, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Madam Speaker, I know my colleague shares my sentiment that Canadians deserve to benefit from the wealth of their country, no matter where they live in this country. They deserve to benefit, no matter the status they hold. This government is reflecting that in the decisions we ma

April 19th, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Madam Speaker, I am very happy to stand in the House today to talk about our 2018 budget. It is a fitting budget, called “Equality + Growth: A Strong Middle Class”, which is the direction our government is leading in Canada. This budget is the next step in the government's plan

April 19th, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Madam Speaker, we are the first government in this country to recognize the very need to change the legislation that currently exists in Canada, which has been there for hundreds of years. We are restoring rights to indigenous women with respect to gender-based equality in this c

April 18th, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Madam Speaker, first of all, I would like to acknowledge that we are gathered on the traditional territory of the Algonquin people. Second, I would like to congratulate all of those women who were recognized last evening, and many other women across Canada who have fought, and co

April 18th, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Natural Resources  Madam Speaker, our government's objectives have been very clear in this country: to develop the vital infrastructure that is critical to getting Canadian resources to global markets, something that the former government failed to do. We are also restoring public confidence. We a

April 18th, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Natural Resources  Madam Speaker, unfortunately there is not enough time in this session to address all of the claims that the member has raised, but I do want to tackle some of the issues that I feel are very critical. Those are around job creation, what is happening in Alberta, and how we are sta

April 18th, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Natural Resources  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my colleague from Northwest Territories for his tremendous leadership on northern issues in Canada. Canada's northern co-management approach to resource development is an example to the world, and one we are proud of. Both territorial and indigenous

April 18th, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Northern Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his advocacy on this issue. It is completely unacceptable that northerners are still struggling to feed their families and pay the most extraordinary prices for food in Canada. Our government has already expanded the nutrition north program

March 29th, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I can certainly understand the frustration of the member opposite, but she needs to understand as well that this inquiry is progressing, that families are at the centre of it. Many people today are before these inquires. Many people need the support of government, in

March 28th, 2018House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal