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Ministerial Expenses  Mr. Speaker, our commitments require a dedicated minister, a dedicated ministry, and a dedicated DM in order to deliver on the expectations of Canadians. We needed new spaces for our staff and new spaces for our DM and his staff, and that is what the investment is for.

May 31st, 2016House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague, the hon. member for Northwest Territories for his tireless efforts on behalf of northern communities. Our government has made unprecedented commitments to support public infrastructure. The Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk highway will help

May 30th, 2016House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, I am proud to say that we are building a very strong relationship with the Province of Quebec. I met with three of the ministers last week when I was in Montreal to talk about the infrastructure needs of the community not only within Montreal, but also within the ent

May 16th, 2016House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, when we look at the funding that was allocated to the province of Quebec in 2014, up until last October, zero dollars were delivered. So we understand the need that the province is facing. We are building that relationship in order to deliver on the commitment, in or

May 16th, 2016House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Disaster Assistance  Mr. Speaker, I was back home in Alberta along with my colleague from Edmonton Centre and the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness to see first hand and meet with families that had been impacted by these wildfires. We saw the generosity and the compassion of Canadi

May 10th, 2016House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, we have no intention of changing the mandate of PPP Canada or selling off the assets of PPP Canada. We respect the local economy. We respect the decision of the local councils on how they procure their infrastructure and how they build the infrastructure, which they

May 9th, 2016House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, the amount the hon. member is referring to is within PPP Canada, and that is where it should be and that is where it is now. The buckets the member makes reference to were actually created by the previous government in multiple areas that we are actually trying to pu

May 9th, 2016House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, the reason we have removed the P3 condition is to allow the local economy and local governments to make their own decisions on how they procure infrastructure. Furthermore, it also allows them to tap into federal resources at a larger amount, at 50% of the project co

May 5th, 2016House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, P3s are a valuable tool that we respect, but we also respect the ability of the local governments to make their own decisions. We trust them to make their own decisions, unlike the previous government which imposed certain procurement processes on municipalities. We

May 5th, 2016House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, let me share some information with the House. Despite allocating almost $2 billion for Quebec in 2014, the previous government delivered zero dollars. We are committed to delivering that money to Quebec along with new money under public transit, under green infrast

May 5th, 2016House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, my staff and I are in touch with the provinces, territories, and municipalities on a weekly basis to update them on the way we are proceeding in the delivery of infrastructure. Our goal is to invest in this construction season, and we are doing that by fast-tracking

April 15th, 2016House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, allow me to share some information with the House, and that is how much money the previous government actually invested in infrastructure over the last two years. Out of the $14 billion allocated for municipal infrastructure, only $24 million has been invested. Tha

April 15th, 2016House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, we are proud to make historic investments in public transit, including $3.4 billion in the first phase. The money will go where the money is needed to repair, to rehabilitate, and to modernize existing infrastructure across 100 communities in Canada. Money is also

April 15th, 2016House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, never in my recent memory have we seen the kind of support our budget has received from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, from mayors across this country, from provinces and territories. They understand that we work in partnership and collaboration with them

April 15th, 2016House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Air Canada Public Participation Act  moved that Bill C-10, An Act to amend the Air Canada Public Participation Act and to provide for certain other measures, be read the second time and referred to a committee.

April 15th, 2016House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal