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Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, what is different is the commitment we have made to our Canadian communities to allow them to build the infrastructure they need. We are tripling our investment to $180 billion. That is a historic investment in infrastructure. The hon. member fully understands that

June 16th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, we have been very clear that no appointments will be confirmed and made until we have the legislation passed through Parliament. That is exactly what we said earlier and that is exactly what we will follow. Our goal to establish the Canada infrastructure bank is to

June 16th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, unlike the hon. member, we have confidence that we will be able to attract Canadians who have the talent and expertise, and we will make sure that we reflect the regional diversity of our country and the gender parity of our country. We also attract people from diver

June 16th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, what the hon. member is failing to understand is that our own Canadian pension funds, such as the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, the teachers' pension plan, OMERS, Caisse de dépôt, and Alberta Investment Management Corporation, invest in other countries' infra

June 16th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, as I have often assured the House and the hon. member, any project undertaken by the Canada infrastructure bank will have to abide by all the rules and regulations of every province and municipality and we will work very closely with the provinces to ensure that is e

June 15th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, we have put forward a very ambitious agenda to build and rebuild Canadian communities, and the infrastructure bank will allow us to do that. Today, we made a $1.2 billion investment in the Province of Quebec to build Montreal's public transit service, which will crea

June 15th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, let me state again how proud we are of our partnership with the Province of Quebec and the City of Montreal to support this project. It is the largest infrastructure project, largest public transit project in the recent history of the City of Montreal. I am so proud

June 15th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, all of us in the House want the best for our communities. We want to do our best to make sure that Canadians succeed, regardless of where they live. We want to give them opportunities. Absolutely, the vast majority of the jobs that are being created are full time. Th

June 12th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I welcome the question from the hon. member and his desire to see infrastructure investments creating opportunities for Canadians. Let me tell the House what our budget 2016 investments have been able to achieve. Through those investments, more than 1,000 buses have

June 12th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, Jean Simard, president of the Aluminum Association of Canada went even further, saying, “We think definitely the challenge is not to slow down this process but to accelerate the transition.” Canadians understand that climate change and economic growth can happen at

June 12th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for Rivière-des-Mille-Îles. I want to thank the hon. member for Selkirk—Interlake—Eastman for his motion today. I am sure that he has many qualities but timing is not one of them, because if one wanted to criticize a gover

June 12th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, the Canadian institutional investors and pension funds invest in other countries to create opportunities in those countries and to create jobs in those countries. What is wrong with mobilizing our own very reputable pension funds, as well as international investors,

June 12th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, due to the lack of investment and inconsistent approach by the previous government, our municipalities are facing greater gridlock, which is stifling the growth of our economy. The lack of investment in affordable housing is robbing children and families of opportuni

June 12th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, we put forward a very ambitious agenda to support our provinces and municipalities to build the necessary infrastructure that they need, the infrastructure that should have been built a decade ago. The role of the bank will be to mobilize institutional investors and

June 12th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, very reputable Canadian pension funds, such as the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, teachers, OMERS, Caisse de dépôt, the Alberta Investment Management Corporation, invest in international infrastructure. They invest in infrastructure in other countries. We wan

June 8th, 2017House debate

Amarjeet SohiLiberal