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Graham Downey  Mr. Speaker, we are celebrating Black History Month across Canada, so I rise today to acknowledge Graham Downey, a late constituent in my riding of Halifax, who made history. Mr. Downey was Halifax's first African-Nova Scotian city councillor and the city's first African-Nova Sco

February 23rd, 2016House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Resumption of debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, during the period of the election campaign and since, I have been in conversations with the aboriginal communities of Nova Scotia, predominantly the Mi’kmaq community. I mentioned earlier in my remarks the time I spent with the director of the Mi'kmaw Native Friendsh

January 27th, 2016House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Resumption of debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, again referring to my long career of public service, I long ago learned that government can give a permit, but only a community can give permission. I am going to reflect on the commitment of this government to engage Canadians, wherever they are in the country, in

January 27th, 2016House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Resumption of debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, in 10 years of municipal service, I often had to balance the needs of the urban core with suburban and rural areas. The answer is really quite simple. Over the last 10 or 20 years, Canadian cities have been focusing growth not so much on the urban core but on the fr

January 27th, 2016House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Resumption of debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, I would first like to offer sincere thanks to the member for Mississauga East—Cooksville for generously ceding his time to me today and add that I will then be splitting my new found time with the member for Kitchener—Waterloo. I am honoured to speak for the first

January 27th, 2016House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal