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Elections Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to participate in the debate on this important bill, Bill C-76, the Elections Modernization Act. This legislation is about ensuring that we break the barriers Canadians have been facing in their efforts to participate in our democracy. It

May 22nd, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Elections Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, Bill C-76 is not an omnibus bill. “Omni” means pertaining to all things. That would be if a bill was about beef and veterans or about health and defence. This is about one thing only, and that is the Canada Elections Act. Members may recall that during the debate on

May 22nd, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, we are committed to strengthening Canada's democratic institutions and increasing Canadians' trust and participation in our democratic processes. Bill C-76 is a great example of that. The bill would increase the transparency of our electoral process. It would make e

May 4th, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, the main challenge for our electoral democracy is not voter fraud but voter participation. Eliminating the voter ID card does not improve the integrity of the system. It only takes away the ability of many qualified voters to vote. In Bill C-76, we are not only res

May 4th, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, I am going to choose to answer the first question, if that suits the member. When the budget is balanced, it will not be on the backs of veterans. It will not be on the backs of families nor on the backs of our service men and women. It will not be on the backs of

April 23rd, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, my home was built in 1892, so I know about these issues as well. The decision to invest heavily in Canadian infrastructure now is not just a good idea, which we know because it is working, but it is also a moral imperative. I already mentioned to another member in

April 23rd, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, there are many ways to judge the quality of a bill, but I do not believe that it being long or short in length is one of them. The way we measure the impact of the bill is not by its size, but by its impact on the lives of Canadians every day. What we have clear ev

April 23rd, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise to help the House advance its understanding of budget 2018. As the third budget our government has introduced, budget 2018 outlines our government's next steps to advance the mandate given to us by Canadians so thunderously in 2015. We were se

April 23rd, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Shakespeare by the Sea  I stand before the House to call On members, and good folk of our city, To celebrate twenty-five years in all Of Shakespeare by the Sea theatre company. In a battery at Point Pleasant Park On Canada Day, the curtain first rose, A tradition began, and left its mark And shap

April 23rd, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Privacy  Mr. Speaker, our government takes its fundamental responsibilities to protect the private information of Canadian citizens and the integrity of our electoral system extremely seriously, which is why we engaged the Communications Security Establishment to conduct the first-ever th

March 29th, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Ethics  Mr. Speaker, we are taking concrete action to improve our already strong and robust rules around political fundraising events. That is why the Minister of Democratic Institutions introduced Bill C-50, which will give more information to Canadians than ever before by letting them

March 29th, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Ethics  Mr. Speaker, the truth is that this party is leading the way with openness and transparency in fundraising. We are a shining example for what all parties in the House could do. It is very curious, in fact, that the party from which this question proceeds is itself still keeping

March 29th, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Burger Week  Mr. Speaker, it's the sloppiest, sauciest, greasiest time of the year in Halifax. It is Burger Week again, presented by The Coast newspaper, with a portion of profits going to Feed Nova Scotia. Now in its sixth year, with a record-breaking 125 burgers to choose from, there is

March 22nd, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to Bill C-364, introduced by the member for Terrebonne. This private member's bill, Bill C-364, would amend Canada's Elections Act and Income Tax Act in the following ways. First, it would substantially lower the contribution limits to politi

March 1st, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I am so confounded by the mendacious invective from the Conservative benches, and from the leadership, that I hardly know where to start. I come from a long career in public service and I have seen my share of sophistry and oratorical parlour tricks, where elected m

March 1st, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal