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Impact Assessment Act  Madam Speaker, there are some who have expressed concern over the role of the offshore petroleum boards and the process of environmental assessments. I wonder what the minister might tell them to help them feel better about the bill.

February 27th, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague across the way for his work not only on this today but in the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, where we often get to work very productively. The member opined on whether the government had engaged or consulted wit

February 9th, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

An Act to Change the Name of the Electoral District of Châteauguay-Lacolle  Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I commend the member for passing the test of paying attention this evening. Of course, where I was going with all that is that in the same way that technology evolves, we have to adapt to it, so too we have to evolve and adapt to the names of our ridi

February 8th, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

An Act to Change the Name of the Electoral District of Châteauguay-Lacolle  Madam Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to speak to Bill C-377, introduced by my colleague, the member for Châteauguay—Lacolle. The bill proposes to change the name of her riding to “Châteauguay—Les Jardins-de-Napierville”. As members of the House know, the municipality of La

February 8th, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Dalhousie University  Mr. Speaker, I rise today as a proud alumnus to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Dalhousie University. Dalhousie educates more Nova Scotians than any other Nova Scotian university, yet over half of its students come from elsewhere, with its student body representing over 110 co

February 5th, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, the official opposition members have paradoxically exercised themselves with great vigour to decry the elements of transparency and openness proposed in Bill C-50, while they themselves are practising a closed style and opacity. I wonder if the parliamentary secretar

February 5th, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, picking up where we left off before question period, as I listened to the member's high moral judging, I was reminded of another great work of fiction. What we have here is really a tale of two leaders, in which what is the best of times for the leader on this side

February 2nd, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I have never owned a mule, and I have never had the opportunity to ride on a mule, but I imagine that if I had a favourite old mule, I would want to ride it as far and as long as I possibly could. Looking at things that way, I can understand why members of the offici

February 1st, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, the member, along with his colleagues across the way, have a new-found esteem for the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner and have been very interested lately in what she had to say about a number of topics. I wonder if the member would tell me how he feels

February 1st, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member opposite for his comments and his dedication to this file. At its heart, Bill C-50 is about ensuring that prime ministers, leadership candidates, ministers, and opposition leaders are accountable to Canadians when they attend fundraisers that cost

February 1st, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I wonder if the member for Perth—Wellington could share with the House why he feels that his party's leader should be entitled to such secretive fundraisers.

February 1st, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank my friend, the member for Saanich—Gulf Islands, for her ongoing care and attention to democratic institutions in Canada. I would like to dwell on the section of her remarks regarding conventions. Any fundraiser within a convention for which a person walks t

February 1st, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, members will recall that after the last election in 2015, then Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand produced a report. That report was characterized by a number of recommendations on how we might do better in this place. One recommendation, A36, of the report said w

February 1st, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for his great question and attention to this matter. Of course, I must agree that voter turnout did increase in 2015, as Canadians were greatly motivated for a change in government and turned out in wonderful numbers. Sadly, the turnout among cer

February 1st, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, my friend for Skeena—Bulkley Valley described in his question the state of political fundraisers as they have been for many successive governments over many years. It is important that with Bill C-50 we are improving on that. We are making it much better. We are taki

February 1st, 2018House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal