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Main Estimates, 2017-18  Madam Speaker, that is a curious characterization. This House has accepted amendments from the other place on numerous occasions and will continue to do so when those amendments are helpful to Canadians. Bill C-6 and Bill C-14, medical assistance in dying, are great examples. Th

June 14th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Main Estimates, 2017-18  Madam Speaker, as I have already said, gender parity is fundamental to our goals for all the democratic institutions in Canada. We are converging on that goal in a number of ways. We look forward to working with all members of the House who are interested in sorting out how we c

June 14th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Main Estimates, 2017-18  Madam Speaker, as we enter into and start to use this new merit-based appointment process, we must also remember that this is a process that also results in geographic diversity. This process allows plenty of room to accommodate diversity in all its forms.

June 14th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Main Estimates, 2017-18  Madam Speaker, right now we are extremely focused on engaging senators and improving both Houses. That is the path forward. Fundamental to that is this new process of merit-based appointments we have put in place. As these appointments continue, we will find that we have a Senate

June 14th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Main Estimates, 2017-18  Madam Speaker, we are actually coming very close to gender parity in our Senate appointment process. It is a goal we in the House all hold closely. As we go through this merit-based process, based on fairness and accomplishments and geographic representation, I think we are going

June 14th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Main Estimates, 2017-18  Madam Speaker, as we continue to appoint new senators to the chamber, based on merit, ability, and a track record of working hard for Canadians, we are going to see a much more productive and effective Senate.

June 14th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Main Estimates, 2017-18  Madam Speaker, a fundamental hallmark of the DNA of our government is the goal of achieving gender parity in all our democratic institutions. It can be taken for granted as written into all our objectives. As I already mentioned, we are on track for gender parity in the Senate.

June 14th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Main Estimates, 2017-18  Madam Speaker, I thank the member for the excellent question and the insightful observation. At the heart of this merit-based appointment process is that we are welcoming more senators into the chamber who come with a wealth of life experience, professional experience, and experi

June 14th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Main Estimates, 2017-18  Madam Speaker, after nearly a decade of partisan exploitation by the previous government, we are following through on our commitment to Canadians to build a more effective and less partisan Senate that works for everyone. Canadians elected our government on a promise of opennes

June 14th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for St. John's East for his dedication and hard work on this file. The new BFFs on this side of the House have been labouring mightily to fabricate concerns around these fundraisers really under two headings as I can see. First, the member for St

June 8th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I must say I find myself unsettled this evening by the creeping and insidious appearance of a tone of sanctimony in some of the comments coming from the other side of the House, particularly with regard to fundraising events and how tickets are purchased. Of course,

June 8th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, I thank the member opposite for the question and his keen interest in this file as we move to improve the situation for all Canadian families and communities. The illegal drug trade flourishes through the use of the plastic bags that the member refers to, and that

June 6th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, there is very excellent Wi-Fi in the House here, and you could give it a try. What the task force heard across the country was very clear. The concerns were around the health and safety implications to our children of ingesting adulterated cannabis, and then the v

June 6th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, members from across the country will have heard stories in their own ridings about young people who thought they were buying an innocent amount of marijuana of a quality that could be trusted, and instead found themselves in an emergency room because they did not k

June 6th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, I am rising today to speak to Bill C-45. I am honoured to contribute to the very thoughtful discussions that we have been having in this place and indeed beyond the House about the legalization and regulation of cannabis. I want to thank all of my colleagues for sh

June 6th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal