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Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I applaud my hon. friends for their concern for Canadians of lower and modest incomes, including seniors in Canada who fit into that category. Of course, the carbon pricing the government has put forward is intended to be cost neutral, and as such, the provinces are

February 23rd, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Order of Canada  Madam Speaker, this morning at Rideau Hall, the Governor General will invest a group of accomplished Canadians into the Order of Canada, one of our country's highest civilian honours, and I am so proud that one of those Canadians is from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Bruce MacKinnon is o

February 17th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

The Environment  Madam Speaker, it does in fact bring me joy to rise in the House today to talk about our government's plan to put a tax or price on carbon pollution and to speak about how it will help Canada's middle class. It is not conjecture, but rather we know that pricing carbon pollution

February 16th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

The Environment  Madam Speaker, after a decade of inaction and years of lost opportunities, we are finally taking the steps required to protect our planet for our children and grandchildren. Under our plan, each province has the flexibility to decide how to implement the price on carbon, based

February 16th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, the platform included many elements of electoral reform, and it certainly also included engaging with Canadians to make such important decisions. Engaging as many Canadians as possible in the conversation around electoral reform is something that we have taken very s

February 9th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, our government believes that electoral reform, indeed all democratic reform, should be about pursuing the most broad public interest possible. We believed and we continue to believe that potential reforms must be judged by how they will help Canadians. This is why th

February 9th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Awards  Mr. Speaker, today we are joined on Parliament Hill by the recipients of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada's top research award. It is my distinct pleasure to note that this year's winner of our country's highest award for science and engineering res

February 7th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, I want to be very clear. This government fundamentally believes that more Canadians should have the ability to vote. We are committed to enhancing participation by Canadians in the democratic process, as evidenced in the updated mandate letter for the Minister of Dem

February 6th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, I am thankful for the opportunity to speak to the issue raised by the member for London—Fanshawe back in October, which is why we are here this evening. That is the issue of non-resident Canadian citizens voting in federal elections. I would like to start by saying t

February 6th, 2017House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Stop the Violence  Mr. Speaker, as you know, our hometown of Halifax has recently seen a troubling string of gun-related violence. When our community is hurting like this, it can be difficult to know what the next step should be. A young man in Halifax has come through at a time when his communit

December 7th, 2016House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Canadian Heritage  Mr. Speaker, every day the devoted team at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax, one of six national museums, brings life to the story of over one million immigrants who landed at the Port of Halifax between l928 and 1971. Over the next 12 months, many posit

November 28th, 2016House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Infrastructure  Mr. Speaker, infrastructure investments we make today have potential to lock in future greenhouse gas emissions, in many cases, for years. This is why I brought my private member's Motion No. 45 to this House. It is because we know we must reduce infrastructure-related GHGs now i

November 21st, 2016House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I was very sympathetic to the words of the government House leader earlier in the day when she said it is only with great regret that she brought forward the motion for closure in the House. Unfortunately, we have been unable to use our time together wisely, and th

November 15th, 2016House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, as it happens, we are debating this year's budget today, Bill C-29. The budget is responding to a ticking time bomb of deferred liability in the form of deferred infrastructure maintenance and deferred investment in social structure in this country. Right now there

November 15th, 2016House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I think it is incumbent on everyone in the House to use to the greatest effect possible the time we have been given here by those who elected us. That is what the rules of Parliament allow us to do. I would add that low-income families who earn less than $45,000 per

November 15th, 2016House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal