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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 2 Mr. Speaker, it is my honour to rise in support of Bill C-29, a second act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2016 and other measures. Members of Parliament know better than most the staggering importance of the federal budget. I am s
World Town Planning Day Mr. Speaker, as a proud city planner of nearly 25 years, I am delighted to report to the House that on November 8, the globe celebrated World Town Planning Day. City planners devote themselves to building sustainable, liveable, healthy, and resilient communities where people li
November 14th, 2016House debate
Canadian Heritage Mr. Speaker, on October 6, the Minister of Canadian Heritage announced that Canada has accepted the invitation to be the guest of honour host country for the 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair. Could the minister explain why the 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair is a priority for the government?
October 27th, 2016House debate
Disaster Assistance Mr. Speaker, many communities in Nova Scotia are reeling from the devastating storm that hit Atlantic Canada last week. While some areas were impacted more and some areas impacted less, all communities are dealing together with the fallout, both short and long term. Many homes, b
October 18th, 2016House debate
Paris Agreement Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague for the opportunity to shift away from the pricing of carbon pollution to some of the innovative aspects of addressing this challenge. Of course, the reduction of burning of fossil fuels creates an enormous opportunity for the development of n
Paris Agreement Madam Speaker, the Vancouver declaration, the one agreed to by all premiers, contains language around a carbon price. What the federal government has done now is to flesh that out with a meaningful action plan.
Paris Agreement Madam Speaker, I have to say I am much more interested in preventing future carbon emissions than worrying about the carbon that is already out there in the world. This historic Paris agreement is about looking forward together, finding solutions, and forging solutions together.