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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

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

November 15th, 2016House debate

Andy FillmoreLiberal

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

Andy FillmoreLiberal

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

Andy FillmoreLiberal

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

Andy FillmoreLiberal