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Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, the hon. member is going to mention to clergy in her community the repeal of this section. Is she also going to mention that there are already offences related to all of these things, such as causing a disturbance, hate crimes, assault, uttering threats, and intimi

June 15th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Salaries Act  Madam Speaker, I am shocked that the member opposite would suggest that these appointments were not merit based. My question is based on a couple of points. The Minister of Science has 90 universities, over 200 colleges, and a budget of $10 billion. The Minister of Internationa

June 8th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, drug-impaired driving is a concern taken very seriously by the government. I have spoken at length with the minister and the parliamentary secretary about this problem. Bill C-46 is an important piece of the puzzle to go along with Bill C-45, which is the legalizati

May 31st, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, again, I am looking forward to hearing the evidence from scientists, but my understanding is that the saliva-based test for people impaired by cannabis does show recent usage of cannabis. The roadside test is not dealing with fat-soluble concentrations of THC. It is

May 31st, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I know my friend, the hon. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, has done incredible work travelling the country, including coming to St. Catharines and speaking to members of the community and speaking to key individuals such as our chief of police, he

May 31st, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, before I begin, I would like to mention that I will be splitting my time with the hon. member for Rivière-des-Mille-Îles. I will be speaking in favour of Bill C-46, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (offences relating to conveyances) and to make consequential amendm

May 31st, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Rankin Cancer Run  Mr. Speaker, this past weekend, St. Catharines came together during the 12th annual Rankin Cancer Run. More than 13,000 people participated. Starting at the Grantham Lions Park, cancer survivors, family, friends, and Niagara residents ventured on a one or five kilometre run or wa

May 30th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize May as Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month and to commend Cystic Fibrosis Canada for the incredible work it continues to do. Beginning in 1960, this internationally recognized leader in funding and innovation has a storied history, both in Can

May 17th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to present a petition signed by constituents in our riding of St. Catharines. This particular petition is in relation to palliative care in Canada. The availability of palliative care in Canada is an important issue facing our health care s

May 15th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Niagara Folk Arts Festival  Mr. Speaker, running throughout the month of May each year, the Niagara Folk Arts Festival is the oldest continually running heritage festival in Canada. Cultural communities from across Niagara will showcase their rich and dynamic cultures. Events, including the ambassador's ba

May 8th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Sport  Mr. Speaker, I was proud to be present last week for the announcement that the 2021 Canada Summer Games will be held in Niagara. In four short years, our nation's next generation of elite athletes, currently in development programs throughout Canada, will converge for the largest

April 7th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Canada Summer Games  Mr. Speaker, while today may be the first day of the Blue Jays season, a glorious day indeed, I am rising today to speak of another important sporting event. On Thursday, I gathered with many supporters in St. Catharines, anxiously awaiting for an announcement. A loud cheer was

April 3rd, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Scotties Tournament of Hearts  Mr. Speaker, I have no issue telling my colleagues that St. Catharines rocks, but this week we are doing a bit more than usual. This is because St. Catharines has the honour of hosting the 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Fifteen teams, comprised of the most skilled women in c

February 23rd, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Controlled Drugs and Substances Act  Madam Speaker, during the break I had an opportunity to meet with a friend of mine who is a firefighter in Niagara. I asked him how work was going, and he said that it was terrible. He was going from call to call with the opioid crisis and overdoses. We hear a lot about the opi

January 31st, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Baseball Hall of Fame  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak of an upcoming ballot. This is not a matter for the Minister of Democratic Institutions. I am speaking about the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. Though it may seem unusual to speak about baseball in this frigid week in Ottawa, a player is on the b

November 23rd, 2016House debate

Chris BittleLiberal