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Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, this is the government that doubled funding to this particular program. There are more jobs. There are more hours. I was happy to hear from my friend, the hon. parliamentary secretary, that applications are at an all-time high. I am looking forward to seeing more

March 1st, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, when I spoke with faith organizations, they raised concerns, but when I read the definition that I brought up in my speech, the concerns were lifted. That is important because faith organizations, the opposition members are right, are doing great work in our communit

March 1st, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, the rights within the Charter of Rights and Freedoms are hard-earned, and we have members from the other side getting up in 2018 and still calling the LGBTQ2 community a lifestyle choice. In the eyes of the member who said those words, it would be fine to discriminat

March 1st, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today, and correct the record on many of the inaccuracies being advanced by the opposition benches. The absurd theory suggested that this is a debate on values or religion is simply ridiculous. This is simply a matter of reading a definition on

March 1st, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I know this issue raises a lot of concerns. It becomes an issue of passion. It becomes an issue of faith. However, there is a lot of misinformation that has been put out there by the opposition. They call it the “ideological views” of the Liberal Party of Canada. W

March 1st, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, Canadians' confidence in our electoral system is vital for our democracy. They know that one of the best ways to build and maintain that confidence is with openness and transparency. Five years ago our party led the way by being the first to disclose our members' ex

February 15th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, it has been interesting to sit here today and listen to the opposition bring forward this motion. I brought this up before. Why can the opposition members not take yes for an answer? This is a project the government and the Prime Minister are pushing that will create

February 12th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I have been here all day listening to the debate, and it is interesting. It is almost as if the Conservatives are not listening to this side of the House. As the hon. minister said, why can they not take yes for an answer. This project is in the national interest. Th

February 12th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, the hon. member and I agree on one point in his speech, which is that this project is in the national interest, something that has been said by the Prime Minister, something that has been said by the Minister of Natural Resources, who I am sure will expand on that

February 12th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Brock University President  Mr. Speaker, as we celebrate Black History Month, we take the time to highlight the important contributions of black Canadian leaders in our communities. I would like to take a moment to highlight a leader in Niagara, Dr. Gervan Fearon. In St. Catharines, Brock University is a f

February 7th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I have been hearing this all day, the allegations that the Prime Minister has somehow taken $200,000. This is just a preposterous notion put forward by many members of the opposition. Could the hon. member tell the House about what this really represents? It is RCMP

February 6th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, when the former conflict of interest and ethics commissioner was asked whether more stringent penalties should be imposed, she said, “I'm not of the view that more stringent penalties are required.” It seems that the NDP and the Conservatives purport to have respect

February 6th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Business of Supply  Yes, Mr. Speaker, it was a search and rescue helicopter. Could the member point to the time when he condemned that and called it out and demanded that Peter MacKay pay that money back?

February 6th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, in putting down the Prime Minister, the member built herself up as a member of the working class, which is impressive, making $180,000 per year. That being said, I am wondering if the hon. member could comment on the fact that the former conflict of interest and et

February 6th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, the hon. member suggested that monies be paid back. I was wondering if he could speak to the $122,000 that the hon. member owes. The Prime Minister took immediate responsibility, listened to the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, and abided by all of her r

February 6th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal