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Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Madam Speaker, the number comes from the Library of Parliament's independent study on that. The member talks about “being rich”. It is rich that he would criticize the CCB. I believe that the plan the NDP ran on would have lifted 80,000 children out of poverty. However, a fight

November 2nd, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Madam Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to speak in favour of the budget implementation act to implement the second phase of the plan that the minister and government laid out for Canadians in budget 2017. Two years into our mandate from Canadians, it is abundantly clear that t

November 2nd, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, I have heard a number of Conservatives refer to the Minister of Innovation as the minister from Toronto. We would be more than happy to bring forward a map for hon. members on the other side, because his constituents would think differently about where they are from.

October 26th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, a central focus of the member's concern about the bill was memoranda to cabinet. Within our government, with our Prime Minister, all ministers within the ministry can provide a memorandum to cabinet. I was wondering if, given that fact, it changes the hon. member's v

October 26th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, the hon. member raised a couple of concerns. First, she said that this bill is not important, which we will have to agree to disagree on. I am wondering if she could point to when she expressed concern about the previous government twice amending the Salaries Act.

October 26th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, the member keeps referring to the minister from Toronto. I believe he is referring to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. I think his constituents would disagree with that title, because it is a completely different city. I am not sure why h

October 26th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, I have noticed in my two years here that, depending on the issue, we get criticized by the opposition for consulting Canadians on one hand, and then on the other hand when there is significant consultation, we get criticized for not consulting enough. That is interes

October 26th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, the bottom line is that the ministers around the cabinet table provide equal voices. There are issues of significant importance to this government. The work that the current Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour did when she was the minister respon

October 26th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the hon. member for talking about the small business tax credit, which is a promise we delivered on. However, I will address the main part of her question, which is on the timing. The ministry was appointed a month and a half before Parliament

October 26th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, I will repeat my answer to the previous question. This is about our commitment to Canadians, and what the Prime Minister stood for was a cabinet that was equal and balanced and wherein all voices at the cabinet table were equal in being brought forth. The ministry,

October 26th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak in support of Bill C-24, a bill that would formalize in statute the one-tier ministry that was sworn in on November 4, 2015, and ensure that this government and future governments have the flexibility to deliver on their commitments to Canadians

October 26th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, although the member is in the opposition, I commend her. She provides very strong leadership for her party in her role as opposition House leader. I am certain she did the same around the cabinet table for Stephen Harper as minister of state for social development. I

October 26th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Economic Statement  Mr. Speaker, there have been discussions among the parties and if you seek it I think you will find unanimous consent for the following motion: That notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House, at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, the Speaker shall i

October 20th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Violence Against Women  Mr. Speaker, this past weekend, constituents stopped me and gave me a compliment I never thought I would hear: “Nice heels”. I am already seeing a number of strange looks, but, indeed, I rocked that pair of open-toed, sparkling, silver high heels as I walked through the mall. F

October 20th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, my hon. neighbour from Niagara Falls talked about access to cannabis. I went to school with the hon. member's kids and I am sure there was access to alcohol in his house, a drug at least as dangerous as cannabis, and his kids grew up great and are incredible adults.

October 20th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal