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Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I was encouraged to hear the hon. member talk about homelessness. He must be pleased to hear about the government's $40 billion plan to tackle that. However, that is not the issue before us. As my hon. friend for Kingston and the Islands has asked a couple of time

February 6th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I will direct my comments specifically to what the Ethics Commissioner said. When she was asked by the hon. member for Thornhill whether there should be more penalties, she said, “I’m not of the view...that more stringent penalties are required.” She went on to say

February 6th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, the Prime Minister engaged with an officer of Parliament, the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner. The investigation took a period of time. The Prime Minister presented his belief of what happened. Others were asked for their evidence in that case. Then a

February 6th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, it is not surprising that the Conservatives put forward this motion. When we bring forward good policy that helps Canadians, it is hard to attack that. We do not have to look any further than the recent by-elections, which have shown that the Canadian people do no

February 6th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, the Conservatives believed that personal attacks was the path to victory in the last election. Canadians did not buy it then and they will not buy it now. The opposition knows that security agencies make determinations on what is needed to protect the Prime Minist

February 6th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I rise today to speak to the motion before us. I find it remarkable that the opposition decided to use one of its few supply days to debate this. The object of today's motion is, of course, not to actually debate an issue that matters to Canadians, such as jobs,

February 6th, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Strengthening Motor Vehicle Safety for Canadians Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my hon. friend for his work on committee and in getting the bill to third reading. We heard through his speech that the bill would provide a flexible regime and is a great bill for consumer protection. Could my colleague tell the House the type

January 31st, 2018House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, the first part of my hon. friend's question as to what consultations took place in regards to the appointment of a minister is a bit curious. I would be surprised if that hon. member rose during the previous Parliament suggesting that Prime Minister Harper should con

December 12th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, as my speech discussed, from day one the Prime Minister wanted an equal, one-tier ministry. These are priorities that are important to Canadians, priorities we ran on. For example, science is a significant part of what we ran on and what Canadians expected from their

December 12th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my hon. colleague for his question, but it went a little off topic of this particular bill. The hon. member mentioned a promise that the Prime Minister made during the campaign. The promise was to have an equal cabinet, a one-tier cabinet, and

December 12th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Kingston and the Islands for his kind and very sincere words. It is surprising. I have been here a number of times during this debate at various stages, and we have heard from opposition members, especially those on the Conservat

December 12th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, I rise again, this time at third reading, to speak in support of Bill C-24, an act to update and modernize the Salaries Act. I would like to focus my comments on the five positions Bill C-24 would add to the Salaries Act, positions that are currently minister of stat

December 12th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to stand today and join in the second reading debate on private member's Bill C-375, an act to amend the Criminal Code. Before I begin my speech I would like to thank my hon. friend from Richmond Hill, who in caucus and throughout this Parliament h

December 8th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act  Mr. Speaker, I believe if you seek it, you will find unanimous consent to see the clock as 1:30 p.m.

December 8th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act  Mr. Speaker, it is clear the member is a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ2 community in her riding and beyond. I want to thank her for that, as well as all her colleagues in the NDP for the passionate work they do. I was fortunate to be here for the Prime Minister's apology. I

December 8th, 2017House debate

Chris BittleLiberal