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Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 2  Madam Speaker, Canadian veterans have bravely served our country. They have stepped up to serve us in the most difficult of situations. We owe them our respect, gratitude, and support. Can the hon. government House leader tell the House how this bill will support our veterans?

November 15th, 2016House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, from previous governments we have seen privatizations gone wrong, and we can learn from that, but this is an excellent opportunity to attract investment for projects that need funding from the private sector. There are certain institutions where individuals pay fee

November 14th, 2016House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, that is a very difficult question to answer in 35 seconds, but I will just echo what my colleague mentioned in terms of affordable housing. In Niagara we are facing a crunch, as so many other communities have seen. Right now, individuals looking for a single bedroom

November 14th, 2016House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, my hon. friend brought up the fact that the Prime Minister is meeting with investors. I want to take this opportunity to highlight the work that not only the Prime Minister but many members of the cabinet have done over the past year. I already mentioned General El

November 14th, 2016House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, it is my honour to rise today and speak on the importance of Bill C-29, which seeks to implement key provisions of budget 2016. It was seven months ago to the day that I rose in this place to address hon. members about the important impact that our budget would hav

November 14th, 2016House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Toronto Blue Jays  Mr. Speaker, almost 23 years ago, we held our breath as a nation. It was the bottom of the ninth as Joe Carter stepped up to the plate. The late Tom Cheek captured this historic moment perfectly when he remarked, “Touch 'em all, Joe”. Though last night was not the World Series,

October 5th, 2016House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Paris Agreement  Madam Speaker, we are finally witnessing climate change. We have seen it in southwestern Ontario, in Niagara, and in Windsor. Right now we are seeing the effects in Haiti where a deadly hurricane has hit. I would like my colleague to expand on Canada's commitments abroad and the

October 4th, 2016House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Niagara Wine Festival  Mr. Speaker, it is not as if one needs an excuse to bend elbows with fellow community members, but I have a perfect one happening this weekend. Niagara is famous for many things: Niagara Falls, rolling hills, beautiful landscapes, two great lakes, and beautiful beaches. However,

September 21st, 2016House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Food and Drugs Act  Madam Speaker, St. Catharines' largest private employer is General Motors, which currently produces engines for export. It has been a long-standing relationship. Therefore, St. Catharines understands the importance of an export-based economy. I would like to thank the hon. membe

September 20th, 2016House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Food and Drugs Act  Madam Speaker, our government understands the importance of trade. Recently in Niagara, General Electric has decided to build a brilliant new facility. This new factory is being built, which is incredible and has not been seen in Ontario in a while. The government remains commi

September 20th, 2016House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Food and Drugs Act  Madam Speaker, I would first like to address the comment about better wine. Those are fighting words. Now I will address his question on the trans-Pacific partnership. The Government of Canada is engaging Canadians from coast to coast to coast. We are maintaining an open mind.

September 20th, 2016House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Food and Drugs Act  Madam Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the hon. member for Thunder Bay—Rainy River. I would like to thank my hon. friend from Windsor for all his work on Bill C-221. It is an excellent proposal and I look forward to voting on it on Wednesday. Today, I am pleased to hav

September 20th, 2016House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, the Supreme Court has been clear. It has set for us a deadline of June 6 to pass legislation. This is not a matter of whether medical assistance in dying is to be legal; it is to establish a framework. I am concerned that should we go forward there will be a vacuum

May 2nd, 2016House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I believe the bill is set up in an appropriate way that it would allow for the provinces to set up with their own colleges and with their own regulations on how medical assistance would be provided. As the hon. member knows, the provision of health care services in t

May 2nd, 2016House debate

Chris BittleLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, the consultations have been broad. The joint committee heard from over 60 witnesses and received over 100 different briefs. Over the next week, my colleagues and I will hear from 42 witnesses. We have yet to determine the number of briefs that we will receive, but I

May 2nd, 2016House debate

Chris BittleLiberal