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World Pride Celebration  Mr. Speaker, this month Toronto will have the honour of hosting the World Pride Celebration. My constituency of Toronto Centre will be at the heart of the festivities. We can be proud this landmark celebration will take place nearly nine years after gay marriage became legal acr

June 17th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Human Rights  Mr. Speaker, this month Toronto will have the honour of hosting the WorldPride celebration. This is an essential moment for us all to assert that LGBT rights are human rights, and to establish Canada both as a world leader and a global haven on this crucial issue. My constituent

June 11th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, absolutely, I think the Nordic countries provide some very important examples and lessons for us. Interestingly, if we look at market incomes before government intervention, they too have experienced an increase in income inequality among those countries, as my hon.

June 10th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, today what we are talking about is future policies. As we have discussed, and we have heard some very good data cited today, income splitting has been supported and advocated by the Prime Minister, although it was opposed by the late minister of finance, Jim Flaherty

June 10th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I think there is no dishonour in agreeing, sometimes, with my hon. colleagues in the NDP or in citing someone I think we all respected very much, the late Jim Flaherty. As I tried to argue in my comments, this is a phenomenon that has been going on for 30 years. The

June 10th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I did not misspeak. It is the position of our party that we believe, like the late minister Jim Flaherty, that income splitting would increase income inequality and we are not in favour of it.

June 10th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I would like to start by saying that I will be splitting my time with my colleague, the member for Bourassa. It is a real honour and a pleasure to be talking about this subject here in this House today. Rising income inequality is one of the most striking and most i

June 10th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, tomorrow Petro Poroshenko will be inaugurated as president of Ukraine, after earning a powerful democratic mandate in last month's election. However, Ukraine continues to face extreme pressure from Russia. Crimea has been annexed, and Russian nationals, armed by Russ

June 6th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Honduras Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, I could not have said it better myself. The hon. member for Kings—Hants identified a powerful and important opportunity in the Canadian-Honduran relationship. I would point out, as he so very wisely said, that we have to understand that the learning here is not one-

June 5th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Honduras Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, I believe in listening to what the markets say and to what market experts are forecasting. Part of the reason I was so worried and concerned about the April trade numbers is that they were a surprise to market economists. They found them to be very disappointing and

June 5th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Honduras Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to start with the hon. member's point about Germany and how its apprenticeship system, which I think has a lot of admirable traits, may not be relevant to Canada. I would like to point out to the member that his own employment minister speaks often and

June 5th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Honduras Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to begin by addressing the gender point. I salute all the women in the House. It is important to have more women here. It is always a pleasure for me to meet them and see the very strong female presence, particularly on this side of the House, and the so

June 5th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Honduras Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  I think you gentlemen are probably interested—

June 5th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Honduras Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, I will do that, although I would ask you to help ensure more collegial behaviour on all sides of the House. I suspect that the members on the other side of the House will not doubt the credibility or the significance of a report from the Canadian Chamber of Commerc

June 5th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Canada-Honduras Economic Growth and Prosperity Act  Mr. Speaker, tonight I will speak about why the Liberal Party is supportive of free trade as an important, essential part of Canada's economic strategy. I will talk about why we support this Honduran free trade deal. I will talk about some of the problems with this deal that we n

June 5th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal