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Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I would like to start by thanking my colleague, the member for Vancouver Quadra for the excellent points she made. In particular as she began her presentation, she spoke of the ways in which this program, properly administered and properly managed, can be of great be

May 6th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Pensions  Mr. Speaker, Canadians have long benefited from the CPP, a cornerstone of our society. Yesterday Ontario recognized the growing need to strengthen Canadians' pensions, introducing a proposal that will—

May 2nd, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Pensions  Mr. Speaker, if the members on the other side of the House would like to hear my big-girl voice, listen up, gentlemen. Ontario showed leadership that has been lacking from the Conservative government. Will the Conservatives finally follow Ontario's lead and help all Canadians ac

May 2nd, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Employment  Mr. Speaker, unemployment is sky high in southwestern Ontario, and manufacturing jobs for Canadians are scarce, but temporary foreign workers are being hired at record levels. Over the past five years, their number has doubled in Windsor and is up 43% in London. There are now mor

May 1st, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

The Economy  Mr. Speaker, since the government seems unusually interested in statistical definitions this week, let us talk about a simple concept, the median household income. The most recent StatsCan data shows that the annual median household income has only increased by a paltry $100 sinc

April 3rd, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

The Economy  Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the government to consider a few more simple, yet worrying, statistics. The percentage of working age Canadians who today hold jobs is lower than when the government took office. Youth unemployment is at 14%, more than 2% higher than when the Cons

April 3rd, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Pensions  Mr. Speaker, the hugely successful Canadian pension plan was built through constructive negotiations between the federal and provincial governments. The previous finance minister refused to continue that tradition and work with the provinces on a CPP expansion. Now many Canadia

March 26th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Ukraine  Mr. Chair, I will start by assuring the hon. member for Edmonton—Strathcona that we in the Ukrainian community have a saying that everyone is Ukrainian, but they just may not know it yet; so there is still a chance for the hon. member for Edmonton—Strathcona. I was very interest

February 26th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Ukraine  Mr. Chair, I would like to thank the hon. member for Mississauga East—Cooksville for quoting Ukrainian poetry. I wish I were able to quote Adam Mickiewicz in response, but I am not that advanced. The next line of the poem Zapovit, which the member quoted, is: [Member spoke in

February 26th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Ukraine  Mr. Chair, I would like to start by saying that I believe I just heard the commitment of the hon. member for Parkdale—High Park to Ukraine impugned, and I think I heard a suggestion that she is somehow a Johnny-come-lately to the Ukrainian cause. Of course, I sincerely hope that

February 26th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Ukraine  Mr. Chair, I want to ask a question that is pegged to the comment made by my hon. colleague from the New Democratic Party. I was especially struck by his comment that he is not Ukrainian Canadian and does not have Ukrainian Canadians in his riding. I think it is great to hear tha

February 26th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Ukraine  Mr. Chair, the hon. member is from Winnipeg, another city that has lots of great Ukrainian Canadians. The first line of the Ukrainian national anthem is “Shche ne vmerla Ukrayina”. That means Ukraine has not yet died. To me, that says a lot about the extent to which Ukraine as a

February 26th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Ukraine  Mr. Chair, I thank the member for her remarks. I am really grateful to her for mentioning my late mother, who did indeed devote a big portion of her life to helping to write the democratic constitution of Ukraine. I do agree that it is a strong message that Canada could send. I

February 26th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Ukraine  Mr. Chair, the hon. member for Edmonton East makes an excellent point about Ukraine, and as someone who went to high school in Edmonton, I think it is delightful that the Edmonton caucus, if there is such a thing, speaks about Ukraine with such good information and such insight a

February 26th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal

Ukraine  Mr. Chair, I have to say that I am really disappointed that this is the response from the hon. member about remarks that were meant to address not our own partisan squabbles but the very real issue of democracy and the future of Ukraine. This is a really big issue. This is an iss

February 26th, 2014House debate

Chrystia FreelandLiberal