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Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honour of the national day of vigils to remember and honour the more than 1,000 murdered and missing indigenous women and girls. Today, we are encouraged to come together to remember those we have lost, to promote awareness of this national tragedy

October 4th, 2017House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Petitions  Madam Speaker, it is my honour to rise to present petition e-1007, initiated by one of my constituents, with over 1,000 signatures. The petitioners are requesting that changes to the pardon system that were made in 2012 be reversed. The changes brought forward under the previous

September 29th, 2017House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Royal Canadian Mounted Police  Mr. Speaker, for decades, the RCMP has had Métis artifacts, including clothing, a book of poems, a crucifix and a hunting knife belonging to Louis Riel. Advocates have been calling for the items to be returned to the Métis nation for generations. Can the Minister of Public Safet

September 26th, 2017House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Access to Information Act  Mr. Speaker, I firmly believe that this bill will improve access to information for all Canadians. According to the specifics of the bill, proactive disclosure will apply to 240 government departments and agencies, including the Prime Minister's office, MPs' offices, and the inst

September 26th, 2017House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Access to Information Act  Madam Speaker, the hon. member is bang on. This act has not been significantly amended for more than 30 years. Thirty years ago governments were keeping records on paper. Thirty years ago was before the computer age. It is quite clear that although other governments have promised

September 26th, 2017House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Access to Information Act  Madam Speaker, I have worked in municipal government for 15 years, and the reality is that some of the access to information requests we received were not reasonable. If we were to act on every single one of them, it would simply not be in the best interest of government and not

September 26th, 2017House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Access to Information Act  Madam Speaker, clearly, access to information requests to the federal, municipal or provincial government are sometimes simply not serious. Each level of government has a right to decline them. However, the requester always has the right to appeal to the Information Commissioner.

September 26th, 2017House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Access to Information Act  Madam Speaker, it is a great pleasure to rise today to speak to this bill, a comprehensive set of amendments to the Access to Information Act. It is always with great pleasure that I rise in the House on behalf of the constituents of Saint-Boniface—Saint-Vital to discuss importa

September 26th, 2017House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Access to Information Act  Madam Speaker, this bill will clearly ensure that over 240 government departments, the Prime Minister's Office, and parliamentary institutions will have to proactively disclose information. I would like to ask the hon. member why he does not think this will be an improvement for

September 26th, 2017House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Export and Import Permits Act  Mr. Speaker, it is a great honour to be in this chamber again after the summer break. The member gave a long speech. However, the reality is that the preamble of the ATT recognizes the legitimate trade and lawful ownership of guns, including for recreational, cultural, and sporti

September 21st, 2017House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister has been very clear that no relationship is more important to him and to this government than the relationship with first nations, with the Métis Nation, and with the Inuit people. Today, on what will now be known as National Indigenous Peoples D

June 21st, 2017House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

St. Boniface Hospital Research  Mr. Speaker, in mid-April, researchers at the St. Boniface Hospital Research centre announced an important scientific breakthrough that could help in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. PEG-2S, which could help in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, was

June 20th, 2017House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Indian Act  Mr. Speaker, I commend the hon. member from Winnipeg for his tremendous speech. Once again, he has talked about issues that are so relevant to so many people, not only in our city that we share but across Canada. There is simply so much history we cannot be proud of, beginning wi

June 13th, 2017House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Indian Act  Mr. Speaker, I am wondering if the hon. member could comment about the diversity of opinion on this issue. There are organizations such as the Native Women's Association of Canada that feels we cannot move fast enough on this. Other organizations such as the Indigenous Bar Associ

June 13th, 2017House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Indian Act  Mr. Speaker, this is something that emanates from an August 3, 2015, decision of the Superior Court of Quebec, which at the time ruled that the Indian Act unjustifiably violated equality rights. The Superior Court of Quebec at that time gave Parliament 18 months to try to make th

June 13th, 2017House debate

Dan VandalLiberal