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Business of the House  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the hon. member for his passionate and intelligent speech. It is obvious that the Conservative Party left a financial mess after the election. One of our strategies is to make strategic investments in public infrastructure. Can the hon. member tell us what he thinks of our goal of making major investments in public infrastructure?

February 4th, 2016House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, the speech of the hon. parliamentary secretary was very intelligent and well reasoned. There is a provision in the motion for a special committee to hold hearings across the country. Could the member speak a little on the benefit of such a committee and does she have ideas on where it should visit?

February 2nd, 2016House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Income Tax Act  Madam Speaker, it is certainly not up to me as an individual to define who is middle class and who is not. However, I can give the member some facts. Canadians who earn between $45,000 and $90,000 in 2016 would receive a 7% reduction on the taxes they pay. Their tax rate would fall from 22.5% to 20.5%, a 7% reduction.

February 1st, 2016House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Income Tax Act  Madam Speaker, the member is absolutely right that the range of people who would benefit from the doubling of the TFSA contribution limit was simply not wide enough. We proposed a plan based on a middle-income tax cut; we proposed a plan based on a more generous, enhanced, and tax-free Canada child benefit; and we proposed a plan that included a 10% increase to the guaranteed income supplement, which would benefit a million older Canadians.

February 1st, 2016House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Income Tax Act  Madam Speaker, that is quite interesting coming from a member of a government that ran seven consecutive operating deficits in a row. The Liberal government ran on a plan to help our middle class. This is the first step of that plan, a middle-class income tax cut. The plan includes an enhanced, more generous, and tax-free Canada child benefit, which would raise 300,000 children out of poverty, which is excellent.

February 1st, 2016House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Income Tax Act  Madam Speaker, it is a pleasure to add my voice to today's discussion on the government's middle-income tax cut, which we introduced in December 2015. Before I touch on the legislation, I will begin by taking a few moments to extend my congratulations to the Minister of Finance and his parliamentary secretary for pursuing one of the most comprehensive pre-budget consultations in recent history.

February 1st, 2016House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I know how hard the hon. member has worked in the last few months to be elected on October 19. I am wondering if he could share with us how important it is to him and to his constituents to achieve the right balance between the energy sector and the environment. How important is that to his constituents?

January 28th, 2016House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Employment  Mr. Speaker, non-profit organizations in our communities are already working on their summer programming and will soon be hiring employees for the summer period. Can the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour confirm which programs will be available to non-profit organizations and small businesses?

January 27th, 2016House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Resumption of debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, I was very proud when the government said it was going to implement all 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It is very important and groundbreaking work that the commission did. I think that once the report flows through the systems of the House of Commons, it will be analyzed very closely, in all degrees and in all aspects.

January 25th, 2016House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Resumption of debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, I am proud to say that in the last eight months I quite literally knocked on thousands and thousands of doors in Saint Boniface and Saint Vital. Many of the issues were paramount to the citizens I now represent, not the least of which was infrastructure funding. As the hon. member has mentioned, I was a city councillor for many years.

January 25th, 2016House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Resumption of debate on Address in Reply  Again, Mr. Speaker, after my intensive consultations of the last six months, the middle-income tax cut was very well received at the doors. I also know there were some questions in the past about what we were doing for people who were struggling to join the middle class. That is where the Canada child benefit comes in.

January 25th, 2016House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Resumption of debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, I am going to share my time with another hon. member. It is a real honour for me to represent the people of Saint Boniface—Saint Vital, who voted overwhelmingly for change on October 19. Saint Boniface—Saint Vital is the birthplace and the resting place of the father of Manitoba and leader of the Métis Nation, Louis Riel.

January 25th, 2016House debate

Dan VandalLiberal

Louis Riel  Mr. Speaker, on November 16 of this year, at his gravesite in the Saint Boniface Cathedral, the Manitoba Metis Federation, Union nationale métisse and I paid our respects on the 130th Anniversary of the execution of the Father of Manitoba and leader of the Métis nation, Louis Riel.

December 8th, 2015House debate

Dan VandalLiberal