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Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Madam Speaker, it is straightforward and simple. They have been in government for only a year and a half. A government does not suddenly come to power and cause massive change in that short time. The foundation of these policies was laid by our Conservative government before the

November 7th, 2017House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Madam Speaker, no matter if it is an omnibus bill or anything else, we have an opportunity to talk about the issues we want to talk about. We can pick up the issues that we feel the government is wrong about and talk about them. It is not a very big hurdle if we are debating a qu

November 7th, 2017House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, this summer and fall, there was bad news for Canadians all over, from this government. We first had the spectacle of the government going out and talking about raising taxes for small businesses, the business community. The Liberals themselves have admitted that th

November 7th, 2017House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  With regard to social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, and others, operated by departments, agencies, crown corporations, other government entities, including Ministerial accounts, since November 4, 2015, and broken down by account and by incident: (a) how many indivi

November 3rd, 2017House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  With regard to sanctions against Venezuela and President Nicolas Maduro, since November 4, 2015: (a) what is the complete list of current sanctions which Canada has in place against Venezuela; (b) when did each sanction referred to in (a) come in to effect; (c) what specific acti

November 3rd, 2017House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Diwali  Mr. Speaker, many Canadians will join Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and others from around the world on October 19 to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, which symbolizes good over evil. Diwali is now an international event, even acknowledged by the United Nations. Tomorrow eveni

October 17th, 2017House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Export and Import Permits Act  Madam Speaker, I thoroughly enjoy hearing my colleague whenever he stands up. He used to stand up with the same rhetoric when he was in the opposition, talking the same way as he does now. Now that he is on the other side, nothing has changed. It is the same old rhetoric. All he

September 21st, 2017House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Export and Import Permits Act  Madam Speaker, when I was on the other side, the member brought the same question, and I already answered that. These are not talking points. The fact of the matter is that we have pointed out and we keep pointing out what is wrong with the Arms Trade Treaty. This is the issue

September 21st, 2017House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Export and Import Permits Act  Madam Speaker, we have a robust relationship with Saudi Arabia, both in trade and politically. I have been to Saudi Arabia many times. If we see credible evidence that this is what is happening, it allows us, through our connections with Saudi Arabia, to talk to the Saudis and te

September 21st, 2017House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Export and Import Permits Act  Madam Speaker, I congratulate my colleague from Durham for his new position as critic for foreign affairs. I am sure he is going to do a great job holding the government accountable. Coming to that point, when I am speaking very clearly as the dean of the caucus knowing about th

September 21st, 2017House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Export and Import Permits Act  Madam Speaker, it is very simple and straightforward. I said right from the beginning that there are two elements to this bill. One is to enhance transparency and accountability of the export controls, which are very robust. The member has just pointed out that we have had it sin

September 21st, 2017House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Export and Import Permits Act  Madam Speaker, after 20 years, I should have known that, I should be doing that. I apologize. We are talking about the Arms Trade Treaty. The treaty is what concerns this bill, and not the controls. The hon. member has pointed out rightly that we clearly have robust controls in

September 21st, 2017House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Export and Import Permits Act  Madam Speaker, it is a pleasure for me to rise to speak to this bill put forward by the Liberal government. During my tenure as parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs, I spoke many times to this bill on behalf of the government, and today I will speak about wh

September 21st, 2017House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Questions Passed as Orders for Return  With regard to handling of the grievance process relating to Phoenix by government departments: (a) how many grievances have been filed since May 2016; (b) how many Full-Time Equivalents have been added per department to manage grievances; (c) how much has been paid in overtime t

June 16th, 2017House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Questions Passed as Orders for Return  With regard to Satellite Pay Centres across Canada, broken down by pay centre: (a) how much has been spent in total on each of the centres; and (b) of the amount in (a), how much has been spent on (i) salaries, (ii) building rental and lease costs, (iii) employee travel, (iv) ove

June 16th, 2017House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative