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Canada Pension Plan  Madam Speaker, as I stated, CPP is one of the vehicles of retirement, but it is not the only vehicle. This whole notion of abolishing it or doing whatever, it is one of these things, but it cannot be a burden on the businesses and it cannot be a burden on workers. That is what we

November 14th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Canada Pension Plan  My apologies, Madam Speaker, for my cellphone ringing. Today, the Liberals are going to talk about investments. They are going to set up this investment bank because they believe investment in infrastructure is key. Let me remind every Canadian that in 2008 the Conservative g

November 14th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Canada Pension Plan  My cellphone is ringing again, Madam Speaker. I am sorry.

November 14th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Canada Pension Plan  Madam Speaker, this is the second time I rise in the House to talk about CPP. In the early days, when I came to the House, we talked about a CPP increase to ensure that it would be there for future generations. Regretfully, we are back here today talking about it again. The gove

November 14th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  With regard to government expenditures on media monitoring and all such contracts which have been in place on or since November 4, 2015: what are the details of all spending, broken down by each department and agency, including (i) the nature, (ii) the scope, (iii) the duration,

November 4th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  With regard to fiscal years 2015-16 and 2016-17, broken down by province or territory and by month: (a) what was the total amount provided, as well as the amounts projected to be provided, to the provinces and territories through transfer payments; (b) of the amounts specified in

November 4th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  With regard to all contracts awarded by the government since November 4, 2015, broken down by department or agency: (a) how many contracts have been awarded to a foreign firm, individual, business, or other entity with a mailing address outside of Canada; (b) for each contract in

November 4th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  With regard to contracts under $10 000 granted by Western Economic Diversification Canada since January 1, 2016, what are the (i) vendors' names, (ii) contracts' reference and file numbers, (iii) dates of the contracts, (iv) descriptions of the services provided, (v) delivery dat

November 4th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

TAMIL HERITAGE MONTH  Mr. Speaker, I stand today in support of the motion put forward by my colleague, the member for Scarborough—Rouge Park, to recognize the contributions the Tamil Canadians have made to Canadian society by declaring the month January every year as the Tamil heritage month. The mot

September 29th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

National Seniors Day  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express my gratitude to the seniors in my riding and to those throughout Canada. As members know, October 1 is National Seniors Day, and I want to take a moment to acknowledge the great contributions of seniors across the nation. The current economic

September 29th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Food and Drugs Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member for listening to my rhetoric for five years. Hopefully, he will get something out of it. This is precisely what we are talking about. The bill would remove the red tape so SMEs can get more involved in the free trade market around the

September 20th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Food and Drugs Act  Mr. Speaker, when I first came to Parliament, I went to Doha for a WTO meeting, called the Doha Round. There was a huge number of countries in the WTO. This was going to be the agreement that would open up trade around the world. Unfortunately, all of that optimism slowly dissipa

September 20th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Food and Drugs Act  Mr. Speaker, the hon. member did ask me a good question, but I thought the answer would have been “thank you very much”. However, he has asked me to elaborate. The most important thing in Bill C-13 is that it would take away the red tape. There is a great amount of red tape in i

September 20th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

Food and Drugs Act  Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to rise in the House to speak to this bill for the important reasons I will outline in my speech. First, let me say that I started in the House 19 years ago next to the curtain and I am right back beside the curtain, starting another journey. Comin

September 20th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative

International Development  Mr. Speaker, the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act of 2003, first proposed by a Liberal, states specifically that it is for poverty reduction, human rights, and the promotion of democracy. The Prime Minister's envoy to the United Nations recently declared that fo

June 14th, 2016House debate

Deepak ObhraiConservative