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Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague for his tremendous insight and thoughts on this topic. One of the things he mentioned was some of the challenges and vulnerabilities facing indigenous communities. As a member representing a northern Ontario riding with 42 first nations, three

December 9th, 2020House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague from northern Ontario for sharing his insight and a very thought-provoking speech. I would like to speak directly to Bill C-7. As the member noted, this is a very complex issue for many people and a very complicated debate. It is for me as wel

December 9th, 2020House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I appreciate a lot of what my colleague had to say on this matter. One of the things he mentioned was the importance of having all health care options available, including palliative care and a stronger support system for those who are struggling and potentially ne

December 9th, 2020House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I would like to present four petitions to the House today. The first originated in my riding over the summer. The petitioners call on the government to provide support to tourism operators who have been especially hard hit during this pandemic and did not qualify fo

December 9th, 2020House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, the second petition calls on the House of Commons to formally recognize that Uighurs in China have been subject to genocide and to use the Magnitsky act and sanction those responsible.

December 9th, 2020House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, the third petition calls on the House of Commons to ensure there are safeguards in place to protect the most vulnerable in our society when it pertains to Bill C-7, medical assistance in dying.

December 9th, 2020House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, the last petition expresses concerns to the House of Commons about international trafficking in human organs. It calls on the government to prohibit Canadians from travelling abroad for that purpose and to render inadmissible to Canada all permanent residents or fore

December 9th, 2020House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

Regional Economic Development  Mr. Speaker, municipalities across northern Ontario have been waiting over 100 days to find out whether they will receive funding through the community investment initiative to support economic development. The department claims to respond to funding applications within 80 days.

December 9th, 2020House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

Regional Economic Development  Mr. Speaker, that was a classic non-answer from the Prime Minister. I asked a question about the community investment initiative through FedNor. The Prime Minister did not respond using the words “FedNor”, “the community investment initiative”, “economic development” or "northern

December 9th, 2020House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

Main Estimates, 2020-21  Madam Speaker, my colleague from the NDP spoke a lot about issues impacting women. She mentioned missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. Unfortunately, these are issues that are near and dear to many people in my riding. In my riding, we have high rates of missing and mu

December 7th, 2020House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I would like to talk a bit about the certainty the member mentioned very early on in her speech. I know many businesses in my riding across the north, particularly many seasonal operators, have really spoken about the certainty they need from the government on what t

December 7th, 2020House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from Winnipeg North for his insightful comments. I think I speak for all of us on this side of the House in saying that we always appreciate when he joins the debate and gives his thoughts on the issues impacting our country. In listening to the

December 7th, 2020House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, many businesses across the country and in my riding are really struggling as a result of this pandemic. Many seasonal businesses, such as tourism, camps and northern airlines, have not been able to access a lot of the government programming that has been brought fo

December 7th, 2020House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

Questions on the Order Paper  With regard to Arctic oil and gas and the government’s review in 2021 of its ban on drilling in Northern Canada: (a) what is the timeline for the review; (b) have any stakeholders been consulted to date in relation to the review and, if so, which ones; (c) which stakeholders does

December 4th, 2020House debate

Eric MelilloConservative

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I would have to respectfully say to my colleague that when we talk to Canadians whose lives have been impacted by this, who have lost family members to COVID-19 or who perhaps have lost their jobs or lost their businesses, I do not think any measures from the gover

December 3rd, 2020House debate

Eric MelilloConservative