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Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, violence against indigenous women, girls, two-spirit and gender-diverse people must be put to an end. After the previous government dragged its feet for years, we called a national inquiry. We have an action plan that was co-developed with indigenous partners. We mad

April 11th, 2024House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

An Act to Provide for the Establishment of a National Council for Reconciliation  Madam Speaker, I believe that I have already answered this question. I think that the process has worked itself through both Houses, and this matter has been discussed at length. I believe that there has been closure, and the matter is closed now. I do encourage all members to

March 20th, 2024House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

An Act to Provide for the Establishment of a National Council for Reconciliation  Madam Speaker, it is very curious to me. I do think that on issues of reconciliation, on issues involving the rights of indigenous people, there is a moral imperative for all of us to come together. This is a plea I want to make because I know sometimes we get sidetracked by poli

March 20th, 2024House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

An Act to Provide for the Establishment of a National Council for Reconciliation  Madam Speaker, let me just illustrate a point. On February 12, there was scheduled debate on Bill C-29. That day, the Conservative Party moved a concurrence motion meant to derail the debate and derail a vote on Bill C-29. That is what I am talking about. This has been going on

March 20th, 2024House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

An Act to Provide for the Establishment of a National Council for Reconciliation  Madam Speaker, I fully agree with my colleague. The bill is essentially an additional tool that could be used to keep governments accountable for the work on reconciliation. The 2015 report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission had 94 calls to action. The government has been

March 20th, 2024House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

An Act to Provide for the Establishment of a National Council for Reconciliation  The bill, Madam Speaker, calls for establishment of a council of between 9 and 12 members. Four seats would be reserved, and there would still be eight more seats fully open. Nothing would preclude members of CAP, for example, from seeking a seat there and being represented. Seco

March 20th, 2024House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

An Act to Provide for the Establishment of a National Council for Reconciliation  Madam Speaker, what is really curious about this particular piece of legislation is that it would be an additional tool for accountability, through which the government of the day would be held to account. I am quite disappointed that the bill is being delayed, because, essential

March 20th, 2024House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

An Act to Provide for the Establishment of a National Council for Reconciliation  Madam Speaker, that is a very important question. Last June, the minister of justice did release an action plan. The challenge is that there are a number of different calls to action that need to be implemented, so there is a review of loss process that is being undertaken, which

March 20th, 2024House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

An Act to Provide for the Establishment of a National Council for Reconciliation  Madam Speaker, I agree with my colleague from Saanich—Gulf Islands. I do think we need to make Parliament work better. I do think that certain things we do sometimes, like all-night voting for example, are not good for our health. Unfortunately the process we have right now, the

March 20th, 2024House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

An Act to Provide for the Establishment of a National Council for Reconciliation  Madam Speaker, my colleague is someone whom I have had the pleasure of working very closely with. I admire the work he does, especially on the fight against climate change. However, I want to take this opportunity just to talk about a couple of the other elements of the bill. Th

March 20th, 2024House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

An Act to Provide for the Establishment of a National Council for Reconciliation  Madam Speaker, this issue has come forward. The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples had a chance to make submissions at the Senate and the House of Commons parliamentary committees. An amendment to add it on as one of the members of the council, or to have a delegate from the organiza

March 20th, 2024House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

An Act to Provide for the Establishment of a National Council for Reconciliation  Madam Speaker, we have either completed or are in progress on 80% of the calls to action that relate to the federal government or are in the sole purview of the federal government. We have been working on the path toward reconciliation. We established, for example, the National I

March 20th, 2024House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

An Act to Provide for the Establishment of a National Council for Reconciliation  Madam Speaker, I want to take this opportunity to highlight a couple of critical elements of this bill. This is really a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's calls to action 53 to 56, four very important calls to action that look to establish, fund and support

March 20th, 2024House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

An Act to Provide for the Establishment of a National Council for Reconciliation  Madam Speaker, I question whether my friend opposite actually read either the TRC calls to action or Bill C-29. This is essentially about implementing four calls to action that speak to the establishment of a national council for truth and reconciliation. The notion of economic

March 20th, 2024House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

An Act to Provide for the Establishment of a National Council for Reconciliation  Madam Speaker, I have a great deal of respect for my colleague from Saanich—Gulf Islands. However, I fundamentally disagree with her on this particular issue, because we have had 17 days of debate in the House, along with 27 days of debate in the Senate, and it is now back here.

March 20th, 2024House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal