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Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, the opposition is defending those failed policies because it is defending itself. The member and his party opposite have been in the forefront of the Harper era implementing policies targeting indigenous, Black and marginalized people. Those policies did not protect our communities.

November 29th, 2022House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, for the first time in Canada's history, we have repealed mandatory minimum penalties, giving judges the flexibility to impose sentences that fit the crimes. We have repealed the MMP that contribute most to the overincarceration of indigenous, Black and racialized people.

November 29th, 2022House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

National Council for Reconciliation Act  Madam Speaker, with great respect, Bill C-5 is very relevant to this conversation. Calls to action 32—

November 29th, 2022House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

National Council for Reconciliation Act  Madam Speaker, I cannot really speak to the second aspect of my friend's question, but I can assure the House that, as a government, we are committed to ensuring that the national council would be supported. When councils of this nature are established, there is a ramp-up period, so often times the budget in the first year may not be the same as in the fourth or fifth year.

November 29th, 2022House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

National Council for Reconciliation Act  Madam Speaker, I too share an immense respect for my colleague from Winnipeg Centre. She is well aware of many of the efforts undertaken by the government. I do not believe it is just 13, and that is the reason we need a council that can objectively give us a sense of where we are at with the calls to action.

November 29th, 2022House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

National Council for Reconciliation Act  Madam Speaker, I am very content that the government is moving forward in establishing the council with representation from a range of indigenous organizations. I believe that it is going in the right direction.

November 29th, 2022House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

National Council for Reconciliation Act  Madam Speaker, I am pleased to speak to Bill C-29, an act to provide for the establishment of a national council for truth and reconciliation. I want to begin by acknowledging that we are gathered on the traditional unceded lands of the Algonquin peoples. At the outset, I want to acknowledge the incredible work of many of my colleagues from different parties, including the member for Sydney—Victoria, who is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, the member for Northwest Territories, the member for Nunavut, the member for Winnipeg Centre, the member for Edmonton Griesbach and others, who, over the many years we have been here, have been inspirational in their work and advocacy as we make sure that as a government, we move forward on reconciliation.

November 29th, 2022House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, I welcome the opportunity to talk about our very smart criminal justice policy. Serious crimes will always have serious consequences. Bill C-5 is moving past failed policies of the Conservative era, which clogged our justice system and filled our prisons with low-risk first-time offenders, time and resources that should be devoted to fighting serious crimes.

November 28th, 2022House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I echo my friend's final sentiments with respect to those who work in the system, especially the chaplains. I was able to meet with many prison chaplains this week. I want to get to the bill. The substance of the bill is to modernize our court system. Can the member highlight the top three things in the bill that could help make the system more efficient?

November 24th, 2022House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I would like to thank my friend from Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke for his learned presentation. I think there are some very important elements there. I wanted to just pick up on the issue of access to justice and how this bill would expand that. I know it has been one of those challenging issues that, across provincial jurisdictions, we have had to deal with.

November 23rd, 2022House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, Bill S-4 looks to modernize the court system. My friend is talking about very specific changes to the release conditions. Again, as I indicated earlier, I would be glad to sit down and talk to him about his ideas on this. We may disagree fundamentally on what they look like, but certainly we are able to have that conversation.

November 23rd, 2022House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, the bill has gone through the Senate. It was introduced by Senator Dalphond, who is an eminent jurist in his own right and has a great deal of experience in the court system. As Bill S-4 moves to committee, we definitely look forward to working with my friend opposite on amendments potentially proposed by the Quebec bar association and others.

November 23rd, 2022House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I addressed most of my friend's concerns in my speech. First and foremost, we are investing in technology. We have invested $40 million in the criminal justice system to modernize this technology. We have also committed to ensuring that there is rural connectivity across Canada.

November 23rd, 2022House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, it is a very relevant observation, because what we are trying to do is modernize our court system and our justice system. With Bill C-5, it is the first time in Canadian history. The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada is the first attorney general to repeal many mandatory minimum penalties that were seen to be harmful to indigenous, Black and other racialized communities.

November 23rd, 2022House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I can assure my friend opposite that the government has been working very hard on a number of very important criminal justice matters, including with my friend from Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke. We look forward to working with him on the passage of Bill S-4. This is something that has already passed the Senate, so in many ways we are working on the bill backwards.

November 23rd, 2022House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal