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Rouge National Urban Park Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my friend for those questions and his hard work over the years as a manager of parks. It is very important to have ecological integrity. As someone who lives in the GTA, I drive through the park virtually every day. I recognize the very difficu

November 24th, 2016House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Rouge National Urban Park Act  Mr. Speaker, I know ecological integrity was essential. When I spoke to dozens of groups and individuals over the past three years, in the lead-up to the discussion on the park and in the bill before us today, the overwhelming feedback was that ecological integrity was front and

November 24th, 2016House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Rouge National Urban Park Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank my friend for his enormous advocacy and work on our parks. The Friends of the Rouge, and I acknowledged them in my speech, have worked very hard over the years in getting us to this point. In fact, I would argue that without them, we would not even be here t

November 24th, 2016House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Rouge National Urban Park Act  Mr. Speaker, it is my honour and privilege to speak today in support of Bill C-18, an act to amend the Rouge National Urban Park Act, the Parks Canada Agency Act and the Canada National Parks Act. Today I will spend my time focusing primarily on amendments to the Rouge National

November 24th, 2016House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Rouge National Urban Park Act  Mr. Speaker, one thing I have done over the past two and a half years is consult with a number of community groups and organizations that have worked on the park for decades. They have not worked on the park for one, two, or five years. Some of these organizations and individuals

November 24th, 2016House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Rouge National Urban Park Act  Mr. Speaker, it is indeed a proud day for me, as the member for Scarborough—Rouge Park, and certainly for my colleagues from Scarborough and the surrounding regions that represent the park. I have been speaking to many members of the community and many different stakeholders, and

November 24th, 2016House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Students in Scarborough—Rouge Park  Mr. Speaker, education is the cornerstone of our community. This past month, I met many students in my riding. I was pleased to join the newly renamed St. Mother Teresa Catholic Academy as it celebrated the canonization of Mother Teresa along with the school's 30th anniversary. M

November 16th, 2016House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, there are many small businesses in my riding of Scarborough—Rouge Park that are looking for opportunities to grow and scale up. Scaling up of businesses is essential for Canada's economy, and ultimately our middle class, to grow and prosper. One of the challenges I h

November 1st, 2016House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

International Cooperation  Mr. Speaker, Hurricane Matthew had a devastating impact on Haiti, which was still struggling to recover from the terrible earthquake of 2010. The international community is rallying, but enormous needs remain unmet and the risk of epidemics is huge. The UN has announced a plan to

October 27th, 2016House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for her comments. I would like to ask my colleague about the historical investments our government has made, in the neighbourhood of $8.6 billion, with respect to indigenous issues. I know we have taken some very important steps in the right di

October 27th, 2016House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Canada Pension Plan  Mr. Speaker, I thank my friend for the question and for always engaging on a diverse range of issues. The CPP is a universal system, one that is available to everyone who works. We know that the management of the program itself is essential. The CPPIB, as I mentioned, has been a

October 24th, 2016House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Canada Pension Plan  Mr. Speaker, I really do not have to go that far to find an example. My mother, a single mother who has worked for over 30 years in this country, is not that well off in retirement. The increase in the guaranteed income supplement introduced in the budget has helped, but there i

October 24th, 2016House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Canada Pension Plan  Mr. Speaker, I am proud to speak this afternoon about Bill C-26, an act to amend the Canada Pension Plan, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Act and the Income Tax Act. I am proud to stand today in fulfillment of one of the key election promises that Liberals made about a y

October 24th, 2016House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Canada Pension Plan  Mr. Speaker, I know my friend has been involved in the investment banking sector for a long time, and he has a great deal of small businesses in his riding. I am wondering what kind of feedback he has had from small business owners with respect to the benefits of the expanded CPP

October 24th, 2016House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Centennial College  Mr. Speaker, Centennial College in Scarborough revolutionized post-secondary education in Ontario, and this week it celebrated its 50th anniversary. At its inception, Centennial College had 514 students and offered only 16 programs. Today, it has grown to be a world-class instit

October 20th, 2016House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal