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Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights' report entitled “The Shadow Pandemic: Stopping Coercive and Controlling Behaviour in Intimate Relationships”. I am grateful for all the individuals and organizations who provided evidence at

March 10th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I agree. Reducing sentences is not a good thing, particularly in the case of intimate partner violence. What is important is that our government is undertaking reforms that would really speak to a number of issues in our communities. Bill C-5, for example, would add

March 10th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, as the hon. member knows, the Minister of Justice is open to suggestions from all parliamentarians. What is very clear for the minister is that we need smart criminal justice policy that is rooted in evidence, and we look forward to working with all parliamentarians

March 10th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I absolutely will agree with the member in this regard. I know this is an important issue, and we have heard from many different organizations and individuals who have been directly impacted by it. The minister has been very clear on this a number of times when he

March 10th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my colleague for his hard work over the years on this issue. We have spoken extensively on the need to ensure that coercive behaviour and controlling behaviour is addressed. I would ask the member's opinion on Bill C-233, which passed the House, in t

March 10th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Anton Philip Sinnarasa  Madam Speaker, I rise to honour the life of Anton Philip Sinnarasa, whose passing last week has devastated the Eelam Tamil nation. In 1981, he documented the burning of the Jaffna Public Library, which housed ancient texts and a rare collection of Tamil literature. He was a pol

March 10th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, let me begin by acknowledging that we are gathered here on the traditional lands of the Algonquin people. I am pleased to join this debate on Bill C-289, an act that would amend the Criminal Code regarding identity verification, which was introduced by the member

March 9th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime  Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the 2020-21 annual report of the Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime.

February 17th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, I can assure my colleague that our government has been working on very smart criminal justice reforms that are meant to keep our communities safe. We brought forward Bill C-5, which will essentially address issues with systemic racism within the criminal justice sys

February 17th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I am not really posing a question. I just have a comment. My friend from Scarborough—Guildwood is a dear friend and someone I have looked up to for many years. I want to thank him for sharing his very personal experience with us. I know it is something that he has

February 15th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I am quite concerned about the way my colleague has framed this issue. The issue of MAID for mental health as the sole underlying condition was resolved two years ago. An expert panel reported in the middle of last year with some recommendations. There has also bee

February 15th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I note there are a number of inconsistencies in what my colleague is saying about MAID for people with a mental health issue as the sole underlying condition. The expert panel reported on MAID and has made a number of recommendations. I know the extension we are se

February 15th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my friend from Saanich—Gulf Islands regarding her relationship with Sue Rodriguez and the first battle toward medical assistance in dying that took place decades ago, which has brought us here. The expert panel that was convened reported in th

February 13th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I agree with my friend from Kitchener Centre that there is obviously a need to invest more heavily in mental health supports. Looking at how medical assistance in dying has evolved in the last seven years, as well at the way that Bill C-7 brought forward the issue o

February 13th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for Montcalm for his speech. I have to say that it has been a pleasure working with him over the last several months at the AMAD committee. He is an exceptionally thoughtful individual and I have learned a great deal from him. Based on his numero

February 13th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal