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Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, at the outset, let me say how fundamentally different a view I have of the committee hearings and of the many experts who came forward and testified at the special joint committee, which is set to release its report on Friday. I note that the member mentioned the e

February 13th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, some have opined that the extension sought today is potentially for re-debating the issue of mental health as a sole and underlying condition for MAID. I am wondering if the minister could outline why that is not the case.

February 13th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Public Safety  Madam Speaker, Canadians deserve to feel safe and to be safe. The laws are clear. If an accused poses a risk to public safety, they should be denied bail. At the Minister of Justice's direction, federal officials have been working for months with their provincial and territorial

February 10th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Justice  Madam Speaker, all Canadians deserve to be safe and to feel safe. The laws on bail are clear. If an accused person poses a serious risk to public safety, they should be denied bail. At the Minister of Justice's direction, federal officials have been working for months with their

February 10th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Children's Breakfast Club  Madam Speaker, for many years, the Children’s Breakfast Club has marked Black History Month in Canada by visiting Parliament Hill. Hundreds of children from across the greater Toronto area pack onto trains provided by Via Rail and make their way to the Hill. During their journey,

February 10th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, we have an international human rights instrument that defines fundamental rights and freedoms. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is a reflection of that in many ways, and in some ways it has gone much further than international norms. I think it is impo

February 9th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I value the opportunity to respond to this. The Prime Minister has been absolutely clear that Canada is a country of the charter. We are the party of the charter. Our government is very much committed to ensuring that charter values are protected for all Canadian

February 9th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I think it is fair to say that my colleague opposite is strongly defending what he believes is the right thing to do in Quebec. When my family came to Canada, Quebec was the first place we stayed, so I understand Quebec society fairly well. It is in many ways a m

February 9th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, throughout this historical overview, I hope to bring out two main points. The first point is who used the notwithstanding clause in a particular political and historical context. The use of the clause was exceptional until very recently, in the case of Ontario, w

February 9th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I am glad to speak this afternoon. I will be sharing my time with the member for Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill. Let me acknowledge at the outset that we are gathered here on the traditional unceded lands of the Algonquin people. Before I go into the speech, I h

February 9th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, the Minister of Justice clearly indicated that the government had concerns about the pre-emptive use of the notwithstanding clause. The provinces should be convinced that their laws comply with the charter. We have serious concerns about the clause being used in th

February 9th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his well-presented speech on the notwithstanding clause and in particular the impact it has had on LGBTQI rights. I know that last year, in the U.S., we saw Roe v. Wade get overturned. It has been highly problematic, and not just in the U.S.

February 9th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Sri Lanka  Mr. Speaker, I rise to mark the 75th anniversary of the independence of Sri Lanka, a country that is both morally and economically bankrupt today. Since independence, Sri Lanka has gone to the IMF for bailouts 17 times, which is more than once every five years. Its leaders stan

February 6th, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Justice  Madam Speaker, Canadians deserve to be safe and to feel safe. We all have a role to play in protecting communities. The laws on bail are very clear. If the accused poses a serious risk to public safety, they should be denied bail. At our direction, federal officials have been wo

February 3rd, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Justice  Madam Speaker, our hearts go out to those impacted by violence, and especially gun violence. As far as bail is concerned, there is no right to bail if someone poses a serious risk to public safety. There is, in fact, a reverse onus for bail imposed on the accused charged with cer

February 3rd, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal