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Justice  Madam Speaker, let me be very clear on bail. The laws on bail are limited to those who do not pose a risk to public safety to be released on bail. If we look at the criminal justice system as a whole, we have a shared responsibility with the provincial and territorial governments

February 3rd, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

David C. Onley  Madam Speaker, I rise to honour the late Hon. David C. Onley, the 28th lieutenant governor of Ontario, an iconic Canadian broadcaster, educator and disability rights advocate, and a long-time resident of Scarborough and Rouge Park. Onley contracted polio when he was just three, l

February 3rd, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Public Safety  Madam Speaker, my condolences to members of his community who have been impacted by gun violence. It would appear that gun-related crimes are a problem in the member's community and across Canada. Of course that is one of the reasons why we brought forward legislation to address

February 2nd, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Public Safety  Madam Speaker, our Minister of Justice has been committed to this for many years, and for the record, the work started many months ago. This past Monday, we passed a motion at our justice and human rights committed to study this issue. We are committed to working with our provin

February 2nd, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, the member mentioned in her speech the need to invest in communities and community organizations. I note that every time our government has tried to make significant investments in community programming, the Conservative Party has voted against them. I am wondering

February 2nd, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, with respect to Bill C-75, I just want to make something absolutely clear. Bill C-75 imposed a reverse onus on those who are charged to prove they should be released. It is a very important tool in the criminal justice system. It is one that imposes an onus on the in

February 2nd, 2023House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, at the outset let me acknowledge that I am speaking to you from the traditional lands of the Algonquin and Anishinabe people. As this is my first opportunity to speak since the passing of the Hon. Jim Carr, I want to express my deepest condolences to the Carr fam

December 13th, 2022House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, serious crimes will always have serious consequences. Bill C-5 is about moving past the failed policies of the Conservatives that clogged our system and filled our prisons with low-risk first-time offenders, time and resources that should have been devoted to fighti

November 29th, 2022House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal

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

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 pe

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,

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 ar

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 t

November 29th, 2022House debate

Gary AnandasangareeLiberal