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Situation in Indigenous Communities  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member across the way for Timmins—James Bay for providing us with this very important opportunity to have this substantive discussion. I certainly want to acknowledge all members who are in the House to participate in this debate. I am very

April 12th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, leaving aside the fundraising, the judiciaries appointments are fundamentally important and we are moving forward with a new process, renovating the process, ensuring that the appointment of Superior Court judges across the country is not only based on merit but that

April 12th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, we are moving forward with appointments, not only to the superior courts across the country but certainly, in the impending retirement of an honoured justice out of the Supreme Court of Canada, moving forward with the process to appoint a new Supreme Court of Canada

April 12th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Ethics  Mr. Speaker, I did attend a fundraising event. In advance, I cleared it with the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner and complied with all federal rules with respect to fundraising. The purpose of the discussion, the primary discussion that occurred at that event, was a

April 11th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Ethics  Mr. Speaker, I attended this event as a member of Parliament, as all members of Parliament do. My policy adviser attended as a volunteer, paid her own way, and she lives in and has—

April 11th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Ethics  Mr. Speaker, to the member's question, I attended this fundraising event as all members of Parliament attend fundraising events. I was accompanied, on a voluntary basis, by my policy adviser. She paid her own way, having been a long-standing resident of the Toronto area. The subj

April 11th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Ethics  Mr. Speaker, fundraising is an activity that every member of this House engages in. Thankfully, on a federal level there are strict rules in place that determine how fundraising activities occur. We do not take donations from corporations and we do not take donations from unions.

April 11th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Ethics  Mr. Speaker, I take my ethical responsibilities incredibly seriously. Fundraising, as I said, is an activity that every member of the House engages in. Another reality, in terms of fundraising, is to broadly engage with the public and have discussions. I would never place myself

April 11th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, as the member across knows, this is a matter that is before the courts, and so I will not speak to the particular circumstances with respect to that. However, I will say that with the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, we will work collaboratively in term

March 9th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, as I stated, this matter is before the courts. What I instructed my officials to do was to seek an adjournment. Per my mandate letter from the Prime Minister, we are looking at our litigation strategy and doing a comprehensive review. In terms of specific cases, th

March 9th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, in terms of our approach, we are undertaking a comprehensive review of the criminal justice system. That includes sentencing reform to determine efficiencies and effectiveness in the process and I will ensure that I work with my colleagues, including the Minister of

March 9th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for the question. Our government is committed to developing a substantive nation-to-nation relationship with indigenous peoples in this country, sitting down and working jointly, based on recognition and moving forward in order to ensure that ind

March 8th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, our government has committed to legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana. We will be proceeding on that matter in an orderly fashion and will take the time necessary in order to do it right. Until Parliament has enacted new legislation to ensure that mar

February 22nd, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Ethics  Mr. Speaker, I am proud to be a member of Parliament, and I am also proud to be the Minister of Justice. I have been an advocate for good governance my entire life. I take my ethical responsibilities incredibly seriously, and I am doing everything to ensure that I am not found in

February 22nd, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the hon. member across the way for the question and certainly the passion he expresses with respect to indigenous people. Without question, I share that same passion, as does our government, to ensure that we implement the Indian Residential S

February 4th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal