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Justice  Mr. Speaker, I recognize the importance of making appointments to the judiciary across the country and doing that based on merit, based on diversity. We are entering into a comprehensive process to do that. Having said that, I do recognize that there are a number of positions th

May 10th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, I want to reiterate that our government is committed to helping ensure that all Canadians feel protected from discrimination. This includes protecting transgendered people from discrimination and hate propaganda. We will be bringing forward legislation on this matt

May 10th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the honourable colleague across the way for his tireless advocacy with respect to gender identity. Our government is committed to bringing forward legislation that will respect and ensure that we eliminate discrimination in all forms in this co

May 10th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I would have liked to see the colleague across the way at the debates yesterday, and have him provided the opportunity to speak in those debates. Rather than standing in the way of unlimited debates, perhaps the Conservatives could have allowed that unlimited debate

May 4th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I am sure my colleague across the way would agree with me that we need to respect the institution of the Supreme Court of Canada, which delivered a decision in Carter on February 6, 2015. It initially had a 12-month period before invalidity came in. When we formed go

May 4th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, as I said, the Supreme Court decision in Carter came out on February 6, 2015. Several weeks later, the now Prime Minister introduced in this House a motion to form a special committee, on February 24, that would do specifically what we have done over the last months

May 4th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, to the other point that was raised, this is an incredibly difficult and complex piece of legislation. We on this side of the House have the utmost respect for the Supreme Court of Canada. It has ruled in the Carter case. It is not a question of if legislation, or a f

May 4th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, it is incredibly important that we meet the June 6 deadline of the Supreme Court of Canada. The object of this piece of legislation is to ensure that we balance personal autonomy and provide protection to the vulnerable. If we do not have legislation in place as of

May 4th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, again I would agree with my hon. colleague across the way about the substantive nature of this discussion. That is why we offered unlimited debate, and the members opposite stood in their place to limit the debate. We need to ensure that we have substantive discussi

May 4th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I did, in fact, stand in the House and say that we needed to comply with the Supreme Court's June 6 deadline. Some 84 members spoke during 21 hours of debate on this legislation. We need to ensure that everybody who wants to speak has that opportunity provided to the

May 4th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I recognize that my friend across the way had the opportunity to speak twice with respect to this debate. I am in no way diminishing the substance of this fundamentally important issue. This is a transformative discussion that we are engaged in and one that Canadia

May 4th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, we have heard from every member in the House who wanted to speak. I would ask the member across the way why his party stopped debate.

May 4th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I acknowledge my colleague across the way for her questions and concerns. Certainly, we are speaking about time allocation. I would share my colleague's discussion and prominence in terms of putting democracy and participatory democracy at the front of everything tha

May 4th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in this matter. We must respond to the Supreme Court's decision. The deadline is June 6. I recognize and respect the incredible amount of work that has taken place in the province of Quebec with respect to bringing into force its

May 4th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, as I indicated, this is an incredibly difficult and sensitive issue. It is imperative that we meet our responsibilities as parliamentarians and put in this complex regulatory regime by the Supreme Court's deadline of June 6. It would be irresponsible if we did not pu

May 4th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal