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Marijuana  Mr. Speaker, as we have said all along, and we have been consistent, we are committed to legalization, restricting access, and strictly regulating marijuana to achieve the ultimate objective of keeping it out of the hands of kids, and the proceeds out of the hands of criminals. A

June 13th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Marijuana  Mr. Speaker, we are committed to the legalization and strict regulation of marijuana. Simply decriminalizing will not achieve the objectives of keeping it out of the hands of children and keeping the proceeds out of the hands of criminals. We have committed to introduce legislat

June 13th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I do not have the exact number to answer the question. However, I am happy to endeavour to find that answer and bring it back to my hon. colleague.

June 13th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague for a question that addresses many different issues that we want to move forward. As I mentioned in my remarks, we are moving forward and we will announce very shortly a task force that will look into and engage many experts in the area of hea

June 13th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, as I have stated, the ultimate objectives of our government in terms of the legalization of marijuana are to keep it out of the hands of children and keep the profits out of the hands of organized crime. We want to proceed on this highly complex matter in terms of

June 13th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I am pleased to rise to speak to the motion proposed by the hon. member for Victoria for the decriminalization of the offence of possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use. I will be splitting my time with the member for Scarborough Southwest. The

June 13th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Questions on the Order Paper  Mr. Speaker, this request poses challenges that cannot be overcome. The information required is not readily available. It would require extensive consultations with all government departments. Each department’s inventory would have to be manually searched, and files dealing wit

June 10th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Physician-Assisted Dying  Mr. Speaker, as I have said in this chamber before, the Supreme Court of Canada courts do not hold a monopoly on the promotion or protection of human rights. Parliament plays a role in terms of being an ally to the vulnerable. We have sought, in a very considered way, to put fo

June 9th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Physician-Assisted Dying  Mr. Speaker, the amendment that the Senate voted on last night reflects and puts forward a substantive amendment to Bill C-14. We sought to thoughtfully consider this complex matter to ensure we respected the rights of all Canadians and balanced those rights, balanced personal au

June 9th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Physician-Assisted Dying  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to stand up and speak to medical assistance in dying, Bill C-14, the legislation we put forward to provide a national framework for medical assistance in dying in this country. This national framework would provide and strike the right balance between pe

June 9th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Physician-Assisted Dying  Mr. Speaker, I disagree with the premise of the question. The reality is, with respect to the court decisions from Alberta and otherwise, that those court decisions were with respect to specific amendments that were in place prior to June 6. They were not decisions with respect t

June 9th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to addressing access to justice issues, including properly funding legal aid programs. That is why we committed $88 million in budget 2016. I am proud to say that this morning we committed an additional $30 million annually to the province

June 8th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Physician-Assisted Dying  Mr. Speaker, we have sought to ensure that we hear from a diversity of voices in this country with respect to this incredibly difficult and complex issue. To paraphrase the Supreme Court of Canada, the court does not have a monopoly on the protection and promotion of rights, and

June 6th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Physician-Assisted Dying  Mr. Speaker, we are incredibly mindful of the deadline of the Supreme Court of Canada. It is incumbent upon parliamentarians to put in place a national framework around our medical assistance in dying to ensure that there are the appropriate and necessary safeguards in place, to

June 6th, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Marijuana  Mr. Speaker, as we have said, our government is committed to the legalization of marijuana, strictly regulating and restricting access to marijuana, with the ultimate objective of keeping it out of the hands of children, and keeping the proceeds out of the hands of criminals. I

June 3rd, 2016House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal