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Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities  Madam Speaker, I welcome this opportunity to speak to Motion No. 190, the private member's motion brought forward by my colleague from Mississauga East—Cooksville. I agree with some of his comments but have to disagree with others. One of the aspects of his speech which I agree

October 3rd, 2018House debate

John BarlowConservative

Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities  Madam Speaker, I want to thank my colleague, the member for Mississauga East—Cooksville for his impassioned support for the skilled trades. In his presentation, he talked about the reason that he is focusing on the GTA and Hamilton. I have travelled across Canada. Agriculture, ho

October 3rd, 2018House debate

John BarlowConservative

Natural Resources  Mr. Speaker, Conservatives unveiled our plan to build the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to the public yesterday. Our plan addresses all of the risks to build this pipeline. The Liberals have a choice. They can continue to delay this project and in doing so continue their re

September 25th, 2018House debate

John BarlowConservative

Natural Resources  Mr. Speaker, pipeline companies invest billions of dollars in consultants and environmental assessments, and that is just to table their proposal. They made these investments under Conservative governments because they knew the Conservatives would champion these projects. However

September 25th, 2018House debate

John BarlowConservative

Accessible Canada Act  Mr. Speaker, it is frustrating when we have these pieces of legislation where no due diligence is done as part of them. There is no cost-benefit analysis, no economic analysis or what the true impacts of the legislation could be. It is kind of like saying we are going to put this

September 24th, 2018House debate

John BarlowConservative

Accessible Canada Act  Mr. Speaker, my colleague has given me some good direction on what my answer will be. I would go a long way from describing the legislation as historic. What was historic was the registered disability savings plan that the previous Conservative government came up with, which the

September 24th, 2018House debate

John BarlowConservative

Accessible Canada Act  Mr. Speaker, what are the standards? We can have all these aspirational points as part of the bill, saying that we want to do this and achieve that, but there are no clear standards in there that say this is what is going to happen step by step, and with timelines. If we speak to

September 24th, 2018House debate

John BarlowConservative

Accessible Canada Act  Mr. Speaker, as I said in my speech, that is quite the opposite. There was an agreement between the previous Conservative government and the provinces where there was a sharing of funds to develop an accessibility plan with the provinces to address barriers and obstacles for peop

September 24th, 2018House debate

John BarlowConservative

Accessible Canada Act  Mr. Speaker, I think I was clear in my speech that I would be supporting this when it came to a vote. My speech outlined some of the concerns I and many of my colleagues in the opposition had raised with the legislation. The member talked about the economic growth opportunities

September 24th, 2018House debate

John BarlowConservative

Accessible Canada Act  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the opportunity to speak to Bill C-81, the accessible Canada act. This bill is, for lack of a better description, a horribly missed opportunity. I think all of us in the House would agree that any opportunity we have to enact legislation that would help

September 24th, 2018House debate

John BarlowConservative

Natural Resources  Mr. Speaker, when asked about the job losses in the energy sector, a direct result of Liberal failures on pipelines like Trans Mountain, the Liberals' response is to take credit for jobs at Amazon. Are they trying to say that the thousands of highly skilled professionals, such as

September 19th, 2018House debate

John BarlowConservative

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Implementation Act  Madam Speaker, there are opportunities for our energy products from western Canada to be part of the TPP, but unfortunately, our problem is that the infrastructure is not in place because the Liberals have done such a poor job of this. They like to say that we built no pipelines

September 18th, 2018House debate

John BarlowConservative

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Implementation Act  Madam Speaker, my colleague knows that every expert, including most of the people in this House who have read the new CPTPP, understand that the language is almost identical to what was there before. The labour clause and all of those clauses that he spoke about, the vast majorit

September 18th, 2018House debate

John BarlowConservative

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Implementation Act  Madam Speaker, I am really glad that my colleague from the NDP brought up that question, because I did not have time to address it in my speech. I would like to remind him that the labour chapter in the CPTPP was negotiated by the previous Conservative government and it includes

September 18th, 2018House debate

John BarlowConservative

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Implementation Act  Madam Speaker, it is a pleasure to stand in the House to talk about Bill C-79, which is finally coming to fruition later this afternoon, to ratify the comprehensive and progressive agreement on the trans-Pacific partnership. Unfortunately it is disappointing that it has taken the

September 18th, 2018House debate

John BarlowConservative