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Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to speak to Bill C-469, An Act to establish a Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights. Since the beginning of the 21st century, we have become increasingly aware that we can longer claim to keep the economy and environment separate. We understand that the two go together and should be considered as a single element to create prosperity for our country, our citizens and our communities.

June 15th, 2010House debate

Justin TrudeauLiberal

Education for All  Madam Speaker, with the start of the World Cup, I am pleased and proud to acknowledge the great collaborative efforts of the Institut de coopération pour l'éducation des adultes (ICÉA) and the Montreal Impact in developing the campaign “1 Goal: Education for All”. Inspired by UNESCO's Global Campaign for Education, which is itself supported by FIFA, those two organizations decided to focus their efforts in Quebec in order to spread a very important message.

June 10th, 2010House debate

Justin TrudeauLiberal

Sébastien's Law (Protecting the Public from Violent Young Offenders)  Mr. Speaker, the issue is very clear to me. The government is proposing to spend millions of dollars building more prisons and youth detention centres, and investing in prison guards because it has created a culture and climate of fear as opposed to investing in schools, community centres, community activists, community organizers and people to reach out to young people and empower them.

May 3rd, 2010House debate

Justin TrudeauLiberal

Sébastien's Law (Protecting the Public from Violent Young Offenders)  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for that very good question. The idea of making it easier to publish the names of young offenders plays into this culture of fear that is being created. As things now stand, it is already possible to publish the name of young offenders, but the judge and the system are responsible for proving that this is really warranted.

May 3rd, 2010House debate

Justin TrudeauLiberal

Sébastien's Law (Protecting the Public from Violent Young Offenders)  Mr. Speaker, it is interesting that for their arguments the Conservatives have to go back 40 years. As we look over the past 40 years, the reality is that violent youth crime has decreased. The fact of the matter is that when we talk about victims of crime, yes, we have tremendous empathy.

May 3rd, 2010House debate

Justin TrudeauLiberal

Sébastien's Law (Protecting the Public from Violent Young Offenders)  Mr. Speaker, I am sure you can imagine just how pleased I am to actually be able to stand in the House and speak about youth issues. Far too infrequent are the occasions in this House in which we get to directly invoke and address young Canadians. Mr. Speaker, you can also imagine my concern and my distress to realize that yet again, the only time the government talks about young people, the only time it brings forth measures relating to young Canadians is to talk about locking them up and punishing them.

May 3rd, 2010House debate

Justin TrudeauLiberal

Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act  Mr. Speaker, the free trade agreement has the support of significant elements of the Colombian private sector and public sector. Specifically the private sector unions, headed by Gerardo Sánchez Zapata, said that this procedure was welcomed by Colombian workers and that they were thankful to the Parliament of Canada for its position because it helps strengthen the mechanism already in place that monitors and evaluates the progress in matters of human rights.

April 19th, 2010House debate

Justin TrudeauLiberal

Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for the question. Our trade with Colombia is already in excess of $1.3 billion, and yet has no impact on human rights in Colombia. Signing this agreement will allow and require us to monitor the human rights situation and the impact of our trade with this country, and give us a tangible tool for improving the circumstances of the Colombian people in the future.

April 19th, 2010House debate

Justin TrudeauLiberal

Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act  Mr.Speaker, something we can always count on is the NDP members standing to oppose any free trade agreement that is brought forward in the House. It is unfortunate because trade opens the way to engaging with other communities and other countries and provides a platform on which to work to build better prosperity.

April 19th, 2010House debate

Justin TrudeauLiberal

Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act  Mr. Speaker, over the past year I have received many letters and emails regarding the free trade agreement between Canada and Colombia. It is undoubtedly an issue that many Canadians care about. It is an economic issue, sustaining jobs in Canada and Colombia, and it is a moral issue when we consider the human rights situation in Colombia.

April 19th, 2010House debate

Justin TrudeauLiberal

Aboriginal Healing Foundation  Mr. Speaker, the member opposite needs to understand that the legacy of residential schools all too often is a mistrust of government institutions. What is required, therefore, is to empower communities to help each other. The member opposite makes an excellent point that there are not nearly enough of these communities to help themselves.

March 30th, 2010House debate

Justin TrudeauLiberal

Aboriginal Healing Foundation  Mr. Speaker, my colleague makes an excellent point in saying that nobody knows better how to help these people who are suffering than members of their own community. That is why initiatives driven from the aboriginal community, by the aboriginal community and for the aboriginal community will always be the best way to empower them and to help them with their healing.

March 30th, 2010House debate

Justin TrudeauLiberal

Aboriginal Healing Foundation  Mr. Speaker, it is important to remember that it is not only all the people these organizations and centres are serving. It is the employees of these organizations who will be losing their jobs, many of them drawn from the very communities in so desperate need of services and of healing.

March 30th, 2010House debate

Justin TrudeauLiberal

Aboriginal Healing Foundation  Mr. Speaker, on March 14, I chaired a public consultation meeting in Papineau on the status of women, together with the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, the member for Etobicoke—Lakeshore. Nakuset, the Director of the Native Women's Shelter of Montreal, gave a presentation at this meeting.

March 30th, 2010House debate

Justin TrudeauLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I am rising today to present a petition to support a universal declaration on animal welfare.

March 25th, 2010House debate

Justin TrudeauLiberal