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Ethics  Mr. Speaker, Benjamin Bergen was the executive assistant to the current Minister of International Trade and her campaign manager. Now, he has begun lobbying the Liberals. His relationship with the minister gives him access to her and her cabinet colleagues. He has even stated tha

March 21st, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

Swimming Champion  Mr. Speaker, whether it is the Hart Memorial and Art Ross Trophy winner Joe Thornton, Olympic gold medalist Dave Willsie, Vancouver Canucks' Bo Horvat, or Olympic curling coach Jim Waite, my uncle, Elgin—Middlesex—London has some of the finest Canadian athletes. Today I would l

March 21st, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

Taxation  Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives balanced their budget and we helped families balance their budgets. The Conservative family tax cuts enhanced universal child care, helped 100% of families and kids, and gave back $2,000 of their own money. Families can and have to balance their bud

March 8th, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

Taxation  Mr. Speaker, I totally respect where this member is coming from. I am the mother of five children, so I too understand the balance we need to have, as not only a mother but a family member, to ensure that everybody has this. My point, though, is that the actions of the Prime Min

February 25th, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

Taxation  Mr. Speaker, I am proud to rise this evening to discuss my question of December 9 regarding the Prime Minister's use of taxpayers dollars for two nannies to care for his three children. Before I begin, I would like to thank my wonderful colleagues for sitting with me tonight, and

February 25th, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

Ethics  Mr. Speaker, it is worse than just one meeting. The government House leader's new adviser is not really new at all, especially when it comes to dealing with the Irving family. Kevin Fram has already been in hot water for trips he accepted to the Irving fish camp. Now he is workin

February 25th, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

Employment Insurance  Mr. Speaker, we talk about the processes. He has talked about teachers having to pick strawberries or having to leave to go to other professions. It is important that when an opposition or a government puts forward a motion like this, that it study what occurs. I would like to

February 25th, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

Employment Insurance  Mr. Speaker, I do not really understand the question because I look at some of the facts the hon. member provided to me. I am from Sparta, Ontario, population 300. That is rural Canada, so I do understand these things. I am from a farm where we plant and we have grains and oils

February 25th, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

Employment Insurance  Mr. Speaker, the bottom line is that employment insurance is a short-term plan. It is exactly that. It is a social safety net. I look forward to hearing the minister's full and comprehensive plan. It will be interesting. At the same time, we need to have something sustainable. O

February 25th, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

Employment Insurance  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for Bellechasse—Les Etchemins—Lévis for sharing his time. I know that his time in government provided him the opportunity to study, consult, and evaluate this very important program. I respect his comments and his knowledge of the issues. I will

February 25th, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

Pink Shirt Day  Mr. Speaker, I am proud and honoured to rise in the House to support Pink Shirt Day, a national anti-bullying campaign to help youth in need . Bullying can take many forms, including name calling, pushing and, more common, cyberbullying. It is so important that victims of bul

February 24th, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

The Economy  Mr. Speaker, the government is out of touch with Canadians. In just 100 days, it has done nothing to help the most vulnerable in society. It has done nothing to help low-income families, and it continues to keep them in the dark. Why is the minister making moms and dads wait mo

February 19th, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, frankly, I am exhausted after listening to that speech. Just moments ago, I listened to my good friend, the member for Mount Royal, speak so eloquently about this not being a partisan issue. I myself believe that this is not a partisan issue. Therefore, it is reall

February 18th, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

Government Appointments  Mr. Speaker, the Liberal Leader of the Government in the House of Commons wrote intimidating letters to members of the IRB, letters interfering and urging these well-respected judges to step down. There are no indications that these humble public servants have not been doing th

February 5th, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, the act was put in place in 2012, not 2009. I am not sure we are looking at the same thing, but we probably are. The act sits there as a guideline. It sits there as our legislation. It is important that we enforce this. Even today's motion is a template for Canadia

February 2nd, 2016House debate

Karen VecchioConservative