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Petitions  Mr. Speaker, almost 1,600 Canadians and petitioners call on the minister to acknowledge the clear promise and potential of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies as interventions for treatment-resistant PTSD, major depressive disorders, end-of-life anxiety, and substance addiction.

February 26th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, it cannot be denied that new pipelines will increase upstream emissions. Our government, in approving this pipeline, has at the same time indicated it is very important that we tackle environmental climate change through a price on carbon. I know the member is oppose

February 12th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Madam Speaker, we have some of the strongest political financing rules in the world. We can look at the ban on corporate and union donations, the cap of around $1,500 in personal donations, and, most important, the limits on what politicians can spend. I mentioned this in the H

February 7th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, the third petition was signed by more than 3,000 Canadians. The petitioners call on the Government of Canada to require public canteens under federal jurisdiction to provide a strict vegetarian or vegan option and to raise this issue and work with all provincial an

February 7th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, the fourth petition is signed by more than 7,000 Canadians. The petitioners are calling on the government to require slaughterhouses and other industrial agribusinesses that raise, transport, or slaughter large numbers of animals to install video surveillance equipm

February 7th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I have four petitions to present today that are all related to improving the humane treatment of animals in Canada. The first two petitions are signed by over 40,000 Canadians calling on our government to improve the Criminal Code's animal cruelty section. Ninety-tw

February 7th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, my parents were both teachers. I certainly paid my way through law school and eight years of education. I held a fundraiser, and the parliamentary secretary to the minister of justice at the time came. We made an agreement that we would not talk about cannabis. It

February 5th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I agree that leaders should be subject to these rules. It is not only the power that leaders have, and there is no question they have power. Obviously there is a difference between a leader and a minister or a prime minister where taxpayer funds are allocated. Howeve

February 5th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, first, the Parliamentary Budget Office conducted an analysis, which was pretty clear that the cost of that private member's bill would have been quite large. The answer is not necessarily to increase charitable donations to where our political tax credits are, but to

February 5th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, before I begin my speech, I note that the parliamentary secretary and I agreed on ground rules for the fundraiser I held. We agreed that we would not talk about cannabis, despite a mutual interest in discussing it. Also, just so the record is clear, the cost of that

February 5th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Beaches—East York  Mr. Speaker, the holidays are a time to spend with family and with our community. We have been lucky to celebrate the holidays in Beaches—East York with many local bazaars, our Santa Claus parade along Kingston Road, DECA's festival of lights in East Lynn Park, and the Beaches L

December 13th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I rise to present two petitions. In the first petition, 100 petitioners are calling on the environment minister to educate Canadians about the impact of our diets on our planet through the climatechange.gc.ca website. The petitioners note that reducing animal produ

December 4th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, in the second petition, hundreds of petitioners have noted that Canada does not currently have a national flower. Master Gardeners of Ontario created an online poll in which almost 10,000 Canadians voted, and 79.5% of those voters chose cornus canadensis, also know

December 4th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, the member opposite suggested there is not a lot to show for some of the federal spending. However, the Governor of the Bank of Canada disagrees and has called the Canada child benefit “highly stimulative”. The member also talked about hopeless budgeting that no one

November 28th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Madam Speaker, the member said something that I want to clarify and get his thoughts on. He said that any work-in-progress account is going to be subject to income tax. The members opposite know that is not true. In fact, bill-based accounting rules are the lesser value of fair m

November 28th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal