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Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, as the member for Calgary Nose Hill mentioned, I went through an arduous journey for Bill C-246. My in-laws are in a small southwestern Ontario community, Camlachie. No one really knows where it is, but it is outside of Petrolia. If people do not know where Petrolia

October 29th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, having sat through a few speeches by the member for Calgary Nose Hill, I can attest to the fact that she does not say complimentary things about many Liberals, so I appreciate her comments today. I am thankful that Bill C-84 has been introduced and that the justice

October 29th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Corrections and Conditional Release Act  Madam Speaker, it has been a while since I studied criminal law and the criminal justice system. I would agree with the member that retribution is an incredibly important principle that underpins our criminal justice system and why we mete out significant penalties for egregious

October 23rd, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Global Warming  Madam Speaker, the member talked about creating incentives to encourage energy efficiency. He is a Conservative, so he has to believe in pricing those and he is quoting economists, so I am going to quote one too. “The most perilous of all environmental problems, climate change, i

October 15th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Global Warming  Mr. Speaker, the hon. member mentioned the word “leadership”. I think it is really important that we talk about this idea of political leadership. I, five years ago, decided to get involved in politics partly because of the absence of leadership on this particular file. In fair

October 15th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Global Warming  Mr. Speaker, that is exactly the absence of leadership and seriousness that I am talking about. It comes down to this. We politicians are followers more than we are leaders, fundamentally. It requires building leadership and educating citizens so that they hold us to account to s

October 15th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Global Warming  Mr. Speaker, very briefly, scientists around the world are telling us that we are at greater risk as a global community, including in Canada, of forest fires and floods. When my friend talks about climate refugees, I have 4,500 constituents in my riding from Bangladesh, and a g

October 15th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Global Warming  Mr. Speaker, I do not consider myself the conscience of the government simply because I think it is every parliamentarian's job regardless of political party to hold the government to account for failing to live up to promises where the government fails to do so. If I failed to

October 15th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Global Warming  Mr. Speaker, my plea to my Conservative colleague, whom I have great respect for, is to stop the war against carbon pricing and a price on pollution and to follow the evidence. I trust in the member a lot, but in the same way that I have stood in this House and disagreed with my

October 15th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Global Warming  Mr. Speaker, I am glad the member appreciated the quote from President Kennedy, who said, “We choose to go to the moon.” We do not choose to tackle climate change. It is our obligation and we have no choice. If we do not tackle climate change, we will have no clean planet to leav

October 15th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Global Warming  moved: That this House do now adjourn. Madam Speaker, we have a choice, as elected officials, when confronted with a difficult and complicated issue like climate change. We can lead or we can follow. We can take evidence seriously and communicate the need for action to our co

October 15th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Request for Emergency Debate  Mr. Speaker, I am seeking leave for the adjournment of the House, pursuant to Standing Order 52, to request an emergency debate with respect to the IPCC special report on global warming of 1.5°C. This is the first sitting of the House since that report was released. Three exper

October 15th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Multiculturalism  Mr. Speaker, some time ago I hosted a town hall on anti-racism and a number of white supremacists and racists interrupted the event. We have an active level of citizenry in Beaches—East York from STAMP to East Enders Against Racism. It was a jarring reminder of the work we still

October 15th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Reese Fallon  Mr. Speaker, there are words to describe the shooting on the Danforth, but those words cannot adequately convey the deep sense of loss felt by those affected. Reese Fallon was an active member of our Beaches—East York Young Liberals. She came with us to the Halifax policy convent

September 26th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act  moved for leave to introduce a bill entitled Bill C-413, an act to amend the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (compliance with obligations). Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce an act to amend PIPEDA, our privacy laws for the commercial sector. T

June 20th, 2018House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal