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Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I am on record on multiple occasions saying that I do not think we should continue arresting Canadians for simple possession. I do not think we should continue charging them. I can say I was comforted when I hosted a drug policy town hall in my riding, and I had a p

May 30th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, the goal of a strictly regulated system is to ensure that we are not allowing people off the street to sell marijuana, whether it is kids to kids or whether it is others to kids. The notion of the five-gram limit is to ensure that we avoid giving criminal records for

May 30th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I would second the notion that the war on drugs is an abject failure, with cannabis no less than other substances. When we look at the Colorado model, we see that those who were not convinced in the first place have seen the successes and have been converts. I expe

May 30th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, as I was saying, the black market has no age limit and no quality controls. We also know there is a better way. With tobacco use, we have seen a public health approach succeed, not prohibition but a focus on regulation, restrictions on public use, restrictions on com

May 30th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the cannabis act. It closely follows the recommendations from the task force report of last December, and overall it is a public health approach that also treats Canadians like the responsible adults we are. We talk a lot about protecting

May 30th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I have a simple question. We have talked a lot in this House about harms. Many substances have harms. Cannabis has potential harms. Alcohol has potential harms. Tobacco has potential harms. If the member wants to criminalize cannabis, what else would he like to crimi

May 30th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Cancer  Mr. Speaker, Gilda Radner once said that having cancer gave her membership in an elite club she would rather not belong to. We all know friends and family who have had membership in that club. I have lost uncles. My wife lost her mom. For years since, Amy has run a health-promoti

May 16th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the sixth report of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, entitled “Main Estimates 2017-18: Vote 1 under Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying, Vote 1 under Office of the Confli

May 10th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, the Canadian Autism Leadership Summit took place in Ottawa a month ago. I rise today to continue to raise awareness of this important cause and to present a petition created by a young constituent from Beaches—East York. Emily Kalbun has been hard at work to not only

May 8th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Toronto Maple Leafs  Mr. Speaker, our Toronto Maple Leafs are back. We have a strong, young, and exciting team with a great future ahead. We can feel the love for this team, but we can also wear it. Yes, it is an idea that started in a beer league dressing room on that fateful day when our Maple Le

April 13th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, I honestly did not expect to stand to address a Conservative question demanding more spending, but I am happy to address it. At the outset of my speech, I indicated that $3.4 billion of new money would flow to first nations. The idea of budget 2017 is to focus speci

March 23rd, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, first, I outlined some funds flowing for clean water protection. I did not mention the other. There are two aspects in our budget that speak to clean water specifically. I recognize it is in the tens of millions of dollars, not the billions of dollars. There is signi

March 23rd, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, at the outset, I would like to note that I will be splitting my time with the member for Brampton East. We have a youth council in my riding of Beaches—East York, chaired by two intelligent young women, Faiza and Noor. We meet once a month to talk about policy issue

March 23rd, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Interparliamentary Delegations  Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), I have the honour to present to the House, in both official languages, the report of the Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union respecting its participation at the 135th Assembly of the IPU and related meetings held in Genev

February 8th, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

U.S. Decision Regarding Travel Ban  Mr. Speaker, the member spoke of the unjust executive order. I certainly agree with that assessment. I would just ask the member how we ought to respond to the consequences of that unjust order. Senator Omidvar suggested Canada should work with our international allies and help r

January 31st, 2017House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal