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Blood Donor Eligibility  Mr. Speaker, today is World Blood Donor Day, marked by the World Health Organization. I want to thank the hundreds of donors in Beaches—East York. This past Friday over 200 of my neighbours signed up to give blood at the Beach United Church, including Amanda Tiernan-Carpino, who

June 14th, 2016House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I was very interested to hear my friend speaking about the recent Conservative convention and this issue of giving tickets to individuals who are picked up for small possession. My question for the member is this. Does he know that that answer is in fact decrimina

June 13th, 2016House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I am proud to be part of a government that ran on a platform to legalize and regulate marijuana. As any expert will tell us, prohibition causes more problems than it proposes to solve. The answer is a regulatory framework based on evidence. We are not moving towar

June 13th, 2016House 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, two reports of the Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union respecting its participation at the third IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians and th

June 8th, 2016House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member and his colleagues for putting this motion forward, and I thank my government for working with the NDP and agreeing to the motion. Co-operation is a sign of strength, in my opinion. I want to ask the member about fairness. I agree that proportiona

June 2nd, 2016House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Rugby  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the achievements of a formidable group of men, women, and youth. The Balmy Beach Club is a historic local landmark in Beaches—East York, home to the greatest rugby club in Canada. As winners of back-to-back provincial championships in 2014

June 1st, 2016House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I listened closely to my friend's comments. I understand he disagrees with the Supreme Court. He disagrees with its protection of individual liberty. He disagrees with its protection of security to the person. If the member disagrees with the Supreme Court's decisio

May 17th, 2016House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 1.  Mr. Speaker, the Canada child benefit consolidates existing child benefits and it ensures that folks who make $500,000 a year do not receive a government benefit. They do not need it. They should not have it. It should go to folks who do need the help. This benefit, targeted as

May 10th, 2016House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 1.  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for the question, but I am not sure he understands what it means to build a prosperous society and encourage investment in our communities. It requires a commitment to protect our environment. It requires a commitment to affordable post-secondary

May 10th, 2016House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 1.  Mr. Speaker, I agree that we could do more to ensure that people have support when they lose their jobs. Even when we look at the cities that do have coverage, the coverage for individuals is simply not adequate, which is why I spoke to the importance of a basic income guarantee.

May 10th, 2016House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 1.  Mr. Speaker, I want to begin by briefly thanking the government for direct investments in my community of Beaches—East York specifically, with a major investment in Neighbourhood Link, now The Neighbourhood Group, which provides important employment services and settlement servic

May 10th, 2016House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Modernizing Animal Protections Act  Mr. Speaker, I first want to highlight that the member mentioned the bundling of various provisions. I have heard attacks on omnibus legislation. First, all of the provisions are related to animal welfare, the same topic, but more than that, it is seven pages. If it is an omnibus

May 9th, 2016House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Modernizing Animal Protections Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for her question and her work on the issue of animal welfare. The purpose of this bill is to take a step toward bringing Canada's animal welfare laws into the 21st century. I referenced the former member for Peterborough who said that very thing i

May 9th, 2016House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Modernizing Animal Protections Act  Mr. Speaker, it is important to clarify some of the language. I tried as much as possible to state that quite clearly this is not intended to affect and will not affect animal use practices. With respect to the two provisions in particular, the poison section is already in the C

May 9th, 2016House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal

Modernizing Animal Protections Act  moved that Bill C-246, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Fisheries Act, the Textile Labelling Act, the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act and the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (animal protection), be read the s

May 9th, 2016House debate

Nathaniel Erskine-SmithLiberal