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Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 1  Certainly, Mr. Speaker, this government has spoken about the need to take pensions seriously, once and for all, in this country. We are looking at this in collaboration with the provinces and I would expect to see action on these sorts of measures. In addition, I would emphasize

May 9th, 2016House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, as someone who saw his parents work 12 or 15 hours a day sometimes, I can say that what small businesses need most are customers. Therefore, this budget puts forward measures that would actually grow our economy and help small businesses grow their consumer base. It

May 9th, 2016House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, it is always interesting to hear New Democrats present themselves as the champions for small businesses. That said, I will say, as I just mentioned to the previous speaker, we are intent on making sure that small businesses have the customer base they need to grow.

May 9th, 2016House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, it is with a great deal of sadness that I rise in the House today. I speak for the people of London, Ontario, when I tell the people of Fort McMurray that we are thinking of them and that our prayers are with them. We in London and Canadians across the country are al

May 9th, 2016House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, my hon. colleague has spoken passionately about the Canada child benefit. I wonder if he could elaborate on how he expects the benefit to support people in Kitchener—Waterloo.

May 9th, 2016House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

Canadian Heritage  Mr. Speaker, many Canadian films have received international acclaim in the past year. One fine example is the Telefilm Canada-funded movie, Room, a Canadian Screen Awards- and Oscar-winning picture. Room is a Canada–Ireland audiovisual treaty co-production. It stars Canada's o

May 3rd, 2016House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I would like to echo the statements of my hon. colleague who just spoke. Linda MacDonald and Jeanne Sarson have been tireless advocates on this issue. I would also like to thank in addition to Jeanne and Linda, the Native Women's Association of Canada, Amnesty Inte

April 21st, 2016House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, in my view there is no charge that comes close. There is section 269.1 of the Criminal Code, but that applies only to acts of state torture, acts committed by state officials for the purposes of extracting information, for example, or for some other purpose. Aggrav

April 21st, 2016House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, indeed, I am open to amendments. I would invite colleagues to allow this bill to move to committee where it can be studied. In particular, on the concerns around sentencing, I am open to having the sentence lowered. In this private member's bill, I have called for

April 21st, 2016House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, as long as the underlying essence of the offence is recognized, in other words, the infliction of severe and prolonged pain and suffering for the purpose of intimidation and coercion. I am open to the justice committee looking at the definitional issues. I know the

April 21st, 2016House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

Criminal Code  moved that Bill C-242, an act to amend the Criminal Code (inflicting torture), be read the second time and referred to a committee. Madam Speaker, I stand today to formerly address my private member's bill, Bill C-242, an act to amend the Criminal Code (inflicting torture). Af

April 21st, 2016House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

Federal Public Sector Labour Relations Act  Madam Speaker, I find it rather puzzling that Conservative members opposite would raise sympathetic concerns now about municipalities. Under the previous government, we had a decade of federal-provincial-municipal relations that left a lot to be desired. Considering it is budget

March 22nd, 2016House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

Federal Public Sector Labour Relations Act  Madam Speaker, collective bargaining is at the core of any democracy. Any democracy will be reflective of particular interests and concerns. These are interests and concerns that often divert. Therefore, if we do not respect the collective bargaining process in any labour relatio

March 22nd, 2016House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

Federal Public Sector Labour Relations Act  Madam Speaker, consultation is ongoing. As far as the record of the previous government goes, I have a number: $150 billion in debt. I rest my point on that.

March 22nd, 2016House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal

Federal Public Sector Labour Relations Act  Madam Speaker, the Liberal Party has a record throughout its history of fiscal responsibility. As for the concerns about the ability to pay and the ability of this government to take into account costs that the hon. member raised, I point to the fact that under the Liberal Part

March 22nd, 2016House debate

Peter FragiskatosLiberal