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Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I feel like I have gone back in time a little between talking about the dramatic events in Quebec and it being the anniversary of the national energy program. In both these instances, we saw an example of potential federal government overreach. As important as any ap

October 29th, 2020House debate

Philip LawrenceConservative

Suicide  Mr. Speaker, this week when a close friend of mine lost a family member, I experienced the stinging pain of suicide. Unfortunately, suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth and young adults. Sixty per cent of suicidal youth reported wanting to speak to someone,

October 28th, 2020House debate

Philip LawrenceConservative

COVID-19 Emergency Response  Mr. Speaker, many organizations in Canada are suffering through the pandemic. Among them are the legions. The legions are struggling through it and part of the reason, according to their Dominion Command, is because legions do not often have to file tax returns because they are n

October 26th, 2020House debate

Philip LawrenceConservative

Judges Act  Madam Speaker, I will use this as an opportunity to finish off my comments with respect to the member for Calgary Nose Hill. She talked about systemic misogyny with comments that, once again, should make us all feel uncomfortable as Canadians, and all the men in the House and els

October 8th, 2020House debate

Philip LawrenceConservative

Judges Act  Madam Speaker, no. Obviously, the government has a lot of opportunity to talk about this and we are pleased to talk about this business. We thank the government for bringing it forward.

October 8th, 2020House debate

Philip LawrenceConservative

Judges Act  Madam Speaker, that was a terrific question from the hon. member, indeed. This discussion in the House of Commons is what separates us from totalitarian regimes. It is what makes our government better than communist regimes. Debate is of critical importance. In fact, yesterday I

October 8th, 2020House debate

Philip LawrenceConservative

Judges Act  Madam Speaker, I would like to start by thanking everyone for their great interventions in this conversation that we have had. It is more of an apt description to call it a conversation as opposed to a debate. I would also like to take this opportunity to say it was great to hea

October 8th, 2020House debate

Philip LawrenceConservative

Judges Act  Madam Speaker, while we are talking about debating, I wonder if the member would like to comment on when the member for Winnipeg North, in February 2014, accused the Harper government of being somewhat shameful for not fully debating issues. I wonder if the member would like to c

October 8th, 2020House debate

Philip LawrenceConservative

Resumption of Debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, of course, government programs are important and our treasured social safety net is important, so too though are our businesses, our private sector, our workers, our farmers and our front-line workers. These are the people who are going out every day working to produ

October 5th, 2020House debate

Philip LawrenceConservative

Resumption of Debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, I have the opportunity to live in the great riding of Northumberland—Peterborough South, and I have talked to my constituents as much as I can during COVID days. What they tell me, whether they are farmers, workers or single moms, is that they cannot afford life to b

October 5th, 2020House debate

Philip LawrenceConservative

Resumption of Debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for the question. It is an important question and greatly appreciated. First of all, I would go back and say there were certain ways to make this less expensive, such as putting that wage subsidy in place quicker, which would have gotten our econo

October 5th, 2020House debate

Philip LawrenceConservative

Resumption of Debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, I will join the great traditions of Conservatives across this land who have attempted to unwind the demagoguery from the member for Winnipeg North. I did actually listen to the Deputy Prime Minister when she talked about it. When we define “labour force”, which is

October 5th, 2020House debate

Philip LawrenceConservative

Resumption of Debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, I am going to say something that may get me thrown out of the Conservative Party caucus. It is a pleasure to follow the member for St. Catharines. I have known him for many years and I would even consider him my friend. That may be the end of my career, so I thank ev

October 5th, 2020House debate

Philip LawrenceConservative

Resumption of Debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, I honestly feel bad for many of the Liberal members. I know they are dedicated to things like the environment and women's rights. However, their government has been a disappointment. We have an environmental government that states it is about the environment, yet it

October 5th, 2020House debate

Philip LawrenceConservative

Resumption of Debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, I would like to continue on and say the government is supposed to be about feminism. However, we have a wage subsidy that was not rolled out that cost many women their jobs. We have a rent subsidy that cost many women their jobs and businesses because it was not roll

October 5th, 2020House debate

Philip LawrenceConservative