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Salaries Act  Madam Speaker, I will assure the member I said no such thing. I said that responsibilities of the ministers differ, not that those are not important topics. There is also the amount of supervision they have to do of staff and the number of programs they have to manage, but it is

June 8th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Salaries Act  I am not taking this bill seriously. I have to thank the Speaker for the warning that I have a lot of time left. I am not taking it seriously, because, as I said at the beginning, it is not a serious piece of legislation. It is not something we should be spending our time on. The

June 8th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, I have to say I am disappointed to be here tonight, sitting until midnight, spending time on a bill like this. Of course, we had some remarks in earlier questions that tried to make it the responsibility of the opposition that the government has not gotten through it

June 8th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Salaries Act  I love being heckled on this because I do not have a whole lot to say on this, so the more heckling the better. Mr. Speaker, another peculiar thing in the bill is that they have shoved in something that I actually kind of like, and that is the ministers of economic development a

June 8th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I do not want to give a flippant response—although it is very tempting to say “How's that going, eh?” when it comes to the fissile treaty—because I believe that is a good thing for us to be doing. I would love to see progress on that treaty, but is the member honestl

June 8th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I enjoy working with the hon. member, but he should know me well enough not to cite Margaret Thatcher to a gay man or expect me to agree with her on almost anything. I will say that she was absolutely wrong on most things, and I would include her quote on this as one

June 8th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for Victoria. I am pleased and proud to rise today to speak in favour of this motion calling on Canada to support the draft convention on the prohibition of nuclear weapons. Some of the things I will say at the beginning o

June 8th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

National Defence  Mr. Speaker, we know that torture and summary executions are immoral and run counter to Canadian and international law. They also alienate potential supporters in the fight against ISIS and produce information that is dangerously unreliable. The Minister of National Defence knows

June 1st, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, given that the Prime Minister and the minister attended the NATO summit on May 25, did they present the outcome of this defence review there? Did they talk about what our priorities are going to be at NATO before it was presented in the House or to Canadians, or did th

May 29th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, certainly New Democrats have been very supportive of any of the leadership initiatives taken. Back in August of 2016, the defence minister and the former foreign affairs minister together announced Canada would be committing about 600 troops and 150 police officers to

May 29th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, we are also seeing the Canadian Armed Forces right now in a period when we have the largest recapitalization needs we have ever had in the history of the Canadian Forces. In particular, I, of course, am concerned as a member who represents a naval riding with the nat

May 29th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, the minister has referred several times to the June 7 date for announcing the defence review. I would like to ask him now for a specific commitment that the defence review will be presented in the House, tabled in the House, and that we will be able to hold hearings, e

May 29th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, once again, I am not getting the answer from the minister that I would like. As a parliamentarian who was sent here to represent my constituents, I would like for us to have a chance to have a full debate of that Canadian defence review here in the House, followed by a

May 29th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, I am going to ask the minister again. What specific measures do we have in place? If Canadian Armed Forces were to come across instances of torture like this that have been well documented, how do they report those? How do we make those known to the Iraqi government? H

May 29th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, I would like to ask the minister to give us the assurance in the House that if Canadian Armed Forces do come across these instances of torture or similar kinds of instances that we will stop our co-operation with the Iraqi government forces.

May 29th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP