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Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, I have to say that I am disappointed with that answer. I was hoping to get a clear commitment since we all know that information derived from torture is not only illegal under international law, but is almost always useless, as people under torture will say exactly wha

May 29th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, I am going to be doing a brief preamble that is related to some of the questions I am going to ask, but I will primarily be focusing on questions this evening. I thank the minister and his staff from the Canadian Armed Forces for being here this evening, allowing us to

May 29th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, at least 42 gay men from Chechnya have had to flee for their lives and are now hiding in dangerous situations elsewhere in Russia. Given the ongoing campaign to wipe out the gay community in Chechnya—and that is what is going on—the lives of these 42 men are still a

May 29th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act  Madam Speaker, I am going to start by tipping my hat both to Fridays and the Senate today. For those who think that nothing important ever happens here on Fridays, this bill will show that in fact we do important work here on Fridays, things that might otherwise get swept aside

May 19th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Human Rights  Madam Speaker, LGBTQ Canadians are getting tired of waiting for real action to follow the selfies. Nearly a year ago, the government received briefs from groups representing those who were dishonourably discharged from the military or fired from the public service, asking for an

May 19th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I was under the impression that 150-some Liberals got elected, but unfortunately we hear all too often from only one of them. What I want to talk about today is that I was hoping in this debate we would find a way to get to yes: yes to support for people with autism

May 18th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, on a point of order. I am not sure there is a specific order that prevents the member from doing what he often does, but he accuses people who actually endured his speech of not listening to it. I would appreciate it if he would give credit to the fact that my quest

May 18th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo for her consistent support in the House for a more inclusive society. This motion is really about that, a more inclusive Canada. I always try to stand up for that. Is the member as frustrated as I am wit

May 18th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Air Transportation  Mr. Speaker, for over five years, New Democrats have been urging the federal government to remove the transphobic regulation governing air passenger screening. This regulation has nothing to do with safety. Rather, it subjects transgender Canadians to public humiliation in facing

May 17th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to mark the 13th annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. This day started in Montreal as an urgent call for an end to the discrimination, hatred and violence that still face the LGBTQ community. It has since grown as well t

May 17th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Renewable Energy  Mr. Speaker, despite strong momentum from the Paris climate talks, Canada will still miss its climate targets. Instead, by 2030, we will reduce our carbon emissions by less than 1%. Clearly we need to move quickly toward a more sustainable energy future focused on renewable energ

May 10th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

National Defence  Mr. Speaker, Canadians deserve clear answers about this decision not to hold a public inquiry into the transfer of detainees. In the absence of a real answer to that question, let me ask the obvious follow-up. Did the Minister of National Defence inform the Conflict of Interest

May 9th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, the member for Yorkton—Melville raises a very important point. When members on the other side say there is no public interest in this, they are actually denying our role in this Parliament, which is to be a representative of our ridings. It is passing strange to me t

May 8th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, in essence the quote that the member has just given proves my point. If the minister had a key role in intelligence, then we have a question about what he knew about the transfer of detainees. The member's example is unfortunate, because it bolsters what I have been

May 8th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, the proof that this confidence does not exist is the very fact that we have been engaged in this debate in the House of Commons now for some 10 days. This has not gone away as a topic of interest in the media or as a topic of interest in the public. It is a real que

May 8th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP