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Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, my colleague's question gives me the opportunity to say that just as no one is questioning the minister's service in Afghanistan, no one is questioning the important role Canada played in Afghanistan and the important role our troops on the ground played, very bravel

May 8th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I would have to say that my experience in my riding, and maybe it is because I represent a very strong military riding, was quite different from his. There was a great deal of interest in this controversy. I spent some time on a radio hotline dealing with calls on th

May 8th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, before I begin the heart of my remarks, I would like to join other members of Parliament in thanking the Canadian Armed Forces for the work it has done in combatting the floods in Quebec and the Ottawa River valley today. Also, the minister did miss in his listing of

May 8th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I would like to follow up on my previous question for the minister. It is on his lack of clarity about his role in making the decision not to hold an inquiry into the transfer of detainees to face torture that caused conflict of interest complaints to be laid against

May 8th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I too am disappointed that the minister did not take this opportunity to provide the transparency we really need on what his role was in Afghanistan, so I would like to ask him two very specific questions. In interviews for the book called Fighting for Afghanistan:

May 8th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, as this is the first time I am on my feet in this debate, I want to start by saying on behalf of the New Democratic Party that no one in our party questions the bravery of the service of the minister in Afghanistan. This is not a question of what he did in Afghanista

May 8th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise once again to speak in favour of Bill C-305. I would like to echo that thanks to the member for Nepean for bringing this forward. In the current climate in North America and around the world, where there has been a promotion of hatred against a

May 3rd, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

National Defence  Mr. Speaker, the defence minister once said, “I discovered that there was a goldmine of information flowing into [Governor Khalid's] palace.” Diplomat Richard Colvin revealed that in the basement of that palace, the governor of Kandahar was “known to personally torture people in

May 3rd, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

National Defence  Mr. Speaker, a meaningful apology must be followed by changed behaviour, transparency, and accountability, and that is just not what we are getting from the minister. The defence minister told the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner that he knew nothing about the transf

May 2nd, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

National Defence  Mr. Speaker, in the last Parliament, Bill C-15, the strengthening military justice act, was adopted as a first step in reforming Canada's outdated military criminal justice system. The bill received royal assent four years ago, yet 44 sections of the act are not yet in force. Tha

April 13th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the government claims to be standing up for the human rights of LGBTQ communities around the world, yet it has neither said nor done a single thing about the campaign of mass arrests and incarceration of gay men in Chechnya. When will the government move on from symb

April 11th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

National Defence  Mr. Speaker, given the escalating humanitarian crisis in Iraq and Syria and the growing famine in Africa, it is hard to imagine how the government is going to provide leadership with no new humanitarian funding in its budget. Last Friday, the Liberals quietly announced in a pres

April 4th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, with this budget, the Liberals have yet again failed to deliver on their most crucial promise made to veterans during the election campaign: lifelong financial security for those who have served Canada and are now ill and injured. Instead, the Liberals, in their seco

March 24th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians Act  Mr. Speaker, I listened with astonishment and exasperation to the member's speech on Bill C-22. It included everything from reminding us that this is the only thing the Liberals have to say about Bill C-51, which I have a bill before the House to repeal—they have not presented an

March 24th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians Act  Mr. Speaker, on a point of order, I would like to remind the hon. member that he should stop standing up and saying we should speak on this if we have opinions. When the government has introduced time allocation, we are not allowed that opportunity. Repeatedly he calls on me to s

March 24th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP