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International Trade  Mr. Speaker, Canada's Asia-Pacific gateway should be about more than the Conservative strategy of just shipping our raw materials overseas. Last week, the president of the Asia Pacific Foundation advised the government that to be successful in expanding our trade, Canada needed

September 27th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Safe Streets and Communities Act  Mr. Speaker, I listened with interest to the parliamentary secretary's comments on deterrence. Before I came to this chamber, I spent 20 years working in the area of criminal justice, where it is very well known that deterrence that actually works is based on the certainty and t

September 21st, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Safe Streets and Communities Act  Madam Speaker, I listened with great interest to the speech by the parliamentary secretary. I have had occasion to meet her a couple of times outside the House. I have always found her to be very reasonable and rational. I think we will have to say that we simply disagree on the

September 21st, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Canadian Human Rights Act  moved for leave to introduce Bill C-279, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity and gender expression). Mr. Speaker, this is a reintroduction of the bill that passed this House before the last election but, unfortunately, not the Sen

September 21st, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada's Immigration System Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague for her very eloquent speech, which was obviously fueled by a great deal of passion on this topic. I wonder if she could say a bit more about her views on this bill's effects on family reunification and the impacts it would have o

September 20th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada's Immigration System Act  Mr. Speaker, when people point the finger at who should be responsible, I like to point this out. Who takes responsibility for dealing with refugees? Yes, the UN does for some international refugees, but it does this on the basis of voluntary contributions by nations, so there is

September 19th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada's Immigration System Act  Mr. Speaker, the member's question in particular shines a light on the problem on the other side of the House. The member has done two things in the phrasing of his question, which I think illustrates the problems with the bill. One is that he has switched from talking about re

September 19th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada's Immigration System Act  Mr. Speaker, as I said, I think there are very clear examples, in particular, Supreme Court cases involving security certificates, where the Supreme Court has upheld the right to due process. I would like to stress that in none of the cases we are talking about of refugee claiman

September 19th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada's Immigration System Act  Mr. Speaker, in this case the government has been part of the problem rather than part of the solution. In seeking to dramatize the ship arrivals and in seeking to increase fears, it has caused many Canadians to turn away from the generosity with which they have normally received

September 19th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada's Immigration System Act  Mr. Speaker, I rise to speak to Bill C-4, first, because of its severe impact on legitimate refugees who come to Canada; second, because of its direct conflict with Canada's international obligations; and third, because it takes Canada once again down the wrong-headed road of try

September 19th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada's Immigration System Act  Mr. Speaker, my question has to do with the concept of queue-jumping. I wonder how the parliamentary secretary thinks that people who have fled for their lives, who have been victims of violence, who have lost all of their property, their homes and with no ability to communicat

September 19th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act  Mr. Speaker, I would point out that in my speech I did not talk about who picked the fight. The question of who picked the fight came from the other side of the House and I felt obligated to respond to that. The other part I did not get a chance to respond to was where the $19 a

June 25th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act  Mr. Speaker, it is good to see the member here in the House. He may not remember but we did actually meet when I was working in Afghanistan and he was also working there. I respect the work he did there. However, with respect, he is absolutely wrong about who has picked this fig

June 25th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act  Mr. Speaker, I am surprised to be the next speaker. We are now into debate on the principles of Bill C-6 and I thought maybe some members on the other side who have so much to say in the question and comment period would like to stand up and explain the principles and philosophy

June 25th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act  —and defend what the government has brought forward in the House of Commons. There have been some wild charges by the other side about what motivates New Democrats, what motivates trade unionists, so I am going to start by talking—

June 25th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP