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Copyright Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, in second reading, we are talking about the principles of the bill. Therefore, what we are talking about here is the need to catch up with technology and ensure that one of the very positive things in the bill says that we will review it every five years to ensure we

October 18th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Copyright Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, one of the things I observed over the last few years with my students is that many of them could not afford to buy hard copies of textbooks. They are looking for new ways with lower costs to try to access educational materials. I taught in the area of Canadian crim

October 18th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Copyright Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, I will be sharing my time with the member for Shefford. I stand to speak to Bill C-11, the copyright modernization act, an act that would bring long overdue changes in Canadian copyright law and help us catch up with technological changes and with changes in intern

October 18th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Keeping Canada's Economy and Jobs Growing Act  Mr. Speaker, what is clear is that the crisis we entered into in 2008 was sparked by corporate greed and unregulated corporate profits. New Democrats are pointing to figures in Canada that show that giving a 43% tax cut to big corporations has done nothing to bring private inve

October 7th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Keeping Canada's Economy and Jobs Growing Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for his question and I would like others to speak on that aspect later. I would like to come back to his point that there are more than two million people who are unemployed or underemployed. In addition to that, a very large sector of our workfor

October 7th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Keeping Canada's Economy and Jobs Growing Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for his question because it gives me a chance to point out the fallacies in the Conservatives' argument that the proof is in the pudding. If the proof is in the pudding, then the proof is in the two million Canadians who are unemployed or have gi

October 7th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Keeping Canada's Economy and Jobs Growing Act  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to Bill C-13, which is awkwardly titled keeping Canada's economy and jobs growing act. I will focus my remarks on jobs. I want to first touch briefly on the general failure of the government and this bill in particular to address what is the mo

October 7th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

House debate  Mr. Speaker, I welcome the parliamentary secretary's comments and his discussion of international education initiatives. There are three institutions in greater Victoria, one and a half of them in my riding, since one has two campuses. We have really been providing leadership in

October 6th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

House debate  Mr. Speaker, I relish this opportunity to stand and talk again about a topic that I raised in the House on September 27, which was Canada's Asia Pacific strategy. As a result of my own experiences working in the Asia Pacific region over the years, I have a continuing interest in

October 6th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Justice  Mr. Speaker, the government knows full well it is intervening in the case, not standing back from the case. The government claims it does not want to reopen the same-sex marriage debate, but that is exactly what it is doing by disputing the definition of a civil partnership. Cons

October 6th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Justice  Mr. Speaker, in 2005 Canada made the historic decision to allow same-sex marriage. Unfortunately, the Conservatives are now trying to erode this right by intervening in an Ontario case to oppose recognition of a same-sex civil partnership from the U.K. The Ontario government has

October 6th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Royal Canadian Mounted Police  Mr. Speaker, the government cannot seem to get its story straight on this file. First the minister says there is a deadline and no more negotiations. Then on Friday, the member for Port Moody—Westwood—Port Coquitlam, speaking as the cabinet minister in B.C., told B.C. municipalit

October 4th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Senate Reform Act  Mr. Speaker, does the hon. member seriously think his constituents would like the idea of adding 105 politicians to our system if we did not already have a Senate now? Would they really think it would solve their problems? Would they think that spending $109 million or $107 milli

October 3rd, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Senate Reform Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Nanaimo—Cowichan for her excellent speech on this topic and especially for her emphasis on consulting Canadians. It is fairly clear the government on the other side has consulted neither Canadians nor the provinces. Let us imagin

October 3rd, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Senate Reform Act  Mr. Speaker, I was wondering whether the hon. member has considered the question of costs. Time and again we see Conservative proposals presented in this chamber with no costing. Could she comment on the more than $100 million the Senate costs us every year? In addition, what a

October 3rd, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP