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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

Points of Order  Mr. Speaker, in a statement delivered today by the member for South Surrey—White Rock—Cloverdale, I was accused, along with the member for Surrey North, of supporting child molesters. As an adult survivor of child abuse, I rise on this point of order and demand an immediate wit

September 29th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, all British Columbians are asking for is a fair deal on policing, one with more community input and better accountability. Instead, they are being offered ultimatums again today and a dangerously out-of-touch approach of one size fits all provinces. While the gover

September 29th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Royal Canadian Mounted Police  Mr. Speaker, the government likes to talk tough on crime, but when it comes to front-line police, it continues to fall down on the job. It is telling the government in British Columbia to take it or leave it on the contract offer. British Columbians need to know that the result

September 28th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP