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Canadian Forces Superannuation Act  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to Bill C-215, which, earlier today, I had the honour of seconding. The bill would end pension clawbacks from our military and RCMP veterans and from those with significant disabilities. The bill in its first incarnation was introduced by the m

November 21st, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Rail Transportation  Madam Speaker, let us talk about who is actually shutting down economic activity in my riding. Let us talk about the rail service on Vancouver Island, which was guaranteed to British Columbia as part of Confederation. That rail service was shut down in April due to a lack of fun

November 18th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Transgender Day of Remembrance  Madam Speaker, I stand today to recognize November 20, the Transgender Day of Remembrance. This is a day when people in communities across Canada and around the world gather to remember the victims of transphobic violence and to dedicate themselves to working to end all forms of

November 18th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I listened with interest to the Liberals and Conservatives blaming each other for inaction on drinking water on first nations reserves. I would like to take this opportunity to draw attention to the Pacheedaht First Nation in my riding. I met with its representative

November 17th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Justice  Mr. Speaker, within the last month, courts on Vancouver Island had to dismiss two serious drunk driving cases due to court delays. B.C. provincial jails, like Wilkinson Road Jail in my riding, are already at more than 200% over capacity, with the result being five riots in the sy

November 14th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the remarks from the hon. parliamentary secretary. My question involves the review that was done by the hon. Mr. Justice Lamer submitted in 2003. That review contained some 88 recommendations, a few of which are covered in Bill C-16 and some in Bill C-15

November 4th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Ending the Long-gun Registry Act  Mr. Speaker, the hon. member asked about military members. Of course, they all have IDs, they are all registered and everyone knows what weapons they are carrying. I have no doubts about them doing their job safely, but if they were to take those weapons from their job into anoth

November 1st, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Ending the Long-gun Registry Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to see the long gun registry maintained. This is one of the most effective tools for public safety in the country. In British Columbia there is a debate just beginning about what happens if this legislation passes. That debate has not really developed be

November 1st, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Ending the Long-gun Registry Act  Mr. Speaker, it is perhaps one of the unforeseen side effects of this law that maybe the Conservatives had not thought about in their rush to pass it through without much debate. It seems that there are some weapons which will escape any kind of registration, including the kinds

November 1st, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Ending the Long-gun Registry Act  Mr. Speaker, I rise to speak against Bill C-19 and show my strong support for maintaining the long gun registry. I recognize there is division among Canadians, and in my riding, on this point, but what evidence tells me in the end is that this registry saves lives. Members oppo

November 1st, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Human Rights  Mr. Speaker, unfortunately, this weekend in Perth, Canada failed to get the Commonwealth to move on this basic human rights question. What we need is for every Commonwealth leader who believes in ending the state persecution of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and the transgendered to s

October 31st, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

National Defence  Mr. Speaker, over the past week the Minister of National Defence has refused to say whether any bases will be closed as a result of Conservative cuts. He even claimed the whole story was made up by the opposition, despite the fact there is a directive from his department saying t

October 27th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

National Defence  Mr. Speaker, in 2008 Corporal Stuart Langridge was found dead in his barracks. He had suffered from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. After three flawed investigations, the Langridge family is now facing huge legal bills as high as $200,000 in their attempt to find

October 27th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act  Mr. Speaker, it seems that the member was emphasizing that those who participate in supply management had a choice and have voted to participate in something that has restricted their marketing opportunities in some ways but expanded them in many others. If the Conservatives are

October 24th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

National Defence  Mr. Speaker, CFB Esquimalt's military forces continue to serve our country with honour, like the--

October 24th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP