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Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act  Mr. Speaker, I will begin my remarks on the debate in principle on Bill C-6 by talking about some of the motivations that lie behind my opposition to the bill. I will do that by talking a little bit about what a great Canadian did when confronted with a society that was becomin

June 25th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act  Let us see, Madam Speaker, if I have a 40-second view. What I would say is that I thank the hon. member for her question, and I think the important part of her question is to move the emphasis off this specious argument about right to strike, when what we are talking about is the

June 24th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act  Perhaps it came through one of those private couriers. I do acknowledge that this dispute is causing--

June 24th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act  Madam Speaker, what I would say in response to the member's question is that I do understand that this dispute is causing hardship for many people, not just businesses. There are many other Canadians who depend on Canada Post. What I would say is that it appears that who is holdi

June 24th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act  Madam Speaker, I suggest that perhaps the hon. member was not listening all that carefully to my speech, since I spent very little time actually talking about the union specifically as a union in this dispute. I find it interesting that she received a letter today. Not many of t

June 24th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act  Madam Speaker, I talked to one business person in my riding today by phone. I asked him if he realized that CUPW said it would continue to negotiate under the existing contract, and he said that really changes things, that maybe we do not need back to work legislation and maybe w

June 24th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act  Madam Speaker, I promise that in the near future I will be responding in French. I think there is a misunderstanding among some members on the other side. The last hon. member asked me if the postal workers were not happy with $19 an hour. Let me tell members about $19 an hour i

June 24th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act  Madam Speaker, I am happy to rise, although it perhaps is not an hour I would have chosen. It is not even prime time in British Columbia anymore. I will begin by acknowledging that many Canadians go to work every day at this time. I acknowledge those who work as cleaners, those

June 24th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Justice  Mr. Speaker, sadly and unjustly, transgender Canadians are still not protected against hate crimes nor are they protected against discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Code. In its last session, this House passed legislation to provide those protections, legislation th

June 15th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, I congratulate the member on his election. On the general question, the majority of British Columbians did not vote for the Conservative government and in my riding they did not vote for this agenda. On the member's very specific question, I would very much like to

June 13th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, I congratulate the member on her victory. As she has said, we are in neighbouring ridings. One of the many municipalities in my riding is the municipality of Saanich, which I share with the hon. member. I expect to see her at many of the same community events in the

June 13th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, I would like to share my time with the member for Pontiac. I am proud to rise in this budget debate as the new MP for Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca. I am only the third person to hold this seat since its creation. My two predecessors have set a very strong record in repres

June 13th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the voters of Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca for giving me the privilege of serving as their voice in this House. I pledge to keep their concerns front and centre in all the work I do here. I represent a very diverse riding, stretching from Willis Poin

June 13th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

National Defence  Mr. Speaker, my question is also about the government's threat to cut defence jobs across the country. In my riding, there are more than 6,000 regular and reserve officers and more than 2,500 civilians who serve our country every day at CFB Esquimalt. This base contributes over

June 8th, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Speech from the Throne  Mr. Speaker, first, I congratulate you on your election as Speaker and wish you well in the chair. I also thank the voters of Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca for giving me the great honour of representing them in this chamber. I will work hard to ensure their concerns are always front an

June 3rd, 2011House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP