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Operation UNIFIER  Mr. Chair, I, along with the member, was privileged to be part of the defence committee delegation that was in Washington, D.C., two weeks ago. What was most striking to me was the assurances we received no matter whom we met with. People felt that Putin would challenge President

March 20th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Fisheries and Oceans  Mr. Speaker, last Thursday the Liberals released the supposed recovery plan for the southern resident killer whales, but it is one that includes no action. Only 78 southern residents still remain, and even the National Energy Board report on Kinder Morgan found that extinction is

March 20th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member for the spirit of co-operation his party showed on our mission to Washington, D.C. and the very valuable contribution he makes to debate on defence issues in the House. At the end of my remarks I said that we are far better off solv

March 9th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I thank the hon. member for my promotion to minister at the beginning of his question. What I would say is the same thing I have been saying. The purpose of having a policy on hardship pay, or danger pay, as everyone in the forces calls it, is that it is known in

March 9th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for North Island—Powell River. In the course of debate so far this morning, I have already had a chance to make some of the points I was going to make at the outset of this speech, and I will repeat them at this point. I

March 9th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, again, I am glad to hear the minister is taking action on this question. I also am glad to hear we can agree on the obvious, that Canadian troops need support when they are doing difficult and dangerous work. However, again, I would like to see us at some point in

March 9th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I am tempted, now that we have agreement on this motion to ask to see the clock at 5:30, but I think there are some other things we could discuss on this important topic of support to our troops, or we could, perhaps at some point in this Parliament, talk about the

March 9th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I am always concerned when we get to a point where we are politicizing the treatment of people in our troops. I am sure that, despite the differences that are being expressed, all members of this House believe that we need to provide the troops the support, the tra

March 9th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Preclearance Act, 2016  Mr. Speaker, the point the members on the other side seem to be missing is that pre-clearance works just fine without these new powers for the American officials to use in Canada. These would include carrying firearms, detention, and conducting strip searches. Why on earth do w

February 24th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

National Defence  Mr. Speaker, Canada must be a force for stability in this increasingly dangerous world by acting as a counterweight to the erratic and disruptive foreign policy of President Trump. Canada has already recommitted to NATO as an alliance that guarantees the defence of all its member

February 24th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Preclearance Act, 2016  Madam Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his comments on this, but I simply do not understand his position, and he incorrectly portrays the NDP position. We are not opposed to expanding pre-clearance, we are simply asking the question, when pre-clearance has functioned all this

February 22nd, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Human Rights  Mr. Speaker, almost a year ago, I stood with the government and celebrated the introduction of Bill C-16, which would extend the same rights and protections enjoyed by other Canadians to those in the trans community. Now this government bill stands stalled in the Senate. It has b

February 16th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present e-petition 608. This petition calls on the cabinet to exercise its authority under the Canada Evidence Act to designate the Military Police Complaints Commission as one of the bodies permitted uncensored access to documents. This issue is part

February 15th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Implementation Act  Madam Speaker, I will start by thanking the member for Essex for that amazing critique of the trade deal. She has raised a number of concerns that are widespread, in my riding as well, one being the impact of this deal on prescription drugs. I also want to talk about what peopl

February 8th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP

Statistics Act  Mr. Speaker, again and again I heard the Conservatives refer to the protection of privacy with the 92-year rule for the disclosure of data, that it is not like it is going to be published. I come from a family that had various twists and turns. My mother spent years of her reti

February 7th, 2017House debate

Randall GarrisonNDP