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Department of Employment and Social Development Act  Madam Speaker, I am grateful to have this opportunity to speak to Bill C-348, an act to amend the Department of Employment and Social Development Act, persons with disabilities. The bill, put forward by my NDP colleague, the member for Windsor—Tecumseh, would help to simplify the challenges persons with disabilities face when looking to apply for programs administered through the federal government.

November 20th, 2017House debate

Robert Gordon KitchenConservative

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, the parliamentary research branch has conflict of interest rules for federal legislatures. In them, it talks about techniques of control. They include, first, disclosure, which we know the minister did not do; second, avoidance, which we are still trying to figure out whether he avoided it or not; and third, withdrawal, which talks about recusal.

November 23rd, 2017House debate

Robert Gordon KitchenConservative

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, again, I am questioning the relevance of this debate.

November 23rd, 2017House debate

Robert Gordon KitchenConservative

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, Confucius was known to say “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.” I would like to hear some real knowledge, because the real knowledge we know is that the conflict of interest rules for federal legislators state that the methods of available control for conflicts of interest are disclosure, we know the minister did not do that; avoidance, we know the minister did not do that; and withdrawal, which really means recusal, and it appears the minister did not do that either.

November 23rd, 2017House debate

Robert Gordon KitchenConservative

National Impaired Driving Prevention Week  Madam Speaker, I commend the hon. member for his passion and commitment to this motion. I had the opportunity to meet with the member's daughter earlier today. I am honoured to say that I am a survivor like her. Families are affected by this tremendously. My parents were halfway around the world when it happened to me.

November 23rd, 2017House debate

Robert Gordon KitchenConservative

2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games  Mr. Speaker, today I have the privilege of welcoming some outstanding Canadians to Ottawa, the athletes and coaches who participated in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. In the fall of 1968, Dr. Frank Hayden from London, Ontario started a sports program for persons with intellectual disabilities after his research showed how beneficial physical activity could be for them.

November 29th, 2017House debate

Robert Gordon KitchenConservative

Federal Framework on Distracted Driving Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank my hon. colleague for his comments. I have had the pleasure of working with him on the veterans affairs committee for the last two years. He and I have had many conversations about his role as an emergency doctor. He has been on the front lines and has seen some of the devastating effects that happen, so I truly appreciate his honourable intention here.

November 30th, 2017House debate

Robert Gordon KitchenConservative

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, my constituents are concerned about the Asian infrastructure bank. As my hon. colleague mentioned earlier, the reality is that the government is going to invest $500 million in an Asian infrastructure bank that is going to create jobs for building pipelines and coal-fired power plants in another part of the world.

December 1st, 2017House debate

Robert Gordon KitchenConservative

Movember  Mr. Speaker, Confucius once said, “A man without a mustache is a man without a soul”. He would know, having sported an outstanding 'stache of his own. I am here today to show the House my attempt at this year's Movember campaign. The theme of the 2017 campaign was “A life without the men we love”.

December 1st, 2017House debate

Robert Gordon KitchenConservative

Questions on the Order Paper  With regard to disbursements through the Treasury Board Secretariat for trustee fees, in order to establish and maintain a blind trust, since November 4, 2015: (a) did the Minister of Finance claim any such expenses; and (b) if the answer to (a) is affirmative, what are the amounts?

December 6th, 2017House debate

Robert Gordon KitchenConservative

Persons with Disabilities  Mr. Speaker, vulnerable Canadians deserve better. We have ministers going out of their way to attack those who truly need help. The revenue minister is targeting single moms and denying legitimate benefits. The Minister for Persons with Disabilities is refusing to help, and worse yet, belittling those who dare ask.

December 7th, 2017House debate

Robert Gordon KitchenConservative

Questions on the Order Paper  With regard to the statement by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons on November 2, 2017, that “Never before in the history of Canada have we seen a redistribution of Canada's wealth to the middle class and those aspiring to become a part of it”: does the government consider this statement to be accurate and, if so, what specific information does the government have to back up this statement?

January 29th, 2018House debate

Robert Gordon KitchenConservative

Questions on the Order Paper  With regard to the November 21, 2017 news release titled “Government of Canada provides financial support to Ontario college students affected by labour dispute”: (a) what are the details of the financial support, excluding any support students would have normally received had a labour dispute not occurred, including (i) how many students received payments, (ii) what was the average amount received by a student, (iii) what percentage of the payments required repayment, such as loans; (b) broken down by type of financial assistance received, as referenced in (a), what criteria was used to determine if an applicant would receive financial assistance; (c) how many students applied for the financial support referred to in (a); and (d) how many of the students referred to in (c) were granted financial assistance?

January 29th, 2018House debate

Robert Gordon KitchenConservative

Childhood Cancer  Mr. Speaker, Oxford English Dictionary defines a hero as a person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, and noble qualities. One might not expect to meet one as young as 10 years old, but Payton Sernick is certainly a hero. For the past four years, Payton has been battling stage 4 acute lymphoblastic leukemia and lymphoma, and battling it she is.

February 2nd, 2018House debate

Robert Gordon KitchenConservative

Persons with Disabilities  Mr. Speaker, February marks Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, a unified effort among Jewish organizations and communities worldwide to raise awareness, champion the rights, and foster the inclusion of people with disabilities. This initiative, which began in 2009, highlights the importance of accommodation and inclusion of people with disabilities within Jewish communal life, and provides a focal point for Jewish Canadians to demonstrate leadership.

February 6th, 2018House debate

Robert Gordon KitchenConservative