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Hurricane Matthew  Mr. Speaker, as many in this House know, Newfoundland and Labrador is a fine province, renowned for its bilingual jurists. I just thought I would point that out. Unfortunately, it is also renowned for its weather and was recently hit, and hit hard, by heavy rains and high winds.

October 17th, 2016House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I grew up in Labrador. The residential schools settlement is an issue that is close to my heart. Residential schools represent one of our province's and country's darkest chapters. Meaningful reconciliation must be a top priority of our government. Can the Parliament

September 29th, 2016House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Tragedy Boating Accident  Mr. Speaker, earlier this month, the community of Shea Heights lost four of its fishermen. The Walsh family lost three generations: grandfather Eugene, son Keith, and grandson Keith Jr. Close friend Bill Humby was lost alongside them. At the funeral, they were remembered for thei

September 28th, 2016House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Canada AM  In keeping with the spirit of the show I co-hosted for 10 years, I am going to wing it. I do not have a teleprompter. You will be my floor director. You will give me a count, Mr. Speaker, and I will know to go to commercial break. Canada AM was an institution in our country for

June 10th, 2016House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Chair, I am thankful for the time that I have to speak to this committee about the specific concerns of my district of St. John's South—Mount Pearl. It has been a great pleasure to listen to those across the way talking about fiscal prudence. It brings up questions of the ti

May 31st, 2016House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 1.  Mr. Speaker, like many new members of the House who were campaigning for the first time in order to enter this honourable House, I was struck by how our constituents spoke to us and the concerns they held. Certainly, their ability to find some stability in a world that is so rapi

May 5th, 2016House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 1.  Certainly, Mr. Speaker, the minister spoke to the situation in Fort McMurray this morning, about special measures the government will be taking to take that into account. Before going any further, once again, to reflect on what is currently going on in Fort McMurray, I can tell

May 5th, 2016House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 1.  Mr. Speaker, it is an honour for me to rise in the House today to speak to this important piece of legislation. March 22 was an important day for Canadians. When the Minister of Finance introduced budget 2016, the first glimmers of hope were restored to Canadians who for too long

May 5th, 2016House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Finance  Mr. Speaker, the people of Newfoundland and Labrador have been hit hard by the global downturn in oil prices, as reflected in the province's recent budget. I am hearing time and again from my constituents in St. John's South—Mount Pearl that middle-class families are feeling sque

April 21st, 2016House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts  Mr. Speaker, on March 23, 2016, eight Canadian artists were honoured at Rideau Hall. They are the recipients of this year's Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts. Administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, these awards are meant to celebrate Canada's vibrant a

April 12th, 2016House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Heart and Stroke Foundation  Mr. Speaker, last night I had dinner with my folks. That is something for which I am grateful. Three months ago my dad had a triple bypass. February is Heart Month in Canada. Heart disease and stroke takes one life every seven minutes, and 90% of Canadians have at least one risk

February 22nd, 2016House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal

Search and Rescue  Mr. Speaker, this is my first time rising in the House as the member of Parliament for St. John's South—Mount Pearl, and my first duty and wish is to thank my loving family, my loyal friends, my devoted volunteers, and the people of the riding who put their faith in me. I promise

December 11th, 2015House debate

Seamus O'ReganLiberal