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Recognition of Charlottetown as the Birthplace of Confederation Act  Mr. Speaker, I am proud and honoured to stand in this place to offer my contributions to the debate on Bill S-236. I would like to acknowledge some of the people who have brought it to this stage: the former member of Parliament for Hillsborough, George Proud; Philip Brown, from

December 4th, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Official Languages  Mr. Speaker, as I said, we have already indicated that the leaders of the parties in both Houses of Parliament were invited to promote the opportunity to potential candidates, provide their input on stakeholder engagement, and highlight qualities the selection committee should co

November 28th, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Official Languages  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from Drummond for the question. As my colleague knows, on July 28, the government relaunched the process for appointing the Commissioner of Official Languages. We sent a document to the leader of his party. My colleague complains about a lack o

November 28th, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Rail Transportation  Madam Speaker, the people of Lac-Mégantic are always in our thoughts and prayers. Improving rail safety is the Minister of Transport's top priority. That is why we have allocated $143 million to rail safety and the transportation of dangerous goods. That is why we accelerated the

November 27th, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Rail Transportation  Madam Speaker, I thank the hon. member for Mégantic—L'Érable for his question. As the Prime Minister said, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and all those whose lives were changed because of this tragedy. Four years later, this very tight-knit communi

November 27th, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Government Appointments  Madam Speaker, on February 25, 2016, the Prime Minister announced the introduction of a new approach to Governor in Council appointments. The new approach is more open and transparent, representative of Canadian diversity, and merit-based. The Government of Canada considers the

November 27th, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Government Appointments  Madam Speaker, the Government of Canada sees the function of the Commissioner of Official Languages as very important, since it ensures the enforcement of the Official Languages Act in Canada. We will ensure that we identify the best candidate for this position. A new commissio

November 27th, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

World Children's Day  Mr. Speaker, yesterday was World Children's Day. I was honoured to be invited to the United Nations in New York to witness a kid's takeover of the proceedings. Children from all over the world gave inspirational presentations to the UN delegates. Canada's representative was Bas

November 21st, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Official Languages  Mr. Speaker, on the contrary, our two official languages are central to our history and our Canadian identity. We are firmly committed to promoting the use of both official languages in society and to supporting our official language minority communities. We are working on a new

November 9th, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Canadian Heritage  Mr. Speaker, we understand the concerns of the francophone cultural sector. I want to reassure and remind the cultural community of the historic investments we have made to support francophone culture. We have made massive investments in arts and culture, over $2.2 billion to be

November 8th, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Department of Public Works and Government Services Act  Mr. Speaker, I could not be more proud to stand in this chamber today to speak to Bill S-236, an act to recognize Charlottetown as the birthplace of Confederation. I would like to begin by acknowledging the efforts of a couple of Charlottetown constituents, Sharon Larter and Ph

November 6th, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Canadian Heritage  Mr. Speaker, we understand the concerns of the francophone cultural sector. We want to reassure and remind the cultural community of the historic investments we have made to support francophone culture. We have made massive investments in arts and culture, over $2.2 billion to b

November 3rd, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Official Languages  Mr. Speaker, we thank the committee, including the member for Drummond, for the report. We will give it careful consideration. Our two official languages are at the heart of Canada's history and identity. Air Canada must respect both the letter and the spirit of the Official Lan

November 3rd, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Canadian Heritage  Mr. Speaker, we hear the concerns of stakeholders in the francophone cultural industry. We want to reassure them and remind them of the historic investments we have made to support our francophone culture. That is why we invested heavily in arts and culture. We invested over $2.

November 3rd, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Official Languages  Mr. Speaker, the Government of Canada is proud to foster the vitality of francophone and anglophone minority communities and to promote the use of our two official languages in Canadian society, including in the federal public service. We firmly believe in the importance of pro

November 2nd, 2017House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal