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Veterans  Mr. Speaker, Remembrance Day approaches. The Conservatives are commemorating this occasion by cutting more than $200 million in funding to Veterans Affairs and axing more than 500 jobs. They suggest that the cuts will be absorbed through attrition, which is false, and by calculat

November 3rd, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Fair Representation Act  Madam Speaker, on a point of order, there have been extensive discussions on this topic and I believe we finally have agreement. If you were to seek it, I believe you would find unanimous consent for the following motion: That it be an instruction to the Standing Committee on Vet

November 2nd, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Veterans  Mr. Speaker, I am truly honoured to speak on behalf of my leader and the Liberal Party of Canada as we honour our veterans today in the House of Commons. I want to say at the outset how profoundly I appreciate what veterans have done for Canada in the cause of peace around the wo

November 2nd, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I would echo the comments of my colleague who just spoke. I congratulate the hon. House Leader of the Official Opposition for his thoughtful consideration of the matter, a matter that is important to Canadians. We will be voting in support of this bill at second

November 1st, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, my question relates to our first nations communities. I know it was referenced in the member's speech in a number of senses, but section 81 of the Indian Act allows for a band council to make bylaws in relation to the control of gaming and competitions. I was in

November 1st, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Food Banks  Mr. Speaker, Food Banks Canada released its annual hunger count today. It is clear that the economic recovery has left far too many Canadians behind. Food bank usage has gone up 26% since 2008. Each month, 851,000 people use a food bank. Of those, 322,000 are kids. Even people

November 1st, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, my question is not to the minister but to the chair of the veterans affairs committee. Public hearings about the cuts at the Veterans Affairs department were terminated today, cancelled without hearing from one veteran, the ombudsman, or even the Royal Canadian Legi

October 27th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Points of Order  On the same point, Mr. Speaker, the committee will meet again tomorrow. Then, presumably, I will get my answer, live and in colour. If the same question is posed tomorrow, will it be the chair of the committee or the minister who will answer that question?

October 26th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, my question is for the chair of the veterans affairs committee. Tomorrow he has scheduled a secret meeting, but we are supposed to be hearing from witnesses in public. Liberals submitted a list of witnesses concerned about the cuts, people and organizations like the

October 26th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

House debate  Mr. Speaker, this is actually the second consecutive night that I have had the opportunity to participate in the adjournment proceedings. I am pleased to see my colleague from the veterans affairs committee, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs, here fo

October 25th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

House debate  Mr. Speaker, I believe perhaps the parliamentary secretary has misunderstood my question. My question was whether she intends to vote on Thursday at committee to kill the public hearings on the budget cuts at Veterans Affairs. I understand her position. I understand the party li

October 25th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

House debate  Mr. Speaker, that was an excellent speech outlining the programs that the government has set out but there is still no answer to my question. It is a fairly simple question. Will the government equalize the amount that is afforded for funerals of veterans with Canadian Forces me

October 24th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

House debate  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs for being here this evening for what will no doubt be a completely non-partisan and transparent response to my question. The issue brought to the House this evening for debate relates t

October 24th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Veterans  Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives are shortchanging our brave veterans by cutting more than $200 million from their budget. Today at committee the Liberals fought back and won a small victory for the vets. Our motion to study these massive cuts passed because Conservative members d

October 20th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, the Conservative government's crime bill adds longer sentences for drug offences, increases mandatory minimums and cuts conditional sentences.

October 18th, 2011House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal