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Governor General's Meritorious Service Medal  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Becka Viau, a visionary, a feminist, an artist, an activist, an innovator, and a mom. Becka works tirelessly for and with the artistic community on P.E.I. She has been named to receive the Meritorious Service medal for rejuvenating contemp

December 9th, 2016House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Santa's Angels  Mr. Speaker, amid the excitement and anticipation of the Christmas season, there are some very kind souls who lift the spirts of those who are less fortunate. Today I wish to recognize Father Stephen Allen, Kenny Zakem, Don Wright, and their team of volunteers. Twelve years ago

December 2nd, 2016House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Committees of the House  Madam Speaker, I wish to speak to the fifth report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights in relation to proposed Bill C-242, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (inflicting torture). Bill C-242 proposes the enactment of a new criminal offence of non-state or privat

November 29th, 2016House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, that was a very powerful and moving speech, the calibre of which we have come to expect in this place from the member for St. Albert—Edmonton. I also wish to add my voice to his in conveying our thoughts, sympathies, and condolences to Shelly MacInnis-Wynn and her

November 29th, 2016House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I appreciate the opportunity to rise to speak at second reading debate on Bill S-217, an act to amend the Criminal Code, detention in custody. The Senate public bill was introduced in response to the tragic events in Alberta in 2015. I want to again express my de

November 29th, 2016House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Rotary Youth Parliament  Mr. Speaker, later today, the 29th annual Rotary Youth Parliament will be called to order at the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island. The Rotary Youth Parliament sees high school students from across the province take on the role of members of the legislative assembly,

November 25th, 2016House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I am pleased to have the opportunity today to speak about private member's bill, Bill C-305, an act to amend the Criminal Code (mischief). Bill C-305 seeks to broaden the provision of the Criminal Code on mischief that constitutes a hate crime in relation to build

November 22nd, 2016House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Canadian Human Rights Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Sarnia—Lambton for that question and also congratulate her on her recent honour at the Parliamentarian of the Year awards. There were a couple questions there. One was with respect to the decision of the committee to not take wit

November 18th, 2016House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Canadian Human Rights Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member for Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke for really being the driving force behind the protection of the trans community from discrimination. He was indeed the person who drove this issue in the last Parliament, and deserves full credit for the fact tha

November 18th, 2016House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Canadian Human Rights Act  Mr. Speaker, I request consent to split my time with the member for St. Catharines. I am rising to take the opportunity to speak about Bill C-16. I would like to use some of my time to respond—

November 18th, 2016House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Canadian Human Rights Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleagues for that. I would like to use some of my time to respond to a persistent criticism of the bill. That is that it is redundant, unnecessary, and merely symbolic. Members raised this issue during second reading debate. They have argued that the b

November 18th, 2016House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Fisheries and Oceans  Mr. Speaker, I repeat that I am confident that in the regulatory management of the aquaculture industry in all of Canada, but most particularly in British Columbia, the effect of all regulations and reporting requirements in place makes finfish aquaculture in British Columbia the

November 15th, 2016House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Fisheries and Oceans  Mr. Speaker, I rise to say that I am confident in the regulatory management of the aquaculture industry in all of Canada, but most particularly in British Columbia. Measures are in place through regulations and conditions of licence to apply evidence-based thresholds and standard

November 15th, 2016House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to speak today to Bill C-235, an act to amend the Criminal Code, regarding fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. I would like to begin by thanking the member for the Yukon for his long-standing advocacy on this important issue. By introducing this priva

November 3rd, 2016House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal

Health  Madam Speaker, I want to reiterate that the Government of Canada is unwavering in its support of the Canada Health Act. We are committed to defending our publicly funded health care system. In our work, we are striving to eliminate extra billing and user fees, which create barr

October 20th, 2016House debate

Sean CaseyLiberal