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Bills of Exchange Act  moved that Bill C-5, An Act to amend the Bills of Exchange Act, the Interpretation Act and the Canada Labour Code (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation), be read the second time and referred to a committee.

November 2nd, 2020House debate

Steven GuilbeaultLiberal

Bills of Exchange Act  Mr. Speaker, it is a very important issue, and in fact, Canadian Heritage does have programs for educational activities as part of this. This is something we want to continue going into the future and maybe even amplify. It is a very good point.

October 23rd, 2020House debate

Steven GuilbeaultLiberal

Bills of Exchange Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his question. I think there are so many things we need to do on our journey towards reconciliation with indigenous peoples. Also, I am not saying that the bill I am introducing today will solve every problem. However, this was one of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and it is something we heard from coast to coast to coast during the consultations held by that commission and by the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.

October 23rd, 2020House debate

Steven GuilbeaultLiberal

Bills of Exchange Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie for his question. I said this just now in answer to the member for Joliette, and I will say it again. This bill is one step towards reconciliation with indigenous peoples. There are many other things we have to do.

October 23rd, 2020House debate

Steven GuilbeaultLiberal

Bills of Exchange Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank my hon. colleague for her question. Obviously, we are committed to doing that. It is a priority for our government, and we will move forward with adopting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

October 23rd, 2020House debate

Steven GuilbeaultLiberal

Bills of Exchange Act  Mr. Speaker, as we say in English, we should give credit where credit is due. It was absolutely natural for us to do this. I want to assure the member that we will work diligently with all members of this House and the Senate to ensure this bill is adopted as quickly as possible.

October 23rd, 2020House debate

Steven GuilbeaultLiberal

Bills of Exchange Act  Mr. Speaker, as part of the consultations done during the last Parliament on this bill and the testimonies we heard through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, it became clear that September 30, Orange Shirt Day, a grassroots movement in Canada led by indigenous peoples across the country, was really the most significant day to create this national federal statutory holiday to remember what happened and what Canada has done to indigenous peoples across the country.

October 23rd, 2020House debate

Steven GuilbeaultLiberal

Bills of Exchange Act  Mr. Speaker, the federal government and the federal system have been working and will continue to work to ensure that we can provide all the necessary services for indigenous peoples across this country.

October 23rd, 2020House debate

Steven GuilbeaultLiberal

Bills of Exchange Act  moved that Bill C-5, An Act to amend the Bills of Exchange Act, the Interpretation Act and the Canada Labour Code (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation), be read the second time and referred to a committee. Mr. Speaker, I want to begin by acknowledging that the House sits on the traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe.

October 23rd, 2020House debate

Steven GuilbeaultLiberal

COVID-19 Emergency Response  Mr. Speaker, our government is proud to support the Canadian film industry, as it plays an important role in the social, cultural and economic development of our country. We are taking challenges faced by the audiovisual sector very seriously, and that is why we recently announced a short-term compensation program to remunerate the lack of insurance and allow the resumption of audiovisual production activities across the country.

October 19th, 2020House debate

Steven GuilbeaultLiberal

COVID-19 Emergency Measures  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his question. We are also very concerned about the situation in the arts and culture sector. This is why our government has so far provided $4 billion in assistance, including $500 million in emergency assistance, to help the sector through this serious crisis.

October 5th, 2020House debate

Steven GuilbeaultLiberal

Bills of Exchange Act  moved for leave to introduce Bill C-5, an Act to amend the Bills of Exchange Act, the Interpretation Act and the Canada Labour Code (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation). (Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

September 29th, 2020House debate

Steven GuilbeaultLiberal

Canadian Heritage  Mr. Speaker, there is no relationship more important to us than the one with indigenous peoples. Implementing the Truth and Reconciliation report's call to action number 80 to establish a statutory holiday remains a top priority for our government. Thanks to the important work being done with our partners among the Inuit, Métis and first nations, as well as the Orange Shirt Society, we will be tabling a bill to make September 30 a statutory holiday.

September 28th, 2020House debate

Steven GuilbeaultLiberal

COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Matters  Mr. Chair, I thank my colleague for his question. As my colleague knows very well, the sector will not reopen before the new year because it is not possible. This is the worst pandemic in modern human history. Many venues have decided to postpone all events until 2021. Had he bothered to read the article in question, the member would have seen that we have provided the sector with $3 billion to date—

August 12th, 2020House debate

Steven GuilbeaultLiberal

COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Matters  Mr. Chair, we will continue to help these people until it is possible to reopen. Due to the public health crisis, it is currently not possible for arts and culture events to resume, as our colleague from the other side of the House knows very well.

August 12th, 2020House debate

Steven GuilbeaultLiberal