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Natural Resources  Madam Speaker, I want to thank my hon. colleague from Saanich—Gulf Islands for raising the issue. I want to say, from the outset, that I understand her question completely but I also know that she understands that there is a process. During that process that the government is taking with Baffinland, she knows that we should not be interfering politically.

May 9th, 2022House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Natural Resources  Madam Speaker, our government recognized our role in global energy security long before this tragedy started to unfold and long before the member opposite stood in the House of Commons. In fact, energy security was front and centre for the Prime Minister and President Biden back when they met in February of last year.

May 9th, 2022House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Natural Resources  Madam Speaker, the ongoing tragedy unfolding before our eyes in Europe is one that I know everyone is concerned about. Regardless of political persuasion, we are all sickened by what Russia is doing to its neighbour, so it is no surprise that this is one of those issues before Parliament where opposing parties sometimes will largely agree.

May 9th, 2022House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Atlantic Canada Craft Awards for Excellence  Mr. Speaker, many were recognized at the 2022 Atlantic Canada Craft Awards for Excellence, and I would like to give a big shout-out to the entrepreneurs from Newfoundland and Labrador who won several prestigious awards. The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador was awarded for excellence as an industry leader.

May 5th, 2022House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls  Mr. Chair, the real information we need is the stories of victims and the stories of families. Many of them could only enable themselves to tell their stories with the health supports and victim support services that they have around them. That is why the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was so important.

May 4th, 2022House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls  Mr. Chair, my colleague from Saanich—Gulf Islands always provides insightful thoughts in her questions in the House of Commons. I am open to looking at all aspects of society that infringe upon the rights of women and girls. No woman, no girl, no individual should ever feel unsafe within their homes or communities.

May 4th, 2022House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls  Mr. Chair, I thank my colleague for pointing out that violence against women and girls is not sector-related. It is happening in all aspects of society. I think we all recognize that, and we all have a responsibility to do what we can to end it. That is our job here as parliamentarians.

May 4th, 2022House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls  Mr. Chair, first, I want to acknowledge that Canada's Parliament is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe people, a very proud people. I also want to take a moment to recognize all of the indigenous partners who have worked so hard to bring together in their communities the commemoration of Red Dress Day.

May 4th, 2022House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls  Mr. Chair, my colleague, like myself, represents many indigenous women, who have sought and persevered through great challenges and sacrifices in their lives. They have grieved the loss of so many among them. I also know she understands that reconciliation does not come easy. It is a very difficult conversation, and it requires a tremendous commitment of government, one that our government, for the first time in history, has stepped up to do.

May 4th, 2022House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Indigenous Law Graduates  Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to rise today to commemorate the first graduates of the University of Victoria's indigenous law program. These 23 trailblazers are graduating with a joint degree in Canadian common law and indigenous legal orders. In highlighting the accomplishments of these incredible students, I want to acknowledge Jolene Ashini from the Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation, the first Labrador Innu woman to earn a law degree.

April 28th, 2022House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, I really appreciate the question from my colleague, but it would take me the rest of the afternoon to answer it in terms of telling him how I really feel. What I will say is that the money in this budget is not by accident when it comes to responding to housing needs in Canada.

April 26th, 2022House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, not only do I sit on the natural resources committee with my colleague, but for a few years we were Arctic parliamentarians together and he has certainly been a tremendous support for communities across the Arctic as well. I want to say a couple of things. First of all, members cannot get up one moment and in one sentence criticize the fact that the Government of Canada is investing in Canadians and then in the same breath say it is spending too much money on Canadians.

April 26th, 2022House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, I certainly understand where my colleague is coming from. I know that he recognizes a problem that has been challenging for many Canadians with regard to homelessness. He will be happy to know that in this budget we are investing over $8 billion in housing and homelessness across Canada.

April 26th, 2022House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

The Budget  Madam Speaker, it is a pleasure to rise in the House today. I want to first thank and acknowledge my colleague from West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country for that fantastic speech he gave this morning, but also for all the work he does inside of our government, lobbying on so many issues that affect his riding and other Canadians.

April 26th, 2022House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

The Budget  Madam Speaker, I really want to thank my colleague for Mississauga—Streetsville for that very powerful speech today on the budget and for all the advocacy that she does for women and families in this country for funding and stronger supports. How does the member feel this budget will have a positive impact on women, especially women who are suffering through violent relationships in communities across Canada?

April 26th, 2022House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal