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International Trade  Mr. Speaker, under the CETA agreement, the Conservative government committed $280 million to a federal investment fund to Newfoundland and Labrador to properly offset the loss of revenue in the fishery. Now the feds are pulling back. The Conservatives are dancing around this comm

December 8th, 2014House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Yukon and Nunavut Regulatory Improvement Act  Mr. Speaker, this is a very important debate that we are having around Bill S-6, and I do not think we should lose focus of what is happening here. This is a perfect example of where the government members opposite are ignoring what first nations people in this country are sayi

December 4th, 2014House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Northern Development  Mr. Speaker, maybe the minister and the government ought to start talking to people in the north a little more. I am an aboriginal woman from the north and I am a woman of Inuit descent. Why is it that I can see the struggles of the people in the north, while the minister and th

December 4th, 2014House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Northern Development  Mr. Speaker, the minister took 48 hours to apologize for her despicable actions and arrogance toward northerners and Inuit people who are going hungry due to the high cost of food. However, after 24 months, she has yet to acknowledge and take action to fix the problem of the high

December 4th, 2014House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I am listening very attentively to the discussion in the House of Commons because I think all of us want to see some democratic reform. It is what we are hearing in our constituencies. I appreciate the efforts of many members of Parliament to put forward different o

December 3rd, 2014House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Northern Development  Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister's trip to the Arctic was a $786,000 photo op this past summer. Did he not see the homelessness and the hunger of the northern and Inuit people? Did anyone inform the government of people digging in landfill sites for food? The minister for the are

December 3rd, 2014House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Aboriginal Affairs  Mr. Speaker, reports of Inuit eating from landfill sites in Rankin Inlet, reports of hunger in remote Arctic communities, the Auditor General's damning report on the Nutrition North food subsidy program, and homelessness all add up to the complete neglect of Canada's northern and

December 2nd, 2014House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Nunatsiavut  Mr. Speaker, yesterday marked the ninth anniversary of the settlement of the Labrador Inuit land claim and the creation of the Nunatsiavut Government. Nunatsiavut, which in lnuktitut means “our beautiful land”, was the first Inuit region in Canada to achieve self-governance, whic

December 2nd, 2014House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Yukon and Nunavut Regulatory Improvement Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from Yukon for his remarks today. I know he wants to ensure that we have the strongest working relationships we can with our first nations and aboriginal governments across Canada. I am sure he expects to ensure that the government has that same

December 1st, 2014House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Yukon and Nunavut Regulatory Improvement Act  Mr. Speaker, I agree with my colleague from the Northwest Territories that government has a responsibility to hold appropriate public consultations and to discuss changes that are coming forward in legislation with the people who are impacted. However, I also feel that as parlia

December 1st, 2014House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Yukon and Nunavut Regulatory Improvement Act  Mr. Speaker, trust is always earned. What we have seen over the last couple of years is that trust is not being earned by the existing government. I will cite some examples. We have seen the erosion of the tribunal process for aboriginal first nations in this country, a process

December 1st, 2014House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Yukon and Nunavut Regulatory Improvement Act  Mr. Speaker, first of all, the legislation should have come here before it went to the Senate. It disappoints me that it was done the other way. However, how those in the Senate vote is entirely up to them. I feel that I am entitled to vote as I feel. From the consultation that

December 1st, 2014House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Yukon and Nunavut Regulatory Improvement Act  Mr. Speaker, I am rising today because I feel it is important to speak to Bill S-6. It is important not only to the Yukon and the people who live there, but also to Canadians. Bill S-6, the Yukon and Nunavut regulatory improvement act, is one of those bills that we have traditio

December 1st, 2014House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Yukon and Nunavut Regulatory Improvement Act  Mr. Speaker, we are sitting here listening to the debate today, and what I am hearing from the NDP side is that it does not want these committees to go out and it does not want to listen to or consult with people. On the other side, we hear the government talking about all the co

December 1st, 2014House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Yukon and Nunavut Regulatory Improvement Act  Mr. Speaker, my question is for the minister. Once again, it seems that the government has succeeded in being offside of what first nations groups in the country are asking for when it comes to enacting legislation for partnership in moving forward with development projects. Th

December 1st, 2014House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal