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Northwest Territories Devolution Act  Mr. Speaker, I think the desire of the Government of Canada, the Government of the Northwest Territories, the aboriginal government, all the members of the House, and the Liberal caucus is to ensure that we have the strongest legislation possible and that we meet the expectations of devolution for the people of the Northwest Territories.

December 4th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Northwest Territories Devolution Act  Mr. Speaker, I have had an opportunity to travel in the Yukon and also in the Nunavut territory. It is no secret that we have a lot of challenges in the north when it comes to social issues and to the cost of living. These are very important factors, but we also cannot ignore, as Canadians, that some of our greatest wealth is coming from the north.

December 4th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Northwest Territories Devolution Act  Mr. Speaker, most of us expected to see the issues around Mackenzie Valley resource management done in a separate bill, and it has not evolved that way. It is not uncommon for that to happen with the government opposite. We see that with a lot of bills that come to the House of Commons.

December 4th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Northwest Territories Devolution Act  Mr. Speaker, that is dangerous ground for me to be treading right now, because if I were to make a speech on governance in Labrador, I would probably have a lot of media coverage for a few days. It is very frustrating when people cannot govern themselves. That is the situation we have in Labrador, because we are at the mercy of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Government of Canada, and we work in co-operation with our aboriginal governments: the Nunatsiavut, Nunatukavut, and the Innu Nation.

December 4th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Northwest Territories Devolution Act  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the opportunity to rise today and speak to this important bill, Bill C-15, an act to replace the Northwest Territories Act to implement certain provisions of the Northwest Territories Lands and Resources Devolution Agreement and to repeal or make amendments to the Territorial Lands Act, the Northwest Territories Waters Act, the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act, other Acts and certain orders and regulations.

December 4th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Northwest Territories Devolution Act  Mr. Speaker, I listened very attentively to my colleague from the Northwest Territories as he spoke to this bill. Being a northerner myself, I know there are often issues around resource development and balancing the levels of governance within aboriginal communities, the territories, and the provinces that sometimes pose challenges.

December 4th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Northwest Territories Devolution Act  Mr. Speaker, first, as members know, the Liberal Party has been very supportive of devolution agreements in Canada and has certainly worked with Nunavut, Yukon and the Northwest Territories in the past around these issues. With the devolution of any agreement of this size and magnitude, there comes a financial responsibility to ensure the agreement is followed through and implemented appropriately.

December 4th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Questions on the Order Paper  With regard to National Defence, what are the details, by description and fiscal year, of the approximately $407 million in investments at 5 Wing Goose Bay since 2006, which were referred to by the Associate Minister of National Defence during debate in the House of Commons on June 4, 2013?

December 4th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Officer of the Order of Canada  Mr. Speaker, today I acknowledge a good friend, and a good friend of all Canadians, on becoming an officer of the Order of Canada. The Hon. Brian Tobin has demonstrated remarkable service to the Parliament of Canada and as Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. His extensive achievements, both political and in business life, have been recognized in many corners of the world.

December 4th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Aboriginal Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the AFN national chief has rejected the government's education proposal and highlighted the absolute need for a funding guarantee for first nations children. However, the government has refused to talk about it. Shockingly, the PMO memo in the RCMP Duffy-Wright scandal complained about investing heavily in aboriginal education, saying it contradicted the government's messaging.

November 29th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I certainly want to thank my colleague from Charlottetown for his remarks today with regard to this particular motion. I think it is fair to say that all of us within the Liberal caucus feel very strongly that the Prime Minister should testify, under oath, in this particular circumstance.

November 26th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Ethics  Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister's story keeps changing. We know that three of the senior employees were part of the Conservative fraud squad and were involved in hatching the plan between his office and Mike Duffy. On Friday, the Prime Minister said nobody from his office, other than Nigel Wright, hid anything from him.

November 25th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Ethics  Mr. Speaker, maybe I am talking about the former Conservative member, Peter Penashue, because Labradorians did not believe him, and today, Canadians do not believe the Prime Minister. Most of the Conservative fraud squad are still being paid by taxpayers. Some have even been promoted.

November 25th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Breast Cancer Screening  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to ask the government to support the growing number of Canadians who are requesting new benchmarks in mammography screening. Breast cancer remains the most common cancer diagnosis of women over 20 in Canada. The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation reported that early detection of breast cancer through mammography screening has helped decrease the number of deaths since 1986.

November 25th, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Aviation Safety  Mr. Speaker, the inquiry into the tragic Cougar helicopter crash in Newfoundland and Labrador claiming the lives of offshore workers has strongly recommended that the federal government establish a transportation safety board as part of the C-NLOPB. Today, I ask the government this.

November 22nd, 2013House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal