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Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act  Madam Speaker, we can only hope that one day Conservatives will see that indigenous rights are in the best interests of all people who live in this country. For many generations, we have seen the violation of indigenous rights, of well-constituted treaties and agreements that ha

June 13th, 2019House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act  Madam Speaker, I do not think there was a question there, but I would certainly like to respond to the member's comments. If he wants to talk about the colonization of indigenous people in Canada over the generations, there is enough blame to go around for everyone in this countr

June 13th, 2019House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act  Madam Speaker, first of all, with the legislative agenda, we would not be here doing this today if the member opposite and her government had gotten it right in the first place. If the Conservatives had listened to the Sahtu, the Gwich'in and other governments of the Northwest T

June 13th, 2019House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act  Madam Speaker, the member spoke about her former colleague and his representation on this issue back in 2015. I remember he was very strong on this issue and advocating for it. With regard to Bill C-262, like many others in this House, I want to see the United Nations Declaratio

June 13th, 2019House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act  Madam Speaker, it is a pleasure to rise in the House and speak in support of the third reading of Bill C-88. This bill would amend the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act. These changes have been long awaited by governments, both indige

June 13th, 2019House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act  Mr. Speaker, I listened very attentively to my colleague across the way, and there are so many things I could say in response. I know I do not have the time to do so, but I will have the opportunity down the road. The member talked a lot about what is in the national interest of

June 11th, 2019House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

Health  Mr. Speaker, health care costs are one of the things we have all been concerned about in the country. That is why, as a government, we have launched initiatives to look at pharmacare and how we make health care more affordable to Canadians, whether they live in the north or the s

May 2nd, 2019House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

An Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis Children, Youth and Families  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the minister for all her work on this bill. It is signature legislation in Canada. It has been asked for by indigenous governments and indigenous communities for many years. I can understand why the opposition would like to delay this even further,

April 11th, 2019House debate

Yvonne JonesLiberal

National Defence Act  Madam Speaker, I am happy to rise in the House today to discuss Bill C-77 and the important changes to the National Defence Act that our government is proposing. Bill C-77 proposes changes to the act that we feel modernize it and are long overdue. At the heart of these changes a

February 28th, 2019House debate

Yvonne Jones

National Defence Act  Madam Speaker, one of the things I like about the bill is that it seeks harsher penalties for crimes motivated by bias, prejudice or hate based on gender identity or expression. Does the member see this as one of the fundamental changes the legislation would bring to those who se

February 28th, 2019House debate

Yvonne Jones

Regional Economic Development  Mr. Speaker, the question of my colleague from Nunavut is very important to many Arctic and northern people in our country. We know and understand that if we are going to succeed in the north and Arctic regions of Canada, people have to be the architects of their own vision and

February 19th, 2019House debate

Yvonne Jones

Indigenous Languages Act  Madam Speaker, the bill is really about preserving and revitalizing indigenous languages in the country. I want to make sure we are maintaining that focus, because we have been everywhere from the food guide to firearms under this debate. Does the member opposite not agree that

February 7th, 2019House debate

Yvonne Jones

Indigenous Languages Act  Madam Speaker, I never thought I would get the opportunity to stand in the House and compliment my colleague, my friend and a fantastic indigenous leader in the country. She represents western Canada very well, but also represents indigenous people at the cabinet table in a way w

February 7th, 2019House debate

Yvonne Jones

Indigenous Languages Act  Madam Speaker, I certainly commit to work with all people in the House of Commons to do what is right for Canadians and to see this legislation pass. I always believe that through committee, there are opportunities to strengthen legislation to ensure we are capturing the voices o

February 7th, 2019House debate

Yvonne Jones

Indigenous Languages Act  Madam Speaker, I am getting some help from my colleague, the Parliamentary Secretary for Languages, but I have been reassured and I am happy to assure the member that in clause 5 of the bill, in the last paragraph, it certainly speaks to the United Nations declaration. It says th

February 7th, 2019House debate

Yvonne Jones