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Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I want to compliment the member for West Nova for his work in contributing today and his contributions at the justice committee, which we will significantly miss as he goes back to practice in the fall. However, I want to draw on that legal experience and ask the mem

June 17th, 2019House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I want to start by saying to the member for Victoria how refreshing it is to have him contribute to this evening's debate, especially hot on the heels of the contribution from the Conservative member who preceded him. His erudite analysis is a welcome contribution, a

June 17th, 2019House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, the notion that due process is somehow an erosion of democracy development is categorically false and it betrays the development that has occurred in the country and every other western democracy in the last 50 years. The notion that it is a great time to be a crimin

June 17th, 2019House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to join the second reading debate on Private Member's bill, Bill C-206, an act to amend the Criminal Code. At the outset, I want to to acknowledge the laudable objective of the bill and thank the member from Yellowhead for giving us the opportunity to

June 4th, 2019House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, with respect to the documents and the policy he referred to, it is extremely important to emphasize the truth for those Canadians watching us on television. There are three criteria for these agreements. First, there must be an admission of responsibility. Second, a

May 30th, 2019House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, we are well aware of the decision that was rendered yesterday in a matter that is currently before the court. That was a preliminary inquiry about an evidentiary threshold in an ongoing criminal matter. It would be entirely inappropriate for me as parliamentary secr

May 30th, 2019House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate that the member has been a member of the House longer than I have, but I also appreciate that he does not have significant experience in legal matters. Let me just educate him about this one point. The reason why the sub judice convention exists is beca

May 30th, 2019House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for his question. I have three things to say about deferred prosecution agreements. First, it was announced to Canadians through a gazetting process. Second, consultations took place around the country. Third, it appeared and was vetted at the fi

May 30th, 2019House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Protection of Freedom of Conscience Act  Madam Speaker, it is a pleasure to speak today to Bill C-418, the protection of freedom of conscience act. The bill proposes to create two new Criminal Code offences, an “intimidation offence” as well as an “employment sanctions offence”. Those offences would seek to protect heal

May 29th, 2019House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

The Environment  Madam Speaker, the member for Kitchener—Conestoga raises a very important point. No one in this chamber would stand and defend the sewage dumping that occurred in those three locations. That is a tragedy for the marine ecosystem and for Canada at large. I would emphasize that w

May 27th, 2019House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

The Environment  Madam Speaker, there are four points to which I will respond. First, it is not a crisis when somebody from the Green Party gets elected. It shows the political culture in the country is maturing to the point where everyday Canadians are recognizing what the Green Party has known

May 27th, 2019House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

The Environment  Madam Speaker, I thank the member for her question. As I pointed out in my speech, we have already invested in land conservation and green energy. What I have not yet said is that we have also invested $20 million in public transit and $20 million in green infrastructure. We ar

May 27th, 2019House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

The Environment  Madam Speaker, I rise today to speak to our government's motion about climate change, brought forward by the hon. Minister of Environment and Climate Change. I will be splitting my time with the hon. member for Lac-Saint-Louis. I applaud the minister for bringing forward the m

May 27th, 2019House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

The Environment  Madam Speaker, I want to thank the member for his contributions. I will confess that a lot of people are waiting with bated breath for this apparent plan that has been 380 days in the making. We do not have a lot of confidence in that. The confidence is fuelled by the dispelling

May 27th, 2019House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate some of those contributions to today's debate, but I do not have a lot of confidence in the party opposite's plan, for which we have been waiting over a year. I stand here on behalf of my constituents from Parkdale—High Park. They recognize that there

May 16th, 2019House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal