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Canada Elections Act  Madam Speaker, I am pleased to rise in this House today as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Democratic Institutions and as the member of Parliament for Parkdale—High Park to speak to the second reading of Bill C-406, an act to amend the Canada Elections Act. This b

February 21st, 2019House debate

Arif Virani

Canada Elections Act  Madam Speaker, we on this side of the House agree wholeheartedly with the objective and the principle of the bill and what it targets, which is interference with elections that must be safeguarded here in the House. I have a couple of clarifications I would like to make. The m

February 21st, 2019House debate

Arif Virani

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I want to clarify a couple of things in response to the member for Elmwood—Transcona. In putting aside the notion that we are not concerned about jobs, independent of the lowest unemployment rate in 41 years and the fact that we have created 800,000 jobs, I think

February 19th, 2019House debate

Arif Virani

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I have one clarification. My understanding is that there was indeed improper funding of money to both the Conservative Party of Canada and the Liberal Party of Canada by SNC-Lavalin, but every single amount of those monies has been returned. That is important to st

February 19th, 2019House debate

Arif Virani

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I want to raise two points and then ask the member a question. First, I agree with him completely that the member for Vancouver Granville acquitted herself extremely well and with distinction as a minister in her time serving and in her work with the justice commit

February 19th, 2019House debate

Arif Virani

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I have two comments and a question. The member for Edmonton Strathcona lamented the lack of transparency in the context of this bill. I just want to make sure that the record reflects that one year of consultations took place in respect of this very issue of remedi

February 19th, 2019House debate

Arif Virani

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I have one comment and one question for my friend opposite, the member for Essex. She talked about the transparency of the process, lamenting the fact that there was not enough transparency from her perspective. What I would put out there are five points for the pur

February 19th, 2019House debate

Arif Virani

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques for his comments. I would like to ask him a question concerning his constituents and the importance of the economy in the province of Quebec and across Canada. During today's debate, we have already d

February 19th, 2019House debate

Arif Virani

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for his contributions at the justice committee, of which he is a very important member. I have one comment and then one question. The comment relates to the fact that much discussion has been made today in the context of the debate thus far about

February 19th, 2019House debate

Arif Virani

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I will start with a comment and then two questions. The comment would be apropos the previous speech given by the member for Regina—Qu'Appelle, who actually failed to answer in French. Therefore, I will ask again in English. What did he actually say at the SNC mee

February 19th, 2019House debate

Arif Virani

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, the Ethics Commissioner's investigation is important. First of all, the actual investigation was sought by the opposition and was agreed to on the part of the Ethics Commissioner. Second, the Ethics Commissioner is independent of any of the parties in the chamb

February 19th, 2019House debate

Arif Virani

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, with respect to my reference to litigation privilege, if the member was listening over the din of conversation during my 20-minute intervention, he would have noted that I talked about many types of privilege. I also talked about common interest privilege, for exam

February 19th, 2019House debate

Arif Virani

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I thank the member for Essex for her contributions in this House today and on other occasions. In respect of the second part of the motion, it is clear that what is being sought in the motion presented by the members opposite is a public inquiry. I would return t

February 19th, 2019House debate

Arif Virani

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, in terms of the statements made by the current Attorney General in this chamber in respect of what involvement or communications he has had, I would simply note, for the purpose of this debate, and also for the members of this House, who I presume are very well awa

February 19th, 2019House debate

Arif Virani

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, this does not happen very often, but in this case, I actually agree with the Bloc Québécois member. I must point out that he is representing his constituents in the province of Quebec. As I mentioned earlier in this debate, remediation agreements already exist all

February 19th, 2019House debate

Arif Virani