June 2, 2017

LIB

Anthony Rota

Liberal

The Assistant Deputy Speaker (Mr. Anthony Rota)

The hon. member will have three minutes and 45 seconds remaining in his time when we return to this debate.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1
Sub-subtopic:   Motions in amendment
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LIB

Vance Badawey

Liberal

Mr. Vance Badawey (Niagara Centre, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the value of a passionate and engaged teacher in the life of a student cannot be underestimated. He or she can mentor, guide, and create an environment where dreams flourish. Tommy Frew is one such educator. Listening to his heart, this proud father and teacher, and once top National Hockey League prospect, courageously faced physical and mental illness for 20 years. For the past 10 years, he has trained to play one game in the NHL, to inspire others as he was inspired, to raise awareness.

Tommy hopes to be the NHL's oldest rookie. Wanting to give back to his community, Tommy started his campaign to raise awareness in support of Raising the Roof, a leading organization for homelessness prevention, all by playing a single game in the NHL. The NHL's Oldest Rookie will be known as “Our Campaign”.

Tommy will prove that with a little faith, endless determination, and a lot of hard work, anything is possible. Tommy will prove that dreams are for everyone.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   NHL's Oldest Rookie
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CPC

Robert Gordon Kitchen

Conservative

Mr. Robert Kitchen (Souris—Moose Mountain, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, tomorrow, June 3, is National Health and Fitness Day. To mark this occasion, I would like to pay tribute to a baseball Hall of Famer, the late Arleene Johnson Noga, who sadly passed away on March 14 of this year.

Arleene grew up on a farm in Ogema, Saskatchewan, in my home riding. She is an excellent example of a pioneer and female athlete. Scouted out of high school, Arleene played for two teams in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1945 to 1948. After that, Arleene went on to be a consultant for the film A League of Their Own, which tells the story of an all-American girls professional baseball league. Believe it or not, Arleene taught Madonna how to properly slide into a base and taught Rosie O'Donnell how to play shortstop.

Arleene is a great example of how participation in sport can enrich a person's life. I encourage all members to get out and get active in their communities this National Health and Fitness Day.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Arleene Johnson Noga
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LIB

Brenda Shanahan

Liberal

Mrs. Brenda Shanahan (Châteauguay—Lacolle, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to give members a heads-up about an event I am sponsoring on the Hill next week with the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education. The event is a money fair being put on by students from Ottawa's Immaculata High School and will take place next Thursday, June 8, at 11:30 a.m., at the Sir John A. Macdonald Building. MPs are invited to meet students who will share the money-smart lessons they have learned through a program called Talk With Our Kids About Money.

I am also taking this opportunity to inform the House that I have given notice of a motion on financial literacy under private members' business.

Motion No. 125 asks the Standing Committee on Finance to study the implementation of the national strategy on financial literacy to evaluate whether it is identifying the needs of various social groups using gender-based analysis plus.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Talk With Our Kids About Money
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Hélène Laverdière

NDP

Ms. Hélène Laverdière (Laurier—Sainte-Marie, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, every day, the officers of the parliamentary protective service ensure the safety of members and visitors with a smile, while being impartial and very professional.

It can sometimes be difficult to be impartial on Parliament Hill, when our superiors report to the RCMP and the Minister of Public Safety.

The NDP is proud to support the demands of PPS members. These officers deserve the respect of the House and this government in their work and in their negotiations.

I also encourage the government to amend the Parliament of Canada Act in order for the protective service to regain its independence in decision-making. This is a matter of principle and respect for the separation of powers in our democracy.

To the PPS officers, you have all our respect and we thank you for being here for us.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Parliamentary Protective Service
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LIB

Chandra Arya

Liberal

Mr. Chandra Arya (Nepean, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to acknowledge the hard work of the Barrhaven Food Cupboard, which has been an important community group in my riding of Nepean for almost 50 years. This vital service is available because of the continued efforts of the Barrhaven United Church and the hard work of volunteers like David Rattray, David Sereda, and their team. I would like to thank them for all their hard work.

Since 2009, there has been a 150% increase in the number of families who use the Food Cupboard every month. This increasing demand for its support has outgrown its current space, and today the Food Cupboard volunteers are working hard on plans to build their own facility in Barrhaven. I call on the government to make the construction of food banks and other similar organizations eligible to apply for the infrastructure investments we are making.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Barrhaven Food Cupboard
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CPC

John Brassard

Conservative

Mr. John Brassard (Barrie—Innisfil, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, from the 1860s to 1948, over 100,000 children immigrated to Canada from the United Kingdom, all believed to be orphans. During World War 1, many British home children enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force; 146 died fighting at Passchendaele and 46 died on day one at Vimy Ridge. In total, 689 died in the battles of Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, and Passchendaele; 218 of their names are on the Vimy Memorial, and 122 are on the Menin Gate Memorial.

Victoria Cross recipient Claude Nunney was a British home child, as was Don Cherry's grandfather, Richard Palamountain. Today, two are still alive, 93-year-old George Bradshaw and 92-year-old John Vallance, both of whom served in the Canadian army. It is important to recognize and highlight the service of these children to Canada.

I want to thank Simcoe County residents Lori Oschefski and Steve Glover for the work they have done on behalf of British home children.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   British Home Children
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LIB

David Graham

Liberal

Mr. David de Burgh Graham (Laurentides—Labelle, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, as the summer season approaches, I want to emphasize the importance of tourism in the Laurentian region.

The millions of tourists and vacationers who visit our region create jobs for thousands of people who can then work close to home, from Sainte-Anne-des-Lacs to Sainte-Anne-du-Lac, and from Notre-Dame-du-Laus to Estérel.

With its thousands of lakes and rivers, my region is the ideal playground for the tourism industry. It is crucial that we all work together to preserve this major asset. That is why I applaud the dedication of all those contributing to the protection of our lakes and watersheds, such as the members of the Coalition for Responsible and Sustainable Navigation and many other organizations working to protect our waters. With Eurasian Watermilfoil currently in dozens of our lakes, there is no time to lose.

With awareness and prevention measures, we can preserve our lakes and rivers so that they may be enjoyed by future generations and everyone who wants to come and visit the beautiful Laurentian region.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Laurentides—Labelle
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Celina Caesar-Chavannes

Liberal

Mrs. Celina Caesar-Chavannes (Whitby, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, this weekend, Whitby will be hosting the Brooklin Spring Fair. Our community will welcome more than 30,000 visitors. I look forward to families participating in the parade, at the midway, and in learning about agriculture in our community.

I wish to thank the board of directors and volunteers for their hard work and dedication to the success of this fair. Each year they strive to make this a cannot-miss-event in Whitby. We certainly know how to end Tourism Week with a bang.

Today, third grade students will be enjoying education day. Families can explore farming in the 21st century at Agri-Land. New for 2017, the young and young at heart can enjoy the vintage car and truck show.

I look forward to seeing everyone along the parade route tomorrow, especially my Brooklin moms, as it is GBA+ Awareness Week. I am also excited to defend my title as a blue ribbon, award-winning pie-eating champion tomorrow at 1:45.

I hope to see everyone at the fair.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Brooklin Spring Fair
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CPC

Sylvie Boucher

Conservative

Mrs. Sylvie Boucher (Beauport—Côte-de-Beaupré—Île d'Orléans—Charlevoix, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, on May 15, the lamest show on earth rolled into town starring a Liberal government scrambling to defend its deeply partisan choice to put Madeleine Meilleur in the official languages commissioner seat.

Such a high-ranking appointment must be the outcome of an apolitical, honest, rigorous, and transparent process without a hint of preferential treatment, which is certainly not the case with Madeleine Meilleur.

It is unacceptable for the government to continue misleading members of Parliament even in the face of mounting evidence about this partisan appointment.

It is so sad to see my colleagues opposite held hostage by their Minister of Canadian Heritage, who made a very bad decision that she is still trying to justify even though it is an insult to everyone who has ever been appointed to a high-ranking position in Canada.

We call on the minister to start showing some respect for the House, do the right thing, and remove Madeleine Meilleur from the process.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Commissioner of Official Languages Position
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LIB

Sean Casey

Liberal

Mr. Sean Casey (Charlottetown, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in the House today to speak about our government's commitment to affordable housing. Last week we announced over $7 million in funding for transitional housing for survivors of domestic violence, for new seniors' units, and for renovations to existing units in Prince Edward Island. This is part of our ongoing commitment to affordable housing, building on our historic investment in budget 2017.

There is no doubt that we can and must do more. Sadly, a lack of affordable housing is not limited to major centres. I frequently see constituents in my office pleading for help in finding a safe, secure, and affordable place to live. It is a heartbreaking, hopeless conversation.

We know that one of the first steps in breaking the cycle of poverty is ensuring that our most vulnerable have a roof over their heads. One day we will be judged on how we treat those less fortunate. I believe this to be particularly true for those in leadership positions, which is why I am proud to be part of a government that is addressing this urgent need in Canada.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Housing
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LIB

David Lametti

Liberal

Mr. David Lametti (LaSalle—Émard—Verdun, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, last week I was honoured to visit the grade two and grade four classes at Verdun Elementary School. Mr. Angelo's students put on a parliamentary simulation showing their knowledge of our duties as members of government.

The mock parliament started with students singing O Canada, followed by an introduction by you, Mr. Speaker. Ministers and members of both sides of the House, as well as past members and famous Canadians, then rose to introduce themselves and share personal anecdotes. I was right at home, seated behind the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

These budding parliamentarians recognize the significance of Remembrance Day and of Earth Day, and suggested that Winnie the Pooh be Canada's first official bear. They also ensured that I did not leave empty handed, by giving me Flat Stanley as a travelling companion.

I want to salute the efforts of these engaged teachers at Verdun Elementary School. I am convinced that they are forming future citizens and parliamentarians. They have my full support.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Verdun Elementary School
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CPC

Tom Kmiec

Conservative

Mr. Tom Kmiec (Calgary Shepard, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, 20 years ago, in the former riding of Calgary East, a man we affectionately know just by his first name was elected to this House. With his trademark quips like “our position has not changed”, or “wake up and smell the thing”, the member for Calgary Forest Lawn has become a cherished parliamentary institution. I am pleased to call him my friend.

He has been a tireless advocate of Canadian interests, not just here in Canada but throughout the world. As the former parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs, he clocked more miles, more air miles, than any other member, promoting our country with pride and championing international human rights. In fact, former minister John Baird even named him Canada's first intergalactic ambassador, on Twitter.

Born in Tanzania, he has proven that anything is possible in Canada, regardless of one's origins. He is, most importantly, a devoted husband to his wife Neena, a loving father, and grandfather to Davin and Evasha. From his trademark scars to his extensive knowledge of world affairs, I am sure all members will agree with me that the member for Calgary Forest Lawn is the complete “Deepakage”.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   MP for Calgary Forest Lawn
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LIB

Ginette Petitpas Taylor

Liberal

Hon. Ginette Petitpas Taylor (Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, last month was Brain Tumour Awareness Month.

Every day, 27 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour. Brain tumours can attack the part of the brain that controls thought, emotions, or movement, and can drastically affect people's physical and cognitive abilities as well as their quality of life. Tumours do not discriminate; they affect people of all ages and backgrounds.

Far too many of our citizens have had their lives changed dramatically by a brain tumour. I want to say a big thanks to the dedicated volunteers like Sharon McCutcheon and Joline LeBlanc of the Moncton brain tumour support group, who have worked so hard to improve the lives of Canadians living with brain tumours in our region.

Because May is over, it does not mean that we cannot make it our year-round effort to make sure we do all the education.

Let us continue to raise awareness about brain tumours.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Brain Tumour Awareness
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Matthew Dubé

NDP

Mr. Matthew Dubé (Beloeil—Chambly, NDP)

Today, I have the great honour to rise in the House to recognize the 100th anniversary of the town of McMasterville. This lovely town in my riding is one hundred years old.

In 1917, the town was established to house the workers of Canadian Explosives Limited and was named after William McMaster, the company's first president. Located at the entrance to the Richelieu valley, McMasterville has a view of the river and the mountain. Over the years, the town has been well managed and has developed a strong sense of community; young families that live there enjoy a high qualty of life.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the efforts of Gilles Plante, who has been mayor since 1993. He has ensured the viability of the town and this year has organized the 100th anniversary celebrations.

Happy 100th anniversary to the residents of McMasterville.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   McMasterville
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CPC

Diane Finley

Conservative

Hon. Diane Finley (Haldimand—Norfolk, CPC)

Mr. Speaker,

Come and listen to a story 'bout a cracker named Ritz. Who (first) won his SK riding in a '97 blitz. Riled about the Crow Rate and the guns the Libs were banning, He hitched his wagon to Reform, led by Preston Manning.

A builder and a farmer, with a deadly quick wit: The member for Malpeque knows – he's felt the brunt of it. One (of) his proudest wins when he was Ag Minister (Was) blowing up the Wheat Board; Liberals brayed, “Sinister!”

The member from North Battleford has a lot of passions, Chevys, guns and rifles (and) dressing in the best fashion, Grandkids, fishing, golf and boots, and, – of course, Judy ... Harleys, single malts, but always first is duty.

Rosetown's favourite son has earned all of our respect Thanks to him food exports (are) more than any could expect CETA, cold cuts, killing CAIS, and staff who got his pranks For 20 years of service, (this) wisecracker has our thanks.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   MP for Battlefords–Lloydminster
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LIB

Joël Lightbound

Liberal

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Louis-Hébert, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, just before summer recess last year, I invited my colleagues from all parties to the Quebec City summer festival, which is happening again this year. The festival is celebrating its 50th year from July 6 to 16 with a huge lineup, including Flume, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Antebellum, Pink, Gorillaz, the Backstreet Boys, Bernard Adamus, and others.

Mr. Speaker, last year, I forgot about you, but this year I want to invite you to the 2017 Rendez-vous naval, which is taking place in Quebec City from July 18 to 23. Forty magnificent tall ships, the giants of the sea, and their 3,000 crew members will gather in Quebec City.

What is more, Mr. Speaker, you can even become a trainee on one of the tall ships. In your case, I would recommend boarding the “Impossible Dream” from the U.S., kind of like getting order in this House from that side.

Speaking of that side, if the new leader of the Conservative Party wants to take a lesson in leadership, I would recommend that he board the ship “Rona II”, because he does have big shoes to fill.

As for the NDP contenders, I would recommend boarding the “When and If” from the U.S.

As for my Liberal colleagues, it goes without saying that I recommend the Jolie Brise, a majestic 24-metre ship built in 1913, because nothing goes better with sunny ways than a nice breeze.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Summer Celebrations
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CPC

Candice Bergen

Conservative

Hon. Candice Bergen (Portage—Lisgar, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, Madeleine Meilleur's appointment as languages commissioner symbolizes everything that is wrong with the Prime Minister's approach, but he cannot seem to see the problem, so I will make it simple.

Meilleur is a former Liberal cabinet minister and donor with deep connections to the offices of both the Prime Minister and the heritage minister. This makes it impossible for her to objectively investigate either.

How can the Prime Minister not see that that this appointment is deeply flawed?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Government Appointments
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LIB

Sean Casey

Liberal

Mr. Sean Casey (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, our two official languages are at the heart of who we are as Canadians, and it is a priority for our government.

The experience, expertise, and integrity of Ms. Meilleur has been recognized by many, both in this House and in the official languages community across Canada.

Yesterday, the francophone community called on this House to end the political games and support this nomination. Ms. Meilleur will fulfill her duties with all the experience and impartiality required for this important position.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Government Appointments
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CPC

Candice Bergen

Conservative

Hon. Candice Bergen (Portage—Lisgar, CPC)

Actually, Mr. Speaker, the only people who seem okay with this absurd level of patronage are fellow Liberals. That is because the Prime Minister is wasting no time in rewarding his Liberal friends.

Generous Liberal donations from the new president of ACOA and the languages commissioner show exactly what qualifications the Prime Minister is looking for.

Why can he not simply be honest with Canadians about his appointment process and advertise that it is only Liberals who need to apply?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Government Appointments
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June 2, 2017