June 3, 2019

LIB

Terry Duguid

Liberal

Mr. Terry Duguid (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member for Scarborough Centre for her question and her advocacy.

Women Deliver is not just a conference; it is a movement to advance gender equality worldwide. It brings together thousands of people from across the globe to find solutions to the barriers still faced by women, girls and gender-diverse people everywhere.

While we celebrate the progress that has been achieved, we are reminded daily, even in Canada, that women's rights are at risk. Women Deliver will leave a legacy that will empower women and create lasting change that benefits everyone.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Status of Women
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CPC

James Bezan

Conservative

Mr. James Bezan (Selkirk—Interlake—Eastman, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, Manitobans are angry that the Prime Minister is refusing to allow the sale of our clean energy. The National Energy Board has approved a hydro transmission line to Minnesota, but the Prime Minister is actively trying to kill that project. It is obvious the Prime Minister is lashing out at Manitoba in retaliation for standing up against him and his carbon tax.

When will the Prime Minister get out of the way and allow this project to be built?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Natural Resources
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LIB

Amarjeet Sohi

Liberal

Hon. Amarjeet Sohi (Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member is completely wrong. In the review process of this project, we are ensuring that we are adequately discharging our duty to consult with indigenous communities on a number of outstanding issues that have arisen because of the actions of the Manitoba government as well as Manitoba Hydro in relation to this project.

We are working with our partners to ensure that we move forward on this project while fully discharging our duty to consult with indigenous communities.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Natural Resources
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BQ

Mario Beaulieu

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Mario Beaulieu (La Pointe-de-l'Île, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, on January 28, all the family reunification application spots for 2019 were taken between noon and 12:09 p.m. Too bad for people who work on Mondays. The only requirement for family reunification was being at the computer at noon sharp.

Family reunification should be a more equitable process than buying concert tickets.

Does the government realize that its first-come, first-served system does not work?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Citizenship and Immigration
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LIB

Ahmed Hussen

Liberal

Hon. Ahmed Hussen (Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, they know that our government is the one fighting for family reunification.

We have cleaned up the system. We had over 167,000 cases and eight-year wait times for families to be reunited. We have listened to communities, which have asked us to increase the number of spaces from 5,000 to 10,000 and then ultimately to 20,000 spaces. We have cut the wait times to under two years and we will continue to work on this file, because for us on this side of the House, family reunification is a number one priority.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Citizenship and Immigration
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BQ

Mario Beaulieu

Bloc Québécois

Mr. Mario Beaulieu (La Pointe-de-l'Île, BQ)

Mr. Speaker, family reunification is not a game. A lottery system might be a good way to sell tickets to the Rolling Stones, but it is not a good way to decide the fate of families.

All families should have an opportunity to apply. Applications must be assessed on the basis of the urgency of a particular situation and the contribution that potential immigrants can make.

The process is broken and unfair. Will the government change it? Will it transfer responsibility for immigration to Quebec?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Citizenship and Immigration
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LIB

Ahmed Hussen

Liberal

Hon. Ahmed Hussen (Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, they know that our government is the one fighting for family reunification.

At the end of the day, we will continue to consult with Canadians. We listen carefully to how we can continue to improve the system.

The fact is that we have four times more spaces available for Canadians and permanent residents to sponsor their parents or grandparents. We worked with the community to ensure that any tweaks needed in the system were considered. We have cut the wait times to below two years, and we will continue to work hard to reunite more families than ever before.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Citizenship and Immigration
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IND

Erin Weir

Independent

Mr. Erin Weir (Regina—Lewvan, CCF)

Mr. Speaker, a dispute over border security and tariffs has raised questions about whether Mexico will ratify the new NAFTA. By contrast, Canada and the U.S. share a secure border, similar wage rates and balanced trade.

If Mexico does not ratify, will the Canadian government amend the replacement protocol so we can ratify the new NAFTA bilaterally with our largest trading partner?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   International Trade
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LIB

Pam Goldsmith-Jones

Liberal

Ms. Pamela Goldsmith-Jones (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Consular Affairs), Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member opposite for his hard work on this. I know he cares and thinks deeply about it.

The issue of the border between the United States and Mexico is a bilateral issue between the U.S. and Mexico. The Mexican president has confirmed that Mexico will continue with the ratification of the new NAFTA. The new NAFTA of course is important for certainty in the North American economy.

As we have always said, we will move in tandem with our partners to the greatest extent possible.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   International Trade
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LIB

Bill Morneau

Liberal

Hon. Bill Morneau (Minister of Finance, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 83(1) I wish to table a notice of ways and means motion respecting an act to amend the Customs Tariff and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Act.

Pursuant to Standing Order 83(2) I ask that an order of the day be designated for consideration of the motion.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Ways and Means
Sub-subtopic:   Notice of Motion
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LIB

Adam Vaughan

Liberal

Mr. Adam Vaughan

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I hope and believe that if you seek it, you will find unanimous consent for the following motion: That the House reiterates that a strong and independent journalism is not a fossil but a living pillar of our democracy; recognizes the Canadian media needs to be supported to pass through the current crisis; and calls on the government and all parties to—

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Ways and Means
Sub-subtopic:   Notice of Motion
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Some hon. members

No.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Ways and Means
Sub-subtopic:   Notice of Motion
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LIB

Geoff Regan

Liberal

The Speaker

Order, please. A couple of points about these requests for unanimous consent. Members may recall that I made a statement on the issue recently on requests for unanimous consent. When a member presents that, we expect in fact there will be consent because the member consulted all the parties and has received that consent.

It is important that the House hear the request and what it is about, but it is also true that if it is clear there is no consent, then we may not hear the whole motion. That is not a brand new tradition here. It goes back to the practice before now. There was no unanimous consent for that.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Ways and Means
Sub-subtopic:   Notice of Motion
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The House resumed from May 30 consideration of Bill C-93, An Act to provide no-cost, expedited record suspensions for simple possession of cannabis, as reported (with amendment) from the committee, and of the motions in Group No. 1.


LIB

Geoff Regan

Liberal

The Speaker

It being 3:07 p.m., pursuant to order made on Tuesday, May 28, the House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded divisions on the motions at report stage of Bill C-93.

Call in the members.

And the bells having rung:

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Criminal Records Act
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LIB

Geoff Regan

Liberal

The Speaker

The question is on Motion No. 1. A vote on this motion also applies to Motion No. 2.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Criminal Records Act
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(The House divided on the motion, which was agreed to on the following division:) Vote #1328


LIB

Geoff Regan

Liberal

The Speaker

I declare Motion No. 1 carried. I therefore declare Motion No. 2 carried.

The question is on Motion No. 3.

The hon. member for Ajax is rising on a point of order.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Criminal Records Act
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LIB

Mark Holland

Liberal

Hon. Mark Holland

Mr. Speaker, if you seek it, you will find consent to apply the results from the last vote to this vote, with Liberals members voting against.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Criminal Records Act
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CPC

Mark Strahl

Conservative

Mr. Mark Strahl

Mr. Speaker, we agree to apply, with Conservative members voting yes.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Criminal Records Act
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June 3, 2019