Mike LAKE

LAKE, The Hon. Mike, P.C., B.Comm.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative
Constituency
Edmonton--Wetaskiwin (Alberta)
Birth Date
June 4, 1969
Website
http://mikelake.ca
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=00c812a1-d71b-48b6-8c98-8633505a63b4&Language=E&Section=ALL
Email Address
mike.lake@parl.gc.ca
Profession
account executive, businessman, sales director

Parliamentary Career

January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
CPC
  Edmonton--Mill Woods--Beaumont (Alberta)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
CPC
  Edmonton--Mill Woods--Beaumont (Alberta)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry (November 7, 2008 - November 3, 2015)
May 2, 2011 - August 2, 2015
CPC
  Edmonton--Mill Woods--Beaumont (Alberta)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry (November 7, 2008 - November 3, 2015)
October 19, 2015 -
CPC
  Edmonton--Wetaskiwin (Alberta)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry (November 7, 2008 - November 3, 2015)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 136)


May 29, 2019

Hon. Mike Lake (Edmonton—Wetaskiwin, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, as I am sure the hon. member knows, the bill will pass in about half an hour or less. After a couple more speeches, we will be at that point. It is a good day for Parliament.

I have had the opportunity to serve with the member on the industry committee in a previous life, prior to the last election, and I enjoyed the non-partisan conversations we had at that time, just as I enjoyed his speech today. He rightfully gave commendation to the minister, recognizing the work she has done in sharing her life experience to help people who have had similar life experiences.

I would also like to recognize our former minister of finance, who did the same thing for 10 years in the House, using his life experience to inform his policy decisions.

This is questions and comments, and I am going to sit down and leave this as a comment, thanking the Minister of Accessibility for her work on this file and thanking the Minister of Transport, who just spoke, for his non-partisan speech.

In the spirit of this day, as we work together to create a better world for Canadians living with disabilities, I will end my comments there.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Accessible Canada Act
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May 28, 2019

Hon. Mike Lake

Madam Speaker, 15 seconds just to say we support the legislation. We want to see the legislation pass and it will pass with the support of all parties. We hope to have the opportunity to ask some questions of the government to address some of the outstanding questions that stakeholders have.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Accessible Canada Act
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May 28, 2019

Hon. Mike Lake (Edmonton—Wetaskiwin, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, it is interesting to hear the parliamentary secretary to the government House leader, the person in charge of the legislative agenda for the government, talk about the urgency of passing this legislation. Certainly we all share that sense of urgency. We have heard from stakeholders who almost unanimously want to see this legislation passed. All members in this House are committed to that, so stakeholders can rest assured that it will happen.

However, the current government has been in government for almost 30,000 hours. We are down to the last month that the House is sitting before the next election campaign, and finally we are getting around to debating this important piece of legislation.

I would ask my hon. colleague to reinforce, for stakeholders who are watching this debate today, his commitment and our official opposition's commitment to seeing this important legislation passed before the House rises for the election.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Accessible Canada Act
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May 28, 2019

Hon. Mike Lake (Edmonton—Wetaskiwin, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, we are at an interesting point today. I think we would find common ground among all parties that this is a step forward and that the legislation absolutely needs to pass before the House rises prior to the election. That is critically important. Where there may not be common ground is whether we have one day of debate or two days of debate. The government has shown a propensity to limit debate and choose questionable priorities over time.

We are sitting here in the last month of this Parliament, finally getting around to this bill. We have seen four different ministerial appointments on this file and three different ministers and we are finally debating this in the last month of this Parliament.

As my hon. colleague from the New Democrats pointed out, the bill was at committee several months ago. Committee members on all sides listened to the testimony of expert witnesses and made very valuable contributions and suggestions for amendments that would have made the legislation even stronger. There is no reason for us to be sitting here in the last month of this Parliament having this conversation today. This could have been passed a long time ago. Had those amendments been made at the House committee, then the Senate would not have needed to move amendments and we would not be debating this now. It would already be done.

Therefore, I want to give my hon. colleague from the New Democrats an opportunity to comment a bit on the process and what we may have learned as parliamentarians from this process.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Accessible Canada Act
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May 28, 2019

Hon. Mike Lake (Edmonton—Wetaskiwin, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, this is not going to be a super tough question. Full disclosure: the hon. member for Whitby is a good friend of mine and has been for the last four years as we have worked together on things that we very much care about. She spent her life before politics helping the most vulnerable.

One of my favourite sources of wisdom is John Wooden, a former basketball coach, and one of his pieces of advice was to “surround yourself with smart people who'll argue with you.” That advice is more welcome with some people than others. I very much welcome that advice. I really appreciate the fact that when I sit down and chat with my friend, I may not always agree with her but I am always challenged by her in terms of her ideas.

The question I have is relevant to her situation and her experience here after four years. What we have seen with this legislation is the ability of associations coming together and finding common ground. I would like the hon. member to comment on what lessons we can learn here in this place about the importance of working together on issues like this and finding that common ground in the best interest of Canadians.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Accessible Canada Act
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