Lisa RAITT

RAITT, The Hon. Lisa, P.C., B.Sc., M.Sc., LL.B.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative
Constituency
Milton (Ontario)
Birth Date
May 7, 1968
Website
http://lisaraittmp.ca
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=b6808e95-1c75-4909-ab86-319d3519016a&Language=E&Section=ALL
Email Address
lisa.raitt@parl.gc.ca
Profession
business executive, chief executive officer, lawyer, president / manager

Parliamentary Career

October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
CPC
  Halton (Ontario)
  • Minister of Natural Resources (October 30, 2008 - January 18, 2010)
  • Minister of Labour (January 19, 2010 - July 14, 2013)
May 2, 2011 - August 2, 2015
CPC
  Halton (Ontario)
  • Minister of Labour (January 19, 2010 - July 14, 2013)
  • Minister of Transport (July 15, 2013 - November 3, 2015)
October 19, 2015 -
CPC
  Milton (Ontario)
  • Minister of Transport (July 15, 2013 - November 3, 2015)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 288)


June 19, 2019

Hon. Lisa Raitt (Milton, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, sadly, the Prime Minister seems to want to run on the notion that the means, no matter how bad they are, justify the ends and I would caution that is an inappropriate way to continue with the Canadian public. However, I am going to give him one chance to do something really appropriate on his last day today.

Admiral Mark Norman was put through hell for the last three years because of the concerted efforts of the government to ensure that he was put on the spot. We apologized to the House. Will the Prime Minister stand in his place today and apologize—

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Justice
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June 19, 2019

Hon. Lisa Raitt (Milton, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the work of the opposition on this side is to simply hold the Prime Minister to account for his own actions. He broke the Conflict of Interest Act, so did a number of his cabinet ministers. When two female cabinet ministers spoke truth to power, they were shoved out of caucus.

When the Minister of Finance, the former minister of fisheries and the Prime Minister himself broke conflict of interest laws, with a little wink and a nod, they were forgiven. I am wondering if the Prime Minister can tell us if the reason for this is because simply, “Well, it's 2019”.

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Justice
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June 19, 2019

Hon. Lisa Raitt

Mr. Speaker, I really appreciate all the work the hon. member for Oshawa has done on this file and for bringing Lisa Freeman's story to our attention and to my attention in the House.

Fundamentally, he government and the rest of the House could pass pass this motion very quickly, as we stand here today. It is a very simple amendment. It would add one single line, asking for an explanation as to why parole would be given parole in a certain way.

Transparency for victims in these matters is incredibly important. It helps them to understand how the system works.

In the case of Lisa Freeman, they were part of the system for at least 20 years. They should have the ability to understand, at the very end of their journey through the system, exactly what happened. It is an ask for the government from this family, and many other families in Canada, that makes sense and can easily be done.

I would ask that the government consider this so we can give some comfort to families like Lisa Freeman's and other families experiencing the same confusion and lack of transparency with respect to dealing with the corrections system as it currently stands.

Topic:   Private Members' Business
Subtopic:   Parole System
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June 19, 2019

Hon. Lisa Raitt

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member's question relates to a broader and larger discussion that we will probably have in the next Parliament, should we be so lucky to be returned to this place by our constituents.

That being said, one concrete thing we can do to prevent re-victimization is to have the government adopt the motion and ensure it passes here and makes it to the other place. People become victims in the moment and the instant that horrendous crimes happen to them. However, they are re-victimized and they continue to be victims for the rest of their lives, as the process unfolds through incarceration, corrections and then further into parole.

This one tiny aspect of at least understanding the reason parole is being granted at early stages would be extremely helpful for the Freeman family in particular, and I am convinced for the rest of Canadians as well. I hope the government continues to consider it.

Topic:   Private Members' Business
Subtopic:   Parole System
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June 19, 2019

Hon. Lisa Raitt (Milton, CPC)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-466, An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (disclosure of information to victims).

Mr. Speaker, this is the first time in 11 years I have had the honour of being able to table a private member's bill in this place. I thank you very much, Mr. Speaker, for the opportunity to do so.

Today I am introducing a private member's bill because very often, victims of crime, such as Lisa Freeman and her family in Oshawa, Ontario, are caught off guard when they are notified that an offender is eligible for forms of parole before the 25 years indicated on the certificate of conviction.

I believe that it is the responsibility of government to ensure that victims of crime are treated with the utmost respect and dignity. This legislation would require that information regarding review and eligibility for all forms of parole be communicated, in writing, to the offender's victims. The written documentation would also require an explanation of how those dates had been determined.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Corrections and Conditional Release Act
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