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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-10-21 14:02 [p.1023]
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It being Wednesday, we will now have the singing of the national anthem led by the hon. member for Argenteuil—La Petite-Nation.
[Members sang the national anthem.]
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View Randeep Sarai Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Randeep Sarai Profile
2020-10-21 14:04 [p.1023]
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Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize some of the outstanding individuals and organizations in Surrey who have been helping members of our community get through these challenging times. I say thanks to all the front-line workers for their tireless work; to the staff at Surrey Memorial Hospital, with one of the busiest ERs in North America; to the unstoppable philanthropist Manjit Lit, who donated $100,000 to the Surrey Hospitals Foundation; to the SPARK Foundation for providing care packages; to SurreyCares for providing funding grants; to the Guru Nanak Food Bank for food boxes; to Bhupinder Hothi at Taco Del Mar, Goodrich transportation, Channel Punjabi and the Aria banquet hall for providing meals to front-line workers; and to all the volunteers who have sewn thousands of masks for the most vulnerable and needy.
Finally, I say thanks to the many, many others in our community I have not mentioned today who are selflessly helping to make the lives of others a little bit easier during these unprecedented times.
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View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
View James Bezan Profile
2020-10-21 14:05 [p.1023]
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Mr. Speaker, time and again business owners, community groups and first nations have demanded respectful consultations from the government. In Lockport, Manitoba, in my riding, the Minister of Public Services and Procurement made the unilateral decision to move forward with repairs to the St. Andrews Lock and Dam with little to no consultations with local government, businesses or the community.
In fact, my office reached out repeatedly to the minister and the minister's office for a month requesting a departmental briefing, but they would not even pick up the phone to give me a call. Instead, my office received a short description of the asset and a summary of ongoing work onsite. It was 600 words. That is all the government thinks Manitobans deserve: 600 words. This is an insult to me as an elected representative and the thousands of Manitobans who are directly impacted by this callous top-down approach.
The Liberal government needs to remember that its members work for Canadians, not the other way around. They should quit acting like dictators and just pick up the phone.
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View Sameer Zuberi Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Sameer Zuberi Profile
2020-10-21 14:06 [p.1023]
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Mr. Speaker, today at noon, the Subcommittee on International Human Rights released a statement on the situation of the Uighur people and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, China. The statement was consensus-based. Members from all parties agreed to it.
We learned in two full days of deeply disturbing testimony that between one million and three million Uighur people are currently being held in concentration camps by the Government of China. This includes men, women and children, some as young as 13. We learned about inhumane and unspeakable treatments. Rape, torture, permanent sterilization and forced abortion are widespread. We learned that some products we use here in Canada are almost certainly tainted by forced labour.
Legal experts, including Irwin Cotler, said this amounts to crimes against humanity and genocide. Canada has a responsibility to protect. We must redouble our efforts in working with other countries to stop this unfolding genocide against the Uighur people.
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View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
BQ (QC)
View Claude DeBellefeuille Profile
2020-10-21 14:07 [p.1024]
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Mr. Speaker, with winter on its way, community organizations in Salaberry—Suroît and the CISSS de la Montérégie-Ouest integrated health and social services centre are working together to create a mobile heated unit to support people experiencing homelessness. The partners are adapting a bus that will drive around the streets of Salaberry—Suroît, giving people a place to have a coffee, warm up and attend to their basic needs. Support workers and volunteers will be aboard to provide an essential measure of human warmth.
I would like to applaud the hard work and leadership of Claude Théorêt from Pacte de rue; Marilou Carrier and André Couillard from the Maison d'hébergement dépannage de Valleyfield, an emergency housing organization; Roger Gagné and François Labossière of the Knights of Columbus; Steve Hickey of the social ministry services; Annie Jalbert-Desforges of the City of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield; and Louis-Philippe Boucher of the CISSS de la Montérégie-Ouest.
I thank them from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of the Bloc Québécois and everyone in Salaberry—Suroît.
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View Marie-France Lalonde Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Marie-France Lalonde Profile
2020-10-21 14:08 [p.1024]
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Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to stand in the House today to recognize all the incredible small business owners in Orleans and across Canada for this year's Small Business Week.
I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all small businesses from coast to coast to coast and to thank them for their resilience and strength during these trying times.
In particular, I am thinking of Beachcomber Hot Tubs in Orleans, which has shown incredible adaptability. The business pivoted well by creating an online store to sell their product. They are not the only ones who have shined in Orleans this year. The Orleans School of Rock has been amazing in spreading the love of music in Orleans and offering classes despite the pandemic.
The government recently announced new support measures for businesses, and we will continue to do whatever it takes to support our small businesses across the country. I thank them for their strength.
Hats off. This incredible work must go on.
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View Jacques Gourde Profile
CPC (QC)
View Jacques Gourde Profile
2020-10-21 14:09 [p.1024]
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Mr. Speaker, in my riding of Lévis—Lotbinière, most people take very seriously the preventive measures to fight against COVID-19. I wish to personally congratulate my constituents and thank them for all the sacrifices that most of them have made so far, whether it be by wearing a mask, limiting visits with family and friends or celebrating important events and holidays differently. I also want to thank them for all the sacrifices they have made in their workplaces and schools. Every meaningful act taken by each individual is noteworthy and makes a difference.
It is all these small acts that will lead us to victory in the battle we are waging. In these difficult times, we have a duty to give the best of ourselves, to work together to win this final battle. Let us all be patient, resilient and united. Together we will see the light at the end of the tunnel.
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View Nathaniel Erskine-Smith Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Nathaniel Erskine-Smith Profile
2020-10-21 14:10 [p.1024]
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Mr. Speaker, Beaches—East York constituents, Terry and Georgia Pirovolakis are committed to saving their toddler Michael, who suffers from an ultra-rare neurodegenerative disease known as SPG50. Among many other devastating outcomes of this disease, Michael's life will be cut incredibly short without a cure.
Our east-end community has stood beside Terry and Georgia as they have worked tirelessly to raise funds with the hope of finding a cure. Most recently, Terry trained intensely and biked from Toronto to Ottawa, where he met the Prime Minister, to help raise awareness and funds. The goal is to raise $3 million for experimental gene therapy, and they have raised an impressive $1.6 million to date. Those who want to help can go to curespg50.org.
So that those in the House, in particular, can understand the scale of community support, there were more “curespg50” lawn signs in some parts of East York than political signs in the last election. I ask the House to join me in recognizing Terry and Georgia's tireless devotion on the journey to cure Michael. I ask our federal government to support both them and our east-end community here in Toronto in that journey as well.
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View Rachel Bendayan Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Rachel Bendayan Profile
2020-10-21 14:11 [p.1024]
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Mr. Speaker, this is Small Business Week, a time to recognize the exceptional contribution of our SMEs. Whether we are talking about our cafés, corner stores or family restaurants, they all are an integral part of our communities and our daily lives.
Small business owners continue to make enormous sacrifices during the second wave of the pandemic. I do not know when the pandemic will end, but I can guarantee that our federal government will stand by them for as long as it takes.
This Small Business Week, I am particularly proud of the collaboration between our business community and our federal government. Whether it is with respect to the wage subsidy, the emergency loans or our new rent program, all of these historic measures are thanks to their input and collaboration. I thank those who worked with us for their commitment to create the jobs and growth that will ensure that the Canadian economy comes roaring back.
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View Bob Saroya Profile
CPC (ON)
View Bob Saroya Profile
2020-10-21 14:12 [p.1025]
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Mr. Speaker, this week, Hindus across Canada and around the world are celebrating Navratri. This nine-night festival takes place every year in the fall as a celebration of the victory of good over evil. When Navratri concludes on the 10th day, people in northern India celebrate Dussehra by distributing sweets and setting off firecrackers. The festival is also marked by painting one's home and wearing new clothes.
I hope that everyone observing Navratri over the next several days has a joyful and safe festival season. On behalf of Canada's Conservatives, I would like to extend my best wishes to the Canadian Hindu community. May good always prevail over evil, and may light always triumph over darkness.
Happy Navratri.
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View Adam van Koeverden Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Adam van Koeverden Profile
2020-10-21 14:13 [p.1025]
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Mr. Speaker, I am proud to be a voice in Parliament today for the over 100,000 Canadians living with Parkinson's disease and the 10,000 or so Canadians that will diagnosed this year.
I recall Muhammad Ali lighting the Olympic flame in Atlanta after his Parkinson's diagnosis and watching Michael J. Fox on TV while he fought his symptoms. Parkinson's hits close to home for me as well, because my dad, Joe, was diagnosed about eight years ago. Since then, my dad has been an active volunteer and organizer with Parkinson Canada and its annual SuperWalk.
When it became apparent that the SuperWalk would be changing this year due to COVID-19, my dad, Joe, got walking. He set an incredible goal of walking one million steps this summer. Amazingly, he completed those steps in his home town of Peterborough with his small but mighty Peterborough Parkinson community, and they raised a lot of money too.
Better treatments and a cure for Parkinson's are out there. I want to thank Parkinson Canada, Dr. Anthony Lang, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and David Spinney for doing so much for people with Parkinson's. I encourage everyone to support their local SuperWalk next year.
I am proud of my dad.
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View Stephanie Kusie Profile
CPC (AB)
View Stephanie Kusie Profile
2020-10-21 14:14 [p.1025]
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Mr. Speaker, for months the Trudeau government has been promising to support the airline industry for Canadians, and they continue to see nothing. Flight attendants and baggage handlers have been furloughed, and pilots are struggling to get flight hours. Passengers' flights have been cancelled. Air traffic controllers have been laid off, and service jobs in airports have become virtually non-existent.
Air Canada has cancelled dozens of regional routes. WestJet is no longer flying to Atlantic Canada or Quebec City, and both Sunwing and Porter Airlines have not operated flights since March.
How much more adversity does this sector have to face before the government will act? To get our economy back up and running, we need to safely fly people and goods across our country, as well as abroad.
We need to see rapid testing at airports. We need to see our regional routes restored. Finally, we need to see a plan from the Liberal government that keeps Canadians safe, protects jobs and does not leave the future of Canada's airline sector up in the air.
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View Anthony Rota Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Anthony Rota Profile
2020-10-21 14:15 [p.1025]
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I just want to remind the hon. members that, when making statements, asking questions or talking at all in the House, they are to refer to other members by their title or the riding they represent, not by their proper name.
The hon. member for Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo.
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View Cathy McLeod Profile
CPC (BC)
View Cathy McLeod Profile
2020-10-21 14:17 [p.1025]
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Mr. Speaker, the Liberals have failed to deliver an action plan to address violence against indigenous women and girls. It has been 16 months, and the government has been sitting on the result of the national inquiry’s final report. The government sure loves process, but again fails to deliver action.
Last week, Canada’s Ombudsman for Victims of Crime released a letter to the government indicating the time to act is now. She wrote, “We can no longer only talk about what we should do. We need to take action NOW, because Indigenous lives are at risk every day.”
The Native Women’s Association issued a report card last spring, giving the Liberals a resounding fail.
In the last election, Conservatives pledged to develop an action plan that would advance reconciliation, address violence and achieve measurable improvements for indigenous women and girls, but from the Liberals there has been nothing but talk.
Indigenous women and their families are wondering when the Liberals will deliver a plan. Will it be this year, next year, or never?
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View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
View Heather McPherson Profile
2020-10-21 14:17 [p.1026]
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Mr. Speaker, as Canadians, we value equity and fairness, and our health system reflects those values, guaranteeing that all Canadians, no matter where they live, will get quality, publicly delivered, universally accessible health care. However, in Alberta our cherished public health system is under attack. This attack is affecting women's lives and livelihoods disproportionately.
This week, we learned that due to the cuts Jason Kenney has made to health care, the maternity clinic in Medicine Hat is closing its doors. This clinic provides 9,000 prenatal visits per year. In addition, it was announced that 11,000 Alberta health service jobs, primarily in laboratories, housekeeping, food services and laundry, will be cut. These positions are predominantly held by women. In March, we called these workers “essential”, and now they are just another casualty in our premier's war on public health care.
Will the minister commit to protecting women in Alberta and the rest of Canada? Will she withhold transfer payments if Jason Kenney refuses to adhere to the Canada Health Act?
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View Kristina Michaud Profile
BQ (QC)
Mr. Speaker, I would like to take a moment to send birthday greetings to Marie-Paule Gaudreau, better known as Madame Boulianne or “grand-maman Bou”, a remarkable woman who will celebrate her 103rd birthday on October 23.
Madame Boulianne is a fighter. She had 14 children and now has 41 grandchildren and nearly 90 great-grandchildren. She has brought some exceptional individuals into this world, people who have always dedicated themselves to the development of our region, whether through hockey or politics.
As well as being in perfect health, Madame Boulianne has a sense of humour like no one else. The fact that she and I are of different political stripes gave her a good laugh. Today I want her to know that her positive attitude and her faith are inspiring.
This woman has seen it all—as she put it so well—and refuses to let the current crisis bring her down. In accordance with current public health measures, she is willing to celebrate her 103rd birthday quietly this year, but definitely plans to organize a big party with her loved ones for her 104th next year.
The world needs more positive women like you, Madame Boulianne. Thank you for everything and happy birthday.
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View Richard Martel Profile
CPC (QC)
View Richard Martel Profile
2020-10-21 14:19 [p.1026]
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Mr. Speaker, this month Éduc'alcool is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Thirty years ago, five people of vision had the grand idea of creating an alcohol “user's manual” for Quebeckers who choose to drink. What a success story this has been. It is hard to find a Quebecker these days who has not heard the slogan “Moderation is always in good taste”. The Société des alcools du Québec, or SAQ, purchased that slogan for the symbolic sum of $1. In my opinion, that is one of the best deals Quebec ever made.
Éduc'alcool has made a notable contribution to the progress Quebeckers have made when it comes to drinking. Awareness and prevention campaigns have had a real impact. Now Éduc'alcool is much more than an awareness raising organization. It is a partner known and respected by Quebec authorities.
The work continues. We know that excessive drinking still results in too many unfortunate incidents. That is why I invite my colleagues, Quebeckers and Canadians to participate in Éduc'alcool's contest in October, which encourages people to count their drinks and stick to the limits.
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View Peter Schiefke Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Peter Schiefke Profile
2020-10-21 14:20 [p.1026]
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Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today, during Small Business Week, to commend small businesses back home in Vaudreuil—Soulanges for their hard work.
The past eight months have really tested the resilience of small business owners, but they worked hard and found creative ways to meet this challenge. I would also like to commend Joanne Brunet, Philippe Roy and Marie-Eve Ménard, from Développement Vaudreuil—Soulanges, as well as Pierjean Savard, Jean-François Blanchard, Mathieu Miljours, Nadine Lachance and their team at the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Vaudreuil—Soulanges. They have been supporting the economy in our region since March through several programs, including the Achat local VS campaign.
Finally, during Small Business Week, I wish to thank all those in my community of Vaudreuil—Soulanges who continue to support our small business owners and our local economy. It has never been more important to shop local, and I encourage our entire community of Vaudreuil—Soulanges to do so leading up to the critically important holiday season.
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View Erin O'Toole Profile
CPC (ON)
View Erin O'Toole Profile
2020-10-21 14:21 [p.1027]
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Mr. Speaker, first the Prime Minister said he was going to make a decision on Huawei before the last election, and he did not. Then he said he was going to listen to our allies before he made a decision, then he did not. Our Five Eyes allies have all decided that Huawei cannot be in our 5G infrastructure.
Will the Prime Minister come clean with Canadians and admit he wants Huawei to be part of Canada's 5G network?
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2020-10-21 14:22 [p.1027]
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Mr. Speaker, emerging 5G technologies have the potential to meet an explosion in consumer and industrial demand for faster and higher-capacity networks. We want to ensure that Canadians benefit from the latest 5G innovations. At the same time, the safety and security of Canadians will always be our number one priority. We will never compromise on issues of national security. That is why we are working with our allies, and with our experts in intelligence and security services, to take the right decision for Canadians.
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View Erin O'Toole Profile
CPC (ON)
View Erin O'Toole Profile
2020-10-21 14:22 [p.1027]
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And he will never make a decision, Mr. Speaker.
Sweden has a long history of human rights advocacy. This week it went a step further and banned Huawei from its 5G networks, describing China as a threat to its national security. The Liberals often like to point to Sweden as a model, but not this time.
Why is the Prime Minister afraid to put public safety and security ahead of a Chinese company?
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2020-10-21 14:23 [p.1027]
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Mr. Speaker, the safety and security of Canadians and our communities will always be our number one priority.
At the same time, we will continue to work with our allies, our partners and security and intelligence agencies to make the best decision for Canada. We will continue to do what is in the best interests of Canadians.
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View Erin O'Toole Profile
CPC (ON)
View Erin O'Toole Profile
2020-10-21 14:23 [p.1027]
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Mr. Speaker, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Investigative journalists have revealed that the Prime Minister gave a large contract for ventilators to a Liberal friend. Frank Baylis was a Liberal MP just six months before obtaining the contract. He is now a ventilator manufacturer. What a coincidence. He was awarded a contract worth more than $200 billion.
Is the Prime Minister talking about calling an election to cover up his role in corruption scandals?
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2020-10-21 14:24 [p.1027]
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Mr. Speaker, from day one we have taken action to ensure we have the supplies needed to keep Canadians safe and healthy. An important part of our strategy consists of establishing partnerships with industry to guarantee a safe supply of ventilators.
I would not want my hon. colleague to mislead the House. There is no contract for ventilators between Public Services and Procurement and Baylis Medical.
Canada is well equipped. We are using a little less than 10% of our current ventilator capacity.
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View Erin O'Toole Profile
CPC (ON)
View Erin O'Toole Profile
2020-10-21 14:25 [p.1027]
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Mr. Speaker, that is interesting.
FTI was created only seven days before being awarded a contract worth more than $200 million. In May, the Prime Minister said that we would receive 30,000 ventilators by the end of the year. The most recent public figures indicate that we have only received 2%.
Does the Prime Minister award contracts to professionals or to friends?
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2020-10-21 14:26 [p.1027]
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Mr. Speaker, I would not want people to worry. We are currently using 10% of our ventilator capacity. We have received more than 3,500 and we will be taking delivery of more ventilators in the coming weeks.
As far as the contract is concerned, we are acting on the recommendation of an expert review panel and at the request of the Public Health Agency of Canada. Public Services and Procurement Canada officials awarded a contract for 10,000 ventilators to FTI. PSPC has no involvement with agreements reached between FTI and its suppliers.
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View Erin O'Toole Profile
CPC (ON)
View Erin O'Toole Profile
2020-10-21 14:27 [p.1027]
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Mr. Speaker, a 10% result means the Prime Minister is failing Canadians once again. Yesterday the Prime Minister was willing to call an election to cover up the truth as to who was getting contracts from the government.
This morning we learned that former Liberal MP Frank Baylis signed a contract with the government that pays his company over $200 million for ventilators. Even in a once-in-a-century pandemic, Liberals find a way for Liberals to help themselves to taxpayer dollars.
How many more contracts did the Prime Minister hand out so that the Liberals could make money during a COVID pandemic?
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2020-10-21 14:27 [p.1027]
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Mr. Speaker, since day one we have taken action to ensure that we have the supplies needed to keep Canadians safe and healthy. Canada is well equipped with ventilators. We are now using less than 10% of our current capacity. We have received thousands and will be receiving thousands more in the coming weeks.
Following the recommendation of an expert review panel, and at the request of PHAC, PSPC officials awarded the contract to FTI for 10,000 ventilators. PSPC has no involvement with agreements reached between FTI and its suppliers.
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View Yves-François Blanchet Profile
BQ (QC)
View Yves-François Blanchet Profile
2020-10-21 14:27 [p.1028]
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Mr. Speaker, in 2015, we heard the Liberals say “Canada is back” on the international stage. Then there was the Aga Khan scandal. In 2019, we wanted to talk about the environment, but then there was the first part of the judicial appointments scandal. In 2020, we wanted to invest in the fight against COVID-19, but instead we are investing in the WE Charity scandal. Again in 2020, we want to talk about helping struggling businesses, but we are talking about the Liberal Party's wage subsidy scandal. We never get to talk about what people care about and are interested in. I want to know what the Prime Minister thinks about an issue that is of interest to Quebeckers.
What does he think about the censoring of a University of Ottawa professor?
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2020-10-21 14:28 [p.1028]
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Mr. Speaker, we all need to be conscious of the power of our words. We support respect for others and listening to communities. Our priority is to always take real action to combat racism in all its forms.
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View Yves-François Blanchet Profile
BQ (QC)
View Yves-François Blanchet Profile
2020-10-21 14:28 [p.1028]
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Mr. Speaker, it seems the Prime Minister forgot to put maple syrup in the Pablum. It tastes a little bland.
This week, we wanted to revisit the matter of the WE Charity, but we had to talk about the judicial appointment process again. When we wanted to talk about the judicial appointment process, we had to talk about the $237 million that was given to a Liberal friend, so we know that a friend is a friend.
The Prime Minister has gotten to the point where he is trying to hide his scandals behind other scandals. However, the real scandal is that there are young people who are really concerned about racism and there is a professor who is truly afraid.
What does he think about that?
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2020-10-21 14:29 [p.1028]
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Mr. Speaker, our chief concerns during this pandemic are the health and safety of Canadians and ensuring equal opportunity for all. That is what we will keep doing by working directly with Canadians.
However, I can understand why the Bloc Québécois might feel worried and distressed when it sees the federal government take concrete action every day for Quebeckers. Our federal government is helping Quebec families. Our federal government is helping Quebec businesses. Our federal government is working hand in hand with the Government of Quebec to help Quebeckers. That must be a nightmare for the Bloc Québécois.
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View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
2020-10-21 14:29 [p.1028]
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Mr. Speaker, the pandemic has created major challenges for students. Students are having a hard time paying tuition fees and finding work.
The Prime Minister promised $900 million to help students, but instead of helping them, he helped his good friends at WE Charity.
Would the Prime Minister rather trigger a federal election or help students who need help?
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2020-10-21 14:31 [p.1028]
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Mr. Speaker, this pandemic has put students and recent graduates in an extremely difficult situation.
We announced a solid plan to support them, including the Canada emergency student benefit, which is helping more than 700,000 young people, as well as the creation of jobs, placements and training opportunities, including over 84,000 summer jobs, up to 40,000 student work placements and 9,500 other opportunities through the youth employment and skills strategy. We have also doubled the Canada student grants. Young people are at the heart of our recovery. We will always be there for them.
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View Jagmeet Singh Profile
NDP (BC)
View Jagmeet Singh Profile
2020-10-21 14:31 [p.1028]
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Mr. Speaker, the entire WE scandal was based on trying to help students, and instead of helping students, the government helped its close friends at WE. Now it has become very clear that while students are struggling, while they are afraid, while they are worried, while they cannot pay their bills and while they are not sure if they will find jobs, the government would rather risk plunging our country into an election than help students.
Were they just empty words, as I said, when the Prime Minister promised to help students, or will the Prime Minister get to work and actually help those in need?
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2020-10-21 14:32 [p.1028]
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Mr. Speaker, not only have we pledged to help students but we have helped students.
Students have been at the heart of the challenges faced by this pandemic. Therefore, we announced a comprehensive $9 billion plan to support them, including the Canada emergency student benefit, which provided direct financial support to over 700,000 students and recent grads. We created jobs, placements and training opportunities, including over 84,000 Canada summer jobs, up to 40,000 student work placements, an additional 9,500 opportunities through the youth employment and skills strategy. We have doubled the Canada student grants.
We will continue to be there for our students all through the country.
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View Michelle Rempel Garner Profile
CPC (AB)
View Michelle Rempel Garner Profile
2020-10-21 14:32 [p.1028]
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Mr. Speaker, today, with tens of thousands of businesses closed across the country and limits on gatherings everywhere, the Prime Minister is on the edge of calling an unnecessary election to cover up his scandal.
Polling locations for a federal election are often in schools or community centres, even in long-term care facilities and hospitals where there are restrictions related to COVID-19.
Before the Prime Minister made this afternoon's vote a matter of confidence, did he consult with Dr. Theresa Tam about how a federal election could spread COVID-19 and, if so, what advice did she give him?
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2020-10-21 14:33 [p.1029]
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Mr. Speaker, Canadians expect their Parliament to work to deliver for them through this pandemic and indeed over the past many months we have done that.
The government has worked with Parliament to deliver on the Canada emergency response benefit, deliver on the wage subsidy, deliver supports for seniors and for youth. We have also worked with manufacturers to create PPE. We have moved forward on testing. We have moved forward with the provinces on keeping Canadians safe, and we will continue to focus on that.
We certainly hope the opposition parties choose to continue to make Parliament work constructively because we want to keep delivering for Canadians.
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View Michelle Rempel Garner Profile
CPC (AB)
View Michelle Rempel Garner Profile
2020-10-21 14:34 [p.1029]
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Mr. Speaker, let us be really clear. This threat of an election is all about the Prime Minister wanting to go to an election. He is out there doing this and that. However, he did not answer the question.
We have restrictions across the country on the size of gatherings. He is asking Canadians to sacrifice, and he is not willing right now to say if he consulted with Dr. Theresa Tam on what would happen if we had a federal election and how much that would spread COVID-19. Why?
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Justin Trudeau Profile
2020-10-21 14:34 [p.1029]
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Mr. Speaker, throughout this pandemic we have reassured Canadians that Parliament continues to function, that our institutions are strong, that our democracy remains strong. We watched parliamentarians work together to deliver a historic aid for Canadians.
Obviously we do not want an election; Canadians do not want an election. However, Canadians need to know their Parliament continues to work constructively. It does not mean we need to agree on everything, but it does mean we need to be able to come together and deliver concretely for Canadians. That is exactly what we plan to do on this side of the House.
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View Michelle Rempel Garner Profile
CPC (AB)
View Michelle Rempel Garner Profile
2020-10-21 14:35 [p.1029]
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Mr. Speaker, never before in parliamentary history has the creation of a committee become a confidence motion. That is all on the Prime Minister.
We are in the middle of the pandemic. He has shut businesses down and there are restrictions on gathering sizes. On October 6, Elections Canada said it needed at least four months to prepare for a general election in the middle of the pandemic. Today, the Prime Minister cannot even say if he talked to Dr. Theresa Tam.
This is what I want to know, very clearly. Did the Prime Minister consult with Dr. Theresa Tam about a federal election potentially spreading COVID-19 and, if so, will he make her advice public?
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
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2020-10-21 14:35 [p.1029]
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Mr. Speaker, we have been engaged with Elections Canada and other officials from the very beginning, as people reflect on the possibility of an election, which could theoretically happen at any time in a minority Parliament.
However, our focus is on delivering for Canadians. Our focus is on working with all members of the House to deliver concretely for Canadians. We want the House to work constructively, as it has in the past. What the members opposite now get to face, in a few minutes, in the vote is whether or not they want Parliament to work constructively for Canadians.
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View Pierre Paul-Hus Profile
CPC (QC)
Mr. Speaker, Baylis Medical says it was approached on March 26 about producing ventilators. On March 31, Rick Jamieson created FTI Professional Grade. On the same day, the government announced the end of the bidding period. On April 11, Ottawa signed a $237-million contract with FTI. On April 16, FTI signed a contract with Baylis to produce the ventilators.
How is that contract any different than the sponsorship scandal?
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
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2020-10-21 14:36 [p.1029]
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Mr. Speaker, an important part of our strategy to ensure the health and safety of Canadians consists in developing partnerships with industry to secure a safe supply of ventilators.
We are well equipped already, but we are waiting for even more ventilators to arrive. We are acting on the recommendations of an expert panel and at the request of the Public Health Agency of Canada. PSPC officials awarded the contract to FTI for 10,000 ventilators. PSPC has no involvement with agreements reached between FTI and its suppliers.
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View Pierre Paul-Hus Profile
CPC (QC)
Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister knows full well that FTI is a shell company. It was created specifically to be able to connect with Frank Baylis and his business. It is all there. In my first question, I mentioned the dates. It is clear. A shell company receives a government contract for $237 million that is transferred to Frank Baylis. The Prime Minister knew full well that Frank Baylis could not get the contract directly.
Why is he agreeing to play this type of game?
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
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2020-10-21 14:37 [p.1030]
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Mr. Speaker, once again, Public Services does not have a contract with Baylis Medical for ventilators. We acted in accordance with the recommendation of an expert review panel. PSPC officials awarded a contract to FTI for ventilators. PSPC had no involvement with the agreements reached between FTI and its suppliers.
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View Pierre Paul-Hus Profile
CPC (QC)
What a good deal, Mr. Speaker, a $237-million contract to a company that did not even exist. On top of that, we were paying double the price for ventilators manufactured by Medtronic. This means we overpaid by $137 million for ventilators purchased from a company that did not exist one week earlier. Baylis has that contract. The Prime Minister cannot convince me that this was not all planned.
How many other Liberal Party friends have gotten contracts like this since March?
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
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2020-10-21 14:39 [p.1030]
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Mr. Speaker, from day one we have taken action to ensure we have the supplies needed to keep Canadians safe and healthy in this unprecedented pandemic.
We worked with industry and partners to obtain ventilators. We will continue to purchase the supplies needed to keep Canadians safe during this pandemic.
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View Alain Therrien Profile
BQ (QC)
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2020-10-21 14:39 [p.1030]
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Mr. Speaker, the government decided to make today's vote on WE Charity a confidence vote. It is the same government that told us earlier that next week it will introduce legislation to support businesses. When we talk about support for businesses we are talking about wage subsidies, rent subsidies and support for companies in red zones.
What exactly are they telling us? Either we stop talking about Liberal scandals or they will forget about businesses. Essentially, we are being blackmailed.
Who do they think they are to be holding businesses hostage?
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
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2020-10-21 14:40 [p.1030]
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Mr. Speaker, from the beginning, we have been working to support businesses, Quebec families and workers across the country. We have continued to work with the opposition parties to ensure that we are serving Quebeckers and all Canadians well.
If the Bloc Québécois members have decided that they have had enough of a federal government that takes real action every day for Quebeckers and Canadians, then that is their issue. Perhaps that is why they want an election.
We do not want an election. We want to continue to meet our commitments to Quebeckers and all Canadians every day.
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View Alain Therrien Profile
BQ (QC)
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2020-10-21 14:40 [p.1030]
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Mr. Speaker, the Bloc Québécois has had enough of the corruption. It is as simple as that.
The Liberals do not want to call an election for the sake of SMEs. On the contrary, they are ready to sacrifice SMEs to trigger an election. They do not want to call an election for health transfers during a pandemic. No. They do not want to call an election for the sake of financial support for seniors either. They do not want to call an election for the sake of the economy, the environment or supply management. They want to call an election to cover up a Liberal scandal in which they are taking taxpayers' money and giving it to Liberal friends.
Will they finally understand that the priority is the pandemic and not their friends?
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
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2020-10-21 14:41 [p.1030]
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Mr. Speaker, during this pandemic, we need a Parliament that works together, even though we may not always agree. We need a robust democracy, but we also need to be able to deliver services for Canadians and Quebeckers as we have been doing since the beginning of this pandemic.
The Bloc Québécois members have been talking about wanting an election for several weeks now. It is up to them to explain that. What is more, it is up to them to vote, like all the opposition parties, on whether to continue working collaboratively in this Parliament or not.
We will see what they will do in half an hour.
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View Richard Martel Profile
CPC (QC)
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2020-10-21 14:41 [p.1030]
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Mr. Speaker, Quebec's aerospace industry lost hundreds more jobs last week, including 250 jobs at Pratt & Whitney on Montreal's south shore, to give just one example. The aerospace sector provides high-quality, well-paid, knowledge-based jobs.
How many more jobs does the sector need to lose before this government reacts?
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
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2020-10-21 14:42 [p.1030]
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Mr. Speaker, we are fully seized with the serious problems that COVID-19 has created for the airline and aerospace industries. As mentioned in the Speech from the Throne, we are working to implement solutions that provide the aerospace sector with the support it needs.
To date, $1.1 billion in support for airline industry workers has been provided through the wage subsidy. We continue to help workers in the aerospace industry. We will continue to be there to support workers across the country. That is why we need to keep working and not play partisan games, which is what the Conservatives are always doing.
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View Richard Martel Profile
CPC (QC)
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2020-10-21 14:42 [p.1030]
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Mr. Speaker, the fact is, the government does not have a plan for the aerospace sector. A recent PBO report revealed that Canada would not achieve its goals with the supercluster strategy and that the aerospace sector has been abandoned.
Canada's vast territory creates an opportunity for the sector to innovate, giving us a coveted edge over our international competitors.
When will the Liberal government come up with a plan for the aerospace sector?
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
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2020-10-21 14:43 [p.1031]
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Mr. Speaker, since taking office five years ago, we have worked with the aerospace industry in Quebec and across the country to secure good jobs and a promising future for this industry, which is important to Canada and the rest of the world. We will keep working with Canadian innovators and aerospace companies. We will keep making the necessary investments.
We understand that COVID-19 is hitting the industry hard, but we will continue to step up by providing direct assistance to workers. We are also working with the sector to find longer-term solutions.
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View Erin O'Toole Profile
CPC (ON)
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2020-10-21 14:44 [p.1031]
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Mr. Speaker, FTI Professional Grade Inc. was created seven days before winning a $200-million contract. That company is a partner of Frank Baylis. Frank Baylis manufactures Baylis ventilators. Frank Baylis was an MP just six months before the contract was awarded.
What is the truth?
Why the cover-up?
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
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2020-10-21 14:44 [p.1031]
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Mr. Speaker, from day one, we have been working with Canada's industries to deliver the services and equipment we need during this unprecedented pandemic. On the recommendation of public health, Public Services Canada signed an agreement with FTI Professional Grade. We have no agreements with any of FTI's suppliers.
We know that we need ventilators to keep people safe. That was our priority. The health and safety of Canadians will always be our priority.
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View Erin O'Toole Profile
CPC (ON)
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2020-10-21 14:45 [p.1031]
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Mr. Speaker, for months the Prime Minister asked Canadians to follow public health advice. For months he asked Canadians to consult Dr. Tam and health authorities for their well-being, for the health of all Canadians. Just two weeks ago, the Prime Minister cancelled Thanksgiving and said we had better be prepared to cancel Christmas, and today he will not answer our question on whether he asked Dr. Tam about having an election in a pandemic.
Will the Prime Minister admit he's willing to put his electoral fortunes ahead of the well-being of Canadians?
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View Justin Trudeau Profile
Lib. (QC)
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2020-10-21 14:45 [p.1031]
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Mr. Speaker, the well-being of Canadians is what this government has been focused on since day one. We have delivered on supports for families and for seniors. We have delivered on supports for students and workers. We have delivered for small businesses, and in Small Business Week we heard across the country how much of a difference what we have done has made.
Furthermore, we continue to work with public health officials, and I can assure members that Elections Canada has worked very closely with health officials to determine what the best paths forward are. I have full confidence in Elections Canada to be able to do those things.
Our focus is on continuing to deliver for Canadians. It is up to the opposition to decide if they want to make Parliament work.
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