Under the new veterans charter which we increased the the PIAA supplement that was the focus of my attention as minister and a vast majority of veterans receiving the permanent impairment allowance have operational stress injuries it’s been something the Canadian Armed Forces has been struggling with I talked about it on the twentieth anniversary of the crash of Swiss Air the first time I ever heard operational stress injury that’s why we were opening operational stress injury clinics not administrative offices that people still don’t use it’s amazing they’re still talking about those issues that shows they don’t understand it mr. speaker so as I said last week if that Minister showed some leadership Mr Speaker I would rise in this house and thank him on behalf of my constituents on behalf of veterans to show that if a mistake is made within the department he will own acknowledged and rectify that mistake and if they don’t they will hear us every day because we are listening to Canadians we are listening to military families and veterans who are discouraged are disappointed it’s time for them to show ownership mr.
Speaker stop this shameless treatment for Christopher Garnett shizune-sama remember for Winnipeg more is Thank You mr. speaker you know it’s it’s interesting to see the former minister take the type of position and he has been somewhat consistent and I’d like to point out that consistency but first I said in opposition for years while he as a minister allowed those offices for vets in every region of our country to be remained close even though hundreds have thought thousands of veterans called upon Stephen Harper and his government in him as the minister to reopen those offices and he completely refused to listen to what the veterans actually had to say mr.
Speaker but there is a difference between the concerns in the Liberals you see we value our veterans and the need for privacy I’m having a hard time hearing the question I just want for normally I just want to remind the members when the speaker stands normally it’s quiet normally I just want to remind everyone I’m trying to hear the question and I can’t because of the heckling going back and forth the Honourable member for would it big north yes thank you mr. speaker you know the Conservatives back in 2010 they’ll remember mr. Bria mr. Brell was an individual that had some issues with regards to the Conservative Party mr.
Speaker and because of that the minister at the time goes and gets all sorts of briefing including the medical history of mr. breem and then there’s information that was leaked to the media dealing with this case bottom line is is that the Conservative Party had to apologise for breaching the privacy of a vet I’m wondering if the member would across the way would not acknowledge that there is it is important that we protect the privacy of our veterans good question now I had a hard time hearing the question I’m hoping I don’t have a hard time hearing the answer the Honourable member for Durham mr. speaker the member from Winnipeg North said we should apologise to veterans he should apologise to veterans for roading their trust with putting a murderer ahead of Patrese he also said they’ll value our veterans he’s a veteran he served as an air traffic controller I thanked him publicly for his service as I will today I think all parliamentarians value our veterans but right now with the giardiniera case only the Conservatives are listening to our veterans mr.
Speaker they are outraged by the fact a mistake was made and rather than rectify the mistake we see privacy concern we suggest where we’re not serving veterans by serving someone who never wore a day in uniform I asked that member who has served to go speak to the Winnipeg police to volunteer firefighters outside of Winnipeg and ask them whether we should be respecting a victim like Katherine Campbell by helping her murderer or rectifying the error that was made at Veterans Affairs questions and comments hysterical Martha that beats to be famous I remember Fred beats me Tina’s coming thank you very much given that my colleague was Minister for Veterans Affairs I would like to know in his opinion which should be the criteria to use to determine eligibility for the child of a veteran to receive benefits or not in the case that is before us why mr.
Gagne would not meet those criteria the Honourable member for Durham Thank You mr. speaker and I would like to thank the Honourable member for her question Canadian Armed Forces and I’ve been proud to do some veterans work with the member from Abitibi to miss coming and I appreciate that good question the determination on benefits is a subjective one so someone at Veterans Affairs made a decision it was a wrong decision mr. speaker because there are no programs whatsoever for adult non dependent children mr. Gagne was in his late 20s mid to late 20s when he committed a horrific crime he was not a dependent child even if there was a dependent child mr.
Speaker most of the programming either family based counseling or some programs with the child directly relate to stress operational stress transference injury from the veteran in the home the mom or dad that has an injury that can affect the Wellness of the family Mr Speaker I support those programs this is not a circumstance where those programs would be eligible because the PTSD in the words of the killer’s father do not come from his service in uniform they come from committing a horrific crime as an adult that minister should get to know the files in his own department before he embarrasses himself day after day defending a clear resuming debate the Honourable member for Brandon Soros I want to remind the Honourable member that he’ll have ten minutes to give his speech and the questions will take place after we return the Honourable member Thank You mr. speaker today our conservative caucus is shining a giant spotlight on an egregious error that needs to be rectified since the news of a convicted murderer receiving assistance from veteran Affairs Canada the reaction from veterans and everyday Canadians has been swift and overwhelmingly negative some are in shock that such a thing could happen one would think that a person who approved this paperwork would have immediately took this up the chain of command had said something must be done I would hope that they said the policy should be changed and the decision must not stand well no one faults the original crafter of the policy as who could have ever imagined that Veteran Affairs funding could ever flow to a convicted murderer there is never a wrong time to do the right thing and the house is now seized with this issue we are here now and let’s deal with this matter once and for all now when the news went public about what happened what had happened I thought there had to be a terrible mistake I agree with the Minister of Veteran Affairs when he said that people are frustrated with how this happened I know he understands this that this is inappropriate but what I don’t know is if he wants to change the policy but like most Canadians I shake my head and wonder how could a convicted murderer be able to receive funding from Veteran Affairs Canada so he could go through private treatment while in jail after he brutally killed an off-duty police officer but somehow it happened Veteran Affairs cannon is actually paying for his private treatment somehow the promis’d review of why this was carried out is taking weeks to finish and somehow the Prime Minister saw fit to stand up in this house and refuse to answer questions well I have news for the Prime Minister knotti not only will our conservative caucus continue to stand up and ask the tough questions we will force him to vote on it we want the Prime Minister in the entire liberal caucus to support our motion to report revoke Veteran Affairs funding that is going to take to pay rather the private treatment of a convicted murderer someone who never served a day in the Canadian Armed Forces he never wore the uniform he never served our country and most certainly is not entitled to any private treatment paid through veteran affairs with this motion we want the prime minister to send a strong message to the entire veterans community that what happened is wrong and it must be fixed immediately it’ll also be an opportunity for every member to be on the record on where they stand and if they want to fix this egregious application of the Veteran Affairs policies and we have to seriously think that if we do not revoke this funding what sort of message will it send to veteran out there who is wondering how this could have happened the quote retired sergeant Colin to quote retired sergeant Colin Saunders who organized a protest this year on Parliament Hill over veterans benefits he said and I quote in this circumstance I find it really hard to chew on that we’re spending taxpayers money like that to help someone when we also have veterans that are having a really hard time getting treatment through back certainly there’s a lot of veterans whose family members need help or need services and they’re not getting it and quote and he’s right sadly there are those who are currently appealing decisions on why they are not receiving benefits but yet Veteran Affairs has the funding to pay for PTSD treatment for a convicted murderer to stress the failure of how this happened if the convicted murderer had in fact served in the Canadian Armed Forces he would have been kicked out with a dishonorable discharge and he probably would not have ever received benefits but in this case because the convicted murderer wasn’t actually a veteran he gets to continue to receive assistance to quote another veteran Patrick Cousineau who is the founder of pause for thought which helps place service dogs to veterans who need them said and I quote how can you have a department who will bend over willy-nilly and yawn to support that who will drag its feet toward supporting service dogs for veterans he’s absolutely right this is the government that had almost three years to ensure that veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder can be paired with service dogs and we just learned that there will be further delays as a result of their inaction our veterans deserve programs and benefits designed to meet their ever-evolving needs and yet under this government we have seen nothing but more backlogs and delays the Liberals have repeatedly demonstrated they don’t intend on honoring all the promises they made to veterans during the 2015 election campaign well we are not here debating the promises the Liberals have failed to implement we are here to rectify a very serious error in the application of veterans benefits this decision is wrong on so many levels and the longer we take to fix it the more veterans and Canadians will continue to lose faith in the system they are losing faith in the prime minister who had the gall to tell veterans quote they are asking for more than we can give and quote not only did he give that flippant remark he refused to apologize for it the reason why that comment stung and made people’s blood boil is that we see waste and out-of-control spending on a weekly basis today’s debate is just another example of misplaced spending that should never have happened while the Liberal government just wrote a four and a half billion dollar check to a Texas oil company they have a very difficult time keeping the promises they made to our veterans and the veteran community is paying attention they will not soon forget the prime minister’s comment or overlooked payments to provide private treatment to a convicted murderer they are deeply upset that after the prime minister promised not to take veterans to court he did exactly that they’re angry that he didn’t keep his promise to establish lifelong pensions as an option for injured veterans well I know the prime minister does not like facing these tough questions that’s what Parliament is for he can continue to throw insults and downplay the whole fiasco but we will stay but we will not stay silent we are here to hold the government’s feet to the fire and make them accountable for their actions shrugging off let’s put strugging this off pardon me and pretending that it doesn’t matter will not make this problem go away we want the funding to cease immediately and we want the policy changed so this situation never happens again we would be shirking our responsibilities as parliamentarians if we did not fix this in the most expeditious manner I implore my liberal colleagues to vote in favor of this motion stand with us send a strong message that funding meant for veterans should never go to convicted murderers let us be united in condemning what has transpired and pledged to never let it happen ever again the Honourable member for Brandon service will have the five minutes of questions coming to him when we resume debates statements by members declare Asad the deputy the Honourable member for Saanich Gulf Islands Thank You mr.
Speaker it’s an honor to rise today in this place and I begin by acknowledging we run the traditional territory of the Algonquian people’s second corner Co sword we pass the oceans we we are here today because today at the University of Victoria it marks the beginning of the historic program there is the launch of a long-awaited historic first the first the world’s first law program a degree granting program in indigenous law and I couldn’t be more honored to be able to recognize today I would have liked to have been there with them but John burrows who holds the Canada Research Chair and indigenous law Val Napoleon who is also engaged with this issue as the law foundation chair and Aboriginal justice and governance are launching a program that is rooted in the earth looking to indigenous law as well as common law to direct Canada’s future to them I say hi cm I my hands to you all honor thank you language when they have their duty that the Levin you mister the Honorable member for Ottawa van you mr.
Speaker its national coaches day in fact their coaches for all they do for our kids and our communities as a mother of three children who all have marvelous coaches I have seen firsthand how important they are in shaping our youth polakov i laser through their work coaches contribute to make Canada a healthy country feeding in the Olympics our coaches are always there to support inspire and guide us not only in sport but in life as well we know that most coaches are volunteers who contribute their time to help our youth from across the country to learn I lost its immense in that so this week it’s our turn to encourage them let’s say thanks to them thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the good they do it’s all members to celebrate coaches using hashtag thanks coach mo click Messi coach Middlesex Mr Speaker we knew that agriculture is the backbone of the community and economy the International ploughing match was held last week in chatham-kent near paint core on 850 acres of land in Lambton Kent middle sights this annual event is one of the best in Canada that celebrates our agriculture industry and provides learning experiences for urban rural folks and thousands of school children mr.
Speaker it would not have been possible without the help of 1000 volunteers who dedicated time land and resources in particular I want to thank Joe Murray hello Lucia Laprise for the coast farmers and co-chairs Leon LeClair and Derrick Kenneth the ipm was a great opportunity to showcase one of the most productive agriculture areas in Canada and talk about the career opportunities in agriculture industry thanks again to all the volunteers central Notre Dame Mr Speaker I rise today a memory of a truly great man reverend wesley oak who passed away on September 16th at the age of 96 going up in Notre Dame Bay River no was one of the last World War two veterans from Newfoundland and Labrador having served in the 166th Newfoundland field regiment he fought mainly in Italy was also active in England and Africa he spoke openly but the time he spent serving has provided us with honest stories and the hard truths of what war time was like after serving in the war he was ordained as a minister in the United Church for 22 years serving God and his congregation one thing that Reverend oak will always be remembered for is a fundraiser he did for ganders heritage Memorial Park he raised $35,000 at the age of 92 and at 92 he also went skydiving at 10,000 feet he leaves behind his wife Myrtle with whom today he would have celebrated his 72nd wedding anniversary we will always miss you Reverend oak and for making this country better and safe honourable member for Elmwood grants kkona : Northeast Winnipeg are fed up with scam phone calls they’re among the thousands of Canadians that every year are harassed on the phone by unscrupulous con artists some fall victim to these schemes losing their life savings and their sense of trust in the world around them my office is receiving more and more reports of these calls the people on the line pretend to be in a position of authority a threatened legal action if their target doesn’t agree to pay a bogus feed some people are getting one or more calls a day and they’re reaching their wit’s end while Canadians are encouraged to report these scams to the RCMP s Canadian anti-fraud centre too often they’re met with a busy signal when that happens the information that should help international law enforcement fine and shut these guys down doesn’t get to where it needs to go clearly the Canadian anti-fraud centre needs more resources to do its job protecting Canadians from these ill willed and irritating invasions of their privacy I call on the government to do so thank you remember for Sidney Victoria mr.
Speaker September is Disability Awareness Month this estimate that 50,000 Canadians have this disease which is the third most common movement disorder falling tremors and Parkinson disease those with Estonia suffer from painful and voluntary muscle contractions on any part of their body including your arms leg space and vocal cords on top of this physical pain those with dystonia often experience depression anxiety and social phobias mr. speaker there’s a low where awareness of the stone iya and the biggest challenge him can be getting the proper diagnosis there’s no known cure for the disease but we must raise the awareness this disease has been brought to my attention but if by a fellow Kay partner Jason young he was instrumental in getting the world’s largest fellow in Sydney laid up low for the month of September to raise awareness to those who live and fight this battle no no you’re not alone and it’s my hope that together we can promote educate and find a cure for this terrible disease honourable member for Edmonton Manning mr.
Speaker over the course of the summer I had the pleasure of speaking to thousands of incidents one such group was the Nicaraguan community whom I had the pleasure of meeting with traditionally the situation in Nicaragua has continued to deteriorate over the past months and the Ortega regimes continue to resort to violent oppression of the Nicaraguans right enforces appearances assault and even murder are tragically being employed to prevent people from protesting this mess and condemnation from the international community have done a low and has frustrated many of my Nicaraguan constituents that’s why I was happy to sponsor their petition e 1804 calling on the government to sanction members of the otega regime with Canada Magnitsky Act I encourage all Canadians to support this supporting petition and concrete steps to take and the tragic events see mr. Thank You mr. speaker today September 25 is franco-ontarian Day for those in the house who might not know it franco-ontarians are Canadians who live in Ontario and speak in French today is a day to celebrate the francophone community and its history which goes back to over 400 years it’s also a day to reflect on our past at the start of the 20th century Frank Ontarians were unable to maintain French in schools following the adoption of regulations 17 which imposed English as the only teaching language in Ontario schools but thankfully franco-ontarians protested and then created their own school system to help keep their communities whole today we’re franco-ontarian identity is dynamic and strong thanks to those who speak French Thank You mr.
Speaker the honored member for Nichol belts mr. speaker today I’d like to share some excel news with you about the success of Farkle city high school which I attended okay it’s from Canada and the US and were selected as the recipients of the right now 18 and 18 smarter football program the school was all for congratulations from arguably one of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks mr. Preston Manny Manny Taboada yep mr. Manning is an ambassador for his sport and he personally sent a video congratulating the school for winning this grant movement that recognizes and rewards teams for implementing smarter tactics on and off the field I wish I congratulate the faculty the students at finical state Jumeirah but the part is not easy please join me everyone in wishing an excellent school year and a successful sports season that faculty day go Patriots go happy franco-ontarian day member for dolphins swan river nikola mr. speaker on the evening of August 29th RCMP corporal Graham Kingdom was sought while responding with his partner to a reported break and enter at a rural property near our Knoll Manitoba corporal kingdom was transported by ambulance and then in a star’s helicopter to receive treatment in Winnipeg fortunately the gunshot wound was not life-threatening and he is now back at home with his family many people deserve recognition for their work that day the emergency medical responders stars air ambulance the riding mountain national park wardens the Rural Municipality of Harrison Park and the RCMP communications team I also want to acknowledge the strength of local residents who rallied in support of their community during this conducted a dangerous manhunt through the night resulting in the arrest of four suspects I am grateful for the bravery of each of them along with corporal Graham kingdon and all the other officers of my constituency don’t want to thank them for all they do to protect our communities Thank You mr.
Speaker r-remember for ferritin mercy mr. president which my level Thank You mr. Speaker I rise today to offer my sincere thanks to all New Brunswickers who played a role in the success of the election which happened last night to all candidates congratulations for working so hard over the last few weeks thank you to all the officials who also did their part at the polling stations thank you for being there for our candidates and for the political parties lastly I would like to thank all of the volunteers who worked tirelessly over the last few weeks volunteers helped our candidates so much during an election campaign volunteers donate their hard-earned dollars volunteers make sandwiches and cook dinner volunteers provide energy and support for candidates who are tired as they knock on doors and make phone calls everybody in this chamber I know appreciates the work of volunteers who support them on the campaign trail to our volunteers merci beaucoup honourable member for Ruth beef mr.
Speaker for this first gender-equality week I decided to capture the thoughts of some young people on the benefits johnnesha van a 5th grader from Jack minor who happens to be my son that gender equality week allows us to ensure that all people are recognized for what they do for Canada and that people can be successful no matter their gender fate Johnstone a fierce trans feminine and non-binary Twitter follower of mine so that is an opportunity to applaud the progress that we’ve made but to be honest about surviving and thriving under the harsh realities of patriarchy transphobia and other forms of oppression and to ensure that the voices and realities of gender diverse and marginalized communities are centered in the fight for gender equality and lastly Brianne Alou called a grade 6 female student at captain Michael vanna vazhi said that this week is important so that society knows that no gender superior to another and that we are all equal mr.
Speaker our young people get it happy gender equality week members for electric mr. speaker this week we celebrate just that we celebrate women’s equality and conservatives are proud advocates for the equality equal and fair treatment of women as we celebrate this important week however we are confronted by a very grave atrocity that the Liberal government fails to acknowledge the Prime Minister has signed off on giving veterans benefits to a man who viciously killed an off-duty police officer over and over again in question period the Liberals continue to defend Chris Garnier the killer a man who brutally murdered off-duty police officer Katherine Campbell during women’s equality week we should be celebrating women like Katherine Katherine was a young woman who overcame barriers in order to work in a male-dominated field of law enforcement Katherine served her community as a volunteer firefighter for ten years and Katherine served as a role model to many many people women and men alike in defense of equality conservatives will continue to call upon this government to respect the memory of Katherine Campbell we ask the government to reverse its decision to grant veterans funding to the man who brutally took her life the Honourable member for Bonavista pure infinity Mr Speaker I rise today 200 mister he’ll be late the resident fortune in my writing mr.
Link is a decorated Second World War veteran who celebrated his 100th birthday on August 12th mr. Lake was an act of military service for five years from 1940 to 1945 after two years of service in the military you see he went home for leave on his journey home mr. Lake was aboard the SS caribou as it was attacked by a German u-boat and sank on October 14 1942 in the capital street mr. Lake went on to serve in the invasions of Sicily Salerno Anzio and Normandy and at the end of the war in Europe he volunteered to go to the Pacific but his request was not granted he was told we think you’ve had enough mr. speaker on behalf of all of the residents of Bona disturb your eternity and indeed all Canadians I want to thank mr. Hickey lake for his service and wish him all the best in his 100 year May of 2016 I warned the government to protect Canadians from CRA telephone scams from India their inaction is obscene the government has over 60,000 recorded complaints around fraudulent calls from criminals impersonating CRA agents demanding payment threatening legal action even incarceration millions of dollars have been skimmed but still nothing from the Liberals they never do the hard work well the prime minister was an Indian he was more concerned about the optics of his junket and his dress rather than doing anything to protect Canadians from fraudsters and organized criminals stealing money from Canadians why did he not raise this issue the Minister of Public Safety’s and deference and incompetence with respect the Canadians privacy protecting these victims of scams is nothing short of scandalous and out of touch I encourage all Canadians to call the minister at six one three nine four seven one one five three two honourable member for Milton to congratulate Blaine hit 22 seats the most seats in the legislature last night I like other Canadians we’re watching this election closely and we see this as proof that New Brunswickers stand with Scott Swan Ontario Manitoba and would fight against the Prime Minister’s party that the people of New Brunswick will not be bystanders they use their voice and chose to fight back against an unfair tax plane exit his entire Progressive Conservative team worked tirelessly over the campaign trail putting New Brunswick was first and committed to meet their environmental obligations without digging deeper in the taxpayers pocket we look forward to working with them the Honourable member for Glengarry Prescott Russell sir please not mr.
Speaker September 25 is franco-ontarian day today I had the opportunity to celebrate this great day with the Minister for Canadian heritage and multiculturalism at the les Kyle High School in Rockland where ancestors would be proud of the sense of initiative and craze and creativity which our school words have shown in organizing the celebrations we’ve come a long ways since regulations 17 since the creation of our school boards and since the fight to save multiple Hospital but we must remain resilient thank you to organizations like lakpha Prescott Russell the assembly de la Francophonie the know tell you the kolaks and all of our partners who are doing essential work to not only preserve but also promote franco-ontarian communities mr. speaker today is saw that these students Atlas Cal and in Ontario are ready and willing to take up the torch and lead the way towards a better future happy franco-ontarian day to all oral questions Katz Jones Oh how long about shuffle up to show the leader of the Opposition mr.
Speaker the Prime Minister’s record on Veterans Affairs is abysmal first he forced veterans back to court in order to prevent having to pay them the benefits he promised then he left over three hundred million dollars in funding on spent on veteran services and the backlog for veterans waiting to have their benefits processes risen by over fifty percent but to add disgusting insult to that injury the department is now using veterans money on a convicted killer well the prime minister finally do the right thing and cancel these benefits mr. speaker the health and well-being of our veterans is their top priority I have reviewed the department’s findings on this issue and I am directing them to ensure the services received by a family member of a veteran are related to the veteran’s service and where they are not that the case be reviewed by a senior official I am directing the department to immediately address its policy of providing treatment to family members under extenuating circumstances such as conviction of such a serious crime the Honorable leader of the opposition order mr.
Speaker the summer has passed and after the Prime Minister guaranteed that the trans Mountain project would be started this summer the thousands of out-of-work energy workers in this country have been left disappointed we are now nearing the end of September the Prime Minister promised that he would introduce legislation that will allow the Trans Mountain project to be built will he introduced that legislation today mr. speaker what we heard yesterday from the leader of the official opposition failure was completely demonstrated yesterday when the official leader leader of the official opposition complete disregard for the course complete disregard for the environment and complete disregard for the consultation with indigenous people focused on getting this project back on track in the right way Thank You mr. speaker order the Honourable house leader of course knows that her side has other turns and so I got spurred a wait for the hose and allow those who have the floor to speak and not be interrupting the Honorable leader of the Opposition mr. speaker the Minister well knows that the previous Conservative government saw four major pipeline please under that wasn’t the question the question was the Prime Minister guaranteed that this project would be started this summer he also promised legislation that would provide a path for the trans Mountain project to be built it’s now the end of September will the Prime Minister introduced that legislation today mr.
Speaker let’s talk for the failed record of the Harper government to build a single pipeline to expand our global non-us market when they got in office in 2006 many 9% of Alberta’s oil was sold to the United States when they left office in 2015 99% olive oil was sold to the United States we are focused on expanding our global market so we can create more jobs for the middle class so we can get a proper price further bird as well and continue to grow our economy in the way that were wrong mr. speaker on this side of the house we conservatives think that trans Mountain is essential and critical for the economy of all Canadians but what is the Liberal government doing after having sent billion to Houston they seem pleased with the postponement what a liberal failure can deliver government give us a date when will work begin on Trans Mountain mr.
Speaker we understand that the investment in the trans mountain pipeline project is in the national interest that’s why we are moving forward on this project in the right way making sure that we are respecting in other obligations to meaningfully consult with indigenous peoples at the same time having a plan in place that allows us to protect the coastal communities allows us to take action on the effect of the tanker traffic on the umbria marine environment we are committed to getting this project in the right of a speaker a seller on mr. speaker you have noticed that they can’t tell us when the government will begin work on Trans Mountain mr.
Speaker the Prime Minister does not believe in Canada’s energy potential no I think that the Prime Minister wants to see it eliminated on this side we have a plan destructive and realistic plan does a government agree that we should bring in legislation make this a national project the previous government cut corners they disregarded the environmental regulations and they ignored the indigenous people’s right to be meaningfully consulted and the result not a single kilometre of pipeline built to get our resources to the global market we are gonna do things differently we are going to consult divinity indigenous peoples we’re going to make sure that we’re taking action or protecting coastal communities then we taking action to reassure that the impact of the tanker traffic is meaningfully and properly considered that’s one of ab deputy that removes canary burst there’s a message being delivered to this government from the Union of British Columbia Indian chiefs they’re calling on this prime minister to cancel is directive to redo his failed process on the Trans Mountain expansion doubling down on getting through the same flawed process to my paying the courts bare minimum standard does not qualify as a meaningful consultation do liberals understand that it takes much much more to meaningfully consult with indigenous peoples our government understands that no relationship is more important in our government than the relationship with indigenous leaders we have committed to moving forward on this project in the right way we have instructed the enemy to undertake the review that was denied by the previous Conservative government to factor in the impact of the marine shipping on the marine environment we will be announcing the rest of the plan very very shortly mr.
Speaker remember mr. speaker this rhetoric as we just heard with the minister and then there are facts we have two parties who want whatever the cost to force the expansion of trans mountain they want to do the absolute minimum to respond to the federal court of appeal and worse they may want to do away outright with consultations with indigenous communities they they have to hold consultations meaningful consultations with the people who will have to live with this pipeline and the risks of leaks did it not understand that if digitus people have rights under land the the the issue that the member of the NDP is not focused on is that we need to make sure that we are expanding our global market for overnight to the resources that is why it is very important that we do it in the right way which includes meaningful consultation indigenous communities at the same time making sure they were protecting our environment that we are looking after the issues that Court has identified it is very important that we reduce our dependency on the single customer that we have which is the United States to a sell over oil resources did I have a theory by James the Honourable member for BTB she keeps pay what be done no matter what and his Minister adds that that this that Canada I will not be able to accommodate all indigenous concerns what that means is that they have decided to willfully violate their constitutional duties and obligations mister mister speaker sounds like a most important relationship doesn’t it why doesn’t the Prime Minister just say the truth and tell indigenous peoples that he doesn’t give a fuck about their rights the Honourable member for objectivity be James the manova t use an experienced member and knows that that is on parliamentary language and I’d asked him to withdraw the word and apologize mister please down to mr.
Speaker what is happening is so insulting that it just it makes me so angry but I do withdraw the word I sincerely thank the Honourable member mr. speaker we have a tremendous amount of respect for indigenous Canadians from coast to coast to coast since being appointed to this office at this this department I have been reaching out to indigenous leaders before given the court’s decision and I will continue to do so as I said earlier mr. speaker there is no relationship more important to our government than the relationship with indigenous peoples and we will move forward on this project in the right way making sure that we’re meeting our constitutional obligations to meaningfully consult with indigenous the Ottoman or zile and Powell River well mr. speaker this certainly doesn’t feel like respect to many indigenous communities across this country keeps our calling for this prime minister to accept the federal court’s decision once and for all and cancel the expansion of this disastrous trans mountain pipeline and take a project how can this government stand in house in this country and say that this is their most important relationship mr.
Speaker like like all other Canadians there are diverse views among indigenous peoples on the transport and pipeline expansion expansion we respect that and we value that there are a number of first nations communities that have assigned benefit agreements because they see the value of this project and there are other communities reduced it and we will work with all of them because we understand that try to build a consensus is something that is important for a project such as this to move forward in the right way remember from Milton Thank You mr. speaker mr. speaker Christopher Garnier was convicted of second-degree murder when he murdered a female police officer by the name of Katherine Campbell apparently he now suffers from PTSD as a result of committing the murder Veterans Affairs Canada is paying for services for mr. Garnier the murderer has been put to the front of the line while our men and women who served our country are not receiving benefits because they’re still waiting mr. speaker what I’d like to know from the Minister of Veterans Affairs will he do the right thing and cancel the benefits that mr.
Carville mr. speaker it is moments like this that our commitment to our veterans is tested we can not discuss the treatment of this individual without discussing the treatment of the father without discussing the treatment of the veteran and I stand before this house as someone who will not infringe upon the privacy of that government we all know because of their because they did it before they played with veteran’s health records like they were playing cards we will not even in this most trial order yelled number from Milton well mr.
Speaker what can I say on August 31st this Minister the Minister of Veterans Affairs indicated that he was going to ask his department what had happened and get to the bottom of it he told the newspaper report that it’s taken 25 days to get to the bottom of this no Minister may admit speaker I served as a minister and as a result I know that you can get this information in 24 hours not in 24 days Mr Speaker I want to know this very specifically will people who are receiving benefits that have committed heinous crimes like murder their payments taken away retroactively once again I cannot discuss this case discuss this case without infringing upon the privacy of not play games with veterans I not even in this move trying and egregious of times when the son of a veteran popular I will not turn my back and for any veteran who is watching this debate let them know this government order order a la laaaa app if you take the rest more the unprofessional of the Vaska mr.
Speaker in 2017 Christopher Garnier was found guilty of the second-degree murder of Constable Catherine Campbell this man is reserving benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs well he is in prison and has never served the Canadian Armed Forces this is a disgrace for our country for our veterans and for the memory of Constable Catherine Campbell can the Prime Minister finally shoulder his responsibilities and put it into this injustice immediately the Honourable Minister the extenuating of circumstances we will stand by our veterans we have shown that time and again we have shown that time and again mr. speaker when we increased benefits for servants we increased services we have reopened offices we’ve increased that we have ID card Mr Speaker we will continue there’s most trying of times Thank You mr. speaker an Arab deputy of the busca mr. speaker the facts are simple the Minister of Veterans Affairs is presently paying for the treatment of Christopher Bell yay even though he killed close to both Katharine Campbell this is quite simply outrageous the Campbell family is angry veterans are angry Canadians are angry we are angry this just doesn’t make sense the Prime Minister has the power to put an end to this injustice and do it what is he waiting for the Honorable Minister it’s as many people in this house have expressed their outrage Canadians have expressed their outrage but our outrage will not factor into the treatment of veterans our age should not factor into justice and into laws we will stand by our veterans mr.
Speaker even now even the most extenuating of circumstances we will stand by our veterans the honorable order the audible member for Bradford Brant me today by The ministers or our obvious order order order order the members started a little early I’m gonna ask him to start again I will never forget for Brant mr. speaker today the coments in the debate around the Chris Gagne case shows a clear lack of leadership and the ability that this Minister has and the Prime Minister to intervene and stop this outrageous situation where this mur is receiving veterans benefits this is not a theater today for this minister to Pat himself on the back this is a place where we asked him to solve this now or resign the Honorable Minister of Veterans Affairs order mr. speaker for 10 years this was used as a place with people on that side of that house cut benefits cut services most offices took away an ID card from veterans we will continue to stand by our veterans we will continue to rebuild a department that was there the Honourable member for Bradford Brandt mr.
Speaker this Minister continues to defend the indefensible on this guard a case Katherine Campbell was brutally murdered put into a compost bin and dumped under a bridge this is a one-off situation this is a mistake by Veterans Affairs to make this decision in the first place yet he and the Prime Minister will not even speak to the issue of addressing it as Canadians are demanding as especially veterans if he’s not willing to do this it’s his place in this house to reside his position the Honorable Minister of Veterans Affairs mr. Speaker we cannot discuss the details of this case without discussing the case of the veteran and we will not we will not discuss the case we will stand by the veterans in this country even in the most extenuating of circumstances even in the most egregious of circumstances even in these circumstances where the son of a veteran is convicted of killing a police officer even now we will stand with that veteran mr.
Speaker that was my wound Appetit but hey when they bought trans Mountain the Liberals also acquired the Puget Sound line which sends bitumen to the US and the State of Washington’s Environment Department is worried they’re criticizing the serious inadequacies of the plan in case of a spill they want to know what will happen if this heavy but children hits the sea and threatens species such as salmon and killer whales even the Americans are afraid of the liberals when it comes to the environment mr. speaker environmental sustainability is at the heart of everything that this government does the decision with respect to the Trans Mountain pipeline originally was based on an assessment with respect to the environmental considerations we’ve done enormous amount of work with respect to issues associated with diluted bitumen and spills potentially in the water we’ve done an enormous amount of work on ensuring that we are protecting the coast preventing spills we’ve done an enormous amount of work on recovering the killer whales and working to ensure that the measures are being put into place we’ll more than mitigate the impact of the tag excess tanker traffic mr.
Speaker this project is being done in an environmentally responsible way that advances Canada’s economic interests honourable member for skeena Bulkeley Valley you know when the Liberals bought a 65 year old leaky pipeline most Canadians thought they definitely would have a super-duper cleanup plan in case of an oil spill will a parent not Washington State is raising the alarm saying the Liberals emergency planet has quote major deficiencies in critical areas to protect salmon and whales it’s like the Liberals went out and bought a 72 Pinto no airbags no seat belts instead kids hop in let’s go for a ride no parent would do this so why did the Liberals burden Canadians with this old pipeline didn’t even bother to keep the receipt for four and a half billion dollars and don’t have an emergency plan to clean up a spill mr. speaker some in the house like to engage in theater we like to engage in facts can be handled in an environmentally sustainable way the oceans protection plan is addressing concerns with respect to spill prevention concerns with respect to spill response we’ve released three peer-reviewed studies with respect to the impacts on marine environment we’ve done an enormous amount to ensure that we’re protecting the marine environment killer whales and other species this project is being done has been constructed in an environmentally suspenseful way we are balancing the economy in the environment ensuring that boat order order have to secure the long guy central for it okay I will ask the outer limit before it’ll go a such a bath to remain calm Christopher Garnier brutally murdered an off-duty police officer by the name of Katherine Campbell during sentencing the judge stated that mr.
Garnier punched her in the face he broke her nose he strangled her to death and he treated her remains like garbage direct quote the Prime Minister claims to be a champion of women’s rights why then has he signed off on granting veterans benefits to a man who never ever ever served a single day in the Canadian Armed Forces but killed an off-duty female police officer why is that okay before mr.
Speaker my heart goes out to the family constable Campbell they should not have to endure this they should not have to enjoy this case being brought out for political expediency they should not have to endure it Mr Speaker we will continue to stand by our veterans we will continue to stand by our veterans as we have every day in this house for the past three years mr. speaker thank you for chiku team interfere mr. speaker for two weeks now we’ve been interrogating the government about the case of Chris Gagne a criminal who was receiving assistance reserved for courageous veterans all we see is liberal inaction the Conservatives showed leadership when serial killer Clifford Olson was getting his old age security we saw that we put it into it when will the Minister shoulder his responsibilities and when will they intervene personally with respect to Christopher w mr. speaker once again even in the face of a political expediency we will stand by our vets we have spent ten billion dollars in three years on our veterans and their families we have increased benefits we have increased services we have increased staff we have reopened offices and we’ve given them back their ID cards mr.
Speaker even in the most trying of circumstances we will stand with our veterans order number for Chilliwack hope mr. speaker they may stand beside Chris Garnier but we will stand with the victim years old he never served a single day in the Canadian Forces yet this Liberal government is using veterans benefits to pay for his PTSD therapy PTSD he developed because of how he killed the victim the prime minister has had a month to end this outrage so when will he finally do the right thing and guarantee that not a single cent more will go to Chris Carney mr.
Speaker those on the other side of the house at ten years to do better by our veterans and I wish we could only accuse them of inaction that might have been easier but it wasn’t an action mr. speaker it was vast member finola member for bruce gray owen sound not to keep interrupting in spite of how strongly people feel on these subjects we have to have debate that elves one side to speak at a time and show respect for this institution in this place not a Minister of Veterans Affairs this 20 seconds later in ten years they stood time and again time and again in ten years and they cut benefits they cut services they closed offices they cut stock and they even took away their ID card I wish we could accuse him of a an accident mr.
Speaker the Honourable member for Chilliwack hope order we are not talking about a veteran we’re talking about a 30 year old murderer who never spent a day in uniform the prime minister could have ended these payments with the stroke of a pen instead he endorsed them but we know where the Prime Minister stands but tonight every member of this house will be given an opportunity to tell Canadians where they stand will a single leper O Member of Parliament stand up for what’s right or will they endorse the Prime Minister’s plan of paying veterans benefits two convicted murderers the Honorable Minister of Veterans affair indeed mr. speaker one of the people at the center of this is a veteran he’s a veteran and that veterans family and even in this even in the most extenuating of circumstances we will stand with that veteran as we have stood with veterans every day but we have voted for increases to veterans benefits to veteran services when we’ve reopened offices when we have increased staff every time we vote on the side of veterans even in the most trying of circumstances mr.
Speaker honourable member for Essex Canadians expect the Liberals to secure a new NAFTA that defends our jobs and key sectors a new poll shows Canadians also want to deal that defense access to affordable prescription medications but according to reports negotiators are considering u.s. proposals that will lead to higher drug costs for Canadians and for public drug plans I think it my constituent Cheryl every year she must pay thousands of dollars out of pocket for heart and blood pressure medications will the Prime Minister commit that nafta will not raise the cost of drugs for Canadians without proud Canadian czar for public health care system and we’re gonna defendant we also know that the affordability of an access to prescription drugs remains an important issue for all Canadians we’ll continue to work with the provinces territories and our partners to lower drug prices and provide timely access to medicines this is an important issue for our government and we’ve said such during the NAFTA discussions our government will always stand up for Canadians mr.
Speaker remember for Victoria our Charter of Rights and Freedoms Canadian courts have given women the right to choose medical assistance and dying lgbtq to rights collective bargaining rights and more and while the notwithstanding Clause is part of the Charter so far it’s always been used sparingly maybe no longer Canadians are telling me just how disappointed they are that the Liberals refused to even study the use of the clause which lets legislators of course override their rights so what we want to know is this why won’t the Liberals even allow a study of this notwithstanding Clause so we can better protect the charter rights of Canadians our government has been very clear we think the notwithstanding Clause should only be considered in the most exceptional of circumstances we think that the government’s responsibility is to stand up for the Charter rights of Canadians that’s something that this government mr.
Speaker will always do we’ve expressed publicly our dismay when the government of Ontario was considering using the notwithstanding Clause our Toronto caucus stood firmly against that position and will continue to defend mr. speaker the Charter of Rights and Freedoms on the web did you take the nickel Valvo member for nickel belt mr. speaker on franco-ontarian day we joined the francophones and Francophiles to celebrate culture language and tradition the Franklin Ontarians can the Minister for tourism francophones who went to a school in ordinance to make an announcement could did she inform this house of the good news that she shared during that visit the Honorable Minister well thank you mr. speaker I want to congratulate the Honorable member for nickel belt and I join my voice to his in celebrating in green and white to franco-ontarian day today I was at Nikodim they shall school and I met with 310 students to announce million dollars for the 700 francophone schools and 300 Anglophones minority schools in Canada so that students have access to cultural activities as a government we believe in our official languages and we believe in our children speaker after a summer of failures this Prime Minister still has no plan to get trans mount and built Conservatives unveiled their plan complete indigenous consultation immediately enact emergency legislation request to stay and appeal the federal court ruling and pass bill s 245 clarifying the pipeline is under federal jurisdiction we have a plan while liberals just delay will the government adopt the conservative plan and bring jobs and investment back to Canada thinker after a decade of failure the official opposition is silver repeating the same things that they have done for a decade complete disregard for the federal court’s ruling completely disregards taking action on the environmental sustainability including the protection of the coastal communities complete disregard to engaging indigenous peoples in a meaningful dialogue we are going to move forward on this project in the right way responding to the issues that relevant to the supposition and we’ll be announcing that plan very shortly thank you remember for Kamloops thompson caribou mr.
Speaker trans mountain pipeline is critical for the forty three First Nations with benefit agreements and many others yesterday the leader Canada’s Conservatives announced a comprehensive plan that makes use of every tool in the toolbox to get this pipeline that built this includes meaningful consultation with indigenous peoples which they didn’t do when they just simply sent a note taker when are the Liberals show some leadership and announce a real plan instead of dithering along mr. speaker government understands that getting our natural resources to global market non-us market is very important to create jobs and and grow our economy but we’ve got to do that in a responsible way and that is possible way is to making sure that we are respecting the environment that we’re taking action on protecting of other marine environment the same time in a meaningful consultation with indigenous peoples we recognize there’s diversity of opinion among indigenous peoples and we respect that and we will continue to work with all of them thank you Laura ball member for four hills Conservatives unveiled our plan to build the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to the public yesterday our plan addresses all of the risks to build this pipeline right the Liberals have a choice they could continue to delay this project and in doing so their record of failure or they can follow the Conservatives plan use every tool available to them to get this pipeline bill when will the Minister start doing his job to get Canadians back to work you get the trans mountain pipeline expansion project underway what they announced yesterday was the deportation of a decade of failure which is to the north the direction from the course ignore and disregard the course disregard the environment in this regard the consultation with indigenous peoples if they follow the proper procedure mr.
Speaker they might have put probably would have built a pipeline to get up resources to the global market ninety-nine percent of our oil is sold to one customer which is the United States Mr Speaker we need to diversify our natural resources market and we’re gonna do that in a proper right honourable member for for health pipeline companies invest billions of dollars in consultants and environmental assessments and that is just to table their proposal they’ve made these investments under conservative governments because they knew conservatives would champion these projects but under the liberal watch not one single major piece of our oil infrastructure has been proposed and that is in three years when will the Liberals understand that their failed policies are not getting one inch of pipeline built when will they do their job get the trans mountain to my black expansion would the speaker I think it was beneficial for the member to understand that the decision made in 2014 to exclude from the only being the review of the marine shipping and this impact on the environment was done under the Harper government and Court has been very clear that there was the wrong decision to make we are going to correct that we have got to the NAB to consider the effect of a shipping on the marine environment and we will move forward on this project in the right way because we understand they’re creating jobs and protecting the environment go ahead power of a member for Vancouver Kings where thousands of Canadian families have lost loved ones to an overdose epidemic this government has failed to stem health professionals Canada’s chief public health officer the president of the Canadian Medical Association big city mayors and police chiefs all want to decriminalize and regulate substance use to save lives instead today we see the Prime Minister sign on to the failed war on drugs approach demanded by Donald Trump Wow are the Liberals truly so desperate for a new NAFTA that they’re prepared to put Canadians out rent lives at risk to get it of a minute stay at home protecting the health and safety of Canadians is my top priority we are in a national public health crisis when it comes to the opioid epidemic and we’ve seen the tragic numbers that were released last week the numbers are more than numbers mr.
Speaker these are lives of Canadians substance abuse is an is an international problem and the global call for action will help us move forward 130 countries have signed on to the declaration and we certainly want to be a part of that conversation if we’re not around the table Mr Speaker we certainly won’t be able to effect change that values the Honourable member for said nothing mr. speaker today to the surprise of the international community and experts of the Liberals endorsed at the devastating war on drugs put forth by President Trump Trump told the UN would no longer be supporting multi-coat lateral ISM would be cutting international assistance and would be opposing the International Criminal Court he doesn’t even want to promote human rights anymore so instead of trying to please the Trump administration will the Liberals take a stand and condemn the American presidents dangerous rhetoric painful Minister protecting the health of Canadians is my top priority as Minister of Health we are currently in an opioid crisis a national crisis and we are facing it last week the figures came out and they were tragic they’re not just figures but we’re talking about lives that are being lost in this country the use of illicit substance is a world issue a global issue and a cult we need to act globally country signed the Declaration and we acknowledge that there are different positions it it’s impossible to make change without being around the table Ferris has been doubling down on his ridiculous answers to our questions his apartment has gone out during question period and has stated that going forward Veterans Affairs will no longer provide treatment to any veterans family member who is in federal or provincial prison but the question is this because the minister has stood here for days for 29 days and not answered this question will he must send the benefits to Chris Barnier talk about this case without talking about the case of the veteran and I will stand by that veteran I will stand by that veteran even under the most excruciating of circumstances or where a family member has committed such an egregious crime even then this government will stand by thank Calgary knows Hill so the minister’s Department has gone forward and given the exact opposite answer yes we’re asking a very simple question here we’ve said going forwards there were no benefits to people who are in federal prison he acts like he has to come up with an answer to this will he ever see the benefits for a cop killer Chris Gagne speaker we will stand by the batter who is at the center of this case our support for that veteran is unwavering even now even in the most extenuating of circumstances we will stand by that veteran the Honourable member for Michael TJ hub mr.
Speaker there are no veterans at the heart of this issue there is just Christopher Gagne who killed Katherine Campbell he took her butter away he’s receiving money from Veterans Affairs when he didn’t serve a single minute mr. speaker will the government rescind those payments yes or no in the 40 plus town halls that I have done across this country and with veterans and their families I can tell you I know the cost of ten years of not just neglect but malice towards our veterans and their families and I wish we had see more of that indignation that we see today over the ten years that these people had to do right by our veterans and our families honourable member for a tobiko Center mr.
Speaker our judgment is proud to have the feminist foreign policy gender equality produces greater prosperity and a more peaceful and secure world at the Women’s foreign ministers meeting Montreal the Minister of Foreign Affairs reaffirmed Canada’s international leadership in promoting women’s empowerment gender equality peace and security can the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs update the house on this important announcement parliamentary secretary mr.
Speaker I’d like to thank the member for a tobiko Center for his tireless work on this issue our government knows that women are powerful agents for change and for peace and we also know that when women involved in the peace process peace agreements tend to last longer that’s why the minister of global affairs was proud announce the creation of ambassador for women peace and security women’s empowerment is a crucial issue and I hope that all of my colleagues in this house will join us in celebrating this important announcement Thank You mr. speaker remember for Benjamin Davy mr. speaker three times I’ve asked the minister of defense and the Prime Minister to respond fix the fiasco with the bastion Du Bois at the Citadel we’re talking about a possible collapse based on their experts now architects have talked about the original start why are they taking poor quality us stone this is contempt for Quebecers and for our canadian heritage revalue the rich heritage of the Citadel in Quebec City so let me be clear we will repair the fort using original citadel stones in cases were damage to the original stone is too severe it Quebec bitter has been contracted to to ensure additional stones meet strict regulations national defense is doing its work to make sure this don’t follows the requirements because we understand how important this is to Quebec City Thank You mr.
Speaker and I know Ladysmith the pig app between men and women is 32% it’s even worse for women with disabilities indigenous and racialized women women are done waiting we want economic justice now but every day we hear heartbreaking stories about women in poverty with the same root cause no pay equity if liberals were serious about gender equality why are women still waiting for the proactive Pay Equity legislation they’ve been promised for 42 years I agree with the member opposite that equal pay for work of equal value is a human right and that’s why we’re so proud as the government to be moving forward with proactive pay equity legislation it’s a key way that we are demonstrating our commitment to gender equality it’s a key way that we will attempt to close the gender wage gap and we are already working diligently consultations have been done and we will be moving forward with paying for the legislation later this year thank you very much you don’t have a member for Grafton North Mr Speaker this week is national coaches week a week to recognize coaches from coast to coast to coast and incredible contributions to athletes families and communities I’d like to thank all coaches in my riding of Branson North including my son’s soccer coach for their vacation and countless hours of helping our youth and athletes learn train and succeed nicely it’s a purple one and I thank you for promoting young athletes throughout their lives minister from Grantham north for that question mr.
Speaker happy national coach this week all over Canada coaches give their time to help athletes and youth succeed in sport and in life coaches are supporters motivators and role models they help athletes to dream to set goals believe in themselves and to reach their full potential today I asked all members of the house to join me and thank the coaches you know using the hashtag thanks coach audible number four or it hurt order y’all remember Edmondson Wetaskiwin mr. speaker it’s increasingly evident that the liberal environment and energy policy is an unmitigated disaster the liberal carbon tax has been resoundingly rejected as just a tax on Canadian Canadians that will have literally no impact on global emissions and even with significant Canadian taxpayer dollars spent there is a broad consensus that we will still not meet our greenhouse gas emissions commitments so will the government commit confirmed today that despite all of their bluster in fact they will not in fact meet our Paris agreement targets for parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Environment mr.
Speaker this government is confident is going to meet its Paris agreement targets the Honourable member is seemingly has not read the report from Stephen Harper’s former director a policy that indicated that when we put a price on pollution it’s going to have a net economic benefit for middle-class Canadian families instead of taking money out of his constituents pockets so he can make pollution free again remember for La Puente in mr. speaker on Sunday the Minister for border security claimed that the vast majority of the 35,000 irregular border crossers have left Canada finally he admitted that it’s about one percent these there but in fact the problem there is that those people are in limbo because their files simply aren’t being processed is there someone in the government who is aware of the situation is there someone who has a mandate to take action on migrants mr. president Mr Speaker we believe that it’s important to start with the facts we make decisions as a government based on evidence and data shows that the number of interceptions at the border has decreased to over last year we believe mr.
Speaker that is important for our government to respect Canadian law to work with our partners including the Quebec government and other partners in order to respect our commitments but also to ensure that the safety of Canadians remains their priority and that is exactly what we’re doing the Honourable member for peak uncle Nicholas often mr. speaker last April the government promised Quebec a program to screen Emmet’s in the coming week in May they said we’d have to wait a few weeks end of July we’re almost there they said but today there’s still no plan no plan and Quebec is still waiting for more than a hundred million in compensation for social services expenditures incurred last year alone so I’ll repeat my colleagues question is there anyone who has a real mandate to do something on the migrant file is it fast eunbok Minister Mr Speaker the answer is yes my colleague the Minister before a border security and I have had conversations very encouraging discussions with the Quebec government and other partners we have acknowledged the government’s obligation to compensate the cost of temporary housing for our partners including protocol pet government I’ve had several discussions and conversations very encouraging once Quebec has been a leading partner with our government and we will continue to work with our partners violence the urgent warnings from climate scientists are increasingly punctuated by extreme weather events whether forest fires floods hurricanes or tornadoes but this government is prepared to spend far more on pipelines and climate action it’s as though we really believe in reconciliation for indigenous peoples but first we need to build a few more residential schools will this government instruct the National Energy Board to include climate impacts of the pipeline we now own as it did for private sector energy East Islands further question we were elected on a commitment to grow the economy and protect the environment at the same time this means we’re going to take steps to get our resources to new markets while we still take steps to protect our environment and meet our Paris agreement commitments I know it in particular mr.
Speaker that we’re moving forward with a price on pollution that will reduce emissions we’re investing in clean technology and we put one and a half billion dollars into our oceans protection plan to protect our oceans and waterways as a coastal MP and an area that the Honourable member is very familiar with this is a commitment we share and I look forward to continuing to partner with her to move forward I would like to draw to the attention of honourable members the presence in the gallery of the recipients of the 2019 inspire awards Barbara Todd hey Gert grand chief Ronald derrickson Jeju Mary snowshoe dr. VN Timmins dr. Marilyn cook Deanne Cobb yeah Peter Vince Dale rochette Lockett Billy Ray Belcore Kelly Fraser James La Valle and Ottawa a teacher orders of the day what is the day government orders business Oh some guy you mean big on the opposition motion regarding weapons study in the name of mr.
McCall order order I’d ask honourable colleagues to take their conversations outside and I have include of course you’ll remember for Cape Breton Council I know I’m sure it’s an important conversation but I’ve encouraged them him to clear that outside although well-remembered City Victoria has some doubt about that but that’s I want those to debate that later the resuming debate the Honourable member for Kingston and the islands thank you very much mr.
Speaker and it’s an honor to rise today in the house to talk about this very important topic you know I think I first want to start my my remarks by paying my sympathy to a constable Katherine Campbell you know this was a heinous tragedy and a crime that was committed upon her and I think that it’s fair to say that the nation feels for her family and what they’ve had to endure over the past over the past time since her tragic death um and I also want to take the opportunity to mr.
Speaker to talk a little bit about the military personnel writ large you know I have the opportunity to to serve the constituents of Kingston and the island and in that we have a military base and I’ve been surrounded by military personnel my whole life and I’ve had the opportunity to engage with them from time to time but I would say it wasn’t until I was became a member of the Defense Committee when serving in this house that I really gained an appreciation as to why our military personnel throughout the world have the incredible reputation that they do and if you’ve had the opportunity to engage with our our military in various parts of the world you will see that they deserve and the command a certain level of respect from others that they are engaging with I think quite often we tend to think that it’s the politicians and the policies that we make and that we’ve made throughout the years that have given Canada this I’m great reputation of being peacekeepers and peace builders throughout the world but in fact it’s our military folks who have been instrumental in really extending the Canadian way to others and really imparting upon people what it means to be Canadian and the values that we stand for it’s our military personnel that really give us the distinction of what we’ve come to be so proud of and that’s the peacekeeping abilities you know US politicians will come and go mr.
Speaker but it’s our military personnel who last sort generations in various different parts of the world that truly give Canada the amazing names that we do have the emotion that we’re debating today mr. speaker you know I think is very timely and I’m glad to be able to stand and speak to it because we have the opportunity here to speak specifically to you know where we’ve come as a government honor the veterans file where we were before that and what we plan to see into the future and I guess I preface my comments on that by saying that there is in my opinion never enough that we can do for our veterans our veterans have given us the incredible quality of life that we’ve come to enjoy the ability to sit in this house and have these debates and and it’s because of them and because of of their their willingness to to go into other parts of the world and to give us this incredible opportunity that we are here today and that we have the amazing quality of life that we do and I should say mr.
Speaker you caught me off guard when I jumped up there to speak but I will be splitting my time today with the member from Winnipeg north the you know what I’d like to to talk about mr. speaker is is you know where we were with our veterans over ten years with the Conservatives and what they were actually able to do to the Veterans Affairs Affairs system writ large and how we saw diminishing services and supports for vets through the years so let’s you know start in in terms of of where the file a lot of the files have come so for example mr.
Speaker the reality is over 10 years the Conservatives looked at the Veterans Affairs Department as a place to cut costs in an effort to balance budgets which they in fact failed to do in almost every single year and some examples of that were killing the lifetime pensions for veterans closing 9 Veterans Affairs offices throughout the country and in fact it was the Auditor General who found that the previous Conservative government failed veterans noting the percentage of returned soldiers with mental health issues had actually increased six-fold between 2002 and 2014 the Conservatives slashed 900 jobs despite pleas from managers from various different departments in Veterans Affairs not to do that because of the impacts that that would have in delivering services to veterans the Conservatives clawed back nearly a billion dollars from the veteran Veterans Affairs generally speaking and in fact the courts ordered the Conservative government to pay 887 million dollars to vets the court mr.
Speaker had to order the concert previous Conservative government to pay bets but Mr Speaker we come to to where we are today and what we’re trying to do and of course when you look at the record and tend the tenures of the the failure of a decade perhaps we could call it when you look at the failure of a decade with the Conservative government as of related to veterans this isn’t something that you’re just going to flip the switch on and be able to bring back all the services immediately especially when you talk about the money that was stripped from the department the the employees that were fired and terminated from within the department but not only has this covered government worked in reestablishing the services that exists at 10 years ago but has also surpassed those services in many regards the service that our veterans provided to our nation is as I said earlier invaluable and this government understands that and there have been no costs that have been spared in rewarding their service for providing our veterans with the quality of life that they deserve so let’s talk about some of those things the accomplishments in the budget of 2016 we invested this government billion dollars to provide veterans with better financial security by increasing income replacement from seventy five percent to ninety percent of veterans promote pre-release salary and increasing the annual maximum pain and suffering compensation we reopened offices not only did we open reopen all nine offices that were closed in Corner Brook Newfoundland Brandon Manitoba Sydney Nova Scotia Kelowna BC Saskatoon Saskatchewan Charlottetown PEI Thunder Bay Ontario Windsor Ontario and Prince George BC we reopened all nine of those and then in addition to that opened another one in Surrey BC and expanded outreach which expanded outreach into the north the Veterans Affairs staff are now able to travel to territories into northern communities monthly to meet with veterans and their families some a little bit closer to home mr.
Speaker in Eastern Ontario of the nine offices that were reopened two of them were on in Ontario in Thunder Bay and Windsor we we’ve seen that the debris that the open reopened office and Thunder Bay has brought up to seven additional frontline staff to the province to improve the access to veterans the Thunder Bay office serves approximately 1700 veterans as well as enable approximately 70 veterans who work with case managers to meet with them in person some of the other things mr. speaker of the 900 staff that were terminated from Veterans Affairs 460 new staff have been brought on and and this government has a commitment to making sure that we can move from the 40 to 1 ratio of veterans to caseworkers to the 25 to 1 one is where the previous government left us 40 veterans for every caseworker and we’re moving and have made significant progress I believe we’re around thirty veterans per caseworker now and we are moving towards that twenty five to one ratio pensions for life we committed to bringing back pensions for life to make things simpler make services simpler and that’s exactly what’s been done veterans whose services whose service and sacrifice results in illness or injuries now get up to monthly tax-free pension for life of $1,150 veterans who are injured great who are greatly injured an impact on their quality of life can receive an additional $1,500 a month tax-free for life veterans whose injuries prevent them from finding gainful work will now get the income replacement benefit providing ninety percent of a veteran’s pre-release salary monthly index annually in addition to that I know I’m running at a time Mr Speaker we have provided various different other services for our veterans so I guess what I’m trying to say here mr.
Speaker is despite the fact of the political gaming with this particular issue and it is an extremely unfortunate one this government has been absolutely committed to to veterans and has not only been restoring what the concert’ previous Conservative government removed from veterans but as has been going above and beyond that I’m extremely proud of this government’s reputation on the veterans file and I look forward to continuing to work on this because as I said earlier there will never be enough that we can do for veterans and we must always strive to do more and better for those who gave us the incredible quality of life that we have Thank You mr. speaker best friends and comments the Honourable member for Kamloops Thompson caribou um you know Thank You mr. speaker and today the debate has been certainly concerning and very puzzling and it really revolves around this government’s response from the very beginning sometimes things happen that are very unusual and clearly clearly wrong and I want to go back to example when people heard that Clifford Olson was receiving OAS the immediate response of the prime minister was I’ve instructed the minister to look at what options are available to us rectify the situation because it should be rectified now it took a little while to make sure it was rectified in a way that didn’t have unintended consequences but it was recognized from the offset that this was wrong and then it needed to be rectified by what is it with the Liberals in this government that could have continued to try and defend and hide behind all sorts of ridiculous arguments in this particular case it’s wrong it should be rectified why are they not willing to go there for so many weeks the Honourable member for Kingston and the islands very much mr.
Speaker and I’m glad to get this question because the reality of this situation is it was the veterans charter in 2006 that the Conservative government brought in that extended benefits that extended benefits to the the surfing veterans families and the what it hadn’t been changed since 2011 but it was the extension of those benefits that actually enabled what happened in what they’re talking about in this motion in my opinion mr. speaker this house is about policy setting and we should create good policy if you want to have a discussion about what should be in that charter to trigger certain aspects of it to remove somebody’s ability to to to access the benefits and we should have that discussion we should have that policy debate but the reality of the matter is is that it was the Conservatives that brought in this piece of legislation that has enabled what what we’re here debating today questions and comments the Honourable member for New Westminster Burnaby thank you very much mr.
speaker and I’m certainly not going to defend the Conservatives record on Veterans Affairs but I think it’s a bit egregious for the Liberals to try to pretend they’re any better if we look at the ratio of caseworkers to veterans right now let’s take three cities Kingston one .
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