Free Trade Agreement Canada-Honduras

Ms. Laurin Liu (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I am happy to have this opportunity to speak to the bill to implement the free trade agreement between Canada and the Republic of Honduras. Contrary to what the Conservatives keep saying, the NDP has always been a strong supporter of fair trade. The NDP believes that Canada should pursue free trade agreements when such agreements benefit Canada. I have been a member of the Standing Committee on International Trade for a few months now, [...]

New Mandate of the National Research Council

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to have the opportunity to return to a question that I raised on February 14 concerning changes to the National Research Council Canada. The NRC is the former engine of scientific innovation in Canada, and it has been credited with an impressive number of discoveries, such as the pacemaker and various computer animation techniques. However, the Conservative government has decided to “reform” the NRC. In the past two federal budgets, it has allocated $188 million to [...]

National Research Council

Ms. Laurin Liu (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, NDP):    Mr. Speaker, behind the fine speeches, the Conservatives are waging war against science.  According to an internal survey, two out of three National Research Council employees are frustrated by the centre's new mandate. According to them, the Conservatives are wrong to give up public scientific research in order to focus strictly on meeting the commercial needs of industry.  Why are the Conservatives refusing to listen to their own scientists, [...]

Saint-Eustache Post Office

Ms. Laurin Liu (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, NDP):     Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives are continuing down their path of destruction, and this time they are attacking Canada Post. They are cutting home delivery service in urban areas, increasing rates and eliminating 6,000 to 8,000 jobs. Now I find out that effective March 4, the Saint-Eustache post office will become a postal service centre and that the number of client service employees will be cut. In short, people are being asked to pay more [...]

Transparency for Canadian Mining, Oil and Gas Corporations (C-474)

Ms. Laurin Liu (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, NDP):      Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak today in support of the principle of Bill C-474. It would require Canadian mining, oil and gas corporations to submit annual transparency reports that disclose all payments provided by them or their subsidiaries to a foreign government for the purpose of furthering mining, oil or gas industry activities. Under the bill, any corporation that fails to comply with this requirement is guilty of an offence [...]

Conservatives’ Attacks on Science

Ms. Laurin Liu (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, NDP):     Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives' attacks on science and knowledge are now targeting libraries.   Since 2012, dozens of departmental libraries have been closed down. Scientists, public servants and Canadians are losing access to very important documents. Canada has become a laughingstock around the world as a result of this unacceptable destruction of information.   Will the Conservatives stop preventing Canadians and scientists from accessing [...]

Transfer of the Experimental Lakes Area

Ms. Laurin Liu (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, NDP):      Mr. Speaker, as you can see, the Conservatives continue to govern with their blinders on.    We have recently learned that they hired an oil lobbyist to advise them on the transfer of the Experimental Lakes Area. These lakes are international scientific and environmental gems that do not exist anywhere else. The Conservatives do not care about the opinion of scientists. They think that the oil industry is much better suited to make decisions [...]


Ms. Laurin Liu (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, NDP):      Mr. Speaker, on January 28, 1988, the Supreme Court decriminalized abortion in Canada by striking down section 251 of the Criminal Code. Part of the ruling reads as follows: Forcing a woman, by threat of criminal sanction, to carry a foetus to term unless she meets certain criteria unrelated to her own priorities and aspirations, is a profound interference with a woman's body and thus an infringement of security of the person. The right [...]

e-Petitions (M-428)

Ms. Laurin Liu (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, NDP): Mr. Speaker, thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak to Motion No. 428 about e-petitions. This initiative was put forward by my NDP colleague from Burnaby—Douglas, a meticulous and effective parliamentarian, and a champion of democracy. I would like to begin by pointing out that the Conservative government has a very poor record when it comes to democratic participation. First, the Conservatives tried to prevent citizens from participating [...]

Conservative Senate scandal

Ms. Laurin Liu (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, NDP):     Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister said that Benjamin Perrin was not involved in a legal agreement, but the RCMP documents show that that is not true. The Prime Minister said that only Nigel Wright was aware of the agreement, but the documents show that that is not true.   How many times does the RCMP have to contradict the Prime Minister before he starts telling the truth? Mr. Paul Calandra (Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister [...]