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April 11th, 2017

Randall Garrison LGBTQ2 Rights Violations in Chechnya - 11-04-2017

Randall Garrison, Member of Parliament for Esquimalt - Saanich - Sooke and the NDP Critic for LGBT Issues rose in the House of Commons today during Question Period to ask the Government of Canada what it is doing to protect LGBTQ2 persons in light of what is happening in Chechnya.

April 4th, 2017

Randall Garrison Question on Iraq Mission Renewal

Randall Garrison, Member of Parliament for Esquimalt - Saanich - Sooke and the NDP Critic for National Defence rose during Question Period today to call on the Government to hold a debate and vote before any additional extensions on Canada's military role in Iraq after June 30, 2017.

March 20th, 2017

Randall Garrison Question on Southern Resident Killer Whales

Randall Garrison, Member of Parliament for Esquimalt - Saanich - Sooke, rose during Question Period to ask the government what actions it is taking to protect Southern Resident Killer Whales.

February 1st, 2017

Randall Garrison LGBT Refugees QP Question 02-01-2017

Randall Garrison, MP for Esquimalt - Saanich - Sooke and the NDP Critic for LGBT Issues, rose in Question Period today to ask the Minister about how the Government of Canada will respond to LGBT refugees affected by the ban imposed by American President Donald Trump's Executive Order.

December 2nd, 2016

Randall Garrison Question on Minister Carr's Comments on Military and Pipelines

02/12/2016 Randall Garrison (MP for Esquimalt - Saanich - Sooke and the NDP Critic for National Defence) asked during Question Period today for the government to respond to the comments made by the Minister of Natural Resources James Carr on using the Canadian military to defend pipeline construction in Canada.

November 30th, 2016

Randall Garrison Opposing Kinder Morgan for Impact on Southern Resident Killer Wales

30-11-2016 - Randall Garrison (Member of Parliament for Esquimalt - Saanich - Sooke) spoke in the House of Commons during Question Period today in objection to the Government's approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline because of its impact on Southern Resident Killer Whales.

May 10th, 2016

IN THE HOUSE: Question to the Minister of Justice

Mr. Randall Garrison (Esquimalt - Saanich - Sooke, NDP): Mr. Speaker, during the election, the Liberals promised to add gender identity to the human rights code and to the hate crimes section of the Criminal Code.

April 19th, 2016

IN THE HOUSE: Question to the Minister of Public Safety

Mr. Randall Garrison (Esquimalt - Saanich - Sooke, NDP): Mr. Speaker, 10 years ago the NDP passed a motion calling on the government to establish a compensation fund for fallen firefighters. The Liberals again promised this fund during the election, yet the Prime Minister spoke to the firefighters yesterday and failed to act on the public safety officer compensation fund. Firefighters are deeply disappointed. When will the Liberals honour this promise and set up this long overdue fund? How much longer will firefighters have to wait for a fund that will protect their families should they make the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the rest of us?

April 18th, 2016

IN THE HOUSE: Question to the Minister of National Defence

Mr. Randall Garrison (Esquimalt - Saanich - Sooke, NDP): Mr. Speaker, last week Candians were alarmed to discover that the Liberals' defence review included consideration of privatizing search and rescue. Now we have learned the Liberals are also reconsidering Canada's participation in the Star Wars missle defence scheme.

February 5th, 2016

IN THE HOUSE: Question To The Minister of National Defence

Mr. Randall Garrison (Esquimalt - Saanich - Sooke, NDP): Mr. Speaker, on page 71 of their platform, the Liberals promised, if they became the government, they would "end Canada's combat mission in Iraq."

February 3rd, 2016

IN THE HOUSE: Question To The Minister of Defence

Mr. Randall Garrison (Esquimalt - Saanich - Sooke, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the government promised to end the bombing mission in Iraq, yet it is still continuing. The government said it will come up with a new plan, and again Canadians are still waiting. When the Minister of National Defence was asked a simple question about whether there will be a vote in the House, yesterday he said, "You can't just answer yes or no."

February 2nd, 2016

IN THE HOUSE: Question To The Minister of Defence

Mr. Randall Garrison (Esquimalt - Saanich - Sooke, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Foreign Affairs is in Rome today to discuss the coalition's campaign against ISIS. In the 2015 campaign, the Liberals promised to end the bombing, yet it is 2016 and the bombing is still continuing. Today, the Liberal government is deiscussing its plans with our allies in Rome while at the same time refusing to tell Canadians anything.

November 8th, 2013

Garrison Stands Up For Veterans Pensions

Mr. Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, NDP): Mr. Speaker, on Remembrance Day Canadians will be taking time to reflect and to honour the service veterans have provided to all Canadians.

May 28th, 2013

Garrison Questions Public Safety Minister on CSIS Information Sharing

Mr. Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, NDP): Mr. Speaker, Canadians hoping for answers about the Jeffrey Delisle case got a whole lot of ducking and dodging from the Minister of Public Safety yesterday.

March 28th, 2013

Garrison Questions Government Funding to Private University

Conservatives failed three times to answer my question in House of Commons today about why the budget provides $6 m. of public money to the private Crandall University in Moncton which has a hiring policy banning employment of gays and lesbians. Either they didn't do their homework or worse the Conservatives knew and didn't care. And anyway, why is such a huge grant for infrastructure going to a private university at a time when public post-secondary infrastructure is crumbling?

March 18th, 2013

Garrison Questions Public Safety Minister on CBSA Reality Show

Mr. Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, NDP):

The minister has another outrage to answer for today as Canadians across the country are shocked that he personally approved filming immigration raids for reality T.V. This is not some episode of Cops. These are real people and real officers doing a dangerous job. Filming is exploitative and can put individuals in danger.

October 23rd, 2012

Question on Cyber Security Threats - October 23rd, 2012

Mr. Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the Auditor General's report is quite clear. Canada has had a lost decade when it comes to dealing with cyber security. Today's report concludes "monitoring the cyber threat environment has not been complete or timely".

June 18th, 2012

Garrison questions airport snooping tactics

Question in the House - July 18th, 2012

Mr. Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, NDP): Mr. Speaker, quietly without telling Canadians, Canada Border Services Agency has installed new surveillance equipment to eavesdrop on travellers in airports across the country. The Conservatives did this without even consulting the Privacy Commissioner, which they are required to do by law. As a result, we do not know how these recordings will be used and stored or how long they will be kept. We are all for making airports safer, but this will give the minister access to a mountain of private information. Will the minister tell the House how this blanket spying on Canadian travellers will make our airports or our borders more secure?

June 12th, 2012

Garrison Questions Conservative Cuts to CSIS Oversight

Mr. Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, NDP): Mr. Speaker, from dismantling fisheries protection to gutting public safety oversight, the Conservatives are still pressing ahead in their attempt to sneak through major changes disguised as a budget implementation bill. For example, clause 378 deletes the Office of the Inspector General of CSIS. To Conservatives, that is “strengthening oversight”. To Canadians, in plain language this means less civilian oversight for Canada's spy agency. Why are the Conservatives getting rid of oversight tools instead of strengthening them? Why is the minister so eager to shrug off his responsibilities to oversee CSIS?

May 31st, 2012

Question on RCMP Sexual Harassment

Mr. Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, NDP): Mr. Speaker, week after week, there are more and more revelations about sexual harassment in the RCMP.

May 9th, 2012

Garrison questions why the Public Safety Minister is ordering RCMP to not collect firearm data

Mr. Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, NDP): Mr. Speaker, we always support better mental health on this side, but we voted against the Conservative budgets because they did not get the job done.

May 1st, 2012

Question Regarding Emergency Preparedness

Mr. Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives do not like using evidence in decision-making but chopping Statistics Canada will not make the inconvenient facts go away.

April 24th, 2012

Question on Prison Closures

MONDAY, APRIL 23rd, 2012

Mr. Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, NDP): Mr. Speaker, it looks like this tendency to make it up as you go along is spreading along the front benches on the other side.