Entrepreneur: The Last Six Months
Of Federal Activity

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This is a computer-generated report that shows all of the federal activity with respect to the keyword "Entrepreneur" over the last six months. This is a demonstration of the power of our government relations automation software.

Hansard

House: 117 Speeches
Senate: 14 Speeches

House Senate

Bills

Active: 0

Regulations

Filed: 0
Proposed: 0

The House

Mr. Francesco Sorbara (Vaughan—Woodbridge, Lib.)

October 15th
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Government Orders

“...cations. It would also ensure that transfer pricing is done fairly.

My riding is blessed with entrepreneurs of all different stripes. The city of Vaughan has over 11,000 SMEs. We have some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country. I applaud their efforts. I meet with them regularly. I like to listen ...”

Mr. Tom Kmiec (Calgary Shepard, CPC)

October 15th
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Government Orders

“...Is this the way the member imagines the CRA should be behaving with our small businesses, small entrepreneurs and single moms who are just trying to make ends meet? With the rising cost of living,...”

Mr. Tom Kmiec (Calgary Shepard, CPC)

October 15th
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Government Orders

“...about it.

However, where are we talking about the wealth creation to get small businesses and entrepreneurs to start creating more jobs, to want to invest? We had the aborted attempt by the Mini...”

Mr. Tom Kmiec

October 15th
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Government Orders

“... dollars to hire more staff to hassle moms who need support or information from the CRA, as well as entrepreneurs and people who are just trying to find out what information the CRA needs so that they...”

Ms. Linda Lapointe (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, Lib.)

October 15th
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Statements by Members

“...he backbone of our economy and the strength of our communities. I am proud to come from a family of entrepreneurs and to have experienced what it is like to be an entrepreneur and to work very hard for customers, partners and employees. I am also very proud to have been president of a business association whose members were mostly small businesses.

Small businesses provide the goods and services we all need, and they create millions of jobs across the country. Few people work harder than small business owners. They deserve a government that also works for them. Our government has done a lot to help small businesses succeed. We recently lowered the small business tax rate to 10% and will lower it again next year to 9%.

I congratulate entrepreneurs and wish everyone a happy Small Business Week.”

Mr. Omar Alghabra (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade Diversification, Lib.)

October 5th
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Government Orders

“...le disputes that would guarantee them market access.

Mississauga is blessed with a culture of entrepreneurship. There are many entrepreneurs and innovators starting new businesses in technology and the financial industry sector. All those industries and entrepreneurs would also benefit.

The third dimension I want to talk about is people-to-people...”

Mr. Sven Spengemann (Mississauga—Lakeshore, Lib.)

October 5th
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Government Orders

“...: The Canadian economy does well when we invest in Canadians. The Conservatives failed to invest in entrepreneurship and innovation. We made those investments. They failed to invest in science and tec...”

Mr. Joe Peschisolido (Steveston—Richmond East, Lib.)

October 5th
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Statements by Members

“...d store, Function Junction junk store, Cannery Cafe and Steveston Water Taxi.

Ray came by his entrepreneurial spirit naturally. His grandfather opened the town's first barber shop back in 1945 a...”

Mr. Peter Schiefke (Vaudreuil—Soulanges, Lib.)

October 5th
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Statements by Members

“Mr. Speaker, small business owners are the innovators and entrepreneurs of our communities. In Vaudreuil—Soulanges, there are small innovative companies such as Cubix in Vaudreuil-Dorion, which organizes events of all sizes, Au Croissant 21 in Rigaud, which hires employees with various disabilities, and the Jorica family farm in Rigaud, which has invested in innovative dairy farming solutions.[English]

We also have entrepreneurs who recently launched small businesses, like Jessika Ménard at le Cozy Café in Hudson ...”

Mr. Kyle Peterson (Newmarket—Aurora, Lib.)

October 5th
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Oral Questions

“.... Speaker, in my riding of Newmarket—Aurora, like all of us, there are a number of successful women entrepreneurs. However, we know that women entrepreneurs face unique barriers and challenges. Fewer than 16% of SMEs are majority women-owned in Canada. Only 8.4% of women-owned businesses export, compared to almost 13% of men-owned. Women who own businesses have a much more difficult time accessing capital.

Could the Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion update the House on what she is doing to help support women entrepreneurs and to build a more inclusive and strong economy?”

Hon. Mary Ng (Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, Lib.)

October 5th
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Oral Questions

“...the economy is essential to Canada's competitiveness. That is why, last week, I announced the women entrepreneurship ecosystem fund. It is an up to $85-million fund that will strengthen and help women entrepreneurs succeed. This program will close gaps. It will make it easier for people to find the mentorship they need. It will help organizations better respond to the needs of women entrepreneurs and will produce the kinds of initiatives they have been asking for.

According t...”

Mr. Alupa Clarke (Beauport—Limoilou, CPC)

October 4th
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Government Orders

“...auport's network of business people. These business luncheons are attended by more than 60 Beauport entrepreneurs every two or three weeks. The next one is scheduled on Wednesday, October 10, at 7 a.m...”

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.)

October 3rd
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Oral Questions

“Mr. Speaker, small and medium-sized businesses, entrepreneurs and workers across Quebec and the rest of Canada are glad we have signed this agreemen...”

Mrs. Cheryl Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, CPC)

October 3rd
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Government Orders

“...est minister of international trade in decades, the hon. member for Abbotsford. Canada's consumers, entrepreneurs, farmers, miners and manufacturers will benefit under this agreement, thanks to the ha...”

Mr. Bob Saroya (Markham—Unionville, CPC)

October 1st
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Private Members' Business

“...economic and social framework of Canada. It is a thriving community with a strong work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Since 1992, Filipinos have consistently ranked first as independent im...”

Hon. MaryAnn Mihychuk (Kildonan—St. Paul, Lib.)

October 1st
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Private Members' Business

“...e a thriving community of professionals, health care workers, administrative workers, tradespeople, entrepreneurs and politicians, and are well integrated throughout Canadian society.

We see man...”

Ms. Jennifer O'Connell (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance (Youth Economic Opportunity), Lib.)

September 28th
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Oral Questions

“...rmly focused on investing in small businesses and ensuring that we create a competitive economy for entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. We have lowered small business taxes and taxes on the middle...”

Ms. Pam Damoff (Oakville North—Burlington, Lib.)

September 28th
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Oral Questions

“...n jobs and fills labour market needs. In my riding of Oakville North—Burlington, we see workers and entrepreneurs like Ancilla Ho-Young who have immigrated to our country and are making positive contr...”

Mr. Gord Johns (Courtenay—Alberni, NDP)

September 28th
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Government Orders

“...erce, and as the critic for the NDP on small business and tourism, I have had a chance to work with entrepreneurs, as well as be one. Entrepreneurs are often struggling just to make ends meet, just to make payroll or pay their supplie...”

Hon. Pierre Poilievre (Carleton, CPC)

September 28th
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Government Orders

“...on that in the 2017 tax year there will be probably be a one-time windfall of revenues from certain entrepreneurs and other Canadians as a result of reactions to government policies.

For example...”

Mr. Alain Rayes (Richmond—Arthabaska, CPC)

September 26th
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Private Members' Business

“...le province, passionate Canadians, proud members of first nations, local artisans, forward-thinking entrepreneurs, really passionate people from all over the province.

These precious moments tha...”

Hon. Maryam Monsef (Minister of Status of Women, Lib.)

September 24th
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Oral Questions

“...e when we do so, we will add $150 billion to Canada's economy over the next eight years. When women entrepreneurs succeed, they create jobs for our sons and daughters. When we support those entering S...”

Mr. Serge Cormier (Acadie—Bathurst, Lib.)

September 21st
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Statements by Members

“...ncouver, Ms. Albert LeBlanc was awarded the national prize in the retail category for excellence in entrepreneurship in the francophone community outside Quebec. She started her company, Singer LeBlanc Aspirateurs, over 45 years ago with her now late husband Armand. Her company sells, installs and repairs sewing machines, canister tank vacuums and central vacuums. She says that her secret to success is always treating clients the way she would want to be treated. Her children, Gino, Sonia and Mélodie, who are business owners themselves, accompanied her to Vancouver to accept her award.

We are all very proud of Raymonde, in her role as businesswoman, and of her family. We congratulate her on this well-deserved award and commend her for her extraordinary work in the community and for women entrepreneurs.”

Mr. Randy Boissonnault (Edmonton Centre, Lib.)

September 21st
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Private Members' Business

“... am very proud of my home province and my city of Edmonton. It is a place that values hard work and entrepreneurship. In fact, if people come to my riding of Edmonton Centre, they will see on one of t...”

Ms. Ruby Sahota (Brampton North, Lib.)

September 19th
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Private Members' Business

“...ulations in the world, and the Sikh community has become known for their compassion, work ethic and entrepreneurship.

The month of April holds particular significance to Sikhs, as it is the time...”

Mr. Raj Grewal (Brampton East, Lib.)

September 19th
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Private Members' Business

“...ng in the lumber mills in British Columbia. Today, Sikhs are doctors, engineers, teachers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, media personalities and even politicians. They have successfully established themselv...”

Ms. Pam Goldsmith-Jones (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Consular Affairs), Lib.)

September 18th
Hansard Link

Government Orders

“...ckbone of our economy and an engine of economic growth.

These provisions will ensure that our entrepreneurs and small businesses have access to information tailored to their needs, making it easy for Canadian companies to explore and navigate their way around CPTPP markets and prepare for their successful business ventures.

Through the efforts of the committee, as well as collaborative mechanisms, CPTPP signatories will be able to share best practices on how to support their businesses and to co-operate through seminars, workshops, and other capacity-building activities aimed at helping their businesses seize the opportunities created by the agreement.

The CPTPP will increase market opportunities for Canadian companies of all sizes and in all sectors and regions of the country. In the coming months, we will reach out to small and medium-sized enterprises across the country to ensure they have the knowledge and tools they need to take advantage of this historic agreement. At the same time, we will work to help Canadian SMEs to grow, expand their activities, increase their productivity and be innovative and export oriented so they can prosper and create good jobs for the middle class. (1210)

Asia is important to Canada and to our small and medium-sized enterprises. Indeed, that region's contribution to the global economy continues to grow and Asia's importance as a destination for Canadian exports has more than doubled.

The CPTPP is a cornerstone of our government's commitment to trade diversification. It will enable Canadian businesses to trade and invest in this dynamic and rapidly-growing region. Since Asia is a highly integrated and adaptable region, the benefits of CPTPP go well beyond access to new markets. This agreement will provide Canadian companies of all sizes with opportunities to enter into various regionally integrated value chains that are global in scope.

Ambitious agreements with high standards, such as the CPTPP, will help to strengthen the rules-based international system and its solid institutions, promoting global value chains and ensuring a level playing field that maximizes the benefits of trade for everyone.

By responsibly expanding our economic ties with our Asian partners, we are delivering on our promise to create economic growth opportunities that will benefit Canada's middle class. This agreement will create opportunities for Canadian entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises to expand their activities, prosper and create ...”

Ms. Linda Lapointe (Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, Lib.)

September 18th
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Government Orders

“...the spinoffs that this agreement will have in her riding, particularly for SMEs, but also for women entrepreneurs. That is a very important aspect.”

Ms. Pam Goldsmith-Jones

September 18th
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Government Orders

“Mr. Speaker, the opportunity for women entrepreneurs is a key aspect of the CPTPP. While I had the honour of serving as the parliamentary secretary to the minister of international trade, I spent quite a bit of time in countries like Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei and Singapore, convening round tables of women entrepreneurs. That has been very well received. Canada is seen as a leader in supporting women in s...”

Hon. Jim Carr (Minister of International Trade Diversification, Lib.)

September 17th
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Government Orders

“...ects the importance we attach to swift ratification of the new CPTPP so that our farmers, ranchers, entrepreneurs and workers from across the country can get down to the business of tapping new markets and bringing brand Canada to more corners of the world.

There has never been a better time for Canadians to diversify. As a trading nation we need to add to our list of customers and to the roster of our innovative, hard-working, entrepreneurial and ambitious sellers.

Today I am meeting with my counterpart from the United Kingdom. In the last two weeks I was in Israel, Thailand and Singapore. After the United States withdrew, Canada took the lead in March 2017, relaunching stalled talks for the old TPP and then working tirelessly to secure a deal that reflected not just the ambitions of the few but the dreams of the many.

This effort was in large part about driving real changes for the middle class who have not always seen their interests reflected in agreements. We changed the terms of trade protecting our intellectual property, our unique culture and we expanded access to a market of 500 million consumers covering 13% of global GDP.

The new CPTPP was renegotiated with a view to looking beyond the few current large exporters to those unaccustomed or ready for new markets, because while competition is a very healthy thing, if workers feel that their quality work going out the front door is undermined by weaker standards of work coming through the back door, support for trade suffers.

Bill C-79 is of critical importance to the Canadian economy. It is vital particularly for our agricultural sectors that are now, even as I speak, reaping the harvests that will soon be shipped to new markets. As we have said from the outset, Canada will be among the first six countries to ratify as long as the House and the other place recognize the opportunity this deal brings to countless hard-working Canadians and move swiftly to pass the bill.

Bill C-79 brings forward all legislative instruments required to ratify and implement the agreement. Other regulatory changes will also be required for Canada to ratify and that regulatory process will follow royal assent of the bill. This is not just a new trade agreement for Canada. This is a signal to the world that trade matters, that rules matter and we will not be drawn into the world of protectionism. This bill is a statement that we will seek out every opportunity and negotiate terms that benefit the middle class and those working hard to join it.

The bill also speaks directly to Canada's diversification imperative. As a middle power, we cannot afford the status quo and we cannot afford to wait for the world to come to us. Our competitiveness depends on opening more markets and making those markets more accessible particularly for small and medium-sized businesses.

On Friday we will celebrate another landmark trade agreement secured under this government, the first anniversary of the trade agreement with Europe, CETA. In just one year, business is booming. Last week we learned container traffic at the port of Montreal is already up year on year 20%. That is 20% more traffic in the made-in-Canada goods Canadians produce each and every day.

In addition to trans-Atlantic trade, we are expanding preferential access across our hemisphere moving forward on a free trade agreement our government initiated with Mercosur, including Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay and enhanced membership with the Pacific alliance, including Mexico, Peru, Chile and Colombia. With the new CPTPP, we extend our reach to the Pacific with an eye to the long term. We are, after all, a Pacific nation.

That is why reorienting and renewing what is now the CPTPP is so critical for us. Asia matters to Canada. Asia is home to the world's fastest-growing middle class. By 2030, nearly two-thirds of the world's middle class, estimated to be 3.5 billion people, will call Asia home. The CPTPP is a cornerstone for Canada's greater engagement with Asia-Pacific countries and solidly anchors Canada's place in the Asian market. (1205)

There are 10 new markets on offer: Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. That is a trading bloc representing close to 500 million people and 13.5% of global GDP. [Translation]

Under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, or CPTPP, consumers will benefit from lower prices and greater selection. Workers will also benefit from the creation of more good-quality jobs in all export sectors across Canada. (1210) [English]

The CPTPP translates to benefits for farmers and growers, fisher men and women, lumber jacks and jills, Bay Street and Main Street, miners and chemists, manufacturers and service providers. The CPTPP will also level the playing field for Canadian exporters staying even with competitors that already have preferential access to countries like Japan, the world's third largest economy. Last year our bilateral trade with Japan reached $29 billion; just imagine next year. The opportunities are enormous.

For example, the quality and beauty of Canadian wood is world renowned. In Japan, indeed throughout the Asia-Pacific region, the environmental and structural benefits of wooden construction are being embraced, including plans for a 1,048-foot wooden skyscraper. The home for the world's current tallest wooden building is here in Canada, a residential structure at the University of British Columbia. Incidentally, as Canada's minister of natural resources, I had the pleasure of cutting the ribbon on that project.

With the advent of CPTPP, market opportunities for Canada's forest products sector are inviting and impressive. Canadian high-tech companies like OpenText have been battling and succeeding in the ultra-competitive Asian markets for decades. The IP protections secured in the CPTPP will protect the investments these companies have made in Canada and allow them to compete and win in Asia.

We consulted extensively with Canadians for more than two years to get the agreement right. We fought hard on their behalf to make important changes, suspensions to certain articles or side letters with the full force of international law in areas such as intellectual property, investor-state dispute settlement, culture and autos.

The CPTPP also includes many other significant achievements. For example, financial service providers will benefit from enhanced investment protection and preferential access, including in Malaysia and Vietnam where commitments go far beyond what either country has offered in any FTA.

Through the government procurement chapter, Canadian businesses will be able to access open and fair procurement in all CPTPP markets. CPTPP parties will eliminate tariffs on over 95% of tariff lines, covering 99% of current Canadian exports to CPTPP markets, with the vast majority to be eliminated immediately upon entry into force of this agreement.

The CPTPP also addresses non-tariff measures that we know are prevalent and which create business uncertainty for our exporters. That includes the auto sector where we know non-tariff barriers have been a constant irritant. In addition, the chapter on state-owned enterprises and designated monopolies provides for rules to help ensure that state-owned enterprises operate on a commercial basis and in a non-discriminatory manner when making purchases and sales.

We did not stop there. The CPTPP also includes dedicated chapters on labour, the environment, small and medium-sized enterprises, transparency and anti-corruption. The labour chapter includes binding commitments to ensure that national laws and policies provide protection for fundamental principles and rights at work, including freedom of association, collective bargaining and the elimination of child labour and forced labour. When we relaunched stalled talks, these chapters were on ice. Now, both the labour and environment chapters are fully enforceable through the agreement's dispute settlement mechanism.

We reaffirmed our right to regulate in the public interest. We promoted labour rights, environmental protection, and conservation. We preserved cultural identity and diversity. We promoted corporate social responsibility, gender equality and indigenous rights. Canada is now poised to be the only G7 country with free trade agreements with all of the other G7 countries.

To realize that remarkable value proposition, diversification into new markets must be a national project to which every farmer, rancher, fisher, manufacturer, entrepreneur, business owner and innovator commits their efforts.[Translation]

I want to be very clear: diversification is a national priority. Diversification must be a project to which every farmer, rancher, fisher, manufacturer, entrepreneur, business owner, and innovator commits their efforts. (1215) [English]

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

June 14th
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Business of Supply

“...e reducing it to 9% next January 1. This represents savings of up to $7,500 a year to help Canadian entrepreneurs and innovators. (1100) [English]

The negative impacts of climate change are a challenge that governments must grapple with. We do so with the confidence that a strong economy and a clean environment go hand in hand. Canadians expect all governments to take serious action to grow the economy, protect the environment, and address climate change. We are taking action.

Putting a price on carbon pollution is central to Canada's plan to fight climate change and grow the economy. Carbon pricing is broadly recognized as one of the most effective, transparent, and efficient policy approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In December 2016, our government, along with most provinces and territories, worked with indigenous partners and adopted the pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate change. The framework includes a pan-Canadian approach to pricing carbon pollution, with the aim of having carbon pricing in place in all provinces and territories. The framework provides provinces and territories with the flexibility to implement their own carbon pollution pricing systems. They can choose between an explicit price-based system or a cap and trade system.

The member for Carleton keeps talking about price hikes. Let me reassure him that the direct cost of the actions in the pan-Canadian framework, including carbon pricing, is projected to be modest, particularly in comparison to the projected benefits. All direct revenues related to carbon pricing will be returned to the jurisdiction of origin. Of course, the precise cost will depend on the design of each provincial or territorial carbon pricing system.

To ensure that a fair price on carbon pollution is in place across Canada, our government has committed to implementing a federal backstop carbon-pollution pricing system. The backstop system would apply in provinces and territories that request it and in jurisdictions that do not have a pricing system in place that meets the federal standard by the end of this year. In such cases, the cost of carbon pollution in the federal backstop system will be set at $20 per tonne of emissions as of January 1, 2019, and the federal system will return direct revenues from the carbon price to the jurisdiction of origin.

That said, we cannot measure the cost of carbon pricing without also measuring its benefits. Those benefits are important, such as reducing air and water pollution and their harmful effects on human health and on the environment.

At the risk of repeating myself, a strong economy and a clean environment go hand in hand. That is why this year's budget proposed further measures to help grow a healthy and sustainable clean economy. For example, budget 2018 includes one of the most significant investments in nature conservation in Canadian history, more than $1.3 billion over five years. This will ensure that future generations can continue to hike in our forests and swim in our lakes and rivers. This will also allow us to enhance the protection of Canada's ecosystems, landscapes, and biodiversity, including species at risk.

Our government is also investing about $1 billion over five years to establish better rules for the review of major projects, an effort that, all at once, aims to protect our environment, rebuild public trust, and help create new jobs and economic opportunities. This builds on the other significant investments made since we took office. For example, budget 2017 included historic investments in green infrastructure and public transit as well as increased support for the Canadian clean-tech sector. Budget 2017 provided up-and-coming companies with increased funding in the form of business equity, working capital, and project funds.

The low carbon economy leadership fund, launched in 2017, is investing $1.4 billion in projects that will generate clean growth and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while creating jobs for Canadians for years to come. In Ontario, where the member for Carleton is from, almost $420 million will be invested to support Ontario's climate change action plan and help Ontarians contribute to fighting climate change.

In Alberta, where the member grew up, and I am sure where he has many friends, almost $150 million will be used to support provincial climate objectives. Alberta's projects will focus on helping Albertans, including farmers and ranchers, use less energy and save money. The province will also invest in restoring forests affected by wildfires.[Translation]

In Quebec, over $260 million will help expand action under the province's 2013-2020 climate change action plan. (1105) [English]

The list goes on, with projects in British Columbia, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. It is important to note that only provinces and territories that sign on to the pan-Canadian framework for clean growth and climate change are eligible for funding under the low carbon economy leadership fund.

I just spent a bit of time highlighting the measures announced in 2017 and 2018, but this really started in 2016. That year, our government launched a $1.5 billion national oceans protection plan to improve marine safety and responsible shipping, protect Canada's marine environment, and unlock new opportunities for indigenous and coastal communities.

So far, to combat climate change, our government has already allocated $5.7 billion over 12 years in support of the implementation of the pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate change. After years of inaction under the previous government, I think members would agree that this has been welcome news for Canadians.[Translation]

Pricing carbon pollution is the cornerstone of our efforts to combat climate change. We must reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and send a clear signal to entrepreneurs, industry, and investors that we are moving to a low-carbon future.

Carbon prici...”

Mr. John Barlow (Foothills, CPC)

June 14th
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Business of Supply

“... take advantage of those new market opportunities? We have also heard that for our producers, their entrepreneurial spirit is being crushed by no longer being eligible for the small business tax deduc...”

Mr. Francis Scarpaleggia (Lac-Saint-Louis, Lib.)

June 14th
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Business of Supply

“...lution from industry and use it to make stronger concrete.

This is the kind of innovation and entrepreneurship carbon pricing is designed to support. These kinds of technologies help protect our...”

Mr. Darren Fisher (Dartmouth—Cole Harbour, Lib.)

June 13th
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Statements by Members

“...bers strong, working together for our region.

Just last week, the Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship, known as COVE, officially launched in my riding of Dartmouth—Cole Harbour. COVE is...”

Mr. Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway, NDP)

June 13th
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Government Orders

“...est ways to consume cannabis and are the growing part of the market. This would allow Canadians and entrepreneur of businesses across the country to provide safe, regulated products to customers inste...”

Mr. Don Davies

June 13th
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Government Orders

“... other states in the union and jurisdictions around the world have done, the ability to support our entrepreneurs who can develop safe, healthy, high-quality products for the world is something we sho...”

Ms. Sheila Malcolmson (Nanaimo—Ladysmith, NDP)

June 12th
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Business of Supply

“...The Vancouver Island Economic Alliance has an annual summit. A few years ago, I talked to energy entrepreneurs at that conference in Nanaimo. They said the provincial and federal governments put more barriers in front of their business than anywhere they have seen or experienced in the world. We have local entrepreneurs trying to manufacture and sell on Vancouver Island and across Canada, but they are hav...”

Mr. Jonathan Wilkinson (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Lib.)

June 12th
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Business of Supply

“...g as a key step forward.

The 2017 Global Cleantech Innovation Index, which investigates where entrepreneurial companies are most likely to emerge over the next 10 years, ranked Canada fourth, up from seventh in 2014. Further, in January of this year, the Cleantech Group released a Global Cleantech 100 list. The list recognizes the clean-tech companies that are most likely to have significant market impact over the next five to 10 years.

Under the Harper government, Canada's share of the global clean-tech market shrunk by half. In partnership with the clean-tech industry, we have successfully turned this around. This year, a record 13 Canadian clean technology firms comprised the top 100. All the winning companies are clients of the Canadian trade commissioner service, and seven of the 13 companies are Export Development Canada customers.[Translation]

We know that is only a small sampling of the innovative clean technology companies that are doing amazing work every day across the country to create economic growth, and solve our most pressing environmental challenges. (1205) [English]

For example, in Montreal, GHGSat has developed the technology to monitor industrial greenhouse gas emissions using satellite technology. They launched their first satellite in 2016. In my own province of British Columbia, Carbon Engineering is developing a process to turn carbon dioxide in the air into a clean fuel. I could go on and on, speaking about all of the fantastic and innovative clean technology companies working across the country in so many industries and sectors of the Canadian economy.[Translation]

In order to ensure their continued success, we will continue to collaborate with all stakeholders and jurisdictions across Canada to meet our climate change commitments and bring innovative and competitive clean technologies to market.[English]

We have developed strong international linkages that promote Canadian technology as solutions to global challenges and attract private sector investment. This government is focused on scaling our great Canadian clean technology success stories, and in the process, helping to solve the world's most pressing environmental challenges.

As we move forward, the Government of Canada will continue to be a strong partner for clean technology producers. Our government is incredibly proud and impressed by the innovative work being done by the entrepreneurial women and men working in this sphere and we will continue to support them and their ...”

Mr. Nick Whalen (St. John's East, Lib.)

June 12th
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Business of Supply

“...te sector. The Breakthrough Energy Coalition, led by Bill Gates, Richard Branson, and other leading entrepreneurs, is investing in early stage companies to promote cleaner energy, improve the environm...”

Ms. Rachel Blaney (North Island—Powell River, NDP)

June 12th
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Business of Supply

“...rt them. We can see the increase in energy efficiency. We can tackle pollution and promote Canadian entrepreneurship and skills building in the trillion-dollar global clean energy economy.

It is...”

Mrs. Alaina Lockhart (Fundy Royal, Lib.)

June 12th
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Statements by Members

“...e as Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Tourism, I have been fortunate to meet Canadian entrepreneurs from coast to coast to coast.

These entrepreneurs start with just an idea: an idea that they know can be innovative, one that can solve a problem, one that can tap into new markets, or one that can help breathe new life into a community. Over the last two days, I have been lucky to spend time with 25 youth from across Canada who have the drive and the passion to be entrepreneurs.[Translation]

The Youth Can Do It! event, which wraps up today, brought them here to Ottawa to learn from Canadian business leaders. Their ideas, skills, dedication, and enthusiasm are inspiring.[English]

I hope all hon. members in the House will join me in recognizing the outstanding Youth Can Do It! young entrepreneurs, including the participants who are here with us today on the Hill.”

Mr. Robert-Falcon Ouellette (Winnipeg Centre, Lib.)

June 12th
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Business of Supply

“...arch Council, Canada's NSERC discovery grants.

We are providing financing to support Canadian entrepreneurs of clean technology firms and attracting new business investment in sectors like clean...”

Mr. Gord Johns (Courtenay—Alberni, NDP)

June 12th
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Business of Supply

“...today's workers and future generations.

In my riding, there are some hard-working, innovative entrepreneurs and indigenous communities that are leading the field of clean energy solutions. I will spend most of my time speaking about their work and experiences.

Hakai Energy Solutions, in Cumberland, B.C., is owned and operated by entrepreneur Jason Jackson. His company focuses on advanced solar energy integration. The company bu...”

Hon. Wayne Easter (Malpeque, Lib.)

June 11th
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Oral Questions

“Mr. Speaker, young entrepreneurs from across Canada are in Ottawa today to receive mentorship and to learn from business leaders. I am so pleased that one of those young entrepreneurs is Coltin Handrahan from my riding. He is aggressive, and he wants to build for the fu...”

Hon. Bardish Chagger (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, Lib.)

June 11th
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Oral Questions

“... support of the Business Development Bank of Canada and Futurpreneur, we are helping Canada's young entrepreneurs get the mentorship, skills development, and start-up financing they need to bring their ideas to market. Budget 2017 provided $14 million to Futurpreneur so it can help even more young entrepreneurs, almost half of whom are women. I would like to thank my colleague from Malpeque for his continued support of young entrepreneurs, including the shout-out to Coltin from his riding, founder of Golden Custom Clothing....”

Hon. Pierre Poilievre (Carleton, CPC)

June 8th
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Oral Questions

“...n absolutely everything. They both raised taxes. They both ran massive deficits. They both wrap our entrepreneurs in red tape, and they both dance to Gerald Butts' tune. The agenda of high taxes and b...”

Mrs. Cathay Wagantall (Yorkton—Melville, CPC)

June 6th
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Statements by Members

“...em with a carbon tax is that it takes the market out of the equation and undervalues innovators and entrepreneurs. The Liberal one-size-fits-all solution of taxing Canadians to bend their behaviour is demeaning and counterproductive.

In Saskatchewan, we value our environment and our economy through renewable energy, crop diversification, zero tillage, forestry management, and infrastructure planning, just to name a few. Saskatchewan is full of innovative people. Look at the modern farm equipment, all invented by farmers solving problems without government interference. Innovations like catalytic converters, carbon scrubbers, electric cars, and solar panels were neither invented by government nor inspired by taxes.

Entrepreneurs and researchers are our best resource to create solutions that everyday Canadians are ...”

Mr. Bryan May (Cambridge, Lib.)

June 5th
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Statements by Members

“...ng done by an exceptional non-profit. Since 1980, SHAD has provided an award-winning enrichment and entrepreneurial program that develops critical skills for young Canadians. SHAD builds leaders within our communities. Its program focuses on science, technology, and civic engagement.

A few alumni of this program include entrepreneur Michele Romanow, the youngest person to appear on Dragons' Den; Darlene Lim, a NASA sci...”

Mrs. Shannon Stubbs (Lakeland, CPC)

June 4th
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Government Orders

“...of Frog Lake is the story of Albertans and people across Canada. It is about aspirations, ambition, entrepreneurialism, and taking ownership of opportunities.

Sometimes I think my colleagues in ...”

Ms. Anita Vandenbeld (Ottawa West—Nepean, Lib.)

June 1st
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Statements by Members

“...noured to cut the ribbon at the opening of Algonquin College's new Discovery, Applied Research, and Entrepreneurship building, or DARE, and its Centre for Indigenous Entrepreneurship district. It will include the college's new library, a learning centre, an indigenous commons, and a cybersecurity centre, making it, as forward-thinking college president Cheryl Jensen would say, “a truly collaboratory space”.[Translation]

It will be home to new training and test facilities for high-demand job sectors, a multimedia production facility, expanded applied research and innovation programs, and an area dedicated to indigenous entrepreneurship. [English]

The federal government invested $21.9 million through its post-sec...”

Mr. Terry Duguid (Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women, Lib.)

May 31st
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Government Orders

“...ness, and we want to ensure it stays that way. We know low and competitive tax rates allow Canada's entrepreneurs to invest in their businesses and create even more good, well-paying jobs. That is why we cut the business tax rate to 10% this past January. It will fall even further next January, to 9%.

By this time next year, the combined federal-provincial-territorial average income tax rate for small business will be 12.2%, the lowest in the G7 and the third lowest among members of the OECD. This will mean up to $7,500 in federal corporate tax savings per year to help Canadian entrepreneurs and innovators do what they do best, create jobs. That is good news for Canadian busin...”

Mr. Terry Duguid

May 31st
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Government Orders

“...er five years for a gender-based violence strategy; $200 million over five years; support for women entrepreneurs and women in the trades.

We are on the march, and we should be advancing gender ...”

Mrs. Rosemarie Falk (Battlefords—Lloydminster, CPC)

May 31st
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Government Orders

“...o the carbon tax. This is in addition to the increased CPP and EI premiums, higher income taxes for entrepreneurs, and punitive changes to the small business tax rate. While we consider these higher c...”

Mr. Dan Vandal (Saint Boniface—Saint Vital, Lib.)

May 31st
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Government Orders

“...vest in our communities. Out of this new commitment, $35 million will be allocated to the new women entrepreneurship strategy. This new strategy is part of the government's commitment to increasing th...”

Mr. Dan Vandal

May 31st
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Government Orders

“...Moreover, the budget for the western diversification program includes $35 million for a women's entrepreneurship strategy. It is very important to our government.”

Hon. Denis Paradis (Brome—Missisquoi, Lib.)

May 31st
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Statements by Members

“...oday's event will serve to advance a number of projects in Brome—Missisquoi. Our region boasts many entrepreneurs, visionaries, and engaged individuals who want to contribute to the prosperity of our ...”

Mr. Richard Hébert (Lac-Saint-Jean, Lib.)

May 30th
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Statements by Members

“...ginally from the community of Mashteuiatsh, Ms. Paul used her background in both social service and entrepreneurship to establish many business partnerships that make use of indigenous knowledge and address social problems by providing high-quality jobs.

For her outstanding work and proactive leadership, Ms. Paul was awarded the young entrepreneurs award on April 27 by the Conseil du patronat du Québec.

As a humanitarian and a ...”

Ms. Sheila Malcolmson (Nanaimo—Ladysmith, NDP)

May 28th
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Private Members' Business

“...elp innoculate us against the impacts of climate change, and employ young people who demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit, it is such a pleasure to stand up to laud some of the successes in my riding...”

Mrs. Celina Caesar-Chavannes (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development, Lib.)

May 25th
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Oral Questions

“...e OIF. Ms. Jean actively promotes Canadian priorities, such as gender equality and youth and female entrepreneurship.”

Mrs. Celina Caesar-Chavannes (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development, Lib.)

May 25th
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Oral Questions

“...of the OIF.

Ms. Jean actively promotes Canadian priorities there, such as gender equality and entrepreneurship among youth and women. The current rules overseeing financial management—”

Mr. Matt Jeneroux (Edmonton Riverbend, CPC)

May 25th
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Routine Proceedings

“... the budget also included $21.5 million to create a team within the federal government to work with entrepreneurs and help them develop strategies for using intellectual property and expanding into in...”

Mr. Terry Beech (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Lib.)

May 25th
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Routine Proceedings

“Mr. Speaker, before I came to this place, I worked most of my professional career in entrepreneurship and education. Even when I was doing education, I was teaching entrepreneurship or innovation. This is a very important subject and very dear to me.

As the m...”

Mr. Murray Rankin (Victoria, NDP)

May 25th
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Routine Proceedings

“... be commercialized and should be commercialized. It troubles and pains me that so many of our young entrepreneurs think there is no sense in trying to commercialize it in this country and that they should just go down to Silicon Valley or Boston or maybe Ireland, which has become such a high-tech sector in and of itself.

That should not be the future of Canada. We need to keep the best and the brightest who make these discoveries, so we need to provide the protection of intellectual property that is needed to keep them in this country, where they create jobs and a better future for us and our children and grandchildren.

That recommendation deserves some emphasis.

Recommendation 5 reads like this:

...that the Government of Canada consider launching a pilot program designed to provide small businesses access to strategic intellectual property advice.

That will be a challenge thrown directly to the Government of Canada, which I hope they will take up as a pilot project.

The last one that I will focus on is that the committee recommends:

...that the Government of Canada study the opportunity to renew and expand funding allocated to programs supporting technology transfers between post-secondary institutions, (universities, colleges and polytechnics), and Canadian enterprises.

It is abundantly clear that the committee gets it and sees the incredibly important need. However, forgive me if I focus this debate on the community with which I am most familiar, Victoria.

I confess a lot of Canadians do not understand it and have a very unfortunate stereotype about what our community is, thinking of it perhaps as a retirement centre, a government centre, and so forth. That is why I think Canadians need to understand that greater Victoria's technology sector is now a $4-billion industry, making it the largest industry in the capital regional district. It is $4 billion. It is the largest industry. I think that will come as a surprise to Canadians. It has been that way since 2007, when it quietly moved up the ranks and hit $1.6 billion. According to recent studies, for every high-tech job, four other jobs are created. (1250)

Here I need to do a shout-out to Mr. Dan Gunn, who deserves a lot of credit for that. He heads up the Victoria Innovation Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council, which uses an enormous number of very amusing and engaging techniques to engage the young members of that burgeoning high-tech community. He deserves credit for putting it together, creating that umbrella, having fun with people, getting them to collaborate informally at what they call “Fort Tectoria” on Fort Street, and has helped to turn the downtown area into what San Francisco calls “the mission district”, full of entrepreneurs and young people.

A long time ago the Liberal government of British Columbia mov...”

Mr. Murray Rankin

May 25th
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Routine Proceedings

“...ialize them there. However, the problem that often arises is more complicated. I have heard so many entrepreneurs tell me that they do not want to go to the United States because there is not a health care system they can afford or depend upon, and they look with pride to the health care system that Canada has. Yes, there are lower taxes, and I do not think that is going to change any time soon, but there are other quality of life factors.

I can speak to my riding of Victoria. When Mr. Gunn sells a high-tech company on relocating to Victoria, he tells me that he is often selling the sizzle and not the steak—that is, he is selling the fact that the quality of life in our community is so extraordinary that people want to live there, even though it might be a little more expensive with taxes, even though they might make a little less, because they have to think of families and so forth. That is the first point.

The second point is new Canadians. When I think of the brain drain from developing countries to the United States and Canada, increasingly those people are not interested in going to the United States, for reasons I need not explain to the House. As a consequence, we could be the beneficiaries of those brains, of that entrepreneurial zeal. Do not get me wrong: we have done a good job, and I am proud of our record wit...”

Hon. Pierre Poilievre (Carleton, CPC)

May 25th
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“...ations just described will be unfolding. I do not think Liberal MPs will want to meet landlords and entrepreneurs who have lost tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands, of dollars of their net worth because somebody used their property as a grow op without their permission. Let us stand up for our entrepreneurs; let us stand up for the pensions of private individuals who are trying to save for th...”

Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau (Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Lib.)

May 24th
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Oral Questions

“...portant to Canadians such as defending human rights, defending women's rights, and supporting women entrepreneurs and young entrepreneurs.

The International Organisation of La Francophonie needs to modernize its financ...”

Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau (Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Lib.)

May 24th
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Oral Questions

“...t and most vulnerable, particularly in African countries and in Haiti, to encourage women and young entrepreneurs. We should be proud of this organization.”

Ms. Brigitte Sansoucy (Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot, NDP)

May 11th
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Statements by Members

“... international scenes in both sports and agriculture.

Mr. Laflamme, a well-known agricultural entrepreneur, has been a long-time advocate for and ardent defender of supply management. His effort...”

Mrs. Cathy McLeod (Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo, CPC)

May 10th
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Statements by Members

“...s new role. These are the same distinct qualities that brought her success as an Olympian and as an entrepreneur. Nancy has clearly made her mark on Parliament Hill. Whether it was fighting to preserv...”

Mrs. Shannon Stubbs (Lakeland, CPC)

May 10th
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Statements by Members

“...da's Conservatives stand with Israel under attack by Iran.

Israel's people are innovative and entrepreneurial, pioneers of technological advances that help millions every day. With countless ach...”

Mr. Jamie Schmale (Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock, CPC)

May 9th
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Statements by Members

“...ike to extend my congratulations to Kavtek and Percheron Plastic for winning the recent Bears' Lair Entrepreneurial Competition in Peterborough.”

Mr. Jean Rioux (Saint-Jean, Lib.)

May 9th
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Statements by Members

“...evelopment of our ridings depend entirely on the engagement of the people who live there.

Our entrepreneurs' determination and especially their perseverance are key drivers of economic activity....”

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.)

May 9th
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Oral Questions

“...peaker, I thank the member for Sudbury for his question and for his work.

We support Canadian entrepreneurs by helping them access capital and gain technical expertise. The Canada Trailblazer Fu...”

Mr. Francesco Sorbara (Vaughan—Woodbridge, Lib.)

May 8th
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Business of Supply

“...ered by a carbon-pricing mechanism.

We know that low and competitive tax rates allow Canada's entrepreneurs to invest in their businesses and create even more good, well-paying middle-class jobs. That is why we cut the small business tax rate to 10% this past January. It will fall even further next January to 9%. By this time next year, the combined federal, provincial, territorial average income tax rate for small business will be 12.2%, the lowest in the G7 and the third lowest among members of the OECD. This means that enterprises in my riding will see up to $7,500 in lower federal corporate income tax per year. This will help Canadian entrepreneurs and innovators do what they do best, which is create jobs. I note that 600,000 of them...”

Mr. John Aldag (Cloverdale—Langley City, Lib.)

May 4th
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Statements by Members

“...nesses will want to hear this.

The Downtown Langley Business Association is inviting aspiring entrepreneurs across B.C. to enter a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win a prize valued at over $1...”

Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau (Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Lib.)

May 4th
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Oral Questions

“...to school, giving them full access to sexual and reproductive health services, and supporting women entrepreneurs.

By involving women and girls, we can create a fairer, more inclusive, and more ...”

Hon. Catherine McKenna

May 1st
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Business of Supply

“... taking public transportation. Women can make investments in clean innovation. We want to see women entrepreneurs succeed in the clean-growth century.

As a mom, I know that we need to take actio...”

Mrs. Cheryl Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, CPC)

May 1st
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Business of Supply

“...s four continents over the course of 22 months. The New Fire follows a group of young engineers and entrepreneurs who are developing advanced nuclear technology while working to overcome long-standing...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

May 1st
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Business of Supply

“...d Economic Development Canada.

The Business Development Bank of Canada serves 49,000 Canadian entrepreneurs and has committed $29 billion to small and medium-sized businesses. We are redoubling ...”

Mr. Tom Kmiec

April 30th
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“...celled.

We weep for those thousands of energy jobs that are gone. How many companies or young entrepreneurs were thinking they had new interesting projects they would like to proceed with? How m...”

Mr. Tom Kmiec

April 30th
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Government Orders

“Madam Speaker, the simple and easy answer is to leave it to companies, people, and entrepreneurs to innovate and find solutions to problems out in the real world. When we come before ...”

Ms. Julie Dzerowicz (Davenport, Lib.)

April 30th
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Statements by Members

“...ers of TD Bank's 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians award. They are neuroscientists, musicians, entrepreneurs, professors, cancer researchers, and more, and they reflect the extraordinary diversit...”

Mr. Steven MacKinnon (Gatineau, Lib.)

April 27th
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“...e Canadian Construction Association at Meech Lake. These meetings were an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs and subcontractors to express their views on the issue and on the progress made.

..”

Mr. Jean Rioux (Saint-Jean, Lib.)

April 27th
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Statements by Members

“...ment. Marina St-Tropez was given a special mention for the enthusiasm of three generations of women entrepreneurs. It is with emotion and pride that I also congratulate a former student, Steve Trinque, for being named business person of the year.

The riding of Saint-Jean can count on the talents of young entrepreneurs like Tommy Duval, organizations like Centre de partage communautaire Johannais, and bu...”

Mr. Terry Duguid (Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women, Lib.)

April 27th
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Oral Questions

“...eave options. We are tackling gender-based violence and sexual harassment. We have introduced a new entrepreneurship strategy for women. We are doing good work, and there is much more work to do.”

Hon. François-Philippe Champagne (Minister of International Trade, Lib.)

April 27th
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Oral Questions

“... ratification.

I urge all members in this chamber to work with us to do that, because we have entrepreneurs, we have farmers, we have fishers in each and every one of our ridings in Canada who w...”

Mr. Gérard Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent, CPC)

April 25th
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Private Members' Business

“...my located in Beauce, home to an MP whom I know quite well and am quite fond of. Beauce's spirit of entrepreneurship is also what drives the free market. Mr. Dutil publicly stated that he did not beli...”

Ms. Brigitte Sansoucy (Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot, NDP)

April 24th
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Business of Supply

“...ylum seekers who crossed the border irregularly had a successful board hearing. In Saint-Hyacinthe, entrepreneurs are telling me that these people are helping them meet labour requirements. They are h...”

Mr. Doug Eyolfson (Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia—Headingley, Lib.)

April 24th
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Statements by Members

“...his month, Equal Opportunities West received $450,000 from Western Economic Diversification to help entrepreneurs with disabilities succeed and thrive.

I want to share with the House that I will...”

Mrs. Cathy McLeod (Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo, CPC)

April 24th
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Statements by Members

“...nt smile on her face, a laugh that would brighten the room, and a passion for politics. She was an entrepreneur, an avid athlete, and a dedicated worker whose faith guided her throughout her life.

Hon. Jim Carr (Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.)

April 23rd
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Oral Questions

“...r. Speaker, it is unfortunate that the member, who is from Alberta, has so little confidence in the entrepreneurship of Albertans and the capacity of Albertans to innovate. It was their innovation tha...”

Ms. Pam Damoff (Oakville North—Burlington, Lib.)

April 23rd
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“...ted the Minister of Small Business and Tourism at a round table in my riding with a group of female entrepreneurs. We heard about the need for resources to help them scale up their businesses. Therefore, I am thrilled that budget 2018 would help women entrepreneurs do just that, with the new women entrepreneurship strategy.

Budget 2018 would also commit $50.4 million over five years to addr...”

Mr. Terry Duguid (Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women, Lib.)

April 19th
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Government Orders

“...or Western Economic Diversification, there is an additional $185 million, and $35 million for women entrepreneurs alone. I wonder if the hon. member could comment on his regional development agency in...”

Ms. Julie Dzerowicz (Davenport, Lib.)

April 19th
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Government Orders

“... allow Canadian workers to transition.

We have put in quite a bit of money, $2.6 billion, for entrepreneurship. We want to make it easier for Canadians to do business and for entrepreneurs to more easily access the resources they need to innovate, scale up, create jobs, and reach customers around the world.

I will mention a couple of other things. We are spending some additional dollars, almost $2 billion, to support women-owned businesses, which I think is wonderful, and a whole bunch of programs that are going to help companies innovate and expand right across this country and around the world. We are very proud of that.

I want to move on to the next section, which was at the top of the list in my pre-budget consultations for 2018 in Davenport. People who came out let me know that Canada cannot achieve its potential if 50% of the population is held back. As members know, we have put quite a bit of money into making sure that women have an equal opportunity to succeed in whatever areas they want moving forward. The government is putting gender at the heart of its decision-making and working to help support women and girls, reduce the gender wage gap, and increase the participation of women in the workforce, which will help with economic growth for all Canadians. I am sure members have heard this many times before, but we are very proud of it. It is high time we put some significant money into these areas. (1135)

We are finally introducing our gender wage gap legislation, which will be introduced this fall. I was part of that committee. We named the report “Action Now”, because we knew it was a long time coming. Finally, at the federal level, we will ensure that we have pay equity nationally.

We are also putting quite a bit of money into helping women enter the trades and succeed in the trades. There is $20 million over five years for an apprenticeship incentive grant for women. We will see how successful it is and whether we need to put in more money moving forward.

There are a whole bunch of other initiatives around women in the workforce. I mentioned the entrepreneurship program, which would encourage and support more women when starting up and trying t...”

Mr. Wayne Long

April 19th
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Government Orders

“...ad. I take no lessons from members opposite about fiscal responsibility and balance.

I was an entrepreneur. My background was sports and small business. I understand the importance of balanced b...”

Hon. Jim Carr (Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.)

April 19th
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Oral Questions

“...ll of the time. We have confidence in the future of the Canadian economy. We have confidence in the entrepreneurship of Albertans and their capacity to innovate, which has led Canada for decades, and ...”

Hon. Jim Carr (Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.)

April 19th
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Oral Questions

“...members of the Conservative Party in Alberta do not have more confidence in their own province, the entrepreneurs and innovators, whose innovations were the reason we were able to extract that wealth....”

Ms. Gudie Hutchings (Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Tourism, Lib.)

April 19th
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Oral Questions

“Mr. Speaker, as a former small business owner and operator, I know how important women entrepreneurs are, not only to the economy in my riding of the Long Range Mountains, but to my province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and to our entire country.

I would like to take this opportunity to ask the Minister of Small Business and Tourism what steps our government is taking to help encourage more women to be their own bosses and become successful entrepreneurs.”

Hon. Bardish Chagger (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, Lib.)

April 19th
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Oral Questions

“...s potential for our economy. In budget 2018, we committed almost $2 billion to the first-ever women entrepreneurship strategy. This strategy will help women grow their businesses through greater acces...”

Hon. Maxime Bernier (Beauce, CPC)

April 19th
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Government Orders

“...s soon as possible. I also hope the Minister of Finance understands the situation in which Canadian entrepreneurs are being forced to operate and can assure them of a brighter future.”

Ms. Mary Ng (Markham—Thornhill, Lib.)

April 19th
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Private Members' Business

“...at support a modern, innovation economy. (1615)

The government's support for innovators and entrepreneurs is essential to achieving the goals set out in the innovation and skills plan to build an economy that works for everyone, an economy where Canadians have access to high-quality jobs and where Canadian businesses are well placed to compete in a rapidly evolving and competitive global marketplace.

Despite what the member opposite who has tabled this bill claims about this kind of support, the government is not in the business of corporate welfare. Rather, the government's support for innovative projects and collaborations helps Canadian firms enhance research and development activities, which benefits Canadians and Canada by generating investment, developing new technologies, and enhancing Canadian innovation capacity and expertise.

From the development of new clean technologies to the scaling up of small businesses, the government supports entrepreneurs and researchers working in various sectors of the economy who demonstrate the potential to drive forward Canada's innovation economy. The government will continue to support cutting-edge research that drives innovation and the development of new products and services for global consumers.

This is just one of the many ways the Government of Canada is working toward creating a competitive business environment that will benefit all Canadians and also attract investment. We have made significant strides in advancing this ambitious plan to strengthen the middle class, create jobs, and ensure a clean and inclusive future for all Canadians.

Just recently, we successfully announced the selection of five innovation superclusters. Small and medium-sized enterprises, large companies, academic institutions, and not-for-profit organizations will work together to advance Canada's technological capabilities.

We are also simplifying the way we support innovators with the creation of Innovation Canada to serve as a single point of contact for entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses and as a gateway to government programs and services. The government provides a broad level of support to businesses looking to scale up, expand into new markets, and develop technologies to grow an innovation economy.

Governments should not be compromising sensitive commercial information that would undermine the competitiveness of those firms or Canada's attractiveness as a place to invest. The new, proactive disclosure requirements the government has put in place already strengthen the oversight of the use of public resources without creating a disincentive for businesses to get the help they need to benefit Canadians.

Bill C-396 would impede the government's efforts to better support innovation and entrepreneurship in Canada. Strong collaboration between ISED and the business community is essentia...”

Hon. Jim Carr (Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.)

April 18th
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Oral Questions

“.... Thousands of jobs have been created over the last number of months, and we are confident that the entrepreneurship and the innovation genius of the people of Alberta will grow.

Some hon. membe...”

Hon. Jim Carr (Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.)

April 18th
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Oral Questions

“...ty, many of whom are from Alberta, do not have confidence in Alberta's capacity to innovate and the entrepreneurship of Albertans. It was the very innovation of entrepreneurs in Alberta that unlocked the key to these vast resources. We have confidence in the entrepreneurship of Alberta. It is very surprising that members opposite do not.

Some hon. mem...”

Mr. Terry Duguid (Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women, Lib.)

April 18th
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Government Orders

“...ill help reduce the gender wage gap and support women's economic empowerment.

The new women's entrepreneurship strategy, which I hope all of us in this place will support, will help women entrepreneurs grow their businesses through access to financing, talent, networks, and expertise. (1545)

The strategy will help break down barriers to growth-oriented entrepreneurship, including new direct funding from the regional development agencies targeted to women entrepreneurs, mentorship, and skills training, as well as targets for federal procurement from wome...”

Ms. Ruby Sahota (Brampton North, Lib.)

April 18th
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Government Orders

“...s me, given that Brampton North covers just 36 square kilometres. We should never underestimate the entrepreneurial spirit of Bramptonians, and indeed of all Canadians. That number should tell us just...”

Ms. Kamal Khera (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue, Lib.)

April 18th
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Government Orders

“...can grow, find new customers, and access more opportunities.

Balbir is an extremely motivated entrepreneur with a passion for teeth as a dental hygienist. Some members of the House may have seen her on the last season of CBC's Dragon's Den, discussing her mobile dental hygiene practice. Through budget 2018, we would make more capital available for women entrepreneurs, like Balbir, so many more women can take their businesses to the next level.

Th...”

Ms. Kim Rudd (Northumberland—Peterborough South, Lib.)

April 18th
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Government Orders

“Mr. Speaker, I heard an earlier speaker talk about SMEs. I am an entrepreneur, and as an entrepreneur and a woman, I appreciate so many of the measures in the budget that support women and ...”

Ms. Kamal Khera

April 18th
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Government Orders

“...renting, and in tackling gender-based violence and sexual harassment. We are also introducing a new entrepreneurship strategy for women.

As I stated earlier in my speech, and as studied by Macke...”

Mrs. Celina Caesar-Chavannes

April 17th
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Routine Proceedings

“...et was focused on.

We talked about equality, and the fact that if we give women tools such as entrepreneurship tools and parental leave, tools that give them the opportunity to reach their full ...”

Mr. Rémi Massé (Avignon—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia, Lib.)

April 17th
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Routine Proceedings

“...en the economy is doing so well that there is a labour shortage. That is what I am hearing from the entrepreneurs that I talk to. How can we support them even more? Of course, implementing the measure...”

Hon. Jim Carr (Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.)

April 17th
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Oral Questions

“...ustainably developing our resource on GHG emission and reductions as a result of the innovation and entrepreneurship.

We on this side of the House place an awful lot of stock in the innovation and entrepreneurship of business leadership in Alberta. We wish members opposite shared our optimism.

Hon. Pierre Poilievre (Carleton, CPC)

April 16th
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Private Members' Business

“... to get off disability assistance?” She replied, “Die”.

That is not just the experience of an entrepreneur talking to government; that is the insight of Canada's former chief statistician, Dr. M...”

Mrs. Shannon Stubbs (Lakeland, CPC)

April 16th
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Private Members' Business

“...through work and volunteerism. They should not be penalized for meaningful employment or profitable entrepreneurialism, and for their efforts to advance and support themselves. All of them, those who could work and those who could not, also contributed to my life, my perspective, and my well-being in ways I am sure they never knew.

In Lakeland, the Vegreville Association for Living in Dignity is a not-for-profit association that helps support people with developmental disabilities to have opportunities for success and personal growth by promoting the development of communication and cognitive and motor skills through participation in work and in many initiatives and events in the community.

VALID has long-standing partnerships with businesses for employment positions, and with charities for volunteer activities in Vegreville. For more than 20 years, VALID's program with the immigration case processing centre secured work placements for three to five, and sometimes more, disabled people every year. These opportunities will soon be taken away from workers with disabilities in CPC Vegreville because despite an outpouring and herculean effort to stop it by employees and their families, union reps, and elected representatives at all levels and of all parties in Alberta, and right across the country, the Liberals are closing the office in September 2018.

That closure will eliminate hundreds of much-needed jobs in Vegreville, with wide-ranging and significant economic and social consequences for the town and region. The Liberal closure will end decades of consistent and predictable employment opportunities for adults living with disabilities in and around the town and end all fundraising by the employee champions for local charities and not-for-profit associations that help the disadvantaged, needy, and vulnerable through their contributions to workplace charitable campaigns.

The immigration department said that the new office in Vegreville would accommodate 312 employees, only a maximum addition of 32 positions. Vegreville could have expanded for them and for more jobs or placements for people with disabilities.

It is a huge loss that was imposed with no consultation and no economic impact assessment. The cost study the Liberals hid for a year showed it would cost millions more. Nothing ever actually prevented them from opening an office in Edmonton. They have never proven the case why the Vegreville office has to be closed, not to the whole team of employees who consistently outperform targets and backstop other offices, not to the 76% of employees there who are women, and not to the people with disabilities who will no longer have opportunities for worthwhile and meaningful work there.

Canadians with disabilities should be able to exercise their talents, abilities, and ambition to pursue and attain employment and entrepreneurial opportunities when they can and want to. Governments should not penalize them for do...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

April 16th
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Government Orders

“...ffective January 1, 2019. This means up to $7,500 in federal corporate tax savings per year to help entrepreneurs and innovators do what they do best: create jobs. Lowering small business taxes should...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound

April 16th
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Government Orders

“... is true that I was in the member for Whitby's region. I was impressed by the dynamism of the local entrepreneurs and also the community members I met, who are very involved and shared their concerns ...”

Hon. Pierre Poilievre

April 16th
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Government Orders

“Mr. Speaker, the member from British Columbia is a great champion for entrepreneurship. He understands that entrepreneurship is about allowing people to produce prosperity for themselves, their families, and ...”

Mr. Francesco Sorbara (Vaughan—Woodbridge, Lib.)

April 16th
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Government Orders

“... the country.[Translation]

Our government initiated extensive consultations to make sure that entrepreneurs can continue to invest in and grow their business, but also to ensure that all Canadia...”


The Senate

Hon. Colin Deacon

October 4th
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Speech from the Throne Motion for Address in Reply—Debate Continued

“...munities. One of the main reasons is a failed connection between the researcher’s discovery and the entrepreneurs and other partners who can successfully apply that solution to meet a pressing need. If the research discovery is not connected to a specific customer and problem, then it’s the proverbial tree falling in the forest with no one there to hear. When it works, when you bring Canadian research out of the university lab to a stage where it’s actually applied, helping people in Canada and around the world, now that’s satisfying. That’s been my experience with BlueLight Analytics. I came across a seemingly minor discovery at Dalhousie University, but it provided a unique insight into a really big clinical problem in restorative dentistry. That’s the world of dental fillings and I know we all love those. You’ll be surprised to learn that there are more than $60 billion of fillings placed every year into North American mouths, but they’re only lasting a third as long as they did two decades ago. The problem isn’t the quality of the materials or the skill of the dentist, it’s the information available to the dentist at the chair side. Unbeknownst to the dentist, the blue light or the curing light used to cure those fillings in patients’ mouths — and many of you have had that done — often doesn’t deliver the correct energy. This is an invisible problem that has a big impact on patient care. At BlueLight we used our understanding of this problem to build a global business with customers in 35 countries. The talented team leading this work has expertise in dental materials, optics, machine learning, design thinking, the so-called “internet of things” and enterprise level sales. It started because of one small but important insight, but it is succeeding because it answers some very real problems faced by dental manufacturers and dentists. We were only able to commercialize the technology because we raised seed capital from angel investors and because this private equity enabled us to access important federal programs like ACOA, SR&ED and IRAP. I can personally attest to the importance of these federal programs for start-ups. They play a crucial role as Halifax and Atlantic Canada become a start-up hub, attracting investment from sophisticated investors in Europe, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Boston and even some pretty impressive groups in Upper and Lower Canada, as we say in the Maritimes. I’ll share one more story — about Kay MacPhee, a schoolteacher on Prince Edward Island, a single mother of two, one of whom was born profoundly deaf. Kay travelled across North America to learn the best techniques to teach her son to speak and read. In the mid-1970s, she stumbled upon the realization that those with dyslexia experienced tremendous improvements in their reading skills when she used the techniques that worked for hearing-impaired kids. This was a crucial discovery — a crucial insight. She developed a program called SpellRead, and it proved groundbreaking for people of all ages who were struggling to read. It actually worked. I first discovered SpellRead by chance, when it was a small program being taught to 25 students in Charlottetown. The company was so small at that time that their business cards didn’t even have an area code. We turned Kay’s knowledge into a scalable program, built a team, raised some equity and eventually expanded to 200 individual locations. The program was studied by leading U.S. researchers, written up in numerous publications and presented at the 2002 World Congress on Dyslexia. In all cases the researchers reported that SpellRead “closed the gap” in reading skills of severely reading disabled students as compared to their peers with normal reading skills. But what I saw week after week made the reports, clinical studies and high praise pale by comparison. I got to visit inner city schools in New York City, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and many other locations, and I got to meet these kids who struggled with reading and other significant barriers in their lives. It was deeply inspiring to watch kids in the SpellRead classes as their world started to open up before them. Whether in Grade 1, Grade 9 or an adult, the students needed no convincing as to the importance of learning to read, they just needed to be provided a program that worked. We all know the statistics — the high correlation between literacy skills, employment, economic success and good health. The impact of this innovation was truly priceless. But, again, the idea itself — in this case the SpellRead program — is of limited value without a sustainable business case. Without it, 25 students benefited. But with it, thousands of students in 200 locations, mainly in the United States, were able to benefit from the program. You will have noticed I said we were mainly in the United States. We tried and failed to interest Canadian schools in the program. As many of you know, Canada’s illiteracy rate is far too high and disproportionately affects our most vulnerable citizens. Illiteracy has been the subject of 50 years of federal and provincial studies, legislative efforts and shared programs yet the problem persists. Even this week, one of our colleagues spoke passionately about this important issue. I was more than pleased to realize that no fewer than five of my new colleagues — that I’m very glad to call my new colleagues — have spoken about the economic and social anchor of illiteracy in this chamber recently. I believe the problem persists because of how we have defined it. For example, in the House of Commons — or perhaps I should say “the other place” — there have been repeated efforts to pass a bill establishing a national literacy policy promoting appreciation of the importance of literacy. I believe that bill misses the boat. It’s focuses on the wrong problem. I’ve met hundreds of people who struggle with literacy but not one who lacked the desire to learn to read or awareness of its importance. Too often they avoid seeking help to avoid the pain of repeated failure. I think it’s fundamentally unfair to ask some of our most vulnerable citizens to try harder, unless we’re absolutely certain that we’re using effective, evidence-based instructional methods. As I say, that was the approach in the other place. This chamber took a different approach in the 2009 report from the Senate Social Affairs Committee, called Early Childhood Development and Care: Next Steps. It supported an evidence-based approach to reducing the risk of illiteracy and helping our most vulnerable citizens to succeed. It proposed using evidence-based programming to ensure that all children have effective foundational skills. You wouldn’t think that would be groundbreaking in 2009 but it was. From my perspective, the report connected the right problem to the right solution. SpellRead provided me with irrefutable evidence that the problem is never one of motivation; the problem is that our current teaching methods aren’t working for too many kids. Students aren’t failing; we’re failing students. Colleagues, I hope you see why I am so passionate about start-ups. They’re about so much more than just technology. They’re about helping real people to solve real problems. That’s why I applied to become a member of this chamber. I want to amplify the voices of entrepreneurs in the Senate of Canada so that together we can work to create and improve the conditions to enable our entrepreneurs and innovators to thrive and grow. They’re the prow of our economic ship. Theirs are the voices that are creating our future. The problems they’re grappling with are our problems, too. The potential is tremendously exciting. But there’s a lot of work to do. In May, the Conference Board of Canada issued its annual report card on innovation, reporting that Canada and nearly all of our provinces are losing ground as our international peers are surging ahead. That report makes for sober reading, but there is a bright spot. Canada earned its only A for entrepreneurial ambition, which is, in the words of this report, “a measure of the share of the working-age population reporting early-stage entrepreneurial activity, such as attempts to establish or own a new business.” This says that Canad...”

Senator Andreychuk

June 20th
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Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux Received in Committee of the Whole

“...gender-based analysis and making analyses of programs, particularly on budgets, helping young women entrepreneurs, et cetera? Have you given that any thought?”

Hon. A. Raynell Andreychuk

June 19th
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Budget Implementation Bill, 2018, No. 1 Twenty-ninth Report of National Finance Committee on Subject Matter--Debate Continued

“...esses recommended an exemption for spouses from the income sprinkling rules. With respect to female entrepreneurs, Dr. Nadia Alam, President, Ontario Medical Association, in her appearance before the ...”

Hon. Yonah Martin (Deputy Leader of the Opposition)

June 19th
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Budget Implementation Bill, 2018, No. 1 Twenty-ninth Report of National Finance Committee on Subject Matter--Debate Continued

“... families working day and night to make ends meet to put food on the table. They represent aspiring entrepreneurs who envision bettering the lives of others through their innovation. They represent medical doctors, accountants, lawyers, who have gone through years of rigorous training. In light of the Trudeau government’s announcement that it would cut the small business tax rate to 9 per cent, effective January 1, 2019, in support of the middle class and those working hard to become a part of it, what they are not telling Canadians is that the new measures included in this bill will make it harder for small businesses to qualify for the small business tax rate. The new rules on passive income, coupled with the new income sprinkling rules, which abruptly came to an end this past January, along with other provisions set out in this bill, will have small businesses paying more tax, not less. According to a report from the Government of Canada entitled Tax Measures: Supplementary Information, the government itself expects to collect $43 million in extra revenue in the current fiscal year through the changes in passive income rules. By 2023, it projects to collect additional tax revenue totalling $2.3 billion. To me, this sounds like pickpocketing the middle class and those working hard to become a part of this class. What is passive income, and why is it important in this context? Passive income is derived from any source in which the investor does not have active participation in the business. This includes investment in bonds, stocks, limited partnerships, income trust funds, et cetera. This is different from the day-to-day income one earns from their business, for example, sales of goods and services. This matters because passive investments allow businesses to diversify their income streams and permit them to put away money for future anticipated needs. Businesses may use passive income during the bottom of the business cycle, when sales are down and they need to offset losses incurred. Passive income can also be used to save for new equipment or property for the future. The government’s new rules would essentially penalize businesses for earning passive investment income. Under the new rules, businesses that earn anything above the $50,000 passive-income threshold would effectively see their small business deduction limit shrink, until they no longer qualify for the small business tax rate. Any business that earns $150,000, $100,000 in excess of the $50,000 threshold, in passive income would in effect be ineligible for the small business tax rate. At second reading of this bill on June 11, I asked Senator Mitchell, the sponsor, how toughening the rules of passive income and income sprinkling will help small businesses. To that, the senator replied, ". . . passive investments don’t create jobs. . . ." I respectfully disagree. If government discourages small businesses from investing in passive income, they will be left more vulnerable should there be an economic downturn. Passive investments allow businesses to keep staff when the going gets tough. Think of it as a rainy day fund. Small business owners assume risk and often forego salaries for themselves to ensure the success of their business. I find it unfitting for government to impose a one-size-fits-all policy to Canadian-controlled private corporations, CCPCs. Each small business faces unique sets of opportunities and challenges, and Canadian business owners have a much better understanding of their own challenges and opportunities than the government. In fact, a recent petition tabled in the House of Commons last Monday was signed by more than 45,000 Canadians calling on the government to abandon its package of small business tax changes. In the current climate of protectionism, passive income has become ever so important. Along with the ongoing, shaky NAFTA negotiations, which includes a potentially dangerous trade war with the United States, our biggest trading partner, Canadian businesses need the government’s support more than ever. It is exactly for uncertain times like this that small businesses put aside money. It lessens the financial impact during economic hardships. More than 70 per cent of our exports go to the United States. The two economies are closely intertwined, and the current state of the bilateral trade relations means a hard hit for Canadian businesses and their employees. (2010) What is even more insulting to small businesses in Canada is the federal government going back on its word about grandfathering existing passive investments. Initially the government promised that passive investments held before the new rules came into force would be exempt. Dan Kelly, President of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, said: The proposed rules penalize businesses that have been compliant with the law and acted prudently in the face of economic uncertainly and risk by creating a capital reserve through passive investments. We’re asking the government to keep the promise they made to the small business community and protect firms with previous passive investments from the new rules before the budget is signed into law. By breaking this promise, the federal government will now be unfairly taxing businesses who have held passive investments well before and shortly after the original changes were announced. Matthew MacAdam, partner and leader for tax services in Nova Scotia at Grant Thornton said that the government’s change of heart was unexpected in the Canadian business world. He went on to say that he felt for clients “who transferred passive assets into their corporations ahead of the budget, thinking they were doing themselves a favour, only to realize today that their passive income will cause the corporation to lose some of its small business deduction starting in 2019.” These unfair tax changes will have a ripple effect, cutting into other industries, including the financial industry. RBC President and CEO Dave McKay said: We would certainly encourage the federal government to look at these issues because, in real time, we’re seeing capital flow out of the country. . . . if we don’t keep the capital here, we can’t keep the people here . . . . Investors follow certainty. We are sending the wrong signals to entrepreneurs and investors with these changes. Senator Mitchell also proudly stated that the Trudea...”

Hon. Peter Harder (Government Representative in the Senate)

June 18th
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New Senator Congratulations on Appointment

“...ovince of Nova Scotia. [Translation] Senator Deacon’s career has been remarkable. As a 21st-century entrepreneur, he understands that innovation is key to economic development. His success in business extends to the charitable sector, where he has been very active on the board of various organizations dedicated to children’s health and well-being and to helping those in need in Halifax. [English] We also understand the importance of innovation for a strong economy. What Senator Deacon brings to this chamber is experience helping transform ideas into products and services that improve lives, create jobs and contribute to a stronger Canadian economy. As an entrepreneur and leader, Senator Deacon has played an important role in leading and helping grow tec...”

Hon. Larry W. Smith (Leader of the Opposition)

June 18th
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New Senator Congratulations on Appointment

“...as the official opposition and all senators within the Senate. Senator Deacon’s great success as an entrepreneur and a venture capitalist, combined with his extensive civic involvement in his home pro...”

Hon. Yuen Pau Woo

June 18th
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New Senator Congratulations on Appointment

“...with wealth creation. Enter Senator Deacon from Nova Scotia, who has a track record as a technology entrepreneur, a start-up champion and a venture capitalist. Some of his accomplishments include BlueLight Analytics, a company that is dedicated to improving the quality of restorative dentistry, and SpellRead, a company focused on improving reading skills among kids. He is also entrepreneur in residence at Startup Zone, P.E.I., a Charlottetown organization that helps entrepreneurs to explore and test an idea as quickly and inexpensively as possible. Senator Deacon a...”

Hon. Percy E. Downe

June 18th
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New Senator Congratulations on Appointment

“...ken, and I won’t repeat them, I fully endorse what has been said. Your business experience and your entrepreneurship has always come with a human side of helping the less fortunate. As Senator Woo ind...”

Hon. Percy Mockler

June 18th
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Budget Implementation Bill, 2018, No. 1 Twenty-ninth Report of National Finance Committee on Subject Matter—Debate Adjourned

“...Honourable senators, this lack of clarity and confusion will not only hurt many individual Canadian entrepreneurs, it will also harm Canada’s ability to maintain its tax competitiveness — even as the ...”

Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck

June 6th
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Youth Indigenize the Senate 2018

“...litical science student at Mount Royal University in Calgary. He is an advocate for indigenizing on entrepreneurship. He is heavily involved in his community campus, including through the Iniskim Cent...”

Hon. Marty Deacon

June 6th
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SHAD Program

“...da. SHAD is an organization you might all like to know about. It is an award-winning enrichment and entrepreneur program, and network, that empowers exceptional high school students at a pivotal point in their secondary education. Each student will have the opportunity to recognize their own capabilities and envision their extraordinary potential as tomorrow’s leaders, disruptors and change-makers. How does SHAD do this? Each year, SHAD provides the opportunity for more than 900 students from across Canada and internationally to attend their STEAM-based — science, technology, engineering, arts and math — month-long program. That is 30 days of amazing young people challenging each other, away from home, and truly having the opportunity to take risks and make mistakes while learning. Each student visits a new part of Canada, experiences life at university and even learns how to found a start-up. I have attended SHAD before. It is an academic, leadership and high-energy magical mix. These high school students are in residence in one of your Canada host universities. When finished, these students become part of an impressive SHAD network. I have spoken to students whose academic lives were changed by this experience over 25 years ago. This student network now totals 16,300 students, including 32 Rhodes Scholars, 44 Schulich Leaders, 88 Loran Scholars, as well as prominent entrepreneurs, industry leaders and accomplished professionals. SHAD started 38 years ago. I recall well providing a young student in 1980 with her first letter of support. SHAD is based in my home community of Waterloo, Ontario. SHAD demonstrates care and inclusion for all Canadians, something every senator thinks about. SHAD utilizes funding to underserved communities from coast to coast to coast. They work in Indigenous, rural, remote and inner-city communities, leaving no stone unturned for our young Canadians. They are early in this part of their work, with the goal of this award-winning enrichment and entrepreneurship program to fully mirror, represent and include all corners of this vast country and...”

Hon. Scott Tannas

June 6th
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Cannabis Bill Bill to Amend—Third Reading—Debate Continued

“...mmittee. I and others believe, and we heard testimony from the largest support group for Indigenous entrepreneurs in cannabis, that 20 per cent should be set aside to allow for meaningful participatio...”

Hon. Gwen Boniface

May 10th
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Georgian College Congratulations on Designation as Changemaker Campus

“Honourable senators, earlier this month, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs has recognized Georgian College as a Changemaker Campus at a ceremony in Boston, Massachusetts. This network, Ashoka U, is an organization that promotes social innovation and higher education through a global network of entrepreneurial students, faculty and community leaders, taking an institutional approach to impact ...”

Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals)

April 24th
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World Intellectual Property Day

“...get, a budget billed to promote gender equality, has made strong commitments to encouraging women’s entrepreneurship and innovation. In addition, Budget 2018 announced $85.3 million in spending over t...”


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