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Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my hon. colleague for Whitby for so eloquently reinforcing the significance of having 50% women in our cabinet. I would like the member to elaborate on this outdated notion that somehow certain ministries, like Status of Women, are less important tha

December 7th, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, today we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the historic Ottawa Treaty banning the use of anti-personnel landmines. Because of Canada's leadership, there are now 162 states party to the treaty. Twenty-eight countries have been declared mine-free, and over 48 million s

December 4th, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, I thank my hon. colleague for what was clearly a very sincere speech. I think we all agree that we do not want marijuana in the hands of teenagers. However, right now it is not working. Right now, we know that it is easier for teenagers to get marijuana than it is

November 24th, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

President of the Republic of Kosovo  Mr. Speaker, it is my honour today to welcome to Canada the President of the Republic of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi. This week, accompanied by members from the House, the president laid flowers at Canada's Peacekeeping Monument to thank Canada for our contributions to bringing peace t

November 22nd, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Status of Women  Mr. Speaker, yesterday, the government announced the launch of the national action plan on women, peace, and security. This plan will ensure that women are involved in all aspects of the peace process. Seventeen years ago, the United Nations passed Security Council resolution 13

November 2nd, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to table e-petition 1164, which has been signed by over 9,000 Canadians. This was the last petition that was sponsored by our late friend and colleague Arnold Chan. It is my honour to table it on his behalf and on behalf of the authors of the petition. I

November 2nd, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present a petition on behalf of close to 600 Canadians who are speaking out against the political violence and instability in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The petitioners are calling on the Government of Canada to exert diplomatic pressure on the

October 20th, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Attack in Mogadishu  Mr. Speaker, Canadians have watched in horror as news of the deplorable terrorist attack in Somalia this weekend has emerged. I rise today to add my voice to the chorus of others who have expressed their deepest condolences to the people of Somalia and around the world affected b

October 16th, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

British Home Children  Madam Speaker, from 1869 to the 1930s, over 100,000 poor, orphaned, and homeless British children were herded into camps and shipped across the seas to the Colonies. While some of these children would go on to build new lives, the program was stricken with corruption, and it was

September 29th, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Situation in Myanmar  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my hon. colleague from Don Valley West for, as always, his incredibly compelling words. I am very moved that, in this chamber this evening, it is very clear that, when all of us are here speaking for our constituents who are writing to us, phoning our

September 26th, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Access to Information  Mr. Speaker, Canadians understand that a healthy democracy depends on knowledgeable citizens who have a relationship of trust with an open and transparent government. Next week is Canada’s Right to Know Week. Some 40 countries and 60 non-governmental organizations around the wor

September 22nd, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Export and Import Permits Act  Madam Speaker, I am proud that, as of today, I am on the foreign affairs committee. Members on this committee work well together in being able to find solutions to problems as a country, and not by looking at problems through a partisan lens. I am looking forward to seeing this b

September 21st, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Export and Import Permits Act  Madam Speaker, I am proud that I represent the riding that will have the large DND campus. I am also proud that a number of public servants and a number of employees of the Department of National Defence are my constituents. That is exactly why this is extremely important. This i

September 21st, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Export and Import Permits Act  It is close to my heart, Madam Speaker. When I was working with women in countries around the world, they would ask me what is happening to Canada and where Canada is. In many cases, they told me not only was Canada absent but Canada was actually blocking progress on some of the

September 21st, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Export and Import Permits Act  Madam Speaker, I appreciate the work the member also does for women and girls in Canada and around the world. Specifically on this question, I think where the confusion might lie is that this is a factor that will be done through regulations. I can reassure my colleague that the

September 21st, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal