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Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for her hard work on the pay equity committee. I would note that the only criticism that was made of that report was that it was not going fast enough. There is a pretty good consensus across parties on the need for pay equity. To answer the

April 17th, 2018House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, this is one of the most important questions for my constituency, because it has a higher proportion of seniors on average than almost anywhere in the country. Therefore, I thank the member for bringing that up. In fact, there is new money for seniors. Not only are w

April 17th, 2018House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, it is a tremendous pleasure to rise today to speak to the budget implementation act, the first step in implementing budget 2018, a truly progressive, activist budget that will create even more opportunities for Canadians. This budget is the first to integrate a full

April 17th, 2018House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Net Neutrality  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my hon. colleague from Oakville for his strong defence of net neutrality, something I support very much and that is important to a number of my constituents as well. I am wondering if the hon. member could elaborate on the current protections.

March 27th, 2018House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Mike MacDonald  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to legendary Ottawa comedian, Mike MacDonald, who passed away on Saturday. A renowned stand-up comedian for over 40 years, Mike's unique comedy routines inspired a generation of Canadian comedians. In addition to appearances in Just For L

March 19th, 2018House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Status of Women  Mr. Speaker, next week, on International Women's Day, we will be reminded of the important role that women play in shaping our communities, both here in Canada and around the world. Although we have seen significant progress, there is still progress to be made in ensuring real ge

March 1st, 2018House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I am glad my hon. colleague mentioned former prime minister Stephen Harper who, to this day, has never revealed the top 10 donors to his first leadership campaign in 2002. That was before the Liberals brought in the most significant political party financing legislat

February 9th, 2018House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Black History Month  Mr. Speaker, February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the many contributions African Canadians have made to Canada. Black people have been an integral part of our country since the early days of settlement. For over 400 years, black Canadians have been an integral pa

February 2nd, 2018House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Canada Labour Code  Mr. Speaker, we know every person deserves to be in a workplace where he or she is free from harassment and sexual violence. As leaders and a federal government, we need to be the ones who lead the way and take the first steps. As we know, every woman who comes forward is displ

January 29th, 2018House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I want to thank my hon. colleague from Oakville North—Burlington for so eloquently talking about what this bill would actually do, particularly for women in sexual assault cases. I wonder if she could elaborate on the fact that right now in law we do not have defin

December 11th, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

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