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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‚Äôs 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

Export and Import Permits Act  Madam Speaker, I am very proud today to stand in the House to speak to Bill C-47, which would make the legislative changes necessary so Canada could finally accede to the international Arms Trade Treaty. This issue has concerned me for many years. Six years ago, I led a training

September 21st, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Indian Act  Madam Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Labrador for reiterating once again in the House the government's commitment to ending all discrimination in the Indian Act. Could my hon. colleague elaborate on the reasons why a two-faced approach will allow us to go even fur

June 20th, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Amendments to Standing Orders  Mr. Speaker, how can members across parties work together to improve democracy in this place?

June 20th, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Kosovo  Mr. Speaker, in every generation Canadians have come together as a country to welcome families from abroad fleeing turmoil to make a new home in Canada. For our parents, they will always remember the Vietnamese. For today's young Canadians, it will be the story of the Syrian ref

June 13th, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I want to pick up on the analogy that the member used about a fire. Our government is trying to reduce the matches, accelerant, and lighters, so people will not be able to sell them. That is what is going to stop the fire, not talking to others who do not have matche

June 8th, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, it is a mischaracterization to suggest that anyone in the House is not completely opposed to the use of nuclear weapons. It is simplistic logic to say that because we do not support a full ban treaty, which none of the countries that have nuclear weapons are particip

June 8th, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, in her speech yesterday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs outlined Canada's recommitment to the international forums that had provided peace and stability for the past 70 years. Canada is a proud member of many international institutions, and next year we will have th

June 7th, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal