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Export and Import Permits Act  Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased that our committee heard from multiple organizations and groups, and listened to those groups in the amendments I outlined in my speech. In fact, Oxfam International testified before the committee that this would be binding on Canada. They said we s

June 8th, 2018House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Export and Import Permits Act  Mr. Speaker, the Arms Trade Treaty is an important treaty, which sets high common standards for export controls and seeks to prevent the illicit trade in, and diversion of, arms. Our government is committed to acceding to the treaty and doing so in a manner that meets the require

June 8th, 2018House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Export and Import Permits Act  Mr. Speaker, my hon. colleague's argument is that Canada is already doing it and therefore we should not sign. However, the fact is that this creates international norms, norms that are accepted and shared across the world. That is the kind of thing where Canada can provide leade

June 8th, 2018House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the 18th report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development entitled “Main Estimates 2018-19: Votes 1, 5, 10, 15, 20 and L25 under Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Develo

June 8th, 2018House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Export and Import Permits Act  Mr. Speaker, I have tremendous respect for my hon. colleague, but I am tremendously disappointed to hear that she is trying to block this legislation from moving ahead to third reading. Let us be clear. The Arms Trade Treaty, all of the Arms Trade Treaty, once Canada accedes to

June 8th, 2018House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Ovarian Cancer  Mr. Speaker, every day in Canada, five women die from ovarian cancer. Women diagnosed with ovarian cancer and their families deserve to have access to new therapies to improve their odds of survival. With no screening test and symptoms that can easily be confused with less seriou

June 5th, 2018House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Entrepreneurship Centres at Algonquin College  Madam Speaker, I was honoured 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

June 1st, 2018House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Export and Import Permits Act  Madam Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague for all the work she did at committee on the Arms Trade Treaty, but I would like to ask her this. We know that once this bill has passed, the Arms Trade Treaty will be legally binding to Canada both in Canadian law and in intern

May 28th, 2018House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Daffodil Month  Madam Speaker, for years now, the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian communities, and the government have had public policies in place aimed at making cancer history and improving the lives of people living with this terrible disease. During Daffodil Month, we wear a daffodil as

April 27th, 2018House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

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