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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

Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act  Madam Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague from Selkirk—Interlake—Eastman for bringing this extremely important legislation to the House. I know that the impetus for this legislation came out of Russia, but I have worked in parts of Africa, such as the Democratic Republic

May 19th, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Tourism Industry  Madam Speaker, this summer, as we celebrate Canada 150, the national capital region prides itself on welcoming tourists from across Canada and around the world. Be it the National Arts Centre, the National Gallery, restaurants, music festivals, or museums, there is so much to see

May 19th, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Housing  Madam Speaker, I was pleased to announce $5.3 million for Nelson House, a women's shelter in my riding that has served our community since 1992, providing a safe space to nearly 120 of our community's most vulnerable women and children each year. The new facility will provide a

May 19th, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Gender Equality Week Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my hon. colleague from Mississauga—Lakeshore for bringing this incredibly important bill to the House. I had the privilege of sitting on the status of women committee when the bill came before our committee. I want to thank our colleagues on committee

May 16th, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the minister for outlining for the House the significant investments made by the government in infrastructure. We know there is a direct link between infrastructure investment and job creation. The minister mentioned the post-secondary institut

May 11th, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Democratic Republic of Congo  Mr. Speaker, I would like to draw the attention of the House to the current crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Yesterday the UN estimated that there are 3.7 million displaced people in the DRC, with 100,000 added to that number just last week. Forty mass graves were fo

May 9th, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I thank my hon. colleague from my neighbouring riding for introducing this incredibly important piece of legislation that takes a very strong stand against hate crimes. I noticed in his speech that he referenced some of the deplorable acts of vandalism that have happ

May 3rd, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Instruction to Committee on Bill C-243  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my hon. colleague, also for her work in chairing the status of woman committee. I noted that in her speech she talked about some testimony at the status of women committee about the need to have additional parental leave for a second parent. T

April 11th, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, my hon. colleague gave a very passionate speech about the need to do more for women, and I could not agree more. I wonder if the member could talk about the fact that in the budget there is $11.2 billion for housing and $7 billion for child care. In fact, this parti

April 11th, 2017House debate

Anita VandenbeldLiberal