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Official Languages  Mr. Speaker, we are very proud of the work we accomplished after consulting Canadians, especially official language minority communities. The result was the new action plan for official languages 2018-23, which meets the needs of our communities. The action plan provides a histor

June 19th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Official Languages  Our goal is always to support both official languages across Canada. As for the question raised by the member about the media, I can assure him that we are there for local media, print media, and media that serve francophone communities. In addition to providing official languag

June 19th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Employment  Mr. Speaker, with respect to the comments by my friend opposite, I will reiterate that what we are doing is enhancing the program. We are providing more funding for more jobs right around the country, as compared to the record of the previous government, which drove down youth em

June 19th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Employment  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the member for Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan's robust contributions today and indeed on many days in this House. It is a pleasure to rise to speak about a program, the Canada summer jobs program, that our government has indeed doubled, creating 70,000

June 19th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

National Security Act, 2017  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for Oakville North—Burlington for her advocacy and her work on the committee studying this very bill. The no-fly list has become a very contentious issue. Speaking as a Muslim Canadian member of Parliament, at one time I thought this was a pernici

June 18th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

National Security Act, 2017  Mr. Speaker, in terms of the stance on torture, obviously my stance, as well as that of my party and our government, is unequivocal: We stand against torture. I would reiterate for the member opposite what I mentioned in my speech. One of the launch pads for our discussion and,

June 18th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

National Security Act, 2017  Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for Oakville North—Burlington this evening. I rise today to speak in support of Bill C-59. With this bill, our government is entrenching our commitment to balancing the primacy of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms with pr

June 18th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I am proud to rise today to present a petition created through the hard work of Amy Stocking and students at St. Cecilia Catholic Elementary School in my riding of Parkdale—High Park. The petitioners urge us to further support important work surrounding internationa

June 18th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Tibetan Canadian Community  Mr. Speaker, tashi delek. The year 2018 is being celebrated worldwide by Tibetans as the year of gratitude. Dr. Lobsang Sangay, Sikyong of the Central Tibetan Administration, along with Tibetan community members from across the country, are here with us today to thank Canada. T

June 12th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Latin American Heritage Month Act  Madam Speaker, gracias and obrigado. I am pleased to rise today to speak to Bill S-218, an act respecting Latin American heritage month. This bill recognizes the contributions of the Latin American community to Canada and seeks to establish the month of October as Latin American

June 6th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Aboriginal Cultural Property Repatriation Act  Mr. Speaker, as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, I am very proud to rise today to speak in support of Bill C-391. I want to begin by sincerely thanking the hon. member for Cumberland—Colchester for bringing this very important issue before Parliam

May 30th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, we are aware of the situation with the Barreau du Québec. Some organizations decided to take legal action, and that is their choice. As this matter is now before the courts, we have no further comment.

May 25th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Elections Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, that is an important question. We have the second largest geographic territory on the planet to govern. It stretches across to three oceans. Administering an election between Newfoundland and Vancouver Island is difficult, and it always has been difficult. However,

May 22nd, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Elections Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, I will address that in two parts. There is no doubt that fixed election dates have been proven to demonstrate that when we pick a date that is more convenient to the masses, more people will come out to vote. I applaud that initiative. This bill retains that initiati

May 22nd, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Elections Modernization Act  Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for Willowdale this morning. I am proud to rise today to speak in favour of Bill C-76, which would empower more Canadians to vote and would ensure that elections are protected from interference. This legislation would give

May 22nd, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal