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Viola Desmond  Mr. Speaker, like many in this chamber, I am a parent and I try diligently to read to my two young sons Zakir and Nitin whenever possible. However, I will confess that it is sometimes difficult to inculcate a love of books in young South Asian kids when they do not see themselves

December 6th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, on behalf of 350 signatories, I have the honour of tabling a petition The petitioners ask that the House of Commons support Bill S-214 and ban the sale and manufacturing of animal tested cosmetics and their ingredients in Canada. With alternative safety tests availa

December 4th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present a petition signed by 511 members of my riding that relates to the use of public transit by youth, students and the elderly and senior citizens. It is important to underscore the need for enhanced public transit. That is what they are call

November 26th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Access to Justice  Mr. Speaker, this week is Access to Justice Week. Launched by The Action Group on Access to Justice, the goal is to ensure that our justice system addresses the needs of all Canadians, including the most vulnerable, who either exist on the periphery of our system or are victimize

October 24th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Sex Education Curriculum  Mr. Speaker, this Thanksgiving, I give thanks for the incredible young people in Parkdale—High Park, students who had the courage to stand up and be heard on something that is vital: their education. In 2015, Ontario revised its sexual education curriculum to bring it into the

October 4th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, I really enjoyed the speech by the member for Beauport—Côte-de-Beaupré—Île d'Orléans—Charlevoix and I appreciate that she was so candid with the House about her own life and personal experience. I would like to talk about three other figures that worry me a lot abou

October 4th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, I applaud the member's candour and his honesty with the chamber in terms of sharing his own personal background and experience. I also applaud him for having raised a very fine son in what were likely difficult circumstances when he was younger. With all due respect

October 4th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Supervised Injection Sites  Mr. Speaker, we understand harm reduction. That is why, to address the opioid crisis, our government has approved 26 supervised injection sites with the co-operation of provinces across Canada. This summer, the new government in Ontario withdrew the approval of an overdose prev

September 19th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

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