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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

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