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Canadian Heritage  Mr. Speaker, we have always been clear in this regard. That being said, we have presented a cultural policy, with investments in culture. Quebeckers and Canadians are concerned about the impact of American content on our culture. That is why we made massive investments of over $

December 8th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, our government understands that immigration cases can have a profound impact on all individuals' lives. An inter-country adoption is often a long and complex process, and we understand the challenges that are faced by families. The minister is aware of this case. H

December 8th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Housing  Mr. Speaker, my constituents in Parkdale—High Park have spoken to me repeatedly about housing. They have told me that after a 25 year absence, the federal government needs to re-engage. They have said to me that housing is foundational, that when we solve housing needs, it gives

November 30th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Human Rights  Mr. Speaker, all Canadians should be safe to be themselves, love whom they choose, and be free from discrimination of any kind. We have already made significant progress on these issues with Bill C-16 and Bill C-39. Our special adviser on LGBTQ2 issues, the member for Edmonton C

November 9th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, the short answer is that by improving our relationships with foreign nations, including diversifying our trade and investment portfolios, we are stimulating the economy here at home. Our commitment to infrastructure is unprecedented. Our commitment to infrastructure

November 6th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member opposite for the intervention, because it highlights an extremely important issue. We have heard time and again about the importance of leave in the context of the domestic violence situation and gender violence in this country and around the plane

November 6th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, in my brief response, I would say that it is demonstrating that the notion of investing in an economy to stimulate it has proven to be a successful formula. That is exactly what the head of the IMF said when she came here, that she hoped the Canadian experiment would

November 6th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I would like to begin today by acknowledging that not only are we marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation this year, but on this very day are also celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first meeting of this very Parliament. It is an honour to speak on such

November 6th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Canadian Heritage  Madam Speaker, we are very proud of our creative community and we are taking concrete measures to support them. Our vision for Canada's creative future is threefold: investing in our creators, ensuring their stories are told, and promoting Canadian content at home and throughout

October 27th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Canadian Heritage  Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague from Sudbury for his question and for his dedication to the Franco-Ontarian community in northern Ontario. Two weeks ago, the Minister of Canadian Heritage was proud to announce an investment of $12.5 million from the Government of Canada tow

October 27th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Canadian Heritage  Madam Speaker, we were proud to stand with members of both sides of this House to inaugurate the national Holocaust monument to commemorate survivors, and the six million Jewish people, as well as other victims, who were murdered during the Holocaust. We also plan to stand in sol

October 27th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Canadian Heritage  Madam Speaker, we heard the opinions of Quebeckers and Canadians everywhere. As part of our #DigiCanCon consultations, we heard from over 30,000 people from across the country. It was obvious that they want a government that finally cares about the arts and supports Canadian cult

October 27th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Canadian Heritage  Madam Speaker, we have heard the concerns of Quebec and the concerns of the rest of Canada. In the context of our consultation on digital Cancon, we heard from 30,000 people around this country. What they said to us was very clear. They want a government that finally believes in

October 27th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Islamic History Month  Madam Speaker, October is Islamic History Month, an opportunity for Muslims and non-Muslims alike to learn from one another, to not simply tolerate their differences but to celebrate them. Islamic History Month is also a chance to learn more about the tremendous contributions of

October 27th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Official Languages  Mr. Speaker, our government's position is to truly support Canada's two main linguistic communities. Our two official languages are at the heart of our identity. We are always there to support our two official languages, whether it is through the Office of the Commissioner of Off

October 6th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal