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International Trade  Mr. Speaker, it is very important that we are talking about Canada-U.S. relations, as U.S. trade representative Katherine Tai is presently here in Ottawa, meeting with the Minister of International Trade. This underscores how important this relationship is and the work that is on

May 5th, 2022House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Sikyong of the Central Tibetan Administration  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to welcome Mr. Penpa Tsering, the Sikyong, or president, of the Central Tibetan Administration. Tashi delek. He is here to spread awareness about the lack of linguistic, religious and cultural freedoms for Tibetans. He is here to advocate for the middle

May 5th, 2022House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

The Economy  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the question from the Bloc Québécois member and the opportunity to talk to his constituents about the impact of the sanctions we have put in place, which are affecting farmers and other businesses in Quebec. First, I would like to say that everyone agre

April 28th, 2022House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Agriculture and Agri-Food  Mr. Speaker, as I said earlier, we completely agree that we need to support our farmers and our agricultural producers. We also completely agree that tariffs and sanctions must be imposed on the Russian government and on Mr. Putin himself in order to support the Ukrainian people

April 28th, 2022House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, the member opposite is an experienced member of the trade committee. He has actually been on trade trips with the Minister of International Trade to Washington, D.C. The Prime Minister has also been to Washington, D.C. engaging with Joseph Biden. What is very impor

April 26th, 2022House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

The Budget  Madam Speaker, I thank the member for her question. This is such an important issue. I would point out that, in our latest campaign platform, we made a very clear promise to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies by 2023. Previously, our goal was 2025, but now it is 2023. That is a mea

April 25th, 2022House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

The Budget  Madam Speaker, this is an incredibly important area. I have a lot of faith in the current Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion. As a woman with a disability herself, she has shown a great deal of attentiveness to this issue. The prospect of emplo

April 25th, 2022House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

The Budget  Madam Speaker, I am not surprised to see the member for Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan on the first day back after Easter participating in the debate. I will say, unequivocally, that any act of violence toward a place of worship, regardless of the religion or faith, is unaccept

April 25th, 2022House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

The Budget  Madam Speaker, I will be sharing my time with the member for Sackville—Preston—Chezzetcook. I am rising today to participate in this very important debate. On an annual basis, when we have a chance to speak about the budget and the plan the government has going forward for the p

April 25th, 2022House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

International Trade  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the question from the member opposite and the plan is as follows: We will have continuous engagement with the U.S. administration at the highest levels. That means the Prime Minister and the Minister of International Trade. Second, we will have a team-C

March 29th, 2022House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Child Care  Madam Speaker, yesterday we reached an agreement to bring Ontario in line, finally, with every other province and territory to make affordable child care a reality for all Canadian families. The price of child care will be cut in half by December and reach an average of $10 a day

March 29th, 2022House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Canada-U.S. Relations  Madam Speaker, what I would say in response is that we are working on this at all levels, as I have indicated. We are taking a team Canada approach. In the most recent trade trip by the minister in the fall, she brought with her representatives of the official opposition, as wel

March 28th, 2022House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Canada-U.S. Relations  Madam Speaker, I thank the member opposite for raising this important issue in the House. I just want to emphasize that the federal government is extremely disappointed that the U.S. Department of Commerce continues to apply duties to most exports of Canadian softwood lumber. Th

March 28th, 2022House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Business of Supply  Qujannamiik. The member raises an important perspective. We have been talking about Arctic sovereignty and the adjacent nature of the Russian threat to Canada. That is specifically vis-à-vis Canada's north and the very community that she represents. With regard to what we are do

March 3rd, 2022House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, first of all, orphans are an unfortunate by-product of violent conflict. Absolutely, we need to be extending a hand to any vulnerable Ukrainians, particularly vulnerable children who are orphaned in this conflict. Vis-à-vis this issue about energy security, it is

March 3rd, 2022House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal