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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

Public Transit  Mr. Speaker, in my riding of Parkdale—High Park, residents are concerned about how to travel to work or school in a quick and environmentally sound way. My constituents have told me that any strategy to reduce gridlock and our dependence on cars must include investments in public

October 6th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Situation in Myanmar  Madam Speaker, what I can say is that the voice that Canada needs is the voice that we have started to reclaim since 2015. By that I mean a voice that speaks out on the world stage, that is engaged internationally not only with like-minded nations but also with nations that perha

September 26th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Situation in Myanmar  Madam Speaker, the point has to be made again and again that international engagement is important. Canada was once known internationally as a broker of international relations, as a country that punched far above its weight. With the disengagement that we saw under the previous

September 26th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Situation in Myanmar  Madam Speaker, I will be splitting my time this evening with the member for Kitchener South—Hespeler. I appreciate the opportunity to stand this evening to speak on the urgent crisis facing the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. I want to start by thanking the member for Sherwood Park

September 26th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Portuguese Heritage Month  Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to speak in the House today in support of Motion No. 126, introduced by the member from Davenport. It seeks to have the House recognize the important contributions Canadian Portuguese have made to building Canada and to Canadian society. The Minister

September 20th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act  Madam Speaker, today I rise proudly to speak in favour of Bill S-226, the Sergei Magnitsky legislation. Our government supports this bill. Our support comes with amendments that will strengthen its implementation and its effectiveness and better align it with current Canadian sa

June 13th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, I appreciate the question from the member across the way. I would like to say that legalizing cannabis for adults in Canada and the possibility of having a few plants at home will not put children in harm's way. On this side of the House, we want to give parents t

June 6th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, I appreciate the member's question, and I would like to give him some answers. Concerning the provinces and their jurisdiction here, it is clear that, constitutionally, some matters are under federal jurisdiction and others are under provincial jurisdiction. We se

June 6th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, I would underscore, first, that Bill C-46 is the legislation that actually relates to the testing for being impaired by drugs that will be before this House. However, the member opposite should rest assured that we will dedicate all the resources required to ensu

June 6th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak in support of Bill C-45, legislation that would legalize, regulate, and restrict access to cannabis. The objective of our government's bill is to protect our youth, to deter criminal activity, and to promote public health and safety. Let me tu

June 6th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Pride Month  Mr. Speaker, June is Pride Month in Toronto. Events will be taking place all month to raise awareness and show solidarity with the LGBTQ2 community, culminating with the pride parade. I am proud that our Prime Minister was the first ever sitting leader to march at pride and is a

June 6th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Official Languages  Mr. Speaker, we thank the committee for its report. Our two official languages form the very core of who we are. One of our top priorities is to promote their use across the country and ensure the vitality of our official language minority communities. We plan to examine the re

May 12th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Government Appointments  Mr. Speaker, our two official languages are at the heart of who we are as Canadians, but so is redefining the process by which we select highly qualified Canadians to fulfill important government appointments. We have revised that process to make it more rigorous, more open, mor

May 12th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Government Appointments  Mr. Speaker, our two official languages are an important part of our history and our Canadian identity, and they are important to us. As far as appointments are concerned, our government is firmly committed to having a strong, open, transparent, and merit-based appointment proce

May 12th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal