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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

Government Appointments  Mr. Speaker, I am happy to provide the same response in our second official language, English. Our two official languages are at the heart of who we are as Canadians. Our government is firmly committed to a rigorous, open, and transparent process for all public appointments. Th

May 11th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Government Appointments  Mr. Speaker, both our 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, and transparent appointment process and findin

May 11th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Multiculturalism  Madam Speaker, my friend opposite perhaps is not aware of the different aspects or the different initiatives being undertaken by the Department of Canadian Heritage with respect to multiculturalism. Therefore, let me tell him about some of the applications we have received. We

May 10th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Multiculturalism  Madam Speaker, I thank my friend opposite for his commitment to this issue. I will start with some prefatory comments about what our government is committed to and then I will answer the member's question directly. Our government is committed to diversity. It is a great source o

May 10th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Canadian Heritage  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member for Toronto—Danforth for her continued advocacy and support on behalf of the arts in her riding and around the country. Our government is committed to the arts. We are committed to supporting creative labs and to bringing artisan creators

May 8th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, at the outset, I will provide two responses. In terms of what the government, through the budget, is doing for jobs and for infrastructure, it is making historic investments that are actually having results for Canadians right around the country. Canadians elected

May 4th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal