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Impact Assessment Act  Mr. Speaker, the member is right that the changes we are proposing are fundamental, and they are fundamental for a reason. The question that was posed was about what is different in Bill C-69. The two major differences are, first, mandatory consultation and engagement with indige

February 14th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Impact Assessment Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member opposite for his contribution today and on many other days, almost every other day in the chamber, in terms of his level of engagement in debate here. I will be candid and say he is absolutely correct. When we engage in consultation and solicit i

February 14th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Impact Assessment Act  Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for Hastings—Lennox and Addington. On this February 14, I would like to wish three loves of my life, my wife Suchita, and my sons Zakir and Nitin a very happy Valentine's Day. I rise proudly today to speak to Bill C-69, a

February 14th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Canadian Jewish Heritage Month Act  Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to stand in the House today to speak to Bill S-232 to recognize every May as Canadian Jewish heritage month. At the outset, I want to start by congratulating the member for York Centre for sponsoring this bill, and to say a short hello to Toronto to

February 13th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Official Languages  Mr. Speaker, we have heard everything that the FCFA has to say, and we are in the process of preparing an action plan, which we are going to implement. We will always stand up for our two official languages. For example, in the interim, we reinstated the Mobilité francophone immi

February 9th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Taxation  Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister has been very clear on this. We made a promise and we plan to keep it. We recognize that, in the longer term, we need to develop a comprehensive solution for taxing digital platforms as a whole. We are not going to take a piecemeal approach.

February 9th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Official Languages  Mr. Speaker, as I mentioned in my initial comments, we have already taken action. We are not just paying lip service; we are taking action. I can tell my hon. colleague from Drummond that significant investments are directly made in community initiatives and projects every year.

February 8th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Official Languages  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from Drummond. Our government has a clear mandate to develop a new official languages action plan that enhances the vitality of minority francophone and anglophone communities. For two years now, we have been actively working to support English

February 8th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Questions on the Order Paper  Mr. Speaker, with regard to (a), Vox Pop Labs Incorporated--Vox Pop--originally received a contribution from the Canada 150 Fund of $576,500 for Project Tessera, a Canada 150 signature project. Vox Pop subsequently received a supplement of $228,782, bringing the total contributio

January 29th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Centre culturel islamique de Québec  Mr. Speaker, today marks one year to the day when six men were killed at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec. The men were in a mosque praying. They were killed for that reason alone. This act of terror was not simply an lslamophobic attack on Muslim worshippers. It was an

January 29th, 2018House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

Aga Khan  Mr. Speaker, today is the 81st birthday of the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims worldwide. In 1972, the Aga Khan was pivotal in securing the safe arrival in Canada of thousands of Ugandan Asian refugees fleeing the dictatorship of Idi Amin, including my family.

December 13th, 2017House debate

Arif ViraniLiberal

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