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Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, we take these calls to action very seriously. We know that the pandemic has impacted all Canadians, and disproportionately certain segments. We know that systemic racism exists within our institutions. That is why, in budget 2021, we see numerous measures to address

June 21st, 2021House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Diversity and Inclusion  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the opportunity to speak about the work that our government has been doing. Since taking office in 2015, we set out to create Canada's anti-racism strategy. It was created by Canadians informed by lived realities and experiences for Canadians. We have co

June 17th, 2021House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, no Canadian should have to live in fear, yet we recognize that is the reality for far too many. Hate and racism do not belong in Canada, yet we know they exist. There are systemic barriers that exist in Canada, and our government remains committed to doing everythi

June 15th, 2021House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, this is a very serious matter, and all members should take it very seriously. Canadians from coast to coast to coast are hurting. Racism exists in Canada, and every single one of us has a responsibility to do something about it. Our government has brought forward me

June 15th, 2021House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, our government remains committed to combatting anti-Semitism and all forms of hate, prejudice and discrimination through measures such as Canada's anti-racism strategy, in which we adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's definition of anti-Semitism

June 14th, 2021House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, an agreement could not be reached under the provisions of Standing Orders 78(1) or 78(2) with respect to the third reading stage of Bill C-6, an act to amend the Criminal Code (conversion therapy). Under the provisions of Standing Order 78(3), I give notice that a m

June 11th, 2021House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Government Policies  Mr. Speaker, our hearts go out to the loved ones of the Afzaal family and to Fayez who remains in hospital. Our government knows we need to act against Islamophobia. We are doing this through Canada's anti-racism strategy, adding white supremacist groups to Canada's terror listin

June 11th, 2021House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Government Policies  Mr. Speaker, our government will always work to ensure we work with all Canadians. The member recognizes that Canadians are hurting right now. It has been a very challenging couple of weeks, actually months and years. We know there is quite the racist history within Canada, and

June 11th, 2021House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Post-Secondary Education  Mr. Speaker, I want to reassure the member and all Canadians that our government will remain focused on all Canadians, including students and youth. Today, we could have been debating waiving interest on student loans. We could have been extending the rent subsidy and wage subsid

June 10th, 2021House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Ethics  Mr. Speaker, we respect our parliamentary institutions, including independent officers of Parliament, such as the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner. We also appreciate the work of committees. The opposition seems to be focused on playing partisan politics during a pan

June 10th, 2021House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, for our government, LGBTQ2 rights are human rights. Whether that is domestically or internationally, Canada will always take a strong position. Our record demonstrates that. What is unfortunate is that the member is very bold to ask that question when just yesterday

June 1st, 2021House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, let me begin by saying that I really appreciated the member's speech, just as I appreciate her support and that of all Bloc Québécois MPs. Does my colleague think we need to keep debating this bill, or does she think it is time to pass it so it can be brought into f

May 31st, 2021House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I thank the member for sharing the testimonies people have shared with her. I know that she has been listening throughout the debate today and, prior to this, to the work at committee where she heard several other testimonies. I would ask the member this: Is it imp

May 31st, 2021House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I appreciate the member putting the words of Ben into the record. I also want to thank Ben for his courage in sharing his story so hopefully we do not see more victims of conversion therapy. I would like the member's comments and thoughts on the second reading vot

May 31st, 2021House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, my question for the hon. member pertains to some of the work we have been doing. This is another step in the journey of ensuring that all Canadians are able to be their true authentic selves. What are the other things the member is doing within his riding and the

May 31st, 2021House debate

Bardish ChaggerLiberal