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Petitions  Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 36, I am presenting a petition signed by 60 constituents in my riding of Etobicoke Centre. The petitioners are deeply concerned about the ongoing persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China, a persecution that has as its goal the eradi

December 11th, 2017House debate

Borys WrzesnewskyjLiberal

Crimean Tatars  Mr. Speaker, in December 1917, 100 years ago, the Crimean Tatars proclaimed their democratic republic and launched their national assembly, the Qurultay. The Bolsheviks abolished this state and in 1944, Stalin attempted ethnocide through the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars int

December 11th, 2017House debate

Borys WrzesnewskyjLiberal

Committees of the House  Madam Speaker, it is a rare day when reports are unanimously agreed to. It shows that this House can work constructively. We can approach issues in non-partisan ways. It is a rare day, and I congratulate the member for pointing out that this current weak regime, as he called it,

November 30th, 2017House debate

Borys WrzesnewskyjLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank our colleague from Calgary Nose Hill for all her tremendous work on this study. I would also like to thank all the members who I had the pleasure of working with as chair of the committee. The member referenced some of the difficult witness tes

November 30th, 2017House debate

Borys WrzesnewskyjLiberal

Ukraine  Mr. Speaker, this past August 24, Canadian soldiers marched in Ukraine's Independence Day parade carrying the Canadian flag in downtown Kyiv, which was a clear message to Ukrainians that Canada and NATO stand with them during this time of Russian military invasion and daily aggre

October 31st, 2017House debate

Borys WrzesnewskyjLiberal

Attack in Mogadishu  Mr. Speaker, in 2005, as I walked down a dusty road in Jowhar, Somalia, a small girl walked up to me and took my hand. She was barefoot, with only a torn t-shirt to wear. When she took my hand, she beamed the most beautiful smile. I have often thought of that little girl. Did she

October 18th, 2017House debate

Borys WrzesnewskyjLiberal

Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act  Mr. Speaker, it is my honour to speak about Bill S-226, Justice for Victims of Corrupt Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law). First, I would like to pay tribute to Sergei Magnitsky, who lost his life in a brave campaign to expose massive corruption at the highest levels in Russia

October 2nd, 2017House debate

Borys WrzesnewskyjLiberal

Venezuela  Mr. Speaker, the hon. member for Thornhill has distinguished himself in his human rights advocacy, and I would like to thank him for this important motion. I welcome the opportunity this debate affords to enhance our government's robust response to the crisis of democracy and hum

September 26th, 2017House debate

Borys WrzesnewskyjLiberal

International Day of Peace  Mr. Speaker, today is the International Day of Peace. This year's theme is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All”. Will the Rohingya fleeing ethnic cleansing at the hands of the Myanmar regime whose state councillor is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate join us in ce

September 21st, 2017House debate

Borys WrzesnewskyjLiberal

Points of Order  Mr. Speaker, I rise to ask for the unanimous consent of the House to return to presenting reports from committees. The Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration's 12th report is now ready, with dissenting reports appended. The opportunity to ensure it is presented in the

June 20th, 2017House debate

Borys WrzesnewskyjLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the 12th report of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, entitled, “LGBTQ+ at Risk Abroad: Canada's Call to Action”. Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the committee requests that the governmen

June 20th, 2017House debate

Borys WrzesnewskyjLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the 11th report of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration entitled “Starting Again: Improving Government Oversight of Immigration Consultants”. Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the committee req

June 16th, 2017House debate

Borys WrzesnewskyjLiberal

Canada–Ukraine Relations  Mr. Speaker, this week, the European Union introduced visa-free travel for citizens of Ukraine. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko hailed this historic milestone, calling it the fall of the paper curtain between Ukraine and the liberal democratic west, and Business Ukraine maga

June 16th, 2017House debate

Borys WrzesnewskyjLiberal

Citizenship and Immigration  Mr. Speaker, as the hon. member knows well, it is the committee itself that decides what studies to study and which studies they will study in the future. Presently we are studying immigration consultants, an issue of tremendous importance, and the House mandated us to do an Atla

May 8th, 2017House debate

Borys WrzesnewskyjLiberal

Pope John Paul II Day  Mr. Speaker, Sunday was Pope John Paul II Day in Ontario. As a young man, Karol Wojtyla entered an underground seminary during the Nazi occupation of Poland, and at lethal personal risk, saved Polish Jews. Following the Soviet takeover of deeply Catholic Poland, Stalin scoffed, “

April 5th, 2017House debate

Borys WrzesnewskyjLiberal