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Étienne-Brûlé High School  Mr. Speaker, I was born in Montreal, and even though I come from an anglophone family my parents wanted me to learn French, so they sent me to a French school. Then, when we moved to Toronto, my parents insisted that I continue my studies in French. I went to the only French-lan

December 5th, 2018House debate

Frank BaylisLiberal

New Opportunities for Vanni Aid  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the association called New Opportunities for Vanni Aid of Montreal. NOVA, as they are known, does incredible work supporting single mothers of the Vanni region in Sri Lanka. It's an area that was devastated in the civil war. The organization

November 22nd, 2018House debate

Frank BaylisLiberal

Status of Women  Mr. Speaker, many amazing Canadian women have helped shape this country's history. It is great that we are recognizing Viola Desmond's contributions by putting her on the new $10 bill. Personally, I was delighted to see the children of the West Island Black Community Association

November 21st, 2018House debate

Frank BaylisLiberal

Canadian Multiculturalism Act  Madam Speaker, it is a great pleasure for me to rise today to give my excellent speech. Canada is built on multiculturalism. When people think about our country, they think about French Canadians, English Canadians, and indigenous Canadians, who all have their own languages, rel

November 6th, 2018House debate

Frank BaylisLiberal

Filipino Heritage Month  Madam Speaker, I believe if you seek it, you will find unanimous consent for me to split my seven minutes with my colleague, the member for Nepean.

October 25th, 2018House debate

Frank BaylisLiberal

Filipino Heritage Month  Madam Speaker, I am very proud to stand and speak to Motion No. 155 to make June Filipino heritage month. Before I start, I would just like to give a great shout-out to the member for Scarborough Centre, who has done a fantastic job in doing all this work to bring this to fruiti

October 25th, 2018House debate

Frank BaylisLiberal

Corrections and Conditional Release Act  Madam Speaker, I was pleased to hear that my colleague was asked questions about the environment when he visited the prisons. The inmates are interested in what is happening in society, and that is good news. My colleague pointed out parts of the bill that he feels are inadequat

October 18th, 2018House debate

Frank BaylisLiberal

Corrections and Conditional Release Act  Madam Speaker, I congratulate my former fellow member of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology on his wonderful speech. The hon. member mentioned fetal alcohol syndrome. I have read and heard that upwards of 70% to 80% of people who are incarcerated have two

October 18th, 2018House debate

Frank BaylisLiberal

Scouts Canada  Mr. Speaker, today we welcome scouts from across Canada to Parliament. For more than 100 years, Scouts have helped millions of Canadians go on adventures, make new friends and, most importantly, learn life lessons. As they progress, Scouts become more independent, capable and p

October 15th, 2018House debate

Frank BaylisLiberal

National Defence Act  Madam Speaker, I often find when these discussions come up that the argument that we will stand for victims is used as a battering ram against Liberals' points of view. Liberals stand up for victims, and that is why we brought forth this bill. We also believe that we try to work

October 1st, 2018House debate

Frank BaylisLiberal

National Defence Act  Mr. Speaker, the member brought up a couple of points that I fully agree with. Number one, he said it is important to have a debate on victims rights, and I concur with him on that. He also made the point that this bill really builds on a previous bill by the previous government,

October 1st, 2018House debate

Frank BaylisLiberal

Multiculturalism Act  Mr. Speaker, I have a hard time imagining myself in the Quebec described by my colleague. First off, the Quebec I know welcomes all kinds of cultures. Quebec is home to francophones from the Caribbean, Haiti, Africa and, of course, France. I have always thought of my province,

September 26th, 2018House debate

Frank BaylisLiberal

Philippine Independence Day  Mr. Speaker, June is an important month in the history of the Philippines. Today, June 12, is the anniversary of Philippine independence from Spain. The Filipino community is an integral part of Canada's multicultural society. In the West Island of Montreal, we are very lucky t

June 12th, 2018House debate

Frank BaylisLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I enjoyed two points made by my colleague. First, he did a very good job of stating the difference between the regime and the people of Iran. I congratulate him in saying that the regime is responsible for the activity that is happening. We all know the regime has

June 11th, 2018House debate

Frank BaylisLiberal

Petitions  Madam Speaker, I have here a petition from the Seniors of the West Island and Suburbs. It is a Filipino association, commonly known as SWIS, run by Mr. Roger Ajero. It provides all kinds of senior activities, line dancing, bingo, excursions, and they are not just for Filipino sen

June 11th, 2018House debate

Frank BaylisLiberal