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Resumption of Debate on Address in Reply  Madam Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for Oakville today. I would first like to thank the people of Mississauga—Erin Mills for entrusting me with their voice, so that I may raise their concerns and advocate for their rights and needs. I want to heavily thank

December 8th, 2015House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Resumption of Debate on Address in Reply  Madam Speaker, it is very concerning to hear stories from our constituents about how hard it is to make a living now. I really think the government's mandate will help people who are working hard to become part of the middle class, by investing in items like social infrastructure

December 8th, 2015House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Resumption of Debate on Address in Reply  Madam Speaker, Canada is a democracy that not many around the world can enjoy, and I can attest to that. It is very important for women to be a part of the electoral process, and our Prime Minister has led us in a very positive direction by including 50% women in our cabinet. I s

December 8th, 2015House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Resumption of Debate on Address in Reply  Madam Speaker, yes, our child benefit program would help people like Kemal, who I really got to know over the past year. As a 14-year-old child with younger siblings, living in today's age, I think he would be one of the 315,000 children that would be raised out of poverty with o

December 8th, 2015House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Resumption of Debate on Address in Reply  Madam Speaker, the government really does support supply management. I will add a little personal story as well. My family owns a grocery store where we sell farmers' products like Ontario spring lamb, etc., so at a local level, we really are working with our farmers to help pr

December 8th, 2015House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, I am proud to represent the people of Mississauga—Erin Mills in the House today. In my riding and across the country, Canadians have shown their willingness to help those who suffer and find themselves displaced from their homes and their countries. People have respo

January 25th, 2016House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination  Mr. Speaker, today, on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, let us remember that our skin colour may reflect the many shades of humanity, but our hearts all beat the same. I am a young brown Muslim woman. My family is an immigrant family. I have faced

March 21st, 2016House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Terrorism  Mr. Speaker, on the snowy day of April 2, residents of Mississauga—Erin Mills gathered to stand united against terrorism. They voiced their sympathy for victims of terror attacks in Lahore, Peshawar, Paris, Brussels, Ankara, Baghdad, Jakarta, and the list, sadly, goes on. Togethe

April 15th, 2016House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Multiple Sclerosis  Mr. Speaker, it is our job as public servants to support citizens of our great country when they are faced with a disease as unpredictable as multiple sclerosis. People like Denis from Trois-Rivières, Quebec, with progressive MS, states: I’ve never received a promotion. Every

May 4th, 2016House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Mississauga Arts Council Awards  Madam Speaker, I present to the House today a great achievement for my city. Yesterday, Mississauga celebrated the arts and local artists through the Mississauga Arts Council's 22nd annual MARTY Awards. Artists were awarded for visual, literary, media, and performance arts. The

May 20th, 2016House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Status of Women  Madam Speaker, women represent close to half of the workforce in Canada. However, a gender-wage gap still exists. Could the Minister of Status of Women tell the House how this government is working toward reducing this gap and helping women to reach their full potential?

May 20th, 2016House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Ramadan  Mr. Speaker, today is the first day of Ramadan, the most auspicious month in the Islamic calendar. Over the next month, millions of Muslims will fast from sunrise to sunset without a morsel of food or a sip of water. Fasting is one of the main pillars of Islam and it gives those

June 6th, 2016House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Mississauga—Erin Mills  Mr. Speaker, I spent this summer being amazed and astonished by how versatile, diverse, inclusive, and engaged the residents of Mississauga—Erin Mills are. Over the summer, together, we talked about important national issues such as immigration, electoral reform, climate change,

September 19th, 2016House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Employment  Mr. Speaker, over the summer in my beautiful riding of Mississauga—Erin Mills, I had the opportunity to meet with many youth organizations to discuss the challenges that they face with respect to employment. Could the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour plea

October 20th, 2016House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

International Development  Mr. Speaker, responding to an invitation from Engineers Without Borders, I had the opportunity to visit Kenya with the hon. member for Calgary Nose Hill. What we witnessed there was extraordinary: creative minds strategizing ways of impact, economically and socially. I met a wo

October 26th, 2016House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal