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Status of Women  Mr. Speaker, as chair of the all-party women's caucus, I have heard from many individuals and groups in my riding and across the country on the importance of women's participation in our workforce and our economy. Pay equity is one way our government can move the dial toward equa

October 30th, 2018House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Mississauga Erin Mills  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to welcome the Mississauga Erin Mills Youth Council and Mississauga Erin Mills Women Council to Parliament. They are currently watching democracy in action, and very soon will be meeting with our Prime Minister for a chat about their projects and their i

October 3rd, 2018House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Main Estimates, 2018-19  Mr. Speaker, I have to disagree. Canadian women do not need to be told anything. They are empowered. We, as a feminist government, have the first-ever gender parity in a cabinet. We have a feminist foreign policy. We are investing in women's education in Canada and across the w

June 14th, 2018House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Main Estimates, 2018-19  Mr. Speaker, I really thank the member across the way for all her advocacy on this very important file. As I mentioned in my speech, I initiated a Women's Council, with 12 very dynamic women in my riding, one of whom is over 70 years of age. She said to me one day, as we were h

June 14th, 2018House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Main Estimates, 2018-19  Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the hon. and very dynamic member for Newmarket—Aurora. Canadians may not hear about the over 24 hours of voting on the estimates that will start tonight, but they will definitely feel the impact of our government's plan to put peopl

June 14th, 2018House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Instruction to Committee on Bill C-71  Madam Speaker, I want to thank the member opposite for his very impassioned speech. In 2016, there were 223 firearms-related homicides in Canada. That is 44 more than the year before. It was a 23% increase. Between 2013 and 2016, the number of female intimate violence victims, w

June 4th, 2018House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Madam Speaker, I thank the member opposite for his very impassioned speech and his dedication to having open debate and prolonging debate. Why did he and his party try to kill the debate earlier today? Why not have had that dialogue and continue to talk about the issues that are

May 30th, 2018House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Gender Equality  Mr. Speaker, in the words of Nellie McClung: Have we not the brains to think? Hands to work? Hearts to feel? And lives to live? Do we not bear our part in citizenship? Do we not help build the Empire? Give us our due! One hundred years ago today, some women in Canada won the

May 24th, 2018House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

White Helmets  Mr. Speaker, I watched footage of a small boy, covered in dust, face streaked with blood, eyes baring hopelessness, being pulled out of rubble and into an ambulance. The brave people who saved this boy's life, along with tens of thousands like him, wore white helmets, and belonge

March 29th, 2018House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Heart and Stroke Foundation  Mr. Speaker, to quote Emily Dickinson: If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain. We must all join the Heart and Strok

February 14th, 2018House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Status of Women  Mr. Speaker, the recent women's marches and the #MeToo and Time's Up movements are all highlighting public discussion on sexism, misogyny, and gender-based violence. As a result of this growing focus on gender equality, organizations working to promote gender equality and address

January 30th, 2018House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I really commend my colleague for his great initiative, not just in presenting this private member's bill but also in his very effective advocacy on mental illnesses in his work with the all-party mental health caucus. What kind of feedback has he received from stak

December 8th, 2017House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Season's Greetings  Mr. Speaker, last week, fellow Liberal MPs of the Muslim and Jewish faiths sat down to break bread and barriers over a joyful Christmas dinner. We took the goodwill we collected between each other that evening and we paid it forward to a shelter for abused women this morning, bea

December 7th, 2017House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Mississauga—Erin Mills  Mr. Speaker, I stand here today, truly humbled and grateful. Two years have passed since the people of Mississauga—Erin Mills placed their trust in me to represent them in this place. In these two years, under the leadership of our Prime Minister and our Liberal government, my

November 28th, 2017House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Mississauga  Mr. Speaker, over the month of October, my city of Mississauga was engulfed in a generosity frenzy. Under the leadership of the mayor, Bonnie Crombie, Mississauga participated in the One Bag Challenge, raising food and money donations for the Mississauga Food Bank and Eden Food f

October 23rd, 2017House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal