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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, Luisa Montoya and her family arrived in Canada in 2012, fleeing violence and extortion in Colombia. As a legacy case, they have been in limbo for six years. Luisa is married to a Canadian and their son Thomas was born in Canada. The family of seven is fully integrate

December 12th, 2018House debate

Jenny KwanNDP

Member for Nanaimo—Ladysmith  Mr. Speaker, I have the privilege of paying tribute to a fantastic colleague and a great friend. The member for Nanaimo—Ladysmith is a tireless advocate for women's rights and the environment. The first private member's motion passed in this House was her motion on pay equity. Wi

December 12th, 2018House debate

Jenny KwanNDP

Child Care  Mr. Speaker, all of that does not add up to a national affordable child care program. In fact, a few weeks ago I was with Premier Horgan, Minister Katrine Conroy and Minister Katrina Chen. They have announced that B.C. will begin with 50 prototype child care centres based on the

December 11th, 2018House debate

Jenny KwanNDP

Child Care  Mr. Speaker, when I rose in September to ask the Prime Minister for a national child care program for all, I received a non-answer about the money the government is investing in certain provinces. When pressured on the lack of action, the government immediately falls back on the

December 11th, 2018House debate

Jenny KwanNDP

Opioid Crisis in Canada  Mr. Chair, I have not heard one government member offer a suggestion outside of what the government has already been doing for this crisis. It is a national health emergency. Under what other circumstances can we say that people are dying everywhere across this country? The magni

December 10th, 2018House debate

Jenny KwanNDP

Opioid Crisis in Canada  Mr. Chair, in terms of moving forward with this crisis, the only suggestions came from the New Democrat side, and I am not just saying that because I am a New Democrat. Honestly, the government did not offer any suggestions. I have another suggestion for the government. Why do

December 10th, 2018House debate

Jenny KwanNDP

Opioid Crisis in Canada  Mr. Chair, this is perhaps one of the most important debates we can have in the House, certainly from my perspective, as the member for Vancouver East. People will know that the Downtown Eastside is what some people say is ground zero where the overdose crisis began. I saw people

December 10th, 2018House debate

Jenny KwanNDP

Opioid Crisis in Canada  Mr. Chair, I thank the member for her comments and for sharing the story of the loved one in her own universe who died of an overdose. In the government House leader's comments, she stated that overdose prevention sites work. They do work. In my own community of Vancouver East,

December 10th, 2018House debate

Jenny KwanNDP

Opioid Crisis in Canada  Madam Chair, I cannot take seriously the member's suggestion that the government cannot do any more to save lives. Just for the wannabe minister's records, I'll note that in 2009, 428 people died of the H1N1 virus. Today, with the opioid crisis, over 1,400 people are dying a year

December 10th, 2018House debate

Jenny KwanNDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, in the second petition, the petitioners call on the government to waive the requirement of travel loans by all refugees. It notes that refugees face extreme violence, conflict and persecution and are forcibly displaced from their countries of origin. The travel loan

December 10th, 2018House debate

Jenny KwanNDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, the final petition notes that the Trans Mountain pipeline brings massive environmental and economic risks with no substantive benefits to British Columbia or its local residents. It notes that an estimated 50 permanent jobs would be created by the pipeline, many of w

December 10th, 2018House debate

Jenny KwanNDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I have four petitions to table today. Two of them are on the same topic, so I will present them together. The petitioners call on the government to repeal paragraph 38(1)(c) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. They note that the immigration law discriminat

December 10th, 2018House debate

Jenny KwanNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister claims that survivors and family members are at the heart of the missing and murdered indigenous women inquiry, yet after-care for those who relive the trauma by testifying was a disaster. Many did not even know after-care existed, and those who di

December 10th, 2018House debate

Jenny KwanNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Where is the after-care for families?

December 10th, 2018House debate

Jenny KwanNDP

Urban Native Youth Association  Mr. Speaker, I am very excited to share in the House the excellent work that Urban Native Youth Association is doing in my riding of Vancouver East. Formed in 1988, UNYA serves as one of four Vancouver youth hubs. It is also partnered with over 265 community organizations. It i

December 3rd, 2018House debate

Jenny KwanNDP