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Canadian Jewish Heritage Month  Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his reflection on these issues. It is true, education is one of the most important elements of this proposed Canadian Jewish heritage month. It would provide an opportunity for communities across this country to reflect on the importance o

June 20th, 2017House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Canadian Jewish Heritage Month  Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for highlighting yet another small community in Canada that has a rich Jewish tradition and legacy. That speaks to the heart of this legislation. This legislation, which is proposing a Jewish heritage month across Canada, would give voice to

June 20th, 2017House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Canadian Jewish Heritage Month  moved that Bill S-232, An Act respecting Canadian Jewish Heritage Month, be read the second time and referred to a committee. Madam Speaker, it is a great honour to be here today as we consider Bill S-232, an act respecting Canadian Jewish heritage month, and I am honoured to b

June 20th, 2017House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Philippine Independence Day  Mr. Speaker, today marks Philippine Independence Day, a day when the Filipino community celebrates its 119th anniversary of independence from colonial rule. This morning I had the privilege of standing with the Philippine consul general, Mayor Tory, and Filipino community leaders

June 12th, 2017House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I want to recognize my colleague's participation at the foreign affairs committee, where we spend a lot of time together. He is thoughtful, as well as a pragmatist, which is what I want to discuss here today, pragmatism with respect to dealing with these issues. Par

June 8th, 2017House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, different governments have different priorities. We have been very clear. The Prime Minister was very clear right from the beginning when cabinet was first appointed that the ministers would be on an equal footing. This is bringing that about. We have set out our pri

June 7th, 2017House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, we have a feminist Prime Minister. We have laid out gender equity as a priority for our government. It is a priority for Canadians. We have a gender-balanced cabinet. We have a pay equity bill. Why should the Minister of Status of Women not be on a par with other min

June 7th, 2017House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, we see priority areas, not just for this government but for Canadians, in each one of these titles. We see it in the performance of each one of these women, what they are performing, and the sense of duty they bring to these jobs. I have to concur that their effort l

June 7th, 2017House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Canadian Jewish Heritage Month  moved for leave to introduce Bill S-232, An Act respecting Canadian Jewish Heritage Month. Mr. Speaker, it is a great honour to give first reading to Bill S-232, an act respecting Canadian Jewish heritage month. I want to thank my hon. colleagues, the members for Thornhill and E

May 29th, 2017House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Human Rights  Mr. Speaker, in September 2015, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López was sentenced to 14 years on politically motivated charges. Today, his wife and mother, Lilian Tintori and Antonieta Mendoza de López, are in Ottawa to speak about his plight, a fate shared by far too man

May 16th, 2017House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Jewish Heritage Month  Mr. Speaker, May is Jewish Heritage Month in Ontario, a month when we can all take great pride in celebrating the accomplishments of Jewish Canadians in communities big and small across the province, including in my own riding of York Centre. This month recognizes the important c

May 9th, 2017House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month  Mr. Speaker, today I stand in this House to recognize the most heinous of all crimes: genocide. This House has recognized six genocides: the Holocaust; the Holodomor; and the Armenian, Bosnian, Rwandan, and Yazidi genocides. What these genocides have in common is not only their h

April 13th, 2017House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Anti-Semitism  Mr. Speaker, on February 6, a McGill student society representative incited violence against Jewish students, tweeting “punch a Zionist today”. On February 19, mezuzahs were ripped off door frames, and anti-Semitic messages were found in Toronto. On February 22, a swastika and th

March 7th, 2017House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Racism  Mr. Speaker, this past Friday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a sombre anniversary when we remember the murder of more than six million Jews at the hands of the Nazis during the Second World War. It is also a day when we recognize and remember the indomitable spirit

January 30th, 2017House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Ephraim's Place  Mr. Speaker, I would like to highlight an organization at the heart of the York Centre community, Ephraim's Place. Named in memory of 11-year-old Ephraim Brown, who was tragically caught in the crossfire of a gang shooting and killed in 2007, Ephraim's Place community centre wa

December 5th, 2016House debate

Michael LevittLiberal