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York Centre  Mr. Speaker, I recently held an event in my riding where I recognized 15 constituents who demonstrate an incredible commitment to their community. One of these extraordinary individuals is Angelita Budao. She was nominated for her tireless work with the Friends of Earl Bales Pa

November 7th, 2017House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, Canadians have been horrified by reports of the abhorrent treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Hundreds of thousands have been forced to flee their homes into neighbouring Bangladesh. Their villages have been burned to the ground and there are terrifying reports

October 23rd, 2017House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Canadian Jewish Heritage Month Act  Mr. Speaker, there have been discussions among all parties, and I think if you seek it, you will unanimous consent for the following. I move: That the Order made on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, pursuant to Standing Order 93(1), respecting the deferral of the recorded division on t

October 4th, 2017House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Canadian Jewish Heritage Month Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to reflect on the importance of the Canadian Jewish heritage month act in the closing minutes of this debate. I would like to thank colleagues from all sides of the House, particularly the members for Thornhill and Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke, for their strong sup

October 3rd, 2017House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

National Holocaust Monument  Mr. Speaker, on Friday night, Jewish people around the world will observe Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. Yom Kippur translates to the Day of Atonement and marks the culmination of 10 days of reflection that began on Rosh Hashanah. This year we have another cause for re

September 28th, 2017House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Situation in Myanmar  Mr. Speaker, first I want to acknowledge the hon. member's commitment to this issue. I have the honour of sitting with him on the Subcommittee on International Human Rights. He has been a strong advocate, not just for the last couple of years but well before, for the plight of th

September 26th, 2017House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Situation in Myanmar  Madam Speaker, one of the first recommendations we made when our report, “Sentenced to a Slow Demise: the Plight of Myanmar's Rohingya Minority”, was tabled in June 2016 was to urge the Government of Myanmar to allow access into Rakhine State, to allow humanitarian access, to all

September 26th, 2017House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Situation in Myanmar  Madam Speaker, there is no doubt that it was the word on the tip of my tongue. We see the tragedy facing these people. We see the spiralling of this situation that has become more and more dire. Even as we have examined this over the last couple of years, it has continued to tren

September 26th, 2017House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Situation in Myanmar  Madam Speaker, it is with profound sadness that I stand tonight in the House to speak on the plight of the Rohingya in Myanmar and their brutal oppression at the hands of the Myanmar government. Thirty-five years ago in 1982, the Rohingya, who are a Muslim minority in a Buddhis

September 26th, 2017House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, Canada has repeatedly spoken out against the undemocratic and authoritarian actions of the Maduro regime in Venezuela, including through public statements and at the Organization of American States. From the creation of the illegitimate National Constituent Assembly

September 25th, 2017House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

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