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Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I think we have heard a lot of reflections in this House, and we have heard some strong condemnations of this regime. I want to particularly focus for a second on the issue of Iran's domestic repression of human rights, something I know this member cares about. He sa

June 11th, 2018House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, the plight of the Baha’í is something that we focused on at the Subcommittee on International Human Rights. I am honoured that the Baha’í community of Canada has told us first-hand of the repression that its minority religion faces in Iran each and every day. We k

June 11th, 2018House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, our foreign affairs minister has been exceptionally clear. Any communications, any discussion with Iran is focused on the plight of Maryam Mombeini. We know that other Canadians have been impacted by this odious regime, and I hope we continue to advocate on their b

June 11th, 2018House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I do not know why the member is saying that the Israeli army targeted Dr. Loubani. I have not seen that anywhere. With respect to an independent investigation, yes, the Israelis have a judiciary and an independent investigative process that is beyond reproach. Th

June 11th, 2018House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the hon. member for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country. I am thankful for the opportunity to contribute to this debate, and I am pleased to support this motion. I want to begin by unequivocally condemning the Irani

June 11th, 2018House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Human Rights  Mr. Speaker, in 1939, the MS St. Louis was carrying over 900 Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany seeking to escape persecution. To Canada's everlasting shame, the government of the day refused to provide that sanctuary. The refugees returned to Europe, where many were killed in the

May 9th, 2018House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Iran  Mr. Speaker, the Subcommittee on International Human Rights is holding its sixth annual Iran Accountability Week to shine a light on the odious human rights abuses perpetrated by the Iranian regime. Iranians face severe violations of their civil and political rights and their rig

April 30th, 2018House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I am presenting a petition calling upon the government to work with the United Nations to secure the release of the remains of two Israeli soldiers, Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, which the terrorist group Hamas has illegally held for over four years. As the petitioner

April 23rd, 2018House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Yom Ha'atzmaut  Mr. Speaker, today is Yom Ha'atzmaut, celebrating the 70th anniversary of Israel's independence. Yesterday, on Yom Hazikaron, Israelis stood silently in their workplaces and on the streets, and stopped on highways to solemnly remember the fallen Israeli soldiers and victims of te

April 19th, 2018House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Canadian Jewish Heritage Month  Mr. Speaker, I am thankful for the opportunity to conclude the debate on Bill S-232, the Canadian Jewish heritage month act. It has been an honour to sponsor the bill in this House, and I would like to thank my colleagues from both sides of the aisle for their strong support. I

March 27th, 2018House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Canadian Jewish Heritage Month Act  Mr. Speaker, I have just learned more about another part of our great country and the contributions of the Jewish community. One of the joys of bringing this bill to Parliament has been hearing from all sides of the aisle, from all parties, the great and inspirational stories of

February 13th, 2018House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Canadian Jewish Heritage Month Act  Mr. Speaker, I am well aware of the fantastic contribution so many Jewish communities across Canada have made in supporting refugees, whether Syrian refugees or the Yazidi community. They have had an ongoing role in advocating for and supporting the refugees when they have arrive

February 13th, 2018House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Canadian Jewish Heritage Month Act  moved that the bill be concurred in.

February 13th, 2018House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

Canadian Jewish Heritage Month Act  moved that the bill be read the third time and passed. Mr. Speaker, it is a great honour to rise again as the House considers Bill S-232, an act respecting Canadian Jewish heritage month. It has been an absolute privilege not just to be the sponsor of the bill, but to be part o

February 13th, 2018House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

International Holocaust Remembrance Day  Mr. Speaker, this past Saturday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a sombre anniversary when we remember the murder of over six million Jewish men, women, and children during the Second World War. It is also a day when we recognize and remember the invincible spirit of

January 29th, 2018House debate

Michael LevittLiberal