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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

Toronto Football Club  Mr. Speaker, Glory in Red. An ode to Toronto FC: The sun was setting on Saturday night, as our boys in red took the field shining so bright. A superlative season would lie in their wake, but this was the big game, an opportunity for redemption at stake. We were flying in the

December 11th, 2017House debate

Michael LevittLiberal

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