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Coptic Orthodox Priest's 40th Anniversary  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Father Angelos Saad. Hundreds recently gathered in Mississauga to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Father Angelos' service as a Coptic Orthodox priest. Father Angelos has dedicated his life to serving the Church of the Virgin Mary and St. A

September 18th, 2018House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, Tarek Loubani was recently in the news when he was shot by the Israeli military in Gaza. Our government has called for an independent investigation into what happened and into reports of the use of excessive force that led to the death and injury of thousands, includ

June 19th, 2018House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, Canadians can see through the selective retelling of history by this member. He brought up Amnesty International, and I am glad he did because Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and other independent, credible human rights organizations have spoken clearly ab

June 11th, 2018House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, my friend from Saanich—Gulf Islands has raised an important question. I want to agree with her on this. I feel that Canadians can see through these types of motions. The Conservative Party's sole desire is not really to advance substantive, thoughtful policies. It

June 11th, 2018House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, we want to make sure that the Iranian authorities understand this very clearly. Any current or ongoing interaction with the Iranian authorities will solely focus on making sure that Ms. Mombeini comes back home. I cannot be any clearer for the hon. member. I also wan

June 11th, 2018House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, on the issue of minorities in Iran, including the Baha'is, I have frequently met with members of the Baha'i community here in Canada to hear directly from them about the situation in Iran, the treatment the Baha'is receive in Iran, and the lack of freedom of expressi

June 11th, 2018House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, let me explain the difference. My colleague wanted to talk about why we are contrasting our record on consular cases at the same time as we are saying to avoid making personal consular cases a partisan matter. The hon. member is making the individual cases of Canadia

June 11th, 2018House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Business of Supply  I disagree with my colleague, Mr. Speaker. She categorized our response as muted, but our response has been very clear and consistent. We expressed regret that the United States withdrew from that agreement. We have repeatedly said that the agreement has worked. It is imperfect,

June 11th, 2018House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, our government is deeply committed to providing help to Canadians in distress abroad. As parliamentary secretary for consular affairs, I have spent the last two and half years focused on ensuring that Canadians abroad get the help they need from their government. Wh

June 11th, 2018House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I want to recognize the work of my colleague for his advocacy on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and congratulate him on the passing of his bill last week. His passion and his commitment to this issue are inspiring, and I thank hi

June 4th, 2018House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Explosion in Mississauga  Mr. Speaker, last night, an explosion rocked a restaurant in a bustling plaza across the street from my house in Mississauga. Fifteen people were injured; three are still being treated. Young children were at the restaurant, but thank goodness, none were hurt. Police Chief Jenni

May 25th, 2018House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, it does not take newcomers long to make a positive difference to Canada. Here is a wonderful example. Haya Jumaa is a 24-year-old Mississauga resident originally from Syria. Since her arrival, she has won the Canadian championship for karate four years in a row. She

May 24th, 2018House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, once again I want to thank my hon. colleague for his passion and advocacy for human rights. Our government is dismayed and appalled that Syria will take on the presidency of the conference on disarmament. We believe that it is inappropriate for Syria to take this pr

May 10th, 2018House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I want to remind my colleague of the phrase, “Don't confuse politeness with weakness”. He defines toughness with being vulgar or belligerent. My definition of toughness is being constructive, clear, and sometimes blunt, but in a constructive way. As to his question

May 10th, 2018House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Consular Affairs  Mr. Speaker, my hon. colleague wants me to comment on my colleague, who has already addressed his comments in the media. He already has explained his comments so it is not up to me to comment on my hon. colleague. If the member has further questions, he can take it up with my col

May 8th, 2018House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal