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Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I want to add that I am relieved that faith leaders had the opportunity to offer their perspective. I am pleased that the minister and our government have reinstated that clause in the legislation. I want to congratulate my colleague on his speech about protection

December 11th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Mississauga Poet Laureate  Mr. Speaker, last May, Mississauga got a new poet laureate. Wali Shah, a 22-year-old UTM student, has a remarkable story. He arrived in Canada, with his family, from Pakistan when he was three years old. He had turbulent teen years. When he was 15, he faced assault charges and ja

November 22nd, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Report Stage  Mr. Speaker, we know that one of the reasons teenagers have easy access to cannabis today is its prevalence in the black market and the fact that organized crime is using these revenues to fund gang activities. The Conservatives are talking about decriminalizing it. Could the hon

November 21st, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Regulations  Mr. Speaker, pursuant to section 5 of the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, copies of the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Regulations, which were made on November 2

November 9th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, we will continue to push for access to the state of Rakhine for independent, fact-finding missions to tell us what is happening and what is going on. We need to rely on their testimony. We need to rely on their findings. As the hon. member knows, the label “genocide”

October 18th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my hon. colleague for raising this important matter. I share his deep concern. Every human deserves dignity and respect for their rights. What is happening right now in the state of Rakhine in Myanmar is horrendous. About 600,000 Rohingyas have

October 18th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize a member of my Mississauga Centre MP youth council. Alice Zheng volunteers with the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted. When I first met Alice, she told me that in 2014, 80 organizations from several countries had come togethe

October 6th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Afghanistan  Mr. Speaker, I stand with determined resolve to mark a difficult anniversary. Joshua Boyle and his wife, Caitlan Coleman, have been held hostage by the Haqqani network in Afghanistan for five years. It is an unspeakable ordeal. Joshua, Caitlan, and their two children, born in cap

October 4th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Human Rights  Mr. Speaker, once again I want to thank my colleague for his intervention and his passion on this issue. We welcome suggestions and ideas on how we can do a better job in confronting this horrific situation. There is no justification for what the Rohingya are facing. There is m

September 25th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Human Rights  Mr. Speaker, I once again want to applaud my colleague for raising this issue. He and I have had various conversations and exchanges on this important topic in the chamber, and I applaud him for his passion on this issue. We can tell from his speech that this comes from a deeply

September 25th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, our government is seized by the unacceptable persecution of the Rohingya people in Myanmar and is actively engaged on this file. The Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs have raised this at the highest levels, including with Aung San Suu Kyi and Kofi An

September 19th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Consular Affairs  Mr. Speaker, our government has raised the case of Mr. Badawi at the highest levels of the Saudi government. We continue to ask for clemency, so he can be reunited with his family. I have had the opportunity and the privilege of meeting with his wife on multiple occasions. I hav

June 19th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Attack in London  Mr. Speaker, last night, on one of their holiest nights of the year, Muslim worshippers were attacked in London when a van drove into an unsuspecting crowd. We unequivocally condemn this terrorist attack and express our sympathy to those affected. People are scared and are lookin

June 19th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, our government, myself included, has raised the case of Mr. Badawi at the highest level with the Saudi government. We will continue to ask for clemency for Mr. Badawi. We appeal, for humanitarian reasons, to see Mr. Badawi reunited with his family. I want to take a m

June 9th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, our government has been consistent. Human rights promotion is a pillar of our foreign policy. Everywhere we go, every time we meet with government officials, our ambassadors, our heads of missions around the world, are promoting human rights and calling for equal rig

June 9th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal