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Egypt  Mr. Speaker, last December I stood in this House condemning a terrorist attack against a Coptic church in Cairo just before Christmas. It is with a heavy heart that I stand, once again, a week before Easter, to express my outrage at yet another attack. This time, two churches wer

April 10th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

International Women's Day  Mr. Speaker, for International Women's Day I invited my constituents to nominate a woman who inspires them. I stand today to recognize an exceptional woman. Gabriella Mammone demonstrated to all of us that, when life gets difficult, how we react to it is what is important. In

April 6th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, ideally, we must always balance our budgets. There are times when, in order to serve Canadians, we need to borrow a little money to invest in Canadians, to invest in our economy. What I find fascinating is how my hon. colleague wants to forget that the largest defi

April 4th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the treaties entitled “Amendments to Appendices 1 and II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild

March 20th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Vimy Ridge  Mr. Speaker, Vimy Ridge was a defining moment in Canada's 150 year history. I would like to share a touching story about a constituent of mine in Mississauga Centre and his connection to Vimy. This April, Charles Geen will be travelling to France to attend the 100th anniversary

March 10th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Madam Speaker, I want to thank my hon. colleague for his question and his ongoing work on behalf of Neil Bantleman. It is our government's priority to see Neil Bantleman back home in Canada as a free man. Our government has reiterated that concern with the Indonesian government a

February 17th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Volunteerism  Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize an outstanding Canadian. After the tragic Quebec mosque shooting, Mohamad Fakih offered to cover the costs of the funerals for all six victims, and repairs to the mosque. When asked why, he said, “That's what Islam taught me and that's wha

February 17th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I have known my hon. colleague for many years, and I know he is an honest and candid member of Parliament. I want to ask him this question. In October, he and his party voted along with the rest of the House of Commons to condemn all forms of Islamophobia. Could the

February 16th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for his contribution today, and I want to take this moment, probably one of the rarest moments that I will get to ask him a question. It is regrettable that only two weeks after the mosque attack the Conservatives are doing everything they can to

February 16th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, we are clearly concerned about the well-being of Mr. Malekpour. I had the opportunity to meet with his sister. I committed to her that our government was following his case with great concern. Obviously, members of the opposition know that the lack of diplomatic pre

February 6th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Human Rights  Mr. Speaker, last week Liberal Muslim and Jewish MPs got together to enjoy a Christmas dinner. We shared stories and gifts. We discussed our values and the so much we have in common. We talked about how there were those who wanted to label individuals based on their race, gender,

December 14th, 2016House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act  Mr. Speaker, the hon. member knows that the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development is conducting a study for the sanctions framework, and it is looking at, among other things, the Magnitsky proposal. However, I have a question for the member. If the M

December 13th, 2016House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Egypt  Mr. Speaker, yesterday, a horrendous act of terrorism struck worshippers in Cairo at Egypt's main Coptic Christian cathedral, killing 25 people and wounding dozens. St. Mark's Cathedral is the home of his holiness, Pope Tawadros II, and carries a special meaning to all Egyptians

December 12th, 2016House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Seva Food Bank  Mr. Speaker, Seva Food Bank is a local Mississauga organization that was borne out of Sikhs serving Canada in 2010. Since then, Seva has been serving over 700 families a month. Last November, Seva Food Bank came together with the producers of CJMR 1320 AM radio station to mark

December 2nd, 2016House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I listened to that long speech and I could not help but smile. The hon. member was part of a government that really could not help any of these problems he is talking about. Not only that, he is misleading Canadians. He is saying that this current government has been

December 1st, 2016House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal