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Christkindl Market  Mr. Speaker, it is the most wonderful time of the year in my community of Kitchener Centre. For over two decades, residents of the city of Kitchener have come together in the heart of our community to celebrate the spirit of Christmas and the holiday season. The annual Christki

December 6th, 2018House debate

Raj SainiLiberal

Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas  Mr. Speaker, today Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Jain communities across Canada will be celebrating Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas. In celebration of Diwali, houses will be illuminated with diyas in every corner, colourful rangoli artwork decorations will be the vibrant centrepieces

November 7th, 2018House debate

Raj SainiLiberal

Canada-India Relations  Mr. Speaker, the Centre for International Governance Innovation, or CIGI, in Waterloo, is a prominent think tank on international governance, global economic research and analysis, security and law. In February, CIGI joined forces with Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Rel

October 29th, 2018House debate

Raj SainiLiberal

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest  Mr. Speaker, Canadians of German origin are one of the largest ancestral groups in Canada. One out of 10 Canadians is of German ancestry, and one of every five lives where I do in Waterloo region. The Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, now marking its 50th anniversary, is the larges

October 4th, 2018House debate

Raj SainiLiberal

Housing  Mr. Speaker, nearly one-third of all Canadians rely on rental housing for a safe, affordable place to call home. Could the minister responsible for housing tell Canadians how this government's investments in the rental construction financing initiative will increase the amount of

October 1st, 2018House debate

Raj SainiLiberal

Health  Mr. Speaker, we have all seen the troubling statistics. In 2016, more than one million Canadians had to choose between feeding their family, heating their home, and filling the prescriptions they needed. I have heard similar complaints in my riding of Kitchener-Centre. In budget

June 20th, 2018House debate

Raj SainiLiberal

Export and Import Permits Act  Mr. Speaker, I know the difference between signing and ratifying. The United States has signed it, but the nuance of its particular system is a bit different, but it has adhered to the treaty. I know the NDP has difficulty understanding economics, so let me explain a bit about e

June 8th, 2018House debate

Raj SainiLiberal

Export and Import Permits Act  Mr. Speaker, I am glad the hon. member asked that question. I too also enjoy working with him. I am burdened by science. I am burdened by facts, and here are the facts. The U.S. signed that treaty. The nuance in the American political system is that to ratify a treaty requires

June 8th, 2018House debate

Raj SainiLiberal

Export and Import Permits Act  Mr. Speaker, I would like to inform you that I will be sharing my time with the hon. member for Ottawa West—Nepean. Our government entered office with a mandate to expand Canadian diplomacy and leadership on global issues. We are committed to promoting human rights and fostering

June 8th, 2018House debate

Raj SainiLiberal

Export and Import Permits Act  Mr. Speaker, the only time the photo op was held was in April 2013. Now that we are talking history, let me remind the hon. member that 154 countries signed to adopt the treaty. As of January 2018, 94 countries have signed and ratified it. Five of the largest arms producers in t

June 8th, 2018House debate

Raj SainiLiberal

Export and Import Permits Act  Mr. Speaker, I have had an opportunity to serve with the member on committee now for a year and to travel with him, and I can say that he is a very good guy. However, the speech was a bit shaky. Let me remind him, because I know he is a new MP like me, and give him a little histo

June 8th, 2018House debate

Raj SainiLiberal

Employment  Mr. Speaker, our government knows that Canada's biggest strength is its resilient, hard-working people. Innovation and technology continue to change the way we live and work. The people of Kitchener Centre, Ontario, and Canada are facing new challenges and new opportunities. Mor

May 3rd, 2018House debate

Raj SainiLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present Petition E-1364, spearheaded by a remarkable young woman, a constituent of mine, Niara van Gaalen. Ms. van Gaalen is a community leader in the environmental and conservation movement, and has laid out an ambitious plan in this petition to dram

April 30th, 2018House debate

Raj SainiLiberal

World Immunization Week  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to mark World Immunization Week. This week, organizations and individuals around the world come together to highlight the work needed to ensure that every person is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. I am proud to say that immunization and glo

April 26th, 2018House debate

Raj SainiLiberal

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1  Mr. Speaker, before I begin, I would like to take a moment to offer my condolences to the victims of the van attack in Toronto. My thoughts and those of my constituents of Kitchener Centre are with the victims, their families, and the first responders on the scene. Our governmen

April 23rd, 2018House debate

Raj SainiLiberal