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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, Don Valley West is the new home to close to 1,000 Syrian refugees. On Sunday night, I hosted 250 of them at a Thanksgiving concert. We were enthralled by world-class musicians from the Looking at the Stars Foundation, which brings classical music to people who may no

October 19th, 2017House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Situation in Myanmar  Mr. Speaker, we have to find a way of being present. Witnesses to peace, witnesses to atrocities on the ground in countries have to be regularized. It is not what we would call peacekeeping forces, but it is a force that has an ability to be witnesses to give us the truth and tel

September 26th, 2017House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Situation in Myanmar  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for his question and again for his leadership in this debate. He asked the most important question. As we gather here today, we know that there are parts of the world that are hot spots all the time and our attention is driven elsewhere. I understa

September 26th, 2017House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Situation in Myanmar  Mr. Speaker, I want to begin tonight by thanking the member for Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan for requesting this emergency debate on this very serious situation affecting the Rohingya people in Myanmar. I want to let him know that I did have a letter drafted and written, ready

September 26th, 2017House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Health  Mr. Speaker, tomorrow is World Alzheimer's Day. Almost every member of this chamber has been touched by Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia in some way or another, and so have most Canadians. We all know that more needs to be done to help those struggling with dementia and tho

September 20th, 2017House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the 13th report of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security concerning Bill S-231, An Act to amend the Canada Evidence Act and the Criminal Code (protection of journalistic sources). If y

June 20th, 2017House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, for decades the Canadian government actively discriminated against gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, and queer Canadians. Thousands of public servants and military personnel were fired for their sexual orientation, forced to live double lives or risk loss of employment

June 19th, 2017House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Interparliamentary Delegations  Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the report of the Canada–Africa Parliamentary Association respecting its participation at the bilateral mission in the Republic of Zimbabwe and the Republic of Botswana in Har

June 8th, 2017House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the 11th report of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security concerning Bill S-233, an act to amend the Customs Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (presentation and reportin

June 8th, 2017House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Committees of the House  Madam Speaker, today I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the 10th report of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, entitled “Main Estimates 2017-18”.

May 30th, 2017House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Agnes Macphail  Mr. Speaker, today I pay tribute to Agnes Macphail, the first woman elected to this House of Commons, and celebrate the Bank of Canada's special commemorative $10 bill honouring her. Agnes Macphail was elected to Parliament in 1921, in the first election where women had the righ

May 18th, 2017House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Interparliamentary Delegations  Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), I have the honour to present to the House, in both official languages, the report of the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association respecting its participation in the bilateral mission to the Republic of Tunisia and the Arab Republic o

May 18th, 2017House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Public Service Labour Relations Act  Mr. Speaker, this gives me the opportunity to thank the members of the public safety and national security committee that considered this legislation very strongly and at length, as did the Senate. This is a lesson in parliamentary democracy. We have two Houses. We have a gover

May 16th, 2017House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Public Service Labour Relations Act  Mr. Speaker, the reality is that RCMP management needs to consider thoughtfully a number of issues that ensure the safety of Canadians. What the government is proposing is absolutely consistent with what it believes about collective bargaining. With collective bargaining, it is v

May 16th, 2017House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Public Service Labour Relations Act  Mr. Speaker, I will be sharing my time with the hon. member for Oakville North—Burlington. I am pleased to have this opportunity to speak in support of the government's motion related to Bill C-7. This piece of legislation is important for both the RCMP and for Canadians. It is

May 16th, 2017House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal