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National Defence Act  Madam Speaker, I want to thank the member for St. Albert—Edmonton for his support of the bill, which is really a landmark bill in that it would now entrench victims rights in a statute. I want the member's comments on the difference between this kind of entrenchment and enshrinin

October 15th, 2018House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the 21st report of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, entitled “Order in Council Appointment of Richard Wex to the Position of Chairperson of the Immigration and Refugee Board”.

October 15th, 2018House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science  Mr. Speaker, I am delighted today to celebrate Don Valley West resident Dr. Gina Parvaneh Cody's lifetime contribution in engineering and her generous $15-million gift to Concordia University in Montreal. Born in Iran, Dr. Cody arrived in Canada in 1979 with $2,000 in her pocket.

September 27th, 2018House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Canada Revenue Agency Act  Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to rise in the House today to speak in support of C-316, an act to amend the Canada Revenue Agency Act (organ donors). I am also proud to be one of its seconders. I want to begin by thanking and commending the member for Calgary Confederation for h

September 25th, 2018House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Moon Festival  Mr. Speaker, this Monday, Canadians of Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese descent will give thanks, celebrating the mid-autumn festival. Also known as the moon festival, this is a time for family and friends to celebrate the fall harvest and to be thankful for the past year

September 21st, 2018House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Canada Summer Jobs Program  Mr. Speaker, with rumours of adjournment, this may be my last opportunity to thank this year's pages for their tremendous support, good humour, and patience. Some of them may get work this summer through the Canada summer jobs program. Sixty-three employers in Don Valley West wi

June 19th, 2018House 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 at the bilateral mission to the Republic of Kenya, Nairobi, and other cities

June 19th, 2018House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre  Mr. Speaker, I rise in the House today to mark the 70th anniversary of Toronto's Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Founded in Don Valley West in 1948 as a hospital for veterans, Sunnybrook has a proud history and a distinguished legacy of caring for Canada's war heroes. Affili

June 12th, 2018House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, the second petition was initiated by a citizen of Don Valley West, Vicki Fecteau, whom I congratulate for her tremendous advocacy. It is supported by 8,574 Canadians. The petitioners call on the government to make protection of animals from fire an objective of a re

May 28th, 2018House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I rise to present two petitions in the House today. The first petition was forwarded to me by Megan and Kyle, two students at St. Bonaventure Catholic School in Don Valley West. They are part of a larger initiative called the Women at the Heart of Peace campaign. Th

May 28th, 2018House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, the member has not had the experience I did when I was an MP from 2008 to 2011. When we look at the processing times and the experience of people attempting to get service through IRCC, we see that there is a vastly different set of circumstances than 10 years ago. I

May 28th, 2018House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Youth Addictions and Mental Health  Mr. Speaker, last week, I had the honour of holding a consultation on youth, addictions, and mental health at the Bellwood Health Services rehab centre in Don Valley West. There were 25 stakeholders at this town hall including young people with addictions, professionals, as well

May 23rd, 2018House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Toronto Vigil  Mr. Speaker, on Sunday evening, I gathered with tens of thousands of Torontonians to remember the victims of the April 23 van attack. Ten candles burned on stage during our vigil, one for each life cut short and for the families and friends left to mourn. Toronto is not the fir

May 1st, 2018House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I find myself in a great deal of agreement with the member. I thank him for raising the issues of both the tragedy of residential schools and the healing journey that we as Canadians are on together. The member raised the issue of theology. It has been raised a few

April 26th, 2018House 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 at the bilateral mission to the Republic of Sudan, Khartoum, and El Fasher,

April 19th, 2018House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal