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Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the 15th report of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, entitled “Building an Inclusive Canada: Bringing the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act in Step with Modern Values”. I would like

December 13th, 2017House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, Rosalie is a caregiver living, working, and helping in Don Valley West. In 2014, needing surgery, she applied for permanent residency, which would have allowed her to have her family come here to help her. She is still waiting. In 2012, Mary-Ann applied for her PR,

December 7th, 2017House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Finland  Mr. Speaker, today, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence from Russia in 1917, we reflect on the rich relationship Canada has with Finland and the tremendous contribution of Finnish Canadians. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Canada was one o

December 6th, 2017House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

LGBTQ2 Canadians  Mr. Speaker, yesterday we were witnesses to the historic apology made by the Prime Minister to LGBTQ2 Canadians who have been wronged by federal legislation, policies, and practices. However, we were more than witnesses; we were participants, and I wish to thank every member of t

November 29th, 2017House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I have great respect for the member opposite and his work on the public accounts committee. There was a suggestion in the member's discourse that somehow there should be different rules for members or ministers who have been successful, and members or ministers who

November 23rd, 2017House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I listened closely to the member's dissertation, and I have several concerns. First, this gives me an opportunity to say that I have enjoyed working with my colleague the Minister of Finance, and I have absolutely no reason to doubt any of his decisions or his int

November 23rd, 2017House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Attack in Mubi  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express my deepest condolences to the people of Nigeria following the terrible attack yesterday in the Mubi, Adamawa state. Nigeria has been facing multiple threats to its peace and security in recent years. As a United Church minister, it is appall

November 22nd, 2017House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member for Calgary Nose Hill for her question and also for her commitment and her work for the Yazidi women, men, children, girls, and boys. The concern that she raised has come to our committee for the last two meetings. We have heard from o

November 9th, 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 Ghana and the Republic of The G

November 1st, 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 Citizenship and Immigration, in which the committee requests that the deadline in order of reference M-39, Immigration to Atlantic Canada, which was referred to the

October 26th, 2017House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

Committees of the House  (Motion agreed to)

October 26th, 2017House debate

Rob OliphantLiberal

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