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Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, that is a valid question. We are talking about legalization versus decriminalization. Under decriminalization, the current law makes it a criminal offence. If we keep the current law, then we have no basis for conversation. With legalization, we would make strict

June 7th, 2017House debate

Yasmin RatansiLiberal

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, at any school, children are smoking cannabis more than they are smoking cigarettes, so it is important that the product is a safe product. We cannot be ostriches and hide our heads in the sand, and say the problem does not exist. What we have done with this bill is

June 7th, 2017House debate

Yasmin RatansiLiberal

Cannabis Act  Madam Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to rise in the House today to support Bill C-45, the cannabis act. This bill represents not only a fulfillment of a large campaign promise to Canadians but a meaningful step forward in protecting our youth and ensuring a safer Canada. I

June 7th, 2017House debate

Yasmin RatansiLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I thank my hon. colleague. He being an ex-chief of police, I am so glad that he has pointed out that section of the bill. I think that would be very useful to prevent this misunderstanding that police are just targeting any person illegally. I understand that six di

May 31st, 2017House debate

Yasmin RatansiLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for her concerns, and I agree with her that there may be a perception that the police might just pick on some visible minorities, but that is not the intent of the bill. The bill intends to ensure that all of us are safe, that people who have

May 31st, 2017House debate

Yasmin RatansiLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I will be sharing my time with the member for Pitt Meadows—Maple Ridge. Mr. Speaker, I am proud to rise today at second reading of Bill C-46, which deals with driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In all our ridings, impaired driving upends lives,

May 31st, 2017House debate

Yasmin RatansiLiberal

Interparliamentary Delegations  Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 34(1), I have the honour to present to the House, in both official languages, five reports of the Canadian Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. The first concerns the bilateral visit to Delhi, Bombay, and Ahmedabad, India,

May 29th, 2017House debate

Yasmin RatansiLiberal

Global Centre for Pluralism  Mr. Speaker, May 16 will be the official opening of the international headquarters of the Global Centre for Pluralism at 330 Sussex Drive. Founded by His Highness the Aga Khan, in partnership with the Government of Canada, the centre promotes research, learning, and dialogue on t

May 10th, 2017House debate

Yasmin RatansiLiberal

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 Canadian delegation of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association respecting its participation in the executive committee meeting held in London

April 10th, 2017House debate

Yasmin RatansiLiberal

Housing  Mr. Speaker, on April 1, I had the honour of hosting a town hall on our government's national housing strategy with the member for Spadina—Fort York. People are very grateful for the historic investment of $11.2 billion set out in the budget for affordable housing because it is

April 4th, 2017House debate

Yasmin RatansiLiberal

Status of Women  Mr. Speaker, with the release of budget 2017, Canadians have seen the first-ever gender statement on a budget. As a government, we know that all Canadians are affected differently by budgetary policies, and therefore how important it is to add a gender-based lens to these decisio

March 24th, 2017House debate

Yasmin RatansiLiberal

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, as an accountant, I do not know how the member opposite is calculating the figures, but if one looks at the $3,600 per child that was given to families, the child care spaces are above and beyond the Canada child care benefit, which has lifted 317,000 kids out of pov

March 23rd, 2017House debate

Yasmin RatansiLiberal

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, as far as I can see in the summary of the budget, there is $20 billion plus that is being invested in this budget, and that investment is because the Federation of Canadian Municipalities talked to the federal government and insisted that the provinces and the munici

March 23rd, 2017House debate

Yasmin RatansiLiberal

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for Winnipeg Centre. I would like to take the time today to talk about the government's budget 2017, and specifically, the historic investments in infrastructure. In budget 2016, we invested the first tranche of funds fo

March 23rd, 2017House debate

Yasmin RatansiLiberal

Communication Disabilities Access Canada  Mr. Speaker, founded in 2001, and located in my riding of Don Valley East, Communication Disabilities Access Canada is a national not-for-profit organization that promotes accessibility, inclusion, and human rights for people with speech and language disabilities. Over 400,000 C

March 7th, 2017House debate

Yasmin RatansiLiberal