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Holodomor  Mr. Speaker, I rise to commemorate the 86th anniversary of the Holodomor, the famine genocide in Ukraine in 1932-1933. Nineteen people per minute, 1,200 per hour and 28,000 per day were dying of famine at the height of the Holodomor. The world was silent and millions died as a re

December 9th, 2019House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal

Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement Implementation Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member for his comments and ideas. I think this version of NAFTA is a major win for Quebec's aluminum workers. We fought to get rid of U.S. tariffs. We are the only major aluminum producer not subject to U.S. tariffs. The new agreement guarantees

January 30th, 2020House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal

Ukraine  Mr. Speaker, in 2014, Russia invaded Ukraine. Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker, who is here with us today, was arrested on trumped up charges of terrorism and sentenced to 20 years in a Siberian labour camp. In jail, as a protest he undertook a hunger strike which lasted for 1

February 4th, 2020House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal

Christie Blatchford  Mr. Speaker, just a few days ago, we lost Christie Blatchford, one of Canada's most prominent writers and journalists. Born in the town of Rouyn-Noranda in northwestern Quebec, Christie wrote for the Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun, the National Post and the Globe and Mail. She b

February 19th, 2020House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal

Seniors  Mr. Speaker, one of my mentors is Donna Cansfield, a former MPP for Etobicoke Centre. She once said to me, “Yvan, the most important job of a politician is not to talk, it is to listen. When you listen, you understand people's priorities, their challenges and you acquire knowledg

March 10th, 2020House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Since the August 9 fraudulent Belarusian election, hundreds of thousands of Belarusians have demonstrated peacefully to call on the incumbent President Lukashenko to step down and for new free and fair elections to

September 28th, 2020House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal

Resumption of Debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to rise in response to the throne speech. I would like to start by offering my condolences to the residents of my community who have lost loved ones and friends and, frankly, to the people across Canada who have lost loved ones and friends to COVID-1

October 6th, 2020House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal

Resumption of Debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, just before question period, I was speaking about some of the elements of the throne speech that are particularly important and will be impactful to members of my community. I had spoken about how the throne speech proposes measures to protect Canadians and now I wan

October 6th, 2020House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal

Resumption of Debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, in the throne speech, we also talk about continuing to fight climate change and put in place policy measures to do that. One element I am most excited about is our commitment to put in place legislation that sets legally binding targets to reach net zero by 2050. Tha

October 6th, 2020House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal

Resumption of Debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, the government has committed to make changes to the EI system to adjust to the challenges that Canadians are facing to ensure that Canadians can pay their bills. We have demonstrated our ability to be responsive to the needs of Canadians throughout this crisis, and

October 6th, 2020House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal

Resumption of Debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, I am glad that the member has asked about the income supports for seniors. As the member may recall in the prior government, this government took steps, along with the provinces, to increase the amount of CPP pensions going forward; increase the contributions and th

October 6th, 2020House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal

Resumption of Debate on Address in Reply  Madam Speaker, I would like to thank the member for his very kind words. I would like to thank him for his support, along with all of the members on this side who have been so supportive on the advocacy for national standards for long-term care. This is truly a demonstration of a

October 6th, 2020House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal

Health  Madam Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Health. In Etobicoke Centre, we are mourning the loss of 43 residents of the Eatonville Care Centre due to COVID-19. In May, the Canadian Armed Forces disclosed horrific and beyond reprehensible conditions at a number of long-te

October 9th, 2020House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal

Donation to University of Toronto  Madam Speaker, Winston Churchill said that we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Today I rise to honour two Canadians for what they have given. Recently, James and Louise Temerty donated $250 million to the University of Toronto faculty of medicine

October 19th, 2020House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, much like my colleague, I was surprised by what our colleague said. He said that MPs who are at home because of the pandemic are not doing anything. My colleagues and I are all working very hard. I was therefore surprised to hear my colleague's comments. I do not t

October 20th, 2020House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal