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Ukrainian Heritage Month Act  moved for leave to introduce Bill C-314, An Act respecting Ukrainian Heritage Month. Mr. Speaker, I rise in the House today to introduce a bill entitled, an act respecting Ukrainian heritage month. If passed, the bill would designate the month of September, every year, as Ukrai

June 17th, 2021House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, climate change is the existential issue of our time, and Canadians across this country want to see their governments take action to address it. More than ever, the environment and the economy have to go hand in hand to offer our children and grandchildren a healthy e

June 16th, 2021House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal

The Environment  Madam Speaker, this Saturday, we will celebrate World Environment Day. The theme this year is ecosystem restoration. From forests to plains to coasts, we all depend on healthy ecosystems for our survival. Would the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment tell

June 4th, 2021House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal

Housing  Madam Speaker, every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home, but far too many people in my riding of Etobicoke Centre are forced to make the impossible choice between paying their rent or buying groceries. That is why this week I was so proud that our governme

May 14th, 2021House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal

Housing  Mr. Speaker, we all know that Canadians deserve safe and affordable housing. It is especially important to help young Canadians looking to buy their first home. Can the the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development tell the House about the first-time home buyer incen

May 4th, 2021House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, seven years ago, Russia invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea. Canada has been very supportive of Ukraine through a number of measures, including through public statements that repeatedly state that Canada's support for Ukraine's sovereignty is “unwavering”. Recently

April 26th, 2021House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, the current pandemic has reminded us how important our environment is for protecting the health of families in my riding of Etobicoke Centre and across Canada. This morning, the government introduced a bill that will provide greater protection from toxic substances.

April 13th, 2021House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal

Official Languages  Mr. Speaker, my riding, Etobicoke Centre, is in Toronto. My family is not francophone, but we are francophiles. When I was growing up, my parents were determined that I would learn French. They believed that an appreciation of both official languages was part of who we are as Ca

February 25th, 2021House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal

Anna Kisil  Madam Speaker, Gandhi once said, “The future depends on what you do today.” Today I rise to honour someone who shaped our future by what she did every day. Last month our community lost Anna Kisil. Anna immigrated to Canada from Ukraine in 1990 and with her family built several

December 8th, 2020House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. Canadians and people in my community in Etobicoke Centre want clean air, healthier communities and also a strong economy, while protecting the environment for our children and our grandchildren. That

December 1st, 2020House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal

Holodomor  Mr. Speaker, I rise to commemorate the 87th anniversary of the famine and genocide in Ukraine known as the Holodomor, when Joseph Stalin closed Ukraine's borders and confiscated all food to destroy a Ukrainian population opposed to his rule. Nineteen people per minute, 1,200 per

November 23rd, 2020House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal

Judges Act  Madam Speaker, I wonder if my colleague could share with the House how she would describe the benefits of this bill if she were speaking to one of her constituents. I think her speech was thoughtful and covered a lot of examples. She offered a lot of insight, but I think a lot of

November 16th, 2020House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal

Ignat Kaneff  Mr. Speaker, it is said, “To whom much is given, much is expected”. Today, I rise to honour someone to whom nothing was given and yet gave so much. This past summer, Canada lost Ignat Kaneff. Born in Bulgaria, Mr. Kaneff arrived in Canada in 1951 with not a dollar to his name,

November 3rd, 2020House debate

Yvan BakerLiberal

National Defence  Madam Speaker, my question is for the Minister of National Defence. There have been long-standing reports of a lack of support for the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces when they have had to face issues in the workplace, such as harassment. The minister was mandated to

October 30th, 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