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Canada Pension Plan  Mr. Speaker, I am very happy today to rise and speak to the proposed legislation, Bill C-26. In order for me to explain my position on this bill, I want to say a bit about the great riding of Mississauga—Erin Mills. While I was canvassing over a year ago, I had the opportunity t

November 4th, 2016House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Canada Pension Plan  Mr. Speaker, we understand technology advancement is a great step forward, but we cannot forget about our seniors who often have challenges with using technology. As the member of Parliament for Mississauga—Erin Mills, I understand it. That is why I encourage the seniors who li

November 4th, 2016House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Canada Pension Plan  Mr. Speaker, my colleague is 100% correct. Canadians are having a harder time, and will continue having a harder time, saving for their future stability post-retirement. In fact, a study in 2012 showed that almost two-thirds of Canadians were working more than 45 hours a week and

November 4th, 2016House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Canada Pension Plan  Mr. Speaker, as I mentioned in my speech, the GIS is a supplement for seniors. The eligibility age was 67, but it has now been reduced to 65, which will give more Canadians access to it. In fact, the dollar amount has been increased for the most vulnerable seniors, those who are

November 4th, 2016House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Islamophobia  Mr. Speaker, I am a young, brown, Muslim, Canadian woman. When I moved to Canada in the 1990s, a young girl trying to make this nation my home, some kids in school would yell as they pushed me, “Go home, you Muslim”, but I was home. I am among thousands of Muslims who have been v

December 5th, 2016House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Health  Mr. Speaker, over 3,500 Canadians die every year from the flu. Jude was a 2-year-old boy living in my riding who passed away this year on Mother's Day weekend because of the flu. His mother Jill has since then begun a campaign, encouraging Canadians to get the flu shot to decreas

December 12th, 2016House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Systemic Racism and Religious Discrimination  moved: That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear; (b) condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination and take note of House of Commons’ petition e

February 15th, 2017House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Systemic Racism and Religious Discrimination  Mr. Speaker, the wording of the motion as it stands today is supported by members of the House from across party lines. The wording of the motion as it stands today is supported by organizations all across Canada. It is supported, as it stands today, by Canadians at large all acr

February 15th, 2017House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Systemic Racism and Religious Discrimination  Mr. Speaker, it is so important to engage in conversations to recognize a problem and to tackle that problem. Through this motion, I think by recognizing Islamophobia and then a call to action would really help Canadians come together. It would create a dialogue among our policy-

February 15th, 2017House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Systemic Racism and Religious Discrimination  Mr. Speaker, I can say that the past few weeks have been a great learning experience. When my staff and I were going over the wording of the motion, the first people we went to were those with our grassroots organizations. We consulted them to see how they felt about it. I am ver

February 15th, 2017House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I thank all colleagues in the House for the great passion and support they have shown on this very important issue. When I tabled Motion No. 103, I approached everyone. I approached grassroots organizations, civil society, and Canadians at large to see how they felt

February 16th, 2017House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I forgot to mention earlier that I will be splitting my time with the member for Louis-Hébert. Quoting, using my full name, this was said in a chilling YouTube video that was shared widely, and this is just the tip of the iceberg: “[She], the terrorist, the terro

February 16th, 2017House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, after I spoke to the member and upon reflection of the words we shared, I was disappointed that he wanted to ignore and denounce the signatures of over 69,000 Canadians who signed a petition to condemn Islamophobia and asked our government to take action on it. Could

February 16th, 2017House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, when I was receiving all of these messages over the span of a number of weeks, it only strengthened my resolve. It helped me to understand the irony of it, that while Motion No. 103 sought to tackle issues of systemic racism and religious discrimination, including Is

February 16th, 2017House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, this has been a great debate on issues that the Muslim community really tackles on a daily basis, and has tackled for a number of years. However, it is not just about the Muslim community; it is about all Canadians. In October of last year, I was happy to see the H

February 16th, 2017House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal