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Government Business No. 7—Proceedings on Bill C-12  Mr. Speaker, supporting our seniors is one issue I think all parliamentarians have been quite unanimous on. We saw our seniors throughout all communities, rural and urban, struggle so much during this pandemic. We as the Liberal government put in those measures to provide extra s

February 15th, 2022House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

COVID-19 Emergency Measures Timeline  Mr. Speaker, “I am Canadian and I am triple vaxxed. For my family, my neighbours, my co-workers, our healthcare workers, for my country. I will not be bullied.” These words, written by Ms. Jean Yoon and countless Canadians over the past few days, have become a rallying cry. Mak

February 14th, 2022House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

The Opioid Crisis in Canada  Mr. Chair, I thank the member for his very impassioned speech. There are a number of different schools of thought about how justice should be conducted and how we should conduct our society. I wonder if the member can share some of his thoughts around how mandatory minimum sente

February 8th, 2022House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

COVID-19 Protests  Madam Speaker, the member said in his speech that the Prime Minister's job is to unite, as is everyone's in this place. Over the past two years we have seen 34,000 Canadians die from COVID and five million across the world. People in Ottawa have had to file injunctions, as the me

February 7th, 2022House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

National Day of Remembrance and Action Against Islamophobia  Mr. Speaker, five years ago, an act of hate took the lives of Ibrahima, Mamadou, Khaled, Aboubaker, Abdelkrim and Azzeddine in Quebec City. Seven months ago, another act of hate took the lives of the Afzaal family in London, Ontario. On Saturday, the first National Day of Rememb

January 31st, 2022House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Diversity and Inclusion  Mr. Speaker, since my Motion No. 103 in 2017, we have changed the conversation so that no federal leader could ever pretend that Islamophobia is not a threat. We have made progress since then, including a national summit earlier this year, but as long as Muslim Canadians fear for

December 16th, 2021House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I have to remind the member that it is up to the judges, and the removal of mandatory minimums gives them the discretion to say that these are the circumstances in which a crime has occurred and that they will ensure the penalties are fitting to the crime. That dis

December 15th, 2021House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I thank my hon. colleague for her question. My colleague is absolutely right. What we need to understand is that with Bill C-5 and with the removal of mandatory minimums, providing punishment and mandatory minimums is not enough to create the equitable justice we

December 15th, 2021House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, in the last Parliament, the member for Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam's private member's bill addressed the issue of decriminalizing those who were seeking those safe injection sites, and good on him for doing that. One bill is not an answer to addressing a systemic prob

December 15th, 2021House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I am really pleased to participate today in the continuing debate on Bill C-5, an act to amend the Criminal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. A great deal of time has already been spent describing the objectives of the bill, its proposed reforms a

December 15th, 2021House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, before I begin, I would like to take a moment to recognize the passing of bell hooks today. She was a trail-blazing Black feminist author who brought the intersectionality of race, gender and class into the public consciousness, and really helped shape the conversati

December 15th, 2021House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Volunteerism in Mississauga—Erin Mills  Mr. Speaker, the winter holidays are precious moments to we spend with family, faith and community. It is a season of giving, and residents in my riding of Mississauga—Erin Mills are some of the most generous people in all of Canada. They have been raising donations for food, toy

December 15th, 2021House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Resumption of Debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, over the past 20 months, we saw just how critical investments in health care really are. We have to work together with provinces and territories to ensure that Canadians have access to that health care. In our campaign, we made the commitment that we would continue t

December 2nd, 2021House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Resumption of Debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, I have been on the justice committee for the past six years, and we have done significant work on access to justice. We know that there is institutionalized racism. That is exactly why we introduced Bill C-3: to ensure that judges had that training. It is why we cont

December 2nd, 2021House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal

Resumption of Debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, I could not agree more with the member opposite on his call to action on connectivity across the country. I had the privilege to travel to Newfoundland and Labrador earlier this year and really got to see first-hand the issues rural communities face with respect to

December 2nd, 2021House debate

Iqra KhalidLiberal