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Status of Women  Mr. Speaker, the construction was completed on time, within budget, and follows the government's workplace standards to optimize office space accommodation. As the first government to introduce a full minister responsible for Status of Women, I am looking forward to working wit

February 2nd, 2017House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal

Status of Women  Mr. Speaker, after 10 years of neglect by the previous government, we are finally making progress to ensure that women and girls thrive in—

February 2nd, 2017House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal

Status of Women  Mr. Speaker, our government has made gender equality a key priority with the appointment of a historic gender balanced cabinet and the first ever full Minister for Status of Women. Previous ministers responsible for the Status of Women were also ministers of departments that al

February 2nd, 2017House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal

Status of Women  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the opportunity to reiterate that this is the first time there has ever been a full Minister for Status of Women. In previous governments, the minister responsible for Status of Women had another place to work within. That said, let us talk about what

February 2nd, 2017House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal

Status of Women  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the hon. member for her commitment to this work. As a fellow Trent University alumna, I am looking forward to working on this file together. I am happy to say that our government is fully committed to addressing gender-based violence so that w

February 1st, 2017House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal

Ministerial Expenses  Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to serve as the Minister of Status of Women with a government that has put gender equality at the heart of its priorities, and with a Prime Minister who is a feminist in words and in actions. Previous to the Prime Minister's leadership, there was no

February 1st, 2017House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal

Ministerial Expenses  Mr. Speaker, after 10 years of neglect by the previous government, we are finally making progress to ensure that people of all genders have equal opportunity to thrive. The decision to have both ministerial staff and the public service on the same level was important. It is imp

February 1st, 2017House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, as a government, we are proud to hear from Canadians before introducing legislation. It is why my parliamentary secretary and I travelled the country hearing from Canadians. It is why we brought together a committee to act as a forum to hear from Canadians. It is why

December 14th, 2016House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, as a government, we continue to be committed to strengthening our democratic institutions. We continue to be committed to working with all members of the House to strengthen what we have. We are seriously committed to hearing from many more Canadians, not just throug

December 14th, 2016House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member for the opportunity to invite all Canadians to go online to MyDemocracy.ca or to call 1-844-690-8363 to be part of this important conversation about their democratic values. I can assure them that the information will be protected by f

December 12th, 2016House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, I urge all members of the House to read the committee's report, and remind everyone that the government will be responding to the committee's report in due course. The committee agreed, as do we, that we needed to hear from many more voices about the values that Ca

December 12th, 2016House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, as an MP from a rural riding, I can assure the hon. member that the voice of rural Canada is incredibly important to me. One of the reasons we decided to send out a postcard via mail was that we recognized that access to the Internet was not equal among all Canadians

December 12th, 2016House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the public service who work with us day in and day out to enhance the health of our democracy. I would like to thank him for another opportunity to talk about MyDemocracy.ca, an initiative that is meant t

December 12th, 2016House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, MyDemocracy.ca is about empowering as many Canadians as possible to be part of this important conversation. MyDemocracy.ca is based on the values that are at the heart of our democratic system. MyDemocracy.ca asks these questions based on the research that exists ou

December 8th, 2016House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate the hon. member for twelve and half years of service to his constituents and to Canadians. I am sure that he can agree that we all wake up every day hoping to make this a better place for all Canadians. We can all agree that we are all w

December 8th, 2016House debate

Maryam MonsefLiberal