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Business of Supply  No, Mr. Speaker.

February 22nd, 2007House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I can tell the House that I am very amused by the hon. member's attitude and perception of reality. I guess he is entitled to feel good about himself, otherwise, what else could he do, resign from his parliamentary secretary role? The minister himself admitted in c

February 22nd, 2007House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I understand what the hon. member is saying, but for the record I want to let her know that the lowest minimum wages in this country are in provinces that are governed by NDP governments. Having said that, I also understand that she needed a podium to express her rh

February 22nd, 2007House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I agree with my hon. colleague that we all have to accept responsibility. As parliamentarians, we must confront the challenges that our society is facing. I am very proud to say that the previous Liberal government and the Liberal Party were and are willing to take o

February 22nd, 2007House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, how cheap can one get? First, it was the previous government that cancelled that program. Second, I have no problem with telling the hon. member that if the Conservatives have no plan or vision, they should step aside. The Liberal Party is ready to take over and impl

February 22nd, 2007House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I rest my case. The hon. member did not listen to anything I said and in fact used rhetoric to make an accusation that was inaccurate. I want to take this opportunity to repeat what the previous government had done and what the current government has abandoned: a $

February 22nd, 2007House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Business of Supply  moved: That, in the opinion of the House, immigrants to Canada and persons seeking Canadian citizenship are poorly served by this government. Mr. Speaker, I stand before the House today to express the concerns of Canadians about the direction or, more specifically, the lack o

February 22nd, 2007House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Foreign Credentials  Mr. Speaker, when it comes to hurting minorities, women, aboriginal youth and the environment, the Conservative government acted ruthlessly and cut essential programs, but when it comes to implementing much needed initiatives that the Conservatives themselves have promised, like

February 20th, 2007House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Foreign Credentials  Mr. Speaker, the minister also admitted yesterday that it is much easier to tear down than to create. She would know. Is the government really interested in helping Canadians with their foreign credentials? Apparently cutting does not require consultation, but helping new Canadi

February 20th, 2007House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Maher Arar  Mr. Speaker, hundreds of Canadians from across our great land have gathered in Ottawa to honour Maher Arar and Monia Mazigh and pay tribute to their sacrifice. Tonight parliamentarians and fellow Canadians will express their gratitude and appreciation to the Arar family for their

February 14th, 2007House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I am sure the parliamentary secretary was talking about three-sided cells figuratively because literally what we saw there were eight-sided cells, if not twelve-sided cells. If he is referring to it as a figure of speech, the courts, if we keep referring to the cour

February 13th, 2007House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I am not really sure what the question was, but I can see that the hon. member is very passionate about this issue. She has expressed her concerns eloquently and passionately. I want to assure her that I share many of her concerns. Just to avoid any confusion, while

February 13th, 2007House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, the hon. member's question actually illustrates what I said earlier. The Federal Court has ruled. Right now actually the Supreme Court is examining the principles and the fundamentals of the security certificate itself and whether or not it should apply to these men

February 13th, 2007House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak to this motion. I want to begin by thanking my hon. colleague, the member for Burnaby—Douglas, for his committed work and compassion on this file. This is a very serious matter. We have in front of us three detainees who have been on a hunger s

February 13th, 2007House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, first I want to congratulate the hon. member on his speech and his compassion. This is an issue of great importance to all Canadians. We cannot live with the guilt of letting any of these detainees die. We must deal with this issue with the greatest sense of urgency.

February 13th, 2007House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal