The Canadian-Muslim Vote is hiring!

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The Canadian-Muslim Vote is seeking a Communications and Project Coordinator (CPCO). You’ll work as part of our nonprofit team, servicing multiple grassroots projects based in the GTA, with reach across Canada. The CPCO is responsible for organizing, controlling and driving forward project activities, under the direction of the Board of Directors.

 

Typical duties would include but are not limited to the following:

  • Facilitate the determination of project requirements and scope and document the same
  • Prepare project organization and communication materials
  • Organize and chair status meetings, including distribution of agendas and minutes to all project team members
  • Track the progress, budget and quality of work being completed
  • Use project scheduling and control tools to monitor projects’ plans, work hours, budgets and expenditures and prepare regular reports
  • Effectively and accurately communicate relevant project information to all stakeholders
  • Ensure stakeholders needs are met in a timely and cost effective manner
  • Maintain project schedules and RAID logs
  • Track & manage scope, timeline and budget changes
  • Communicate ideas for improving organization processes with a positive and constructive attitude
  • Keep all stakeholders informed of project status and issues that may impact projects
  • Regular follow up and driving project activities forward with operating board members and peer coordinators
  • Networking, communication and warm&cold calling in support of TCMV outreach activities
  • Key projects and activities for 2017 will include:
    • Communications and Marketing Coordination
    • Mosque Ambassador Recruiting and Canadian Flag Raising Initiative
    • Education Program Coordination, Survey Program Coordination

 

Qualifications:

  • 3‐5 years of experience supporting Communications and/or Project Managers in the delivery of projects
  • Proficient in G Suite, MS Project and the MS Office Suite of products
  • Nationbuilder and/or Trello experience an asset
  • Effective communication skills including verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Energetic, creative thinker with the capacity to see the larger picture and detailed steps needed to achieve it
  • Highly organized with excellent writing, copywriting, editing and communications skills
  • Proven ability to work effectively both independently and in a team-based environment
  • Demonstrated willingness to be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities as an enthusiastic self-starter
  • Strong multi‐tasking and organizational skills
  • Bilingualism (French) preferred but not mandatory

 

About The Canadian-Muslim Vote (TCMV):

TCMV is a non-profit, grassroots, non-partisan organization that encourages civic engagement within the Canadian Muslim community. TCMV’s successful campaign helped dramatically increased voter turnout among Canadian Muslims during the 2015 Federal Election. The organization continues to inspire, motivate, and educate Canadian Muslims on the importance of civic engagement as the only way to participate in our democracy.

How to apply:
Interested candidates can apply by sending a cover letter and resume to opportunities@canadianmuslimvote.ca with the subject line “Communications and Project Coordinator – [FULL NAME]”.


TCMV is committed to access and equity and is an equal opportunity employer.

For more information: www.canadianmuslimvote.ca

 

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Muslims in the House – Feb 6-10

 

U.S. Travel Ban
MP Michelle Rempel (Conservative) raised the issue of NEXUS memberships having been revoked from Canadian permanent residents with citizenship in the seven countries affected by the U.S. travel ban. Minister Ralph Goodale responded by saying that all Canadian citizens with a valid Canadian passport should be treated at the border in the same way as before the executive order, and that since NEXUS is a discretionary program, countries have a right to withdraw the privilege. He stated that there are about 1.5 million people with NEXUS privileges, and about 200 have been affected by the U.S. revocation. Of those 200, none of them are Canadian citizens. The Minister stated that the government is working with American counterparts to make sure that all Canadians are treated fairly.

MP Matthew Dubé (NDP) raised the issue of a Muslim Canadian family that was denied entry into the United States, stating that the family members were questioned about their religious beliefs and that this was a direct consequence of President Donald Trump’s policy. He asked if the government will join the NDP in vigorously denouncing this shameful treatment of Canadian citizens. The Minister of Immigration, Ahmed Hussen, responded by stating that the government is clear on continuing the progressive tradition of Canada being an open and compassionate society, and that the Canadian government has been assured by the White House that Canadian citizens and holders of permanent resident cards continue to have access to the United States. He stated that the government will assist anyone with difficulties.

Safe Third Country Agreement
NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair raised the issue of 22 refugees who crossed the border over the weekend from the United States seeking safety in Canada. He asked why the Prime Minister is defending the Safe Third Country Agreement with the U.S. when it is causing further harm to refugees. The Prime Minister responded by saying that the situation is concerning and that the government needs to make sure that they are protecting the integrity of the Canadian border, the strength of Canada’s immigration and refugee system, and demonstrating that the government is there for the security of communities and individuals. The Prime Minister stated that Canada will always be welcoming to vulnerable people and that they are working with the American administration on how to improve the way things work between the two countries. Separately, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May also raised the issue, asking for an immediate suspension of the Safe Third Country Agreement. The Prime Minister stated that the government continues to do everything they can to welcome people to Canada.

Shootings in Quebec City  
Rhéal Fortin (Bloc) raised the issue of a Washington Post article that stated “And now, [Canadians] have good reason to observe that the province [of Quebec] seems to produce an awful lot of lunatics prone to public massacres”. MP Fortin and MP Luc Thériault (Bloc) asked the Prime Minister to condemn these comments. Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly, denounced the comments made in the article, stating that Quebeckers, like all Canadians, are open and welcoming.

MP Frank Baylis (Liberal) asked what the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and the government are doing to help Canadian Muslims and members of other minority groups protect themselves in the wake of the tragic shootings at the Centre islamique culturel de Québec. The Minister stated that they are extending the deadline for the Security Infrastructure Program, which helps communities protect themselves against hate-motivated crimes. He reiterated the need to continue working together to foster respect, solidarity, cohesion, and inclusion.

MP Peter Julian (NDP) made a statement about speaking up against and denouncing hatred, noting that Islamophobia, among other forms of hatred, are being seen across Canada and the U.S. MP Julian stated that the murders at a Quebec City mosque showed where hatred can lead and that we need to talk about it.

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Muslims In the House: January 30 – February 3

Shooting in Quebec City

The House of Commons observed a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the attack at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec. All parties in the House of Commons expressed their condemnation of the shooting and offered their condolences to the families of the victims, as well as the Muslim community in Quebec. Statements condemning the attack were read by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Opposition MP Rona Ambrose, NDP Leader MP Thomas Mulcair, Bloc Quebecois Leader MP Rhéal Fortin, and the Green Party Leader MP Elizabeth May.

 

U.S. Travel Ban

NDP Leader MP Thomas Mulcair stated to the House that the American president has implemented a ban on all individuals from several Muslim countries without justifications. MP Thomas Mulcair asked the Prime Minister if he agrees that this targeting of people based on their religion or place of birth is an affront to our shared values as Canadians.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded by stating that he will continue defend the Canadian values of openness and diversity that we cherish so much.

MP Thomas Mulcair also asked the Prime Minister what he intends to do to provide ongoing assistance to the thousands of refugees who are now banned from the United States. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded by stating that he has asked the Minister of Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship (MP Ahmed Hussen) to consider the different ways we can help these refugees.

Separately, The Minister of Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship, MP Ahmed Hussen, told the House that the government has received assurance from the United States that Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents with valid permanent resident cards will not be denied entry into the United States as a result of this executive order.

 

Democratic Reform   

NDP Leader MP Thomas Mulcair stated to the House that the Prime Minister has abandoned his commitment for democratic reform and in doing so, betrayed all Canadians.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded by restating that while he has long preferred a preferential ballot, the members opposite wanted proportional representation, and the official opposition wanted a referendum. There was no consensus. Hence, the Prime Minister stated that there is no clear path forward and therefore, Canada’s voting system will be left unchanged. MP Thomas Mulcair responded by stating to the House that the Liberal party promised something in order to get elected and to appear progressive, but then, once elected, shamelessly broke its promise to all Canadians.

 

Yazidi Refugees  

Leader of the Opposition MP Rona Ambrose (Conservative), stated that last year the House unanimously voted to recognize that violence perpetrated by ISIS against the Yazidi people constitutes genocide, and committed to providing asylum to Yazidi women and girls within 120 days. MP Rona Ambrose asked the Prime Minister how many Yazidi women and children have made it safely to Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau answered by saying that the new Minister of Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship (MP Ahmed Hussen) is working hard on this file and anticipates meeting the February deadline for this mandate.

 

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Muslims in the House: December 14-16

Syria
Liberal MP Ramez Ayoub for Thérèse-De Blainville informed the House that Canada led a resolution at the United Nations to demand an immediate cessation of hostilities in Syria. The resolution passed with the support of 122 countries. The MP then urged all members of the House to join the government in encouraging all parties involved to stop blocking humanitarian assistance in Syria so that hundreds of thousands of people experiencing the war in Aleppo receive emergency aid.

The Aga Khan’s birthday
Garnett Genuis, Conservative MP for Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan made a statement in the House marking the 80th birthday of His Highness the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of 15 million Ismaili Muslims. The MP stated that the Aga Khan has always emphasized pluralism, tolerance, and the importance of humanitarian work.  Furthermore, the Aga Khan has a strong connection to Canada, having been named an honourary Canadian citizen.

Bill C-306 – The Crimean Tatar Deportation (“Sürgünlik”) Memorial Day Act
The House resumed consideration of Bill C-306, an Act to establish a Crimean Tatar Deportation (“Sürgünlik”) Memorial Day and to recognize the mass deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944 as an act of genocide.  However, this motion was defeated and will not be moving forward.

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Muslims in the House: December 5-9

E-Petition 411 and Motion 103 Condemning Islamophobia 
An e-petition condemning all forms of Islamophobia was presented in the House of Commons by Liberal MP Frank Baylis (Pierrefonds-Dollard). The petition, which previously passed with unanimous support in the House of Commons, received more support (69,742 signatures) than any e-petition in Canadian history. MP Baylis emphasized that the House of Commons has an “enduring commitment to the Canadian ideals of religious freedom” and continues to support diversity of Canadian society.

Liberal MP Iqra Khalid (Mississauga-Erin Hills) stood in the House of Commons, as a Muslim woman, in support of the e-petition. Moreover, MP Khalid put forward Motion-103, which calls “on our government to condemn Islamophobia” and continue to “work towards eliminating all forms of systematic racism and religious discrimination.”

A Call to Change Canada’s Policy towards Myanmar
Conservative MP Garrett Genius (Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan) condemned the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. He acknowledged and denounced the Mynamarese government’s continuous efforts to kill and displace thousands of Rohingya people. He urged the government to reconsider its policy towards Myanmar, suggesting the government react to the “troubling and worsening situation” facing Muslims in Myanmar.

Bill-304 – The Crimean Tatar Deportation Memorial Day Act
Members of the House debated Bill 304, which would designate May 18th as a day to recognize the plight of thousands of Crimean Tatars under the Soviet regime. The bill would have the Canadian government recognize the mass deportation of nearly 200,000 Crimean Tatars in 1944 as an act of genocide. The Crimean Tatars are an ethnic Muslim group persecuted under the Soviet regime. The bill was introduced by Conservative MP Kerry Diotte (Edmonton-Griesbach), and is supported by the Conservative Party.  The Conservatives believe that this Memorial Day is an important “part of the international effort to counter Russian propaganda, which seeks [to] wipe out every trace of Crimean Tatars” from its history.

NDP MP Linda Duncan (Edmonton-Strathcona) spoke in support of the bill going to committee, although she had concerns about the name of the bill and parts of the preamble. The Liberals support the “intent of the bill to create a memorial day” to recognize the suffering of the Crimean Tatars. However, the Liberals “do not support this legislation” in recognizing the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars as an act of genocide.

A motion to pass the bill to a second reading was successful.

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Muslims In the House: November 14 – 18


Including Muslims in the federal review of national security

Salma Zahid, MP for Scarborough Centre, stated that the Muslim community has too often in the past not been included in the discussions on designing a national security framework.  She asked the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness how he is ensuring that all communities, including the Muslim community, are involved in the current review of national security. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, responded that national security consultations must be open and inclusive, and detailed the efforts that he is taking to ensure that Muslim voices are heard. He stated that amongst other efforts by his team, he has personally met with Canadian-Muslim organizations.

Standing against spate of recent racist vandalism in Ottawa

Pierre Poilievre, MP for Carleton, condemned the recent spate of racist vandalism in Ottawa which targeted members of the Jewish, Muslim, and black Christian communities. He stated that “the people of Ottawa stand united against the twin evils of racism and anti-Semitism.”

UNRWA funding restored

International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced that the federal Liberals are providing $25 million to The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). Opposition benches cried “shame.” UNRWA had previously lost federal funding in 2010 amidst allegations that it was tied too closely to Hamas, considered a terrorist organization.

Peter Kent, MP for Thornhill and Conservative foreign affairs critic, questioned the commitment of new funds, expressing concerns that the UN agency is deeply flawed, and has been manipulated by the “corrupt Hamas government.” Dean Allison, MP for Niagara West, said this decision is the federal Liberals “compromising security” and showing their naked ambition to get the Prime Minister a seat on the UN Security Council.

The Minister of International Development responded that this funding announcement “includes a robust oversight mechanism and a stronger accountability framework”, adding that the funding “is crucial for the security of the region”. Karina Gould, MP for Burlington and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development stated that “Palestinian refugees, especially women and children, are amongst the poorest and the most vulnerable”, that this funding will support 5.5 million Palestinian refugees in gaining access to basic services, and that it puts Canada in line with all of its G7 partners.

National Defence – Fighting ISIS in Iraq and Africa

Conservative MP James Bezan from Manitoba questioned the Prime Minister and the Defence Minister whether or not Canadian troops are in combat with ISIS in Iraq.  John McKay, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, stated that it has been made abundantly clear that Canadian troops are “in a training, advise and assist mission” to assist the security forces of Iraq.  MP Bezan also stated the government wants Canadian troops “under UN command” in the conflicts in Africa, in a move to abandon traditional NATO allies in the war on terror. He questioned whether this is to get the Prime Minister a seat at the UN Security Council.  Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, responded that the allies at the counter-ISIL meetings are the same allies on UN peace operation, because all the conflicts are interlinked.

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Muslims In the House: October 31- November 4

 

The Canadian Muslim Vote Is Recognized!

Liberal MP Shaun Chen made a statement in the House recognizing the efforts of the Canadian Muslim Vote, from increasing voter turn out during the last federal election to our goal of raising Canadian flags at 150 mosques across Canada in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. MP Chen acknowledged the importance of mosques not only within Muslim communities, but within the greater Canadian community as “an integral part of the multicultural fabric of our society.”.

Bill C-306 – The Crimean Tartar Deportation (“Sürgünlik”) Memorial Day Act

This is a private member’s bill introduced by Conservative MP Kerry Diotte which would enact May 18 as a memorial day in recognition of the 1994 genocide perpetrated by the USSR, in which millions of Tartars were deported from Crimea.

The Crimean Tartars are ethnic groups that are predominantly Muslim. Upon the liberation of the Crimean state in 1944 by the Soviet Union, the government ordered that all Tartars be removed from the region and moved to labour camps in Uzbekistan. The Bill, in addition to designating a memorial day, would have Canada recognize the Soviet governments actions against the Tartars as genocide.

Continuing to Stand with Aleppo

The Liberal MP Michael Levitt, stood to remind that “the residents of Aleppo, including 100,000 children, are struggling for their lives amid unimaginable horror.” This came on the heels of an emergency meeting at the Subcommittee on Human Rights, where the “White Helmets” reported that children are being attacked indiscriminately by attacks from the Assad regime and extremist groups.

The MP urged for an inquiry into the violations of international law by the parties involved in the crisis in Syria.

Iran

Conservative MP Tom Kmiec stated to the House that last week the foreign affairs minister and two of his Liberal colleagues held a private round table on appeasing Iran. The meeting was unfairly balanced toward supporters of Iran. Missing were critics of Iran’s human rights abuses, such as Iran’s religious minorities: Baha’is, Baluch, and Iranian Kurds. MP Tom Kmiec asked the foreign affairs minister why the government was engaging in such a biased manner?  The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Omar Alghabra, responded by saying that the government is open to discussion with individuals with a range of views and beliefs and has in fact met members of the Baha’i community.

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Muslims in the House: Oct 24-28

Motion against Islamophobia passes

MP Thomas Mulcair (NDP) presented the motion for the House to condemn all forms of Islamophobia, which received unanimous approval. MP Mulcair made a statement in the House denouncing hate crimes targeting Muslim-Canadians, acknowledging that these incidents have increased in recent years and stating that we must actively fight hate perpetrated against the Muslim community.

Vandalism at Calgary Mosques condemned

MP Darshan Singh Kang (Liberal) made a statement denouncing the acts of vandalism against Calgary mosques in Ranchlands and the Southeast Islamic Centre in Queensland, along with negative posters directed toward Muslims that have appeared in Calgary and Edmonton. He called for the people who are responsible for these acts to be brought to justice and for the education of Canadians about the positive influence of the Muslim community in Canada.

Canadian Forces in Mosul, Iraq

MP Rona Ambrose (Conservative), MP James Bezan (Conservative) and MP Pierre Paul-Hus (Conservative) asked the Prime Minister to be more transparent about Canada’s role in the battle to re-take Mosul from the Islamic State, stating that social media had revealed Canadian troops engaging on the front lines. MP Ambrose called on the Prime Minister to be more transparent and provide technical briefings to media. The Prime Minister responded by stating the government remains open and transparent about the mission but cannot compromise the safety of troops. MP John McKay (Liberal) stated that Canadian soldiers are staying within their mandate to train, assist, and advise.

Yazidi community

The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship recommended Liberals to vote in favour of the Conservative motion to welcome additional Yazidi refugees. MP Michelle Rempel (Conservative) inquired as to how many Yazidis the government will bring to Canada and how quickly. Minister McCallum responded by stating they would be brought within 120 days. MP Rempel called for the prioritization of Yazidi women. MP Peter Kent (Conservative) pressed the government to act quickly on bringing Yazidi refugees to Canada, stating that they are enduring discrimination and segregation in Muslim-run UN camps.

Communities waiting for arrival of sponsored refugee families

MP Joël Godin (Conservative) stated that various communities have been awaiting the arrival of refugee families since January 2016 and have spent money and resources in anticipation. MP Godin asked whether the government will expedite the process to bring more refugees in. MP Arif Virani (Liberal) responded by stating that there has been non-stop processing of files of government-sponsored and privately sponsored Syrian refugees and that the refugees began arriving in early March and others are due to arrive in the coming weeks and months. MP Virani stated that every effort is being made to finalize the processing of privately sponsored Syrian refugee applications filed on or before March 31, by the end of 2016 or early 2017.

Uighur Muslim community in China

MP Garnett Genuis (Conservative) spoke about human rights abuses in China, including the persecution facing the Uighur Muslim community in eastern China, stating that many there are not allowed to fast during Ramadan. MP Genuis called on the government to engage with China in ways that uphold Canadian values in human rights. MP Omar Alghabra (Liberal) responded by stating that the government is committed to renewing Canada’s relationship with China not on an ideological basis but on a principled basis and that the Prime Minister spoke about upholding international obligations to human rights during a recent visit to China.

International Religious Freedom Day

MP Candice Bergen (Conservative) received unanimous consent of the House for a motion for the House to condemn all forms of persecution against all religious groups, specifically mentioning Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Muslims.

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Muslims in the House: Oct 17-21

Status of Women  

MP Rhéal Fortin (Bloc Québécois) stated to the House that France’s Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, was right when he said, “The full veil is essentially a means to undermine women, [and that] goes against…democratic values.”  MP Fortin remarked that if our so-called feminist and democratic Prime Minister truly supports gender parity, what is the Prime Minister waiting for to ensure that all women take the citizenship oath with their faces uncovered? Separately, MP Luc Thériault (Bloc Québécois) stated that the Muslim Canadian Congress considers so-called religious symbols such as the full veil to be more of a political statement. MP Thériault added that the Bloc Québécois believes that religion and politics should be kept separate.

The Minister for Status of Women, Patty Hajdu, responded to both comments by saying that the values that define Canada include respect and openness toward Canada’s full diversity. She remarked that Canada’s diversity is a source of strength, and politicians need to focus on bringing people together instead of promoting division. Minister Hajdu added that we should respect the diversity of Canadian communities and the government will visit people in ways that are appropriate for their communities, whether they are military communities, religious communities, or indigenous communities.

Immigration committee study of the Yazidi genocide

MP Peter Kent (Conservative) stated that during the government’s special immigration committee study of the Yazidi genocide, a Liberal member suggested that because of the Yazidi refugees’ ancient culture, they might not integrate well into Canadian society. That suggestion was rejected by a genocide survivor, Nadia Murad of Yazidi origin. MP Kent asked the House, why is the Minister and the Liberal government ignoring Yazidi refugees? MP Michelle Rempel (Conservative) added further, that thus far the government has only brought nine Yazidis to Canada out of a total of 25,000 refugees admitted so far and that is unacceptable.

Minister of Immigration, John McCallum, responded by saying that far from ignoring the Yazidi refugees, the government is acutely aware of the tragic situation facing the Yazidis. Minister McCallum said the government will work to bring Yazidis and others who have been oppressed by Daesh to Canada.

Democratic Reform

MP Nathan Cullen (NDP) stated that Canadians are tired of self-serving politicians making promises just to get elected. MP Cullen asked the House if the Prime Minister will honour his commitment for democratic reform or if he will use his popularity to trump promises he does not want to keep. The Minister for Democratic Reform, Maryam Monsef, responded by saying that the Prime Minister has, and is, honouring his commitment. The government formed a special all-party committee on electoral reform that will provide the government with a report outlining recommendations for democratic reform on December 1, 2016.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Leader

MP Judy Sgro stated to the house that the global spiritual leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community arrived in Ottawa this week for a formal visit to meet with cabinet ministers, senators, members of Parliament, and the Prime Minister.

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Muslims In The House: Oct 3-7

Motion Condemning Islamophobia Fails
A motion condemning all forms of Islamophobia failed to receive unanimous consent in the House. The motion, brought forward by Thomas Mulcair (NDP), was introduced after Frank Baylis’ (Liberal) sponsored e-petition received signatures from 70,000 Canadians. Several Conservative MPs had opposed the motion, which led to its defeat.  Though the motion failed, the original petition is now being certified and then sent for government response to be tabled in 45 days.

Yazidi women and girls
MP Rachel Blaney (Conservative) said that Yazidi women and girls are being sold into sexual slavery, and the best the Liberals can do is simply to send advisors. She asked when the Prime Minister plans on taking action on behalf of those who are being faced with this genocide in Iraq and Syria. The Minister of Immigration, MP John McCallum, said that the Liberal government recognizes the exceptionally serious nature of this issue and the difficulties involved, so the government will be sending an expedition to investigate the situation in Iraq.

Muslim Canadians
MP Randy Boissonnault (Liberal) made the following statement: “I rise today in solidarity with Muslim Canadians and Muslim newcomers across the country. When Muslim newcomers decide to leave their country and come to Canada, they often leave behind prejudice and profiling for a better life in this country. Mistrust and fear of newcomers are dismal aspects of our shared past. Recent outbursts of Islamophobia in Alberta reflect neither the best nor the majority of those who share Albertan and Canadian values… In 2016, every Muslim Canadian is a Canadian—sont des Canadiens—are Canadians.”

Islamic History Month
MP Rachel Blaney (NDP) stated to the House that October marks the occasion of Islamic History Month. By showcasing the contributions of Muslim communities across Canada, we can combat ignorance and lslamophobia.

Rejection of Review on Arms Export
The Liberals and Conservatives rejected the NDP motion to create a standing committee to review the export of arms to countries known for human rights violations. The motion, introduced last week, called for the creation of a multi-partisan committee to provide parliamentary oversight to examine and review sales of military weapons to oppressive regimes.  The Prime Minister said that the government is committed to signing to the Arms Sales Treaty. The government is also dedicated to “increasing openness and transparency” regarding the sales of arms internationally.

Ratification of the Paris Climate Accord
By a vote of 207-81, the House of Commons ratified the Paris Climate Agreement this week, which formally commits Canada to the UN agreement that was endorsed by 194 countries earlier this year. Nationally, the Agreement commits Canada to greenhouse gas emissions by 30% of the 2005 levels by 2030.
While the Conservative Party supports the reduction targets outlined by the Paris Agreement, it opposes the carbon-pricing plan. Calling the plan an unnecessary tax burden on Canadians, Conservatives attempted to leave carbon pricing at the behest of the provinces, but the Liberals and NDP defeated this amendment.

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