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.


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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Muslims in the House: September 26-30


Private member’s bill to repeal Bill C-51
MP Randall Garrison (NDP) introduced a private member’s bill that would repeal all aspects of Bill C-51. He said the bill would do away with the broad definition of national security contained in Bill C-51 and with the excessive powers it gives to CSIS.

Bill C-22: An Act to establish the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians
House resumed consideration of this motion. MP Lloyd Longfield (Liberal) said that he held a round table in Guelph with the Muslim Society, the Islamic Society, the Sikh community and other civic groups to discuss issues related to national security. MP Sheila Malcolmson (NDP) spoke to say the NDPs support the direction of the bill and MP James Bezan (Conservative) spoke to say the Conservative Party will oppose the bill as it stands. Major points of the debate included the chair being selected by the Prime Minister rather than elected by the committee and transparency of the committee processes. MP Salma Zahid (Liberal) spoke in support of the bill and referenced herself as a Canadian Muslim and as being a member of a community that has often felt unfairly targeted by security agencies and stigmatized as part of these security debates. MP Arif Virani (Liberal) also spoke in support of the bill and referenced himself as a Muslim member of the Liberal caucus. He spoke of the government commencing a nationwide consultation on the national security framework and the government engaging communities through their efforts to counter Islamaphobia. He referenced $35 million over five years to create an office of community outreach and counter-radicalization, efforts to welcome victims of Daesh and efforts to improve rights of those who have found themselves on no-fly lists by creating a passenger protect inquiries office and implementing a Canada-U.S. redress working group.

Creation of a Standing Committee on Arms Exports Review
House resumed consideration of this motion. MP Brian Masse (NDP) stated that Canada is increasing arms sales in the Middle East despite the current unrest in the region, and called on Parliament to address the problem. MP Garnett Genuis (Conservative) said this is an issue that can and should be studied by the foreign affairs committee and that the Conservative Party does not support a separate standing committee. MP David Graham (Liberal) responded by stating that the Canadian government will accede to the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, which aims to stop unregulated arms transfers and to create common international standards for the export of weapons. He stated necessary changes to legislation and regulation will be made to implement all of the treaty’s obligations in 2017. He also stated that annual reports on exports of military goods and technology will now be tabled on a fixed date and Canadians can expect those reports no later than May 31 each year.

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Muslims in the House: September 19-23


Canada’s arms exports program
MP Hélène Laverdière (NDP) said that a number of reports have revealed massive problems with Canada’s arms exports program. We know that Canadian weapons exported to Saudi Arabia have been used in Yemen. Recent reports have suggested that Canadian weapons have been sold to countries like Libya and Sudan, despite Canadian sanctions. MP Laverdière added that the Liberal government has thus far rejected a proposal to create a parliamentary committee to study arms exports. The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pam Goldsmith-Jones, responded by saying that the Liberal government will provide more rigour and transparency with respect to export controls, and that the government is currently consulting with NGOs and industry to bring legislation forward.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
MP Michelle Rempel (Conservative) stated that refugees are being forced to use food banks because the Prime Minister does not have a plan to support the refugees he brought here. MP Rempel asked the house how many refugees will require social assistance payments by the end of this year, and what the cost will be to Canadian taxpayers and to the refugees themselves. The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Arif Virani, responded that there have been issues with refugees using food banks and that the government is working hard to resolve these issues. MP Virani added that our government has been commended by the UN for our refugee resettlement efforts. Now, 13 other countries want to learn from Canada’s experience.

Iran and Professor Hoodfar
MP Peter Kent (Conservative) noted that the Liberals’ initiative to normalize relations with Iran has reached the ministerial level. The minister tweeted that at his first meeting with Iran’s foreign minister at the UN, there was not a word about Canada’s concern over the illegal detention, isolation, and abuse of Canadian Professor Hoodfar in Tehran. The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pam Goldsmith-Jones, responded that Canada’s severing of ties with Iran during the previous administration had no positive consequences for anyone—not Canadians, not Iranians, and not our allies. The first meeting between the foreign ministers touched on pressing regional issues and consular cases. Diplomatic solutions for humanitarian and security challenges depend on maintaining open conversation with Iran.

Troops to Sub-Saharan Africa  
The Leader of the Opposition, MP Rona Ambrose said that the Liberals decided to send Canadian troops on a mission to Sub-Saharan Africa, but we still cannot get any straight answers on how this mission serves our national interest. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that Canada engages constructively on the world stage because we can create peace and security that will have a positive impact in Canada and around the world.

Nuclear Disarmament
MP Tom Mulcair (NDP) asked the House why last month in Geneva the Liberal government voted against nuclear disarmament. The Minister of Defence, Harjit Sajjan responded that the most effective way to reach a nuclear-free world is by using a pragmatic step-by-step approach that works alongside Canada’s G7 allies for the eventual elimination of nuclear weapons.

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Did you know by-elections are being held?

Asalaamu Alaikum,

In light of recent high profile resignations in Parliament, we thought it would be appropriate to cover the concept of by-elections. Below is a short primer on what triggers a by-election and why you should care.

Since the Scarborough – Rouge River by-election is fast approaching on September 1, we’ve included a link to a complete list of candidates running for the by-election.

The last election in this riding was very close between Bas Balkissoon (Liberal – 16,134 votes), Neethan Shan (NDP – 12,863 votes), and Raymond Cho (Conservative – 11,491 votes).


What is a by-election?

A by-election is just like any general election held for a municipal, provincial, or federal position.  The only difference between a by-election and a general election is the trigger for the election. A general election is triggered at the end of a candidate’s elected term in office, while a by-election is triggered for reasons explained below.


How is a by-election triggered?
Elections Canada states that a by-election is triggered due to the following:

“A by-election is held to fill a vacancy in the House of Commons that comes about other than through the dissolution of the House for a general election. By-elections are called in a similar manner to general elections.”

In layman’s terms, a by-election is held when a candidate at the municipal, provincial or federal level has to vacate their seat for a particular reason. The reasons why someone would vacate their seat vary and could include: personal reasons, retirement, a change in commitments, etc.

By-elections can also be triggered because there is a tie during a general election.


Why should you care about by-elections?
It is vital for you to inquire and stay apprised of by-elections in your local municipality, provincial and federal ridings. The “raison d’être” of The Canadian-Muslim Vote is to ensure that we as Muslims exercise our civic duty and vote. It is only by staying engaged in the political process by voting, communicating with our elected officials, and lending our expertise where needed that we can help build the Canada that we would like to see ourselves and our children live in.


Could I run in a by-election?
ABSOLUTELY! Here is some information on how to do just that for a federal by-election.


Where are by-elections being held?

In order to find out where federal by elections are being held, you can visit the Parliament of Canada’s website to see how many “vacant” seats there are across all ridings in Canada. Current vacant seats are typically posted on Elections Canada’s website. We’ve outlined the vacancies from Elections Canada and other upcoming vacancies based on our research and recent press releases below:

  1. Ottawa–Vanier (February 19, 2017)
  2. Medicine Hat–Cardston–Warner (September 20, 2016)
  3. Calgary-Heritage (TBD)

Though we are acutely aware that Muslims live across the nation, we have outlined a list of by-elections in the province that has the most Muslims (i.e. Ontario). The legislative assembly of Ontario’s website shows current party standings and vacancies. We’ve also outlined other vacancies based on our research and recent press releases:

  1. Scarborough–Rouge River (September 1, 2017)
  2. Ottawa–Vanier (TBD)
  3. Niagara West–Glanbrook (TBD)
  4. York West (TBD)

Don’t Forget! The Scarborough – Rouge River by-election is September 1, click this link to  see a complete list of candidates running for the by-election. 

Stay tuned for part 2 on by-elections in the next couple of weeks!


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Muslims In the House: June 13-17

Muslims In the House: June 13-17

June 20, 2016  The Canadian- Muslim Vote


The House is adjourned for the summer until September 19.

Muslims in the House June 13 – 17

Genocide in the Middle East

Following the release of an independent report by the UN commission that concluded that genocide was committed by ISIL against the Yazidis, on June 16 the Minister of Foreign Affairs Stéphane Dion stated for the first time that the government believes that genocide against the Yazidis is currently ongoing by ISIL.As a result, MP Pierre Poilievre (Conservative) called on the government to reinstate the air bombing campaign to stop the ongoing genocide. Minister Dion disagreed and responded by stating that the government has tripled efforts for training and are improving their programs for development to rescue the affected populations. The Minister also stated that the Canadian government wants the UN to carry out more investigations to ensure that these crimes are addressed.


On June 14, MP Kamal Khera (Liberal) addressed the house to wish Ramadan Mubarak to Muslims in Brampton West, Canada and around the world and to recognize the Brampton Islamic Centre in Brampton West. This week the leader of the opposition, MP Rona Ambrose (Conservative) held an iftaar at Stornoway (house of the leader of the opposition). Additionally, various Muslim MP’s held an iftaar in Ottawa.

Rohingya Muslim community in Burma

MP Garnett Genuis (Conservative) raised the crisis facing the Rohingya Muslim community in Burma asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs what the government is doing with respect to leadership on human rights in Burma. As the government builds relations with Burma and invests money in its democratic development, MP Genuis called for the government to lead and advocate for the rights of the Rohingya by taking strong public action and public identification of these issues. MP Omar Alghabra (Liberal) responded by saying the government recognizes the mistreatment of minorities in Burma and is committed to the promotion of human rights and that their objective is to make a tangible difference on the ground through investments that will promote an inclusive society. He stated that alongside the creation of the Office of Human Rights, Freedoms and Inclusion last month, all missions abroad are now mandated to make sure the promotion of human rights is an integral part of the approach to engaging governments abroad.

National Defense – Afghan detainee file

MP Hélène Laverdière (NDP) called on the Prime Minister to undertake to launch an independent public inquiry into the treatment of Afghan detainees following report of new allegations. The Minister of National Defense Harjit Sajjan stated that they will be looking into these allegations and that there are a number of institutions in the Canadian Armed Forces that are independent and have the ability to look into the allegations.

Syrian Refugees

MP Jenny Kwan (NDP) brought up the issue of applications to privately sponsor at least 100 Syrian refugee families in northern Iraq being held up due to Canada’s lack of capacity to process them. Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship John McCallum responded by saying the government is aware of the situation, that some parts of the world are more difficult to get to, and is working on it.

Recently Active Bills

  • C-23 – Preclearance Act, 2016
  • C-229 – Life Means Life
  • C-6 – Amend the Citizenship Act and to make consequential amendments to another
  • C-14 – Amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying)
  • S-206 – Amend the Criminal Code (protection of children against standard child-rearing violence)
  • S-1001 – Authorize La Capitale Financial Security Insurance Company to apply to be continued as a body corporate under the laws of the Province of Quebec
  • C-2 – Amend the Income Tax
  • C-221 – Safe and Regulated Sports Betting
  • C-22 – Establish the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians and to make consequential amendments to certain Acts
  • S-225 – Amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (substances used in the production of fentanyl)
  • S-217 – Amend the Criminal Code (detention in custody)
  • C-11 – Amend the Copyright Act (access to copyrighted works or other subject-matter for persons with perceptual disabilities)

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Muslims In the House: June 6-10

Muslims In the House: June 6-10

June 13, 2016  The Canadian- Muslim Vote


Syrian Refugees

MP Michelle Rempel (Conservative) stated that soon Syrian refugees will see their one year of government-funded support terminate and most of these refugees still don’t have access to training to learn French or English. The Minister of Immigration, John McCallum responded by saying that the government is working hard through settlement agencies to provide funding to support language training for refugees. The Minister of Immigration added that in seven months the government has admitted 46,000 refugees and ninety-nine per cent of all the refugees are now in permanent housing.

MP Jenny Kwan (NDP) said certain Syrian refugees in Saskatoon are receiving their monthly assistance payments nearly three weeks late. MP Arif Virani (Liberal) responded that he will endeavour to work with MP Jenny Kwan going forward to find out about average wait times to deliver income supports to refugees.

National Defense – Iraq, ISIL

The Leader of the Opposition, MP Rona Ambrose stated the Prime Minister naively pulled our fighter jets out of the fight against ISIS and cut billions of dollars from national defense spending. The Prime Minister responded that the Conservatives were unable to deliver the kinds of planes and equipment that the Canadian Forces needed, and now the Liberals have to make a decision.

Sale of Arms to Saudi Arabia

MP Hélène Laverdière (NDP) said that the Prime Minister told Canadians that the Saudi Arabia arms deal was a done deal that happened under the previous government. Nonetheless, we learned in April 2016 that the Minister of Foreign Affairs in fact signed the export permits for the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia. MP Hélène Laverdière added that the government did an assessment for the arms deal but it was a weak assessment that did not consider the  human rights abuses perpetrated by Saudi Arabia. The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pam Goldsmith-Jones, responded by stating that the deal was done by the previous government. The current government is honouring this deal because it takes its duty to protect 3,000 jobs in Canada seriously, and a cancellation of the deal would result in financial penalties for Canadian taxpayers. Do we agree with Saudi Arabia’s human rights record? Not in the least, she stated.

Recently Active Bills

  • C-14 – Amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying)
  • S-225 – Amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (substances used in the production of fentanyl)
  • C-210 – Amend the National Anthem Act (gender)
  • S-1001 – Authorize La Capitale Financial Security Insurance Company to apply to be continued as a body corporate under the laws of the Province of Quebec
  • C-15 – Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 1.
  • C-18 – Amend the Rouge National Urban Park Act, the Parks Canada Agency Act and the Canada National Parks
  • C-226 – Impaired Driving
  • C-233 – National Strategy for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias
  • C-17 – Amend the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act and to make a consequential amendment to another
  • C-11 – Amend the Copyright Act (access to copyrighted works or other subject-matter for persons with perceptual disabilities)
  • S-224 – Canada Prompt Payment


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