Muslims in the House: December 4 - 8 | Musulmans à la Chambre: 4 - 8 Decembre

The United States recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
MP Guy Caron (Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques, QC) rose in the House to voice his opposition to the United States’ decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. MP Caron called the decision “reckless” as it will “jeopardize the rights of Palestinians” and “scuttle any hope for peace in the region”.  With our Western allies voicing their disapproval, MP Caron asked if the Government of Canada would join the international community in denouncing the United States’ decision.

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Muslims in the House: November 27 - December 1 | Musulmans à la Chambre: 27 Novembre - 1 Decembre

Public Safety
The Leader of the Opposition, MP Andrew Scheer (Regina-Qu’Appelle), raised the issue of Canadian Daesh fighters returning to Canada, and reminded the House that in 2015, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service warned the government that these individuals are a threat. He asked the Prime Minister why he is focused on providing reintegration services and not prosecuting them. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that the government takes the safety of Canadians extremely seriously and that a society is safe when it uses a broad range of tools which include enforcement, surveillance, and national security tools, alongside methods of “deprogramming” individuals.

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Muslims in the House: November 20 - 24 | Musulmans à la Chambre: 20 - 24 Novembre

Attack at Mosque in Nigeria
MP Robert Oliphant (Don Valley West, ON) rose in the House to express his condolences to the people of Nigeria for the terrorist attack that took place on November 21st at a mosque in Mubi, Adamawa state. MP Oliphant said that it is appalling that the attack happened in a place of worship.

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Muslims in the House: November 6 - 10 | Musulmans à la Chambre: 6 - 10 Novembre

Religious Freedom
MP Nicholson (Niagara Falls) made a statement in the House to acknowledge that the Justice Committee voted to keep Section 176 in the Criminal Code, which makes it illegal to use threats or force to obstruct religious service, or wilfully disrupt religious assemblies. He stated that Canadians and religious officials will be able to practice their right to worship knowing that they will continue to be protected in the Criminal Code. MP Nicholson also stated that the Conservative Party has always supported religious freedom as a fundamental right that greatly affects all Canadians, regardless of whether they attend religious services.

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Muslims in the House: October 30 - November 3 | Musulmans à la Chambre: 30 Octobre - 3 Novembre

Quebec’s Bill 62
MP Chandra Arya (Nepean, ON) raised concerns regarding Quebec’s Bill 62, which effectively bans face coverings. MP Arya shared his worry that this new provincial bill infringes on the religious freedom of Canadians and will divide Canadians by creating an “us” and “them” dichotomy.

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Muslims in the House: October 23 - 27 | Musulmans à la Chambre: 23 - 27 Octobre

Islamic Heritage Month
MP Arif Virani (Parkdale—High Park, ON) spoke about the month of October being Islamic Heritage Month and how it was an opportunity for everyone, both Muslims and non-Muslims alike to learn from each other and celebrate their differences. He also mentioned that it was a time to recognize the contributions Muslims have made to Canadian society.
MP Salma Zahid (Scarborough Centre, ON) also spoke of Islamic Heritage Month and encouraged Canadians to visit mosques and learn more about their Canadian Muslim neighbours.

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Muslims in the House: October 16 - 20 | Les Musulmans à la Chambre: 16 - 20 Octobre

Quebec’s Bill 62, on Religious Neutrality
MP Xavier Barsalou-Duval (Pierre-Boucher–Les Patriotes–Vercheres) spoke on the provincial National Assembly of Quebec’s passing of Bill-62 on religious neutrality, which prohibits any citizen with a face covering from receiving public services. MP Barsalou-Duval asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to commit to not challenging “the National Assembly’s absolute right” to institute this law.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects all Canadians, and as the Prime Minister, he is tasked with defending the Charter.

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Muslims in the House: October 2 - 6

Attack in Edmonton
The Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Scheer (Regina—Qu’Appelle), asked what is currently being done in wake of the attack in Edmonton. Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale (Regina—Wasacana), stated that the collaborative investigation between the RCMP and Edmonton Police is ongoing. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Papineau) urged Canadians not to let this horrific incident divide us. Meanwhile, MP Kerry Diote (Edmonton Griesbach) praised the City of Edmonton and their first responders for their resilience and effort. MP Diote went on to assert that Canada’s strength is that everyone has the right to live and worship as they please and we cannot lose sight of that in light of the cowardly act of terror.

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Muslims in the House: September 25 - 29

Emergency debate on the Rohingya in Myanmar
MP Garnett Genuis (Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan) requested an emergency debate to discuss the ethnic cleansing of Muslim Rohingya in Burma. The request was granted by the Speaker. Many members of Parliament including Andrew Scheer (Regina—Qu'Appelle), Stephanie Kusie (Calgary Midnapore), and Gord Johns (Courtenay—Alberni) went on to harshly criticize the government’s response to this humanitarian crisis, stating that Canada did not act earlier, and that the Prime Minister did not raise this issue during his speech to the United Nations. They inquired as to Canada’s plan for increasing humanitarian funding, and whether Canada has taken steps to begin the process of accepting Rohingya refugees.

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Muslims in the House: September 18-22

Rohingya in Myanmar
MP Randeep Sarai (Surrey Centre) raised the issue of the plight of the Rohingya in Myanmar, asking the government for an update on what actions they are taking in response. MP Omar Alghabra (Mississauga Centre) stated that the government is actively engaged on the matter. He mentioned that the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs have raised the issue at the highest levels, including with Aung San Suu Kyi and Kofi Annan, and they will continue to raise it at the UN General Assembly. MP Alghabra added that the government will continue to provide humanitarian aid to the Rohingya. Later in the week, MP Matt Jeneroux (Edmonton Riverbend) made a statement condemning the killing of Rohingya, called out the inaction of the Myanmar government, and stated that it is the international community’s responsibility to maintain pressure until the Myanmar government steps in.

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