Muslims in the House: March 26 - 29 | Musulmans dans la Chambre: 26 - 29 Mars

Somaliland
MP Chandra Ayra (Nepean, ON) noted the recent election of Muse Bihi Abdi as the president of Somaliland. MP Ayra commended Somaliland for their efforts to address gender based violence and the state’s commitment to reduce sexual violence. MP Ayra also thanked the Somali-Canadian community in Ottawa for its hard work and contributions to the community and for continuing to help foster the relationship between Canada and Somalia including Somaliland.

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Muslims in the House: March 19 - 22 | Musulmans dans la Chambre: 19 - 22 Mars

Foreign Affairs - Arms sales to Saudi Arabia
MP Helene Laverdiere (Laurier-Sainte-Marie, QC), brought attention to the issue of the multi-billion dollar Canadian arms deal with Saudi Arabia, which includes the export of many armored assault vehicles. She stated that the deal makes Canada complicit in the human rights violations that Saudi Arabia is engaged in, both against its own civilians and in Yemen and questioned how the Canadian government can deem their foreign policy to be both feminist and progressive if they continue selling arms to Saudi Arabia. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau affirmed that Canada condemns any and all human rights violations and the issuance of the export permits for the arms sales to Saudi Arabia comply with Canadian policies particularly with respect to human rights.

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Muslims in the House: February 12 – 16 and February 26 - March 2, 2018

February 12 – February 16, 2018

Protest in Iran
MP O’Toole (Durham) raised the issue of the Prime Minister’s silence regarding the death of a Canadian professor, Seyed-Emami, in an Iranian prison on the weekend and regarding the protest in Iran which Amnesty International confirmed led thousands to be imprisoned. Prime Minister Trudeau stated that the government has clearly stated their desire for an independent investigation into the death of Seyed-Emami. MP Genuis (Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan) called for the Prime Minister to fully support the cause of the protesters. Prime Minister Trudeau stated that the government is deeply troubled by the deaths and detentions of protesters during protests in Iran and said Canada rallied more countries than ever before at the United Nations in November on a resolution calling on Iran to comply with its international human rights obligations.

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Muslims in the House: February 5 - 9 | Musulmans dans la Chambre: 5 - 9 Février

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
MP Andrew Scheer (Regina – Qu’Appelle), spoke about how Italian and Greek immigrants have become an integral part of Canada. MP Scheer continued by classifying these refugees as legitimate. Furthermore, MP Scheer asked why, returning Daesh fighters, are being granted refugee status. The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, replied by assuring MP Scheer that Canada can tell the difference between legitimate asylum seekers and returning Daesh fighters. In addition, Minister Hussen stated that Canada is a compassionate country that is providing protection to Yazidi women and girls in Canada. Minister Hussen brought up the fact that the current government has almost quadrupled the number of privately sponsored refugees entering Canada and has restored refugee health care which was cut by the previous government.

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Muslims in the House: January 29 - February 2 | Musulmans dans la Chambre: 29 Janvier - 2 Février

Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre
The House commemorated the one year anniversary of the January 29, 2017 shooting at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec. Many Members of Parliament, including the leaders of all parties, condemned the shooting, commemorated the six Muslim men who were killed in the attack, and expressed solidarity with residents of Quebec and Canadian Muslims. All members of the House rose to observe a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the attack.

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Muslims in the House: December 11 - 15 | Musulmans à la Chambre: 11 - 15 Décembre

Aga Khan’s 81st Birthday
MP Yasmin Ratansi (Don Valley East, ON) spoke of the Aga Khan’s 81st birthday and mentioned his several contributions to vulnerable populations around the world. She also brought to light his valuable investments in Canada, including the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto and the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa.

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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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