Muslims in the House: June 4 - 8, 2018

Canada-US Tariffs

Leader of the opposition, Andrew Scheer (Regina-Qu’Appelle, SK) stated that the Conservatives supported the government’s decision to retaliate to the American tariffs made against Canadian Aluminum and Steel workers, however did not understand why tariffs would only come into effect on July 1st, 2018 while American tariffs came into effect immediately.

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Muslims in the House: May 22 - 25

Human Rights – Saudi Arabia arresting women rights activists
In connection with Saudi Arabia’s arrest of seven women’s rights activists, MP Cheryl Hardcastle (Windsor – Tecumseh, ON) asked the government how it can claim to defend human rights in Saudi Arabia while continuing to ship arms to Saudi Arabia and celebrate its Canada – Saudi Arabia relationship?

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Muslims in the House: May 7 -11

Cannabis Legalization
With the impending legalization of cannabis, MP Alain Rayes (Richmond - Arthabaska, QC) expressed concerns with the impending legalization of cannabis--specifically, that cannabis would become legal for recreational consumption before Bill C-46, the drug-impaired driving bill, would fully be implemented by local law enforcement. MP Rayes called on the Government to not implement the legalization of cannabis law enforcement officials in Canada are “equipped and trained” to deal with cannabis consumption.

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Muslims in the House: April 27 - May 4

MiH – April 30 – May 4, 2018

Foreign Affairs – Extradition of Hassan Diab

MP Matthew Dube (Beloeil-Chambly, QC) inquired about the extradition of Hassan Diab, a Canadian, to France and his subsequent return to Canada because the burden of proof for his extradition was so insufficient that it did not hold up in a French court. MP Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, responded that the current Canadian government advocated at every level for Mr. Diab’s return to Canada and are happy that he is back home but noted that the extradition occurred under the previous Conservative government with involvement of government officials at that time. The Canadian government is currently looking into extradition requests as it is an important matter.

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Muslims in the House: April 23 - 27 | Musulmans dans la Chambre: le 23 - 27 avril

Violence Against Women
MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry—Suroît, Quebec) raised the issue of insufficient funding to combat sexual assault on Canadian university campuses pointing to a UN report criticizing the government’s general inaction on the issue of violence against women. Prime Minister Trudeau responded by stating that the government understands the importance of tackling gender-based violence which is why budget 2018 allocates $5.5 million to improve access to on-campus centres for the prevention of sexual harassment and that the government has committed $86 million to develop a broader strategy to prevent and tackle gender-based violence.

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Muslims in the House: April 16 - 20 | Musulmans dans la Chambre: le 16 - 20 avril

Foreign Affairs: Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar
MP Cheryl Hardcastle (Windsor—Tecumseh) questioned what the government has done recently with respect to the Rohingya crisis, given that the final report on this issue by Bob Rae, Canada’s special envoy to Myanmar, calls for Canada’s increased leadership in providing humanitarian aid.

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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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