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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Muslims in the House: June 19 - 23

UN Peacekeeping Missions
MP James Bezan (Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman) criticized the Liberal government on Canada’s lack of participation in the United Nations Peacekeeping missions. He questioned why the Liberal government has turned down five UN leadership roles and has not committed to a single UN mission, despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promised commitment of 600 troops. In response, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, MP Matt DeCourcey (Fredericton), stated that the government is taking its time to decide what mission Canada will lead.

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Muslims in the House: June 12 - 16

International Development
MP Peter Kent (Thornhill) raised concern as to why the Liberals were funding the UN Relief and Works Agency when it funds two schools in Gaza that were found to have a Hamas-run tunnel in between them. MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes (Whitby), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development, stated that this was investigated and it was shown that there was no access to the property.

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Muslims in the House: May 29 - June 9

Two-Year Conditional Permanent Residence for Sponsored Spouses
MP Salma Zahid (Scarborough Centre) spoke about the Standing Committee’s findings on Citizenship and Immigration, specifically in regards to the two-year conditional permanent residence for sponsored spouses. MP Zahid stated that the Committee found that the condition can leave some spouses, particularly women, with no option but to stay in abusive relationships for fear of jeopardising their immigration status. The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, MP Ahmed Hussen (York South-Weston) stated that the measure, introduced in 2012, has been eliminated completely. He reiterated that the government is committed to gender equality and to combating gender-based violence.

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