Yesterday in Parliament – November 29, 2018
House of Commons
Statements by Members
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
Mr. Speaker, today is the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The date of November 29 was chosen by the United Nations in 1977 because of its meaning and significance to the Palestinian people.
Even after 71 years, we still have several generations of our Palestinian brothers and sisters living in refugee camps. Our government has restored funding to the agencies involved with helping women and children. We have taken a firm stand on the issue of Jerusalem. However, I am first to acknowledge that there is lot to be done. We do not have peace in sight.
Canada recognizes the Palestinian right to self-determination and supports the creation of a sovereign, independent, viable, democratic and territorially contiguous Palestinian state as part of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace settlement.
Persons with Disabilities
Mr. Speaker, what is the point of rushing through accessibility legislation if the government is not going to put its money where its mouth is? The Liberals keep failing Canadians who live with disabilities. In the fall economic update, there is no mention of new obligations, let alone funding for the CRTC to maintain its existing responsibilities. This is unfair, and it is insulting to Canadians who are waiting for implementation of Bill C-81.
Why will the Liberals not take their responsibilities seriously and ensure that institutions like the CRTC are accessible to everyone?
Mr. Speaker, our goal is to make accessibility a reality across federal jurisdictions, so that all people, regardless of their abilities or disabilities, can fully participate and be included in society.
Bill C-81 will help us reach that goal. This legislation represents a significant, historic advancement in federal disability rights legislation. Our government will provide $290 million over six years to further the objectives of the new legislation once it is given royal assent.
I am proud that our government has delivered on this important mandate commitment.
Procedure and House Affairs
The 66th report of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, The Use of Indigenous Languages in Proceedings of the House of Commons and Committees, was adopted. There was extensive discussion regarding the use of Indigenous languages in the house. The revitalization and use of Indigenous languages is a priority for CIJA. For the full transcript of the discussion, please click here.
Nothing to report.
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