Statement on the Second Anniversary of the attack on the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City.

January 30, 2019

Two years ago, a man filled with anger and hatred walked into a mosque in a quiet Quebec City neighborhood and opened fire on worshipers as they prayed. In a targeted act of terror, he killed 6 and injured 19 others simply…

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Statement to Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

December 10, 2018

Honourable Senators, I rise today, on Human Rights Day and in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to speak on the right of education for refugee children and youth. The right to education is not a…

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Second Reading Speech on Bill C-376,

December 5, 2018

Bill C-376 Second Reading Speech Senator Salma Ataullahjan, Critic   Honourable Senators, I rise today to speak, as critic, to Bill C-376, an Act to designate the month of April as Sikh Heritage Month. At nearly 500,000, Canada is home to the…

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Statement on the release of Asia Bibi

November 1, 2018

Statement on the Release of Asia Bibi November 01, 2018   Honourable Senators, I rise today to speak to you about Asia Bibi, a Pakistani woman of Christian faith who has spent the last 8 years of her life on death row,…

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Statement Commemorating Islamic History Month

October 25, 2018

Honourable Senators, I rise today to commemorate Islamic History Month in the Senate of Canada. Born out of the need to facilitate dialogue and understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim communities, October was officially proclaimed as Islamic History Month by the House of…

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Statement on Senate Motion to revoke Aung San Suu Kyi’s Honourary Canadian Citizenship

October 2, 2018

I rise today in support of Senator Omidvar’s Motion. Honourable Senators, the persecution of the Rohingya population in Myanmar is an issue that I first raised with the Burmese delegation in 2012 and have raised many times in this Chamber since 2013,…

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Second Reading Speech on Bill S-247

September 19, 2018

Bill S-247: An Act to establish International Mother Language Day Senator Ataullahjan, Second Reading   Honourable Senators, I rise today to speak to Bill S-247, An Act to establish International Mother Language Day. Bill S-247 is a legislative proposal by Senator Jaffer…

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Second Reading Response Speech on Bill C-65

June 7, 2018

Honourable Senators, I rise today to speak to Bill C-65, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (harassment and violence), the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act and the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1. I am pleased to be the…

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Third Reading Speech on Bill C-45, An Act to respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts

June 1, 2018

Bill C-45 An Act to respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts Third Reading Speech: Senator Ataullahjan Honourable Senators, I rise today to speak about Bill C-45, an Act respecting cannabis and…

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Statement on the month of Ramadan 2018

May 24, 2018

Honourable Senators, I rise today to mark the Holy Month of Ramadan which is being observed by Muslims across Canada and around the world. Muslims observe Ramadan as a commemoration of the revelation of the Quran from God to our beloved Prophet,…

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