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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Statement on the Passing of Asma Jahangir

March 20, 2018

Tribute to Asma Jahangir (1952-2018) Honourable Senators, I rise today to pay tribute to Asma Jahangir, who passed away on the 11th of February. Asma Jahangir was a world renowned Pakistani human rights lawyer, activist and author, whom I have often referred…

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Statement on the Anniversary of the Mosque Shooting in Quebec City

January 30, 2018

As-Salaam-Alaikum (which means peace be upon you) Honourable Senators, I rise today on the anniversary of the massacre that took place at the Islamic Cultural Centre on January 28, 2017 in Quebec City. In a targeted act of terror and hatred, six…

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Islamic Heritage Month Statement in the Senate

October 20, 2017

On October 19, 2017 I rose in the Senate Chamber to commemorate Islamic Heritage Month. I rise today to acknowledge that October is Islamic Heritage Month in Canada. As a Muslim who immigrated to this country more than 30 years ago, I…

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