CIMM: Supporting the Rohingya
On February 1st, 2018, during a meeting of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid asked William Lacy Swing, director general of the International Organization for Migration, about the IOM's work in support of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and Rakhine State, and what more the international community should be doing.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from MP Salma Zahid
Christmas and Holiday greetings from Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid.
Tribute to Ian Jones
On December 4, 2017, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid paid tribute in the House of Commons to late Scarborough resident Ian Jones.
Question Period: National Housing Strategy
Housing is a major issue in Scarborough Centre. Our supply of rental stock is limited and old, there is a long wait for community housing, and families are having to spend too much of their household income on shelter.
During question period on Nov. 29, 2017, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid asked the Prime Minister how the new National Housing Strategy will help communities like Scarborough.
CIMM: Medical inadmissability
At the Nov. 22, 2017 meeting of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid questions IRCC Minister Ahmed Hussen as part of the committee's study of the medical inadmissibility provisions of immigration law.
Remembrance Day 2017
Today, we honour the service and the sacrifice of the men and women of Canada's armed forces. They fought, so we could be free. We must always remember them.
Question Period: Canada's historic immigration levels plan
On November 2, 2017, during question period, I asked Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen about the government's historic multi-year immigration levels plan.
Celebrating Islamic Heritage Month
On October 24, 2017, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid rose in the House of Commons to make a statement in recognition of Islamic Heritage Month.
Scarborough Centre Multifaith Council
No matter where we come from or how we worship, I have continually been impressed by the values and priorities that we all hold in common: our love for our families, our community and our country, and our desire to give a better life to our children. That’s why we've launched the Scarborough Centre Multifaith Council. I hope this group can work to understand and bridge our differences to promote respect and harmony.
CIMM: Securing Canada's borders
At part of a briefing for the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration on irregular border crossings and asylum seekers, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid asks RCMP & CBSA officials to outline the security and background checks that irregular crossers undergo before they are released from detention.
Speech: End ethnic cleansing of Rohingya people
On Sept. 26, 2017, I took part in an emergency debate in the House of Commons regarding the situation facing the Rohingya. I called on the government to take several actions, including increased humanitarian aid, matching contributions to aid groups made by Canadians, and sending a delegation of officials and Parliamentarians to visit the camps in Bangladesh. The violence and ethnic cleansing must end.
INAN: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
I recently joined the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Committee of the House of Commons, and on Sept. 21st we heard testimony from the commissioners of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
I asked Chief Commissioner Marion Buller what is being done to help prevent future acts of violence, and how they're working to ensure the diverse cultural, linguistic and spiritual traditions of Indigenous peoples are built into how the Commission does its work.
Greetings for Eid al-Adha
Wishing a very happy Eid al-Adha to all those celebrating in Scarborough, and across Canada. May it be a happy and joyous time for you and your family. Eid Mubarak!
Canada Summer Jobs 2017
Hear from Scarborough Centre students about the benefits they're receiving from their summer employment through the Canada Summer Jobs program.
What did you learn from your first summer jobs that helped you in your career and in life?
What Scarborough loves about Canada
As we celebrate Canada Day and Canada 150, we asked the people of Scarborough Centre to share what they love about Canada. Happy Canada Day!
Happy Canada Day from MP Salma Zahid!
Greetings for Canada Day and Canada 150 from Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid.
See you on Canada Day, Scarborough!
Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid is ready to celebrate Canada Day and Canada 150 with the people of Scarborough.
Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid wishes Eid Mubarak to all those celebrating in Scarborough and around the world.
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church 199th Anniversary
Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid recognizes the 199th Anniversary of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.
Happy Philippines Independence Day!
In the House of Commons, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid offers greetings for Philippines Independence Day.
Bill C-6 goes back to the Senate
MP Salma Zahid speaks about passing Bill C-6 with amendments and returning it to the Senate. This bill restores the integrity of Canadian citizenship, reduces the time before a permanent resident can apply for Canadian citizenship, and makes other important changes to the Citizenship Act.
Philippines Independence Day 2017
Greetings from Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid for all those in Scarborough Centre, across Canada and around the world celebrating Philippines Independence Day.
Protecting Rouge Park for Canada 150
Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid celebrates with Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and caucus colleagues as the Rouge National Urban Park Act passes the Senate and is on its way to being law by Canada Day. The bill protects the ecological integrity of the park and ensures it will be preserved for future generations.
Speech: Protecting our youth from cannabis
On June 7, 2017, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid spoke in the House of Commons how Bill C-45 will help her as a mother, and other parents, working hard to keep cannabis away from our children. Today, it is easier for our youth to access cannabis than it is alcohol or tobacco. This status quo has failed. The system of strict regulation under C45 will help protect our young people.
Question Period: Protecting vulnerable immigrant spouses
On May 31, 2017, during question period, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid asked Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen about ending residence for spouses to protect vulnerable spouses, often women, who feel trapped in abusive relationships to protect their immigration status.
Ramadan message in House of Commons
On May 29th, 2016, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid delivered a message about Ramadan in the House of Commons.
Ramadan greetings from MP Salma Zahid
Greetings for Ramadan from Salma Zahid, Member of Parliament for Scarborough Centre.
The Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar
Thursday I presented e-petition 761 in the House of Commons. Signed by over 2000 Canadians, it reads as follows:
* The Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar have been termed by the United Nations as the most persecuted minority in the world;
* The Rohingya of Myanmar are victims of ethnic cleansing, rape, violence and constant persecution in their homeland;
* More than 100,000 Rohingyas are in camps for Internally Displaced Persons where they face poverty, violence and persecution;
* To escape violence and persecution, many thousands of Rohingyas have fled to neighbouring countries such as Bangledesh that are ill-equipped to care for them; and
* Canada is a country that stands for human rights and the protection of persecuted and endangered minorities.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to do all that is in its power to help the Rohingya Muslim community, including to put pressure on the Government of Myanmar to fulfill its moral and legal obligation to ensure the safety of its Rohingya Muslim minority, to pressure the Government of Myanmar to allow humanitarian assistance and international NGOs to reach Rakhine state and those Rohingya in camps for internally displaced persons, to arrange for a visit to Rakhine from the Canadian Ambassador to Myanmar, to view the situation first-hand and report back to the Government, to provide increased assistance and support for those countries which are housing Rohingya refugees, as well as for Rohingya in IDP camps, and to support the commission led by former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan studying the situation in the Rakhine state.
Celebrating Asian Heritage Month
Greetings from Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid for Asian Heritage Month.
Recognizing Scarborough nurse Sherri Gordon
In honour of National Nursing week I would like to recognize Sherri Gordon, a professional registered nurse in my riding of Scarborough Centre.
Speech: Budget 2017 invests in affordable housing and child care
On May 5th, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid spoke in the House of Commons about Budget 2017, and the investments it makes in housing and child care that will benefit lower income Scarborough families.
Wishing a very Happy Easter to all celebrating in Scarborough this weekend. Hope you enjoy dinner and time with family and friends, hunting for eggs, and reflecting on all our blessings. Happy Easter!
Reducing the caregiver backlog
I asked about our commitments to caregivers and progress reducing the application backlog during the appearance of Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, before the standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration on March 20, 2017.
Scarborough Centre Youth Fair
On March 6, 2017, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid spoke in the House of Commons to thank the participants in the riding's recent youth employment fair, and to call on the House to continue work to address youth employment.
Scarborough stands with Quebec City
On Friday, February 10, 2017, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid spoke in the House of Commons about the multi-faith vigil held in Scarborough in solidarity with the victims of the Quebec City terror attack.
Speech: Emergency debate on US immigration changes
Speech by Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid as part of the emergency debate on US immigration policy changes.
Lunar New Year Greetings 2017
Lunar New Year greetings from Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid on the Year of the Rooster.
Holiday Greetings 2016
Wishing a Happy Holidays and a very Merry Christmas to all the people of Scarborough Centre!
Honouring Hellenic Home for the Aged
On December 13, 2016, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid stood in the House of Commons to recognize Hellenic Home for the Aged for its service to Scarborough seniors.
Economic immigrants & family reunification
On Dec. 6, 2016 at the Standing Committee on Citizenship & Immigration, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid asked Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum about the linkage between the levels for economic immigrants and family reunification.
Speech: Enhancing the Canada Pension Plan
On Nov. 28, 2016, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid spoke in support of Bill C-26, an act that will enhance the Canada Pension Plan to improve retirement security for all Canadians.
Speech: Protecting & expanding Rouge National Urban Park
On Nov. 24th, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid spoke to Bill C-18, an act which will expand the Rouge National Urban Park, ensure its ecological integrity, and protect it from development.
Question Period: Saving for retirement
On Nov. 21, 2016, in question period, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid asked what the government is doing to help Canadians having trouble saving for retirement.
Condemning anti-Semitic incidents
On Thursday, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid stood in the house to condemn the recent spate of anti-Semitic incidents across Canada. Our differences ought to unite us, not divide us. Religiously-motivated attacks are contrary to Canadian values and principles.
Question Period: Involving all Canadians in National Security consultations
On Nov. 14th during question period, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid asked Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale how he is ensuring all Canadians are part of the government's national security review.
We will remember them
Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid's message on Remembrance Day Nov. 11, 2016.
Saluting Project Toronto Welcomes
On Nov. 4th, 2016, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid saluted Project Toronto Welcomes, a community group making a difference by supporting a Syrian refugee family.
Question Period: Road safety for trick or treaters
In response to a question about Halloween safety from Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid, Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced new regulations that will require rear-visibility systems on all new vehicles sold in Canada to help drivers see behind their vehicle when they back up.
Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas
Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid delivering greetings for Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas in the House of Commons on Oct. 31, 2016.