11th anniversary of the end of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka
I would like to send my best wishes to everyone in Scarborough’s Tamil community. Usually, I would be with you in person on this day as we mark the end of armed conflict in Sri Lanka. It's important we come together in spirit to remember the victims of the war.
Presenting petitions: Human rights in India
Today in the House of Commons I tabled a petition signed by over 4,000 people from across Canada who are concerned about amendments made to the Citizenship Act by the Government of India that make religion a criteria for nationality and discriminates against some religious minorities such as Muslims.
The petitioners are also concerned that the criteria of the National Register of Citizens may make marginalized minorities stateless as they are more likely to be unable to prove their identity and status.
The petitioners call upon the House of Commons to condemn these measures and demand their withdrawal, and to condemn the excessive use of force by the police against the peaceful citizens of India.
Question Period: Cell phone affordability
Now more than ever, Canadians rely on cell phones for their work, school, finances, and health care – making access to high-quality and affordable service absolutely essential. But cell phone and wireless bills are still putting too much strain on too many Canadian households.
Today in question period, I asked the Prime Minister what our Liberal Government is doing to reduce cell phone prices?
Speech: New NAFTA agreement
On January 31, 2020, I spoke in the House of Commons about the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement, how it will benefit Scarborough businesses, and why it's a good deal for Canada.
Tribute to Sahar Haghjoo and Elsa Jadidi
I paid tribute to Sahar Haghjoo and Elsa Jadidi, who lost their lives when their flight home from Tehran was shot down. Their last selfie from that fated flight touched our hearts.They were layed to rest Sunday. Sahar's father Habib calls Scarborough home. We grieve with their family. Their loss is deeply felt.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
On behalf of my family and I, I would like to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Holidays and a very Merry Christmas, and all best for the New Year in 2020!
My reply to the Speech from the Throne
Yesterday, I spoke in the House of Commons about the priorities the people of Scarborough Centre want to see this government and minority parliament deliver: more support for those working hard to join the middle class, accelerated investment in affordable housing, and getting guns off our streets.
How the Canada Child Benefit is helping Scarborough families
One of the many families in Scarborough benefiting from the Canada Child Benefit is the Tareen family.
Thanks to the CCB, Lenna and Najib are able to provide healthy food for their childreen Abdullah, Ahmed Yasin and Habibullah. They can take them on educational outings, and allow them to participate in more activities at school.
We need to protect and strengthen the CCB, for the Tareen family and all the families that the CCB is helping to make ends meet.
Welcoming Canadians to Rouge National Urban Park
Today Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna was in Scarborough to announce the site of the future visitor centre for the Rouge National Urban Park, right accross from the Metro Toronto Zoo.
Over four years we have delivered on our commitment to protect this jewel of Scarborough and Canada by expanding the park's size and stregthening the protections for the park's ecological integrity, ensuring that this urban park on the doorstep of Canada's largest city will be here for generations to come.
Come for a walk in the RNUP this fall!
Investing in transit to move Scarborough forward
Today, with our provincial and municipal partners, our government announced an investment of over one billion dollars in transit in Scarborough.
In addition to capacity renovations at Bloor-Yonge subway station -- the busiest station in the system -- we announced funding for six new SmartTrack stations along the Kennedy-Stoufville corridor, including at Lawrence and Kennedy in Scarborough Centre.
By investing in transit, we're moving Scarborough forward!
Canada Child Benefit going up again!
Today we welcomed Jean Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, to Scarborough to announce that, as of Saturday, the Canada Child Benefit is increasing again to keep pace with the cost of living. It's good news for hard-working Scarborough families
One million jobs: growing the middle class in Scarborough
Today I visited SP Importers Grocery in Scarborough, one of the many strong small businesses creating good middle class jobs in our community, to highlight how Canadians have created more than one million jobs since we came to office.
Happy Canada Day!
The Canada Day long weekend is here. I hope you get to enjoy this kickoff to summer with your friends and family as we celebrate the true north strong and free. I'll see you at the parade on Monday!
Thank you for four years as your voice in Ottawa
The House of Commons has risen for the summer recess, and I’m looking forward to getting back to Scarborough to connect with all of you this summer.
I want to thank you for the opportunity to be your voice in Ottawa. It has been an honour, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished for the middle class and those working hard to join it over the last four years.
Recognizing the first national Filipino Heritage Month in Canada
On June 6th, I rose in the House of Commons to recognize the first national celebration of Filipino Heritage Month in Canada, and to thank the organizers of the June 1st celebration in Scarborough.
Greetings for Eid al-Fitr -- Eid Mubarak!
Wishing all those celebrating Eid al-Fitr in Scarborough, across Canada and around the world Eid Mubarak!
Question Period: Empowering women and girls
Today in question period I asked Terry Duguid, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Women and Gender Equality, about the Women Deliver conference now happening in Vancouver, and how it will help build awareness and the imperative for action for women and girls in Canada and around the globe.
Happy Filipino Heritage Month!
June is the first ever Filipino Heritage Month from coast to coast to coast in Canada, and I look forward to ceebrating the rich contribibutions of the Filipino community to Canada all month long. Mabuhay!
CIMM: Ford cuts to refugee legal assistance and legal aid
Yesterday at the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, I asked Minister Ahmed Hussen about the Ford government's cut to refugee legal assistance, and what our government is doing to continue to protect the rights of the most vulnerable.
Wishing a Ramadan Mubarak to the people of Scarborough
Speaking in the House of Commons on May 13, 2019 to wish a Ramadan Mubarak to all celebrating in Scarborough and Canada.
Wishing you a joyous Easter
Wishing an Easter of joy and peace to all the people of Scarborough Centre.
Happy Birthday Charter of Rights and Freedoms!
As we celebrate the 37th Anniversary of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, we asked some Scarborough residents what the Charter means to them.
For Canadians like me who choose to make Canada our home, the freedom to live, to worship, to be who and what we are is part of what makes Canada great.
As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: "“The Charter protects the rights and freedoms that are essential to our identity as Canadians. It allows us to express ourselves as individuals and to celebrate our differences, while bringing us closer as a country.”
Happy Birthday, Charter!
( Music: https://www.bensound.com)
Budget 2019: Investing in Scarborough Families
On April 12, 2019, I spoke in the House of Commons about how the investments in Budget 2019 will help Scarborough families.
Support the Daffodil campaign to fight cancer
On April 12, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid spoke in the House of Commons about why we need to support the Canadian Cancer Society's Daffodil campaign, and the fight to make cancer history.
FEWO: Intersectionality and seniors care
At the Status of Women committee, we're conducting a study on the challenges facing senior women. I'm particularly interested in exploring intersectional issues around the differing needs of minority senior women.
In urban centres, a growing percentage of the seniors population are members of a visible minority, and face challenges of language and culture when it comes to accessing services such as home care.
Yesterday, I asked witnesses from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and International Longevity Centre Canada if we're doing a good enough job addressing intersectional needs in seniors care.
CIMM: Helping newcomer women settle in Canada
Newcomer women face unique challenges when it comes to integration, and accessing settlement services such as language and skills training.
During the Citizenship and Immigration committee's study of settlement services this week I asked Adeena Niazi, executive director of the Afghan Women's Organization, about these challenges and how her organization is helping newcomer women.
Remembering Scarborough's Danielle Moore
Remembering Scarborough's Danielle Moore, who lost her life in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.
Claim the Climate Action Inventive on your tax return
It’s tax season, and as you’re filing your taxes, make sure you tick the box to claim the Climate Action Incentive.
International Women's Day 2019: #Innovate for Change
March 8th is International Women’s Day. For Canada, it’s an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of women and girls and to reaffirm our commitment to advancing gender equality.
This year’s theme, #InnovateForChange, celebrates the achievements of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math as well as business and the skilled trades. It’s also a call to action to remove the barriers preventing women from thriving in these fields – from unequal pay and fewer promotions to harassment and discrimination.
By removing barriers, we pave the way for more women and girls to find their passions, achieve their goals, and follow their dreams.
CIMM: Supporting Toronto to resettle asylum seekers
As a Toronto-area MP I've heard from both my constituents and from the Mayor about the impact asylum seekers have had on the avbailability of affordable housing and shelter space in Toronto.
At a recent meeting of the Standing Commttee on Citizenship and Immigration, I asked Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, to outline how his department is working directly with the City to help address their concerns as well as what collaborative role, if any, the provincial government is playing to coordinate the response with the federal and municipal governments.
Question Period: Reuniting caregiver families
On Febuary 25, 2019, I asked Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen what our goverment is doing to reunite caregivers with their families more quickly.
Really excited about these new caregiver reforms, which include:
* An occupation-specific work permit for caregivers, so they're not tied to one employer and can change employers if necessary
* The option to bring their families to Canada from the start, with open work permits for spouses/common-law partners and study permits for dependent children
* A pathway to permanent residence with two years of work experience
Recognizing Black History Month in Scarborough Centre
On February 20, 2019, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid spoke about Black History Month, Viola Desmond and the Meadowvale East Apostolic Church in the House of Commons.
Celebrating Black History Month
MP Salma Zahid speaking about Black History Month and Viola Desmond at the Meadowvale East Apostolic Church celebration of Black History Month.
Syrian newcomer entrepreneurs are creating jobs in Canada
Members statements February 7, 2019
From Peace by Chocolate in Antigonish to Aleppo Savon in Calgary, Syrian refugees are making a difference by opening businesses and creating jobs for their fellow Canadians. I would like to recognize a Syrian newcomer business in my riding of Scarborough Centre: Aleppo Kebab.
CIMM: Supporting newcomer women
At the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration today, we continued a study on settlement services. It is the settlement services that help newcomers become sucessful, by providing them with the language and skills training and other assistance they need to enter the Canadian workforce.
Our government has increased settlement funding by 32 per cent since we took office (as of next year) as we want newcomers to suceed and contribute to Canada's economy.
Today I asked Ahmed Hussein of The Neighbourgood Organization (TNO) about the specific challenges faced by newcomer women.
Small business focus: ERS International
ERS International is an electronics recycling innovator and small business creating jobs right here in Scarborough. Thank you to president Sam Kazemeini for giving Small Business & Export Promotion Minister Mary Ng and I a tour of your facility. #SBW2010
Small business focus: Aleppo Kebab
Small businesses like Aleppo Kebab, which recently opened at 1960 Lawrence Ave E in Scarborough Centre and was founded by a Syrian newcomer, are the backbone of Canada's economy and are creating jobs in our community.. #SBW2019
Knocking doors in Scarborough Centre
Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid on why she loves knocking on doors to hear from her constituents directly about their issues and concerns.
Christmas and holiday greetings
Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid wishes a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to the people of Scarborough, and all the best for 2019.
Good bye to Centre Block as we rise for Christmas recess
Today, the House of Commons rose in the Centre Block for the Christmas recess, and we said good bye to this historic building. When we return in January, it will be to the West Block, as Centre Block begins at least a decade of extensive renovations.
From tax relief for the middle class and the Canada Child Benefit to ending two-tier citizenship, I'm proud of what our government has accomplished in this building, I'm greatful for the opportunity to serve, and I look forward to continuing our work for Canadians in a new place in the New Year.
Question Period: Women's economic equality
By failing to ensure economic equality for women we’re not only missing out as a society, but as an economy.
A McKinsey Global Institute Report estimates that women’s economic equality could add $150 billion to Canada’s GDP by 2026.
But women face barriers to full labour market participation such as gender-based discrimination, patriarchal attitudes and lack of training.
Today in question period, I asked Small Business and Export Promotion Minister Mary Ng how the Women’s Entrepreneurship Strategy is working to help women overcome these challenges?
Canada's Immigration Committee reports on the UN Global Compacts relatng to migration and refugees
The Conservatives have been spreading a lot of disinformation and outright falsehoods regarding the United Nations Global Compact for Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees
We studied the compacts at the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, we listened to the experts, and on Friday we released our report. The compacts are good for Canada and good for the global community, and we should endorse them. Not one witness validated the Conservative attacks.
The compacts seek to address the root causes of migration so people are less likely to migrate, seeks ways to encourage those who do migrate to do so through safe and regular channels, and encourages countries to work together, ackowledging that no one country can solve the global migration crisis alone.
Read our report and get the facts: https://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentVie…/…/42-1/CIMM/report-23
Recognizing the Dorset Park Community Hub
On Nov. 27, 2018, Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid recognized the Dorset Park Community Hub and its executive director, Lee Soda, for their contributions to the Scarborough Community.
Question Period: Reducing poverty in Scarborough and accross Canada
Today, in question period, I asked PM Justin Trudeau how our poverty reduction strategy will help families like those in Scarborough who are working hard to join the middle class, but with housing costs and a rising cost of living find it challenging to get ahead.
Remembrance Day message from MP Salma Zahid
A Remembrance Day message from MP Salma Zahid, Scarborough Centre.
Tomorrow, Indians in Scarborough, accross Canada and around the world will celebrate Diwali. WIshing them all the best for the festival of lights!
Recognizing Women Making an Impact
In honour of Women's History Month, and this year's theme "making an impact" I recently recognized several women who are making an impact in Scarborough Centre.
Happy Navratri to the Hindu community
Tonight, Hindu communities accross Canada and around the world will will begin the celebration of Navratri. It's a celebrations symbolize the triumph of good over evil, and, families and friends will come together over the next 10 days to pray, dance, and observe traditions. Best wishes to all who will be celebrating!
Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid wishes a very Happy Thanksgiving to the people of Scarborough.