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View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
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2021-06-07 18:12 [p.8054]
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Madam Speaker, I rise on a point of order.
I thank the chief opposition House leader for his question of privilege. I wish to inform the Chair and the House that the New Democratic Party will be intervening on this question of privilege as well. We hope to make our contribution to this important question of privilege as soon as is feasible.
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View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
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2021-03-10 16:51 [p.4837]
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Madam Speaker, constituents in my riding have asked me to present a petition on their behalf. They are asking the Government of Canada to use the tools within the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act, or the Magnitsky act.
The petitioners state that over 21 years, the Chinese government has perpetrated violence, including torture and killing, against the practitioners of Falun Gong. The petitioners call upon the Government of Canada to deploy all legal sanctions, including the freezing of assets and the barring of entry to Canada. My constituents look forward to receiving a response from the government.
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View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
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2021-02-18 10:39 [p.4214]
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Madam Speaker, as a member who was on the Subcommittee for International Human Rights and heard the testimony from former Liberal members of Parliament, human rights groups, international legal experts, and survivors of the genocide, whose testimony of course had the most impact, I recognize and have declared that I see this as a genocide. I will support the bill.
The word “genocide” comes with serious responsibility. If the House of Commons passes this motion today, what actions would the member opposite like to see the government take to ensure an end to the ongoing genocide of the Uighur people?
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View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
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2021-02-18 12:41 [p.4231]
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Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for his speech. It was very eloquent. Like him, I have deep concerns about the genocide that is happening against the Uighur people, and I appreciate his comments.
One thing we have an obligation to do as a country and as parliamentarians is to recognize and acknowledge genocide wherever it occurs, whenever it occurs. However, we are seeing a reluctance by the Prime Minister to acknowledge the genocide that is happening against the Uighur people, and the member spoke to some degree about what he would like to see the government do in response to that genocide.
In Canada, the government has acknowledged that we have a genocide against indigenous peoples. Could the member also talk about the implications of that genocide and what he would like to see the government do with regard to it?
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NDP (AB)
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2021-02-18 13:23 [p.4236]
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Mr. Speaker, that was a wonderful speech. It was very brave and very well done.
The member sat on the international human rights subcommittee with me. We heard the harrowing testimony together, and I echo his sentiment that we were deeply moved. From what I am seeing, though, from the government, I am not just concerned about the genocide against the Uighurs, but also that our whole China policy has not been effective. With all due respect, it has not helped Michael Spavor, Michael Kovrig or Huseyin Celil. I am wondering what we can do to convince the government to move faster and more ambitiously to get those Canadians released, and also to make sure that China comes back to the rule of international law and that we are standing up against the human rights against the Uighur people.
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NDP (AB)
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2020-11-27 12:17 [p.2628]
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Mr. Speaker, I am happy to rise today on behalf of petitioners who are asking the Canadian government to recognize that the Chinese Communist Party is perpetrating a genocide against the Uighur people.
The petitioners ask that the government formally recognize that Uighurs in China have been and are being subject to genocide, and that the government use the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act, the Magnitsky act, to sanction those who are responsible for the crimes being committed against the Uighur people.
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