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View Peter Fonseca Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Chair, today is Portugal Day, celebrated both in Portugal and around the world by Portuguese. In Canada, June has been recognized as Portuguese Heritage Month. We're truly happy to recognize the great contributions made by Canadians of Portuguese descent.
This year is a difficult one, though, for all of us, including our Portuguese diaspora community across the globe that is deeply affected by the COVID situation. Our prayers and well wishes are with everyone.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank our luso community of over half a million members in Canada from coast to coast for staying strong during these difficult times. Your warmth, hard work and team spirit resonate well across my riding of Mississauga East—Cooksville and globally.
As a Portuguese immigrant who came to Canada at the age of two with my family, I know this year will be a lot different from previous years. I encourage all of you to stay safe and enjoy a Portuguese meal, and please continue to support our local businesses.
[Member spoke in Portuguese]
View Peter Fonseca Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Today I am honoured to recognize the youth in my riding of Mississauga East—Cooksville who are part of the 52nd Mississauga Scouts.
For over a decade, I've had the great opportunity to join the Scouts every year during the month of May for the door-to-door food drives. This year has been a lot different, owing to the COVID situation, but our Scouts are not used to saying the word “impossible”.
David Chant, head leader for their cub pack, reached out to share that the youth have found innovative ways to engage our community through a virtual food bank. I say a big thank you to Scout leaders like David, who are strong role models for our youth, teaching them the importance of leadership, kindness and giving back.
I've always been amazed with the support within our community for the Scouts' food drive. David and his group of Scouts raised over $46,000 worth of food last year for the Mississauga Food Bank and The Compass.
Again, I give a huge virtual high-five to all of our young Scouts, who have taken the lead with lots of compassion and care.
View Peter Fonseca Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Chair.
Thank you, Minister, for navigating through these very trying times and for sharing with us how you're doing it with a principled approach on Canadian values and on rules-based international order, and for delving into issues that are sometimes international but also local.
I have a large Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora community in my area. A couple of weeks ago, you tweeted about how Canada was disappointed with Sri Lanka's decision to change its approach to the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution on accountability and reconciliation.
You also mentioned that Canada stands ready to support a prosperous and inclusive Sri Lanka. I want you to elaborate a little bit on that for us, and on what's planned in terms of human rights conditions and refugee relations concerns that we have with the country.
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Minister.
Again, we live in a very diverse country. In my community, I have a large Ukrainian and Polish diaspora. I know that recently you were on a trip. You went to Ukraine, Poland and Latvia, and on that trip, what was brought up was, of course, the threat of Russia. Eastern Europe is on the front lines for many of the challenges facing the rules-based international order.
Could you please explain how those countries are fighting back and the impact that Canada, through both military members and diplomats, is playing in that effort?
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much, Chair.
Thank you, Mr. Beasley, for being here with us today, and for sharing your experiences with us. I know you're a very busy person, but your testimony is very important to us.
I'm new to this committee. I want to take you back to when you were here and I believe it was in December 2018. You had stated that the two areas that concerned you were the lack of digitization in the UN system and gender parity. How do you think those have changed now? What steps have been taken? Where are we? Can you give us some insight?
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Lib. (ON)
I just want to say congratulations on those achievements.
In light of COVID-19 that we are going through right now, how will that data, the digitization, help you on the ground?
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Lib. (ON)
I want to thank you very much, again, for those achievements.
It looks like the digitization, the work you've been able to do, is going to at least help in stemming some of what's going to happen with the fallout from COVID-19. That puts you in a good place, but there's a lot of work to do.
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you.
I'd like to put forward a motion to nominate Marwan Tabbara as the chair.
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