HoC QP Mental Health
I had the opportunity to stand in the House this week and ask Minister Jane Philpott for an update on our Government's efforts towards improving mental health services and access to them. I will continue to work hard for the residents of #RichmondHill, and Canadians who are affected by mental illness. #YorkRegion
#MentalHealth #Ottawa #MentalIllness #Canada
Jowhari Majid E LibRemembrance Day
This year on Remembrance Day, we hope all Canadians take time to pause and pay tribute.
QP Climate Control
I stood in the House on Nov. 2nd to ask Minister Scott Brison about our government’s plan to tackle climate change. Here is a link to the announcement: http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1146639
The full text of my question is here:
"Mr. Speaker, Canadians understand that the economy and the environment go hand in hand, and that any credible plan to reduce our production of greenhouse gases must include carbon pricing.
In the federal sustainability strategy, the government announced its intention to create a low-carbon government. Can the minister update the House as to the government's plan to do its part in tackling climate change?"
S-201 Genetic Non Discrimination Bill
I was pleased to speak in support of Bill S-201, the Genetic Non-Discrimination bill previously introduced in the Senate.
For the full text of my speech, please go to:
C-16 Speech in HoC 2nd Reading
I took great pride in having the opportunity to participate in this debate and lend my support on such an important and much-awaited bill, Bill C-16, an act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code.
For the full text of my speech, go to:
SO31 Persons Day
It gave me great pride to stand up in the House this afternoon to recognize the amazing women of #RichmondHill.
Full text of my speech:
"Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak on the occasion of Persons Day, a day that recognizes the historic decision to include women in the definition of ‘persons’ under the law, which was handed down on October 18th, 1929. It is hard to believe today that a law needed to be passed for us to legally recognize the remarkable contributions of women to our democracy and to our society. When I think of the incredibly talented women in my riding, and their achievements, I am nothing short of inspired. In particular Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to commend Janine Purves, Anne Marie Dean, Marj Andre, Kathleen Mochnacki, Sherry Bennett, Heather Skoll, Fatima Sajan, Mahnaz Shahbazi and Amy Tam for their hard work and dedication toward the betterment of our community in Richmond Hill. Their contributions have impacted Richmond Hill in key areas including the eradication of poverty, environmental action and community cohesion. Mr. Speaker ‘Because of Her’ Richmond Hill is a better place to live."
MP Majid Jowhari's statement on the passing of Robert Veltheer of Richmond Hill- February 26, 2016
Member of Parliament Majid Jowhari makes his first statement to the House of Commons on the passing of Robert Veltheer of Richmond Hill, the Founding President of Home on the Hill Supportive Housing.
Statement in English and French:
“Mr. Speaker, today I stand with a heavy heart. I recognize the passing earlier this month of Robert Veltheer of Richmond Hill. Bob was Founding President of Home on the Hill Supportive Housing, a charitable group whose mission is to provide inclusive, humane, and caring housing to those facing mental illness. Home on the Hill has also developed a successful mental illness lecture series and a family support and self- care group.
Bob led Home on the Hill through its creation and growth over the past five years. In fact, just before his passing, Bob and other members of Home on the Hill met with a representative of York Region Housing to discuss the acquisition of units at the Community Hub at Crosby and Yonge.
He was a husband, father, community activist, and a visionary with a strong desire to give. On behalf of everyone in Richmond Hill, I want to thank Bob for his tremendous passion and dedication. I offer my condolences to the Richmond Hill community and the entire Veltheer family. May his legacy live on through the countless lives to be improved through Home on the Hill.”
« Monsieur le Président, c'est avec le coeur lourd que je prends la parole aujourd'hui. Je tiens à souligner le décès, au début du mois, de Robert Veltheer, de Richmond Hill. Bob a été le président fondateur de Home on the Hill Supportive Housing, une oeuvre de bienfaisance qui a pour mission de fournir de façon inclusive, humaine et emphatique des logements aux personnes aux prises avec une maladie mentale. Home on the Hill a également élaboré une série réussie de conférences sur la maladie mentale et un groupe de soutien aux familles et d'équilibre personnel.
Bob a dirigé Home on the Hill pendant sa période de création et de croissance, soit depuis cinq ans. En réalité, tout juste avant son décès, il a rencontré, avec les autres membres de l'organisme, un responsable du logement dans la région de York pour discuter de l'achat d'unités au carrefour communautaire, situé au coin des rues Crosby et Yonge.
Bob était un époux, un père, un militant communautaire et un visionnaire qui avait un vif désir de donner. Au nom de tout le monde à Richmond Hill, je tiens à le remercier de sa passion et de son dévouement inconditionnels. J'offre mes condoléances à la collectivité de Richmond Hill et à toute la famille Veltheer. Puissent les efforts et le dévouement de Bob perdurer grâce aux innombrables vies que Home on the Hill est susceptible d'améliorer. »
Majid Jowhari, MP- Nowruz Greeting
Majid Jowhari, MP extends his best wishes for a happy Nowruz and a prosperous year of 1395.
Majid Jowhari, MP speaks at "Nowrooz on the Hill"
Member of Parliament, Majid Jowhari, speaks at "Nowrooz on the Hill". This was a momentous event as Nowrooz (Nowruz) was celebrated at the Canadian Parliament for the first time.
In this video, MP Jowhari thanks Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Hon. Stėphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions, his colleague, Ali Ehsassi, Senators, MPs and all the attendees for marking this historical event with their presence and support.
He also expresses his gratitude to all those who had continuously lent their support in ensuring the election of a government that celebrates Canada's diversity, inclusivity and multiculturalism as its core strengths.
MP Jowhari discusses Chief Science Officer and Stem Cell Research with Minister Duncan
April 14, 2016
Mr. Majid Jowhari (Richmond Hill, Lib.): Thank you, Mr. Chair. Minister Duncan, Minister Bains, Minister Chagger, deputy minister and assistant deputy minister, thank you for making the time today. We are privileged to have you joining the committee and sharing your thoughts with us.
I would like out the outset to thank Minister Chagger for making a special visit to my riding, the riding of Richmond Hill, where we had the opportunity to be able to showcase some of the capabilities we have in being able to help with the innovation and with the growth agenda.
I would also like to invite the other two ministers to join us because we would be able to showcase that we have the building blocks to be able to be an active participant both in the growth, research development innovation, and the growth of the economy.
I would like to also thank the Prime Minister for sharing your mandate letter with us, the mandate letter that gave us the vision, gave us the general direction that your ministries will be taking, and also a sense of collaboration among many different departments.
On that note, I would like to actually start with Minister Duncan and ask two questions.
One is on the sense of the priorities. I'll touch on that shortly. The other one is talking about one of the things I understand we share a passion for, stem cell research, as well as the collaboration between the ministries.
Let's start with the first question. I know you touched on the office for chief science officer. Can you give us an update aside from that you are starting to recruit for this position. Can you give us what was the finding from all the consultation you did. I know you reached out to all the MP offices to ask for some feedback.
The second question is specifically around stem cell. Can you expand on the scope of stem cell and how you are collaborating with other ministries, specifically the Minister of Health, to be able to promote that across Canada.
Hon. Kirsty Duncan: I'd like to thank my honourable colleague for the question.
I'll start by talking about the chief science officer. You're correct. It was part of my mandate letter that I am to create this position, and over the last several months I have met with hundreds of stakeholders and have been busy travelling the country.
We also reached out to chief science advisors and chief science officers in other countries to get ideas of best practices, for example, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the U.S., and Israel. Our officials spoke to officials in other countries, and I spoke minister to minister. We wanted to see what was being done overseas that we might be able to incorporate.
We also did a large consultation to stakeholders across the country to all our major stakeholders asking what should a chief science officer position look like, what tasks should they undertake, what tasks should be undertaken first, how should they engage with the research community.
And as you pointed out, I reached out to all parliamentarians. I've been here for seven years. I've never seen that. We really want to get a broad consultation. I'm pleased to see those consultations are now complete, and we're at the analysis stage, and I don't use that term lightly.
We are after all a ministry of science so we're doing a real analysis, and I hope to be starting a search in the coming months.
You have also asked about stem cells. For the committee, stem cells were really Canada's science. The breakthrough discovery occurred here in Canada in the 1960s by Drs. Till and McCulloch,and Canada has led in this area.
In the 70s and 80s they trained people who became international leaders, and in 2001 these researchers came together to create the stem cell network. It's 225 researchers and $80 million, and I'm pleased to say in budget 2016 there's $12 million for the stem cell network. I think my colleague, Minister Bains, would probably like to talk a bit about stem cells, but I briefly want to say there's so much promise.
Why that stem cell network is so important is because they are now ready to go to clinical trials. Stem cells, which I know for some people are concerning, people need to understand today a skin cell can become a stem cell and possibly treat 75 conditions. That's the promise. From cancer and heart disease to immune disorders, we do share you and I both a strong interest to support that research and hopefully one day deliver on the promise of stem cells.
Mr. Majid Jowhari: Do I have time?
Can we go back to the CSO? Based on that study, if one thing stood out that you learned from all this consultation, what would that one thing be?
Hon. Kirsty Duncan: I'd like to thank you for the question. I was really pleased . We received results from 74 different groups which is very big, and as I said, we're at the analysis stage right now and as a good scientist I can't preclude those results.
Mr. Majid Jowhari: Fair enough. Thank you.
MP Jowhari discusses Small Business with Minister Chagger
April 14, 2016
Mr. Majid Jowhari: Thank you, Mr. Chair.
This question goes to Mr. Chagger.
I want to talk about high-impact firm scale-ups, and I have four questions.
What characterizes a firm that is considered to be a high-impact firm? What qualification do they need to be able to get qualified for the funding? What is the amount of funding, and are there any deadlines associated?
Hon. Bardish Chagger: What makes it high impact is basically what it is able to do. We're looking at management, we're looking at the potential, and we're looking at everything it has to offer. We're looking at the overall package.
As to where it can go, we recognize that the nation has potential. This budget is making a commitment to actually work with high-impact firms to scale up. As Minister Bains mentioned earlier, and a point that I have been raising and that I have been hearing often, is that we are not able to scale our companies. That's a challenge that we're trying to take on, and we're looking at solutions within the community as well for that. So any feedback is welcome.
We are going to do it right, and so when it comes to a deadline, no, there isn't one. It will be part of the innovation agenda, and that's the role that the innovation agenda plays. The feedback that we've been gaining has been very valuable, and I welcome any feedback still.
Do you have another question, or can I make a point that I want to make?
Mr. Majid Jowhari: Go ahead and make your point.
Hon. Bardish Chagger: I didn't get to finish a point that I think is really important for everyone in this room to know and anybody who is watching from home.
When it comes to loans, grants, and opportunities for entrepreneurs, especially under-represented groups, we do have the Canada small business financing program, which has seen some great successes.
We do have the BDC, the Business Development Bank, which is committed entirely to small businesses. It actually works fairly well. The fact that we are coming under one portfolio, one department, I think will be beneficial to the nation as there is strength within that bank. The BDC filled a gap, and it is a gap that still needs filling, which is good feedback that we're getting.
I just wanted to make sure, for the people who are listening and who are here, that we share those resources as well with them, because it is a great way to get in and get that idea to grow.
Mr. Majid Jowhari: On a potential joint working between EDC and BDC to be able to further strengthen our trade, is there anything you want to expand on that?
Hon. Bardish Chagger: That's an excellent question.
Having all these different programs and departments all coming under one department is what's going to allow them to work together. Up until now they've been working in silos, because they haven't had to communicate. Now they have to communicate. They have to collaborate. They have to work together.
The success of this nation will actually be where competition meets collaboration. That is the secret to success. By bringing us all together under one department, that's where you'll see the EDC and the BDC working closely with the RDAs and the programs that exist.
I believe that we'll see some great successes moving forward.
MP Jowhari discusses new Innovation Agenda with Minister Bains
April 14, 2016
MP Jowhari asks Minister Bains about Census 2016
"Science and data are the cornerstone of good public policy. Canadians expect us to make informed decisions based on reliable data. This is the role Statistics Canada has been fulfilling for many years with its census program. The data collected through census survey helps policy makers and planners make decisions on everything from public health, to transit, to housing. Could the government tell the House what we can expect with the return of the mandatory census program this year?"
MP Jowhari- Statement on International Museums Day
May 11, 2016
"Museums in Canada and around the world will celebrate International Museum Day on May 18. It also happens to be the day that I met my wife 27 years ago.
This year's theme is “Museums and Cultural Landscapes”. In a country like ours, where our rich natural heritage is such an important part of our culture and historic events that have shaped us, this is particularly appropriate.
In Richmond Hill, the Museum of the Streets is a new kind of museum experience, taking away the four walls of the traditional museum and opening up the heritage of the town for all to see.
This always open and free journey of discovery that one is the tour guide of through the streets, is showcasing the obvious, and sometimes the not-so-obvious, all signposts to our fascinating past.
I encourage all Canadians to visit the Museum of the Streets in Richmond Hill and all other wonderful institutions, and take advantage of all that they can offer."
MP Jowhari asks Parliamentary Secretary for Science about Stem Cell Research
May 16, 2016
Mr. Majid Jowhari (Richmond Hill, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, Canada has been an important part of groundbreaking scientific discoveries in many disciplines. One specific area where we have made a great contribution is in stem cell research. From Canadian discoveries regarding cancerous stem cell to nearly mapping stem cell genomics, we will continue to help further scientific advances for years to come.
Can the Parliamentary Secretary for Science tell this House how our government will provide new funding to support stem cell research?
Mr. Terry Beech (Parliamentary Secretary for Science, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, we are committed to strengthening Canada's leadership in research excellence. Budget 2016 announced up to $12 million over two years to support the stem cell network's research, training and outreach activities. Stem cell research has evolved into one of the world's great promises, with significant implications for medical treatments, commercial products, and public policy. Our investment will support discoveries that will help to fuel Canada's economic growth while positioning us to succeed in the knowledge-based global economy.
MP Jowhari speaks about Medical Assistance in Dying
May 31, 2016