Ramadan Mubarak 2017
Hi, I am Karina Gould, Your Member of Parliament in Burlington.
Today marks the beginning of the celebration of Ramadan. Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims throughout Canada and across the world. It's a time to fast, to reflect and to pray. During this 150th year its a time for all of us to think about the contributions that our vibrant Muslim communities have made here in Canada. I wish you peace and happiness and of course a very happy Ramadan.
Sesquicentennial Citizenship Award 2017
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CMHA's Mental Health Awareness Week 2017
Today we are beginning the week of Mental Health Week here in Canada. It's the 66th annual CMHA Mental Health Week and we are going to do more than just think about our mental health, we are going to #GETLOUD. It's important for us to not only to reflect but also to speak up about mental health issues. That's why our Government has recognized that it's a priority to ensure we are investing in proper mental health support. In Budget 2017 we announced $5 billion dollars in mental health to the provinces. This is an important step to ensure that all Canadians get the mental health help that they need. We can start today, you and I, by talking about it, by thinking about it and destigmatizing it. So join me in celebrating this week as we celebrate national Mental Health Week
Yom HaShoah - I remember
Today, on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, we take the time to remember the 6 million Jews and 5 million others who lost their lives during this tragic time. This is a part of our history we must remember. We must remember all those, the innocence, that lost their lives because of hatred and violence.
Today, I remember.
2017 National Volunteer Week: Apr 23-29
It's National Volunteer Week and it's the perfect time for us to say thank you and to celebrate all those that have given the gift of your time, your skills and your energy to the causes that matter to you.
Whether you are a professional who is lending your skills to those who might benefit from them or whether you're giving the gift of your time in order to deliver meals or plant trees or to participate that is important for you and those in our community, you are united regardless of your age, your gender and your background in providing a social good in our community.
I want to personally say thank you to all of you for all that you do to continue to build, to enrich and to ensure that everyone here in our community thrives.
Thank you to all of you who volunteer in our community,
Happy National Volunteer Week.
Happy Earth Day Burlington!
On April 22nd, millions of people around the world will come together to support our natural environment. Right here in Burlington, hundreds of us will be participating in Burlington Green's annual Clean Up Green Up, taking the time to pick up garbage and to clean our public spaces. As you celebrate Earth Day tomorrow, think about the way that you too can become a better friend to the environment. Whether it's walking to the store instead of driving or participating in one of the clean-up activities, thinking about composting or even planting a vegetable garden, there are many ways that you can show your appreciation and provide your support for our clean air, water, and land.
I invite you to come join us at the celebrations for the Eco-Fair at 1 pm at the Burlington Central Library Bandshell.
Happy Earth Day to everyone celebrating here in Burlington.
Happy Easter! Joyeuses Paques!
I want to wish all those celebrating this weekend a very Happy Easter.
Wishing all the Jewish communities in Canada a Happy Passover
Today we mark the beginning of Passover.
I'd like to begin by wishing all the Jewish communities in Canada and around the world a very happy Passover.
I grew up recounting the tale of Passover over my family's dinner table. It's one that reminds us of what we have today and the struggle our people went through before.
Really wishing everyone a happy Passover this year.
MP Gould's Keynote Speech at HIEC's Women as Career Coaches
On March 23rd, MP Gould addressed hundreds of young women on choosing a career in politics. Women as Career Coaches organized by HIEC is an inspiring evening that brings high school students and professionals together to talk and share about potential career choices.
Hon. Karina Gould announces $3.4 Million to improve public transit in Burlington
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Happy Family Day Burlington!
Hi, I'm Karina Gould your Member of Parliament here in Burlington. Happy Family Day weekend! It's going to be mild and beautiful this weekend; perfect for doing activities with your loved ones. Whether it’s out there walking by the lake, or catching a movie or going for a free skate, this is a great opportunity to spend time with your family. Have a great weekend, enjoy and Happy Family Day.
Share your Family Day adventures on Twitter: @karinagould
SummerJobs Program: Feb 3rd Deadline!
Calling all students between the ages of 15 - 30 as well as local small businesses, non-profits and public sector organizations! Burlington MP Karina Gould has the details of this year's summer jobs program, plus we speak with HIEC, an organization who participated last year.
MP Gould - Holiday Greeting - December 19, 2016
Members' Statement - International Volunteer Day - December 6, 2016
Mr. Speaker, yesterday, International Volunteer Day, we celebrated the millions of Canadians who volunteer in their communities and abroad to make the world a better place.
Today, I would like to thank the people in my community who give so generously of themselves. People like Bob Pring, a volunteer at the art gallery in Red Cross, Burlington's senior person of the year, who works with the Wood Carvers' Guild to carve beautiful and unique canes for military veterans;
Chuck Learn with Children of Christmas Past has spent the last decade delivering thousands of gifts across southern Ontario to seniors who spend the holidays alone;
and Esperanza Peacock, devoted and enthusiastic, has spent countless hours helping newcomers to Burlington navigate the city and find their place in the community.
These are just three examples of the wonderful people who volunteer their time and talents in Burlington.
We thank all of Canada's volunteers, at home and around the world, for strengthening and enriching our social fabric.
They truly make a difference.
Speech on Opposition Motion - On the Death of Fidel Castro' - December 1, 2016
On December 1, I had the opportunity to speak on the Conservative Opposition Motion - on the death of Fidel Castro and the importance of Canada's commitment to the Cuban people.
Speech on Bill C-26, An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan - November 29
On November 29, I had the opportunity to speak on Bill C-26, An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Act and the Income Tax Act.
Speech on Bill C-26, An Act to Amend the Canada Pension Plan (English Translation)
MP Gould - Presenting Petition on Palliative Care - November 24, 2016
Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to rise in the House today to present a petition requesting the government to consider palliative care.
Residents in my community have asked that the government consider putting palliative care as a defined medical service under the Canada Health Act.
They request the House of Commons and Parliament to specifically identify hospice palliative care as a defined medical service covered under the Canada Health Act so that provincial and territorial governments will be entitled to funds under the Canada health transfer system to be used to provide accessible and available hospice palliative care for all residents of Canada in their respective provinces and territories.
Members' Statement - Remembrance Week - November 18, 2016
Mr. Speaker, last week I had the opportunity to participate in Burlington's commemorations to honour our veterans.
Today, I would like to thank the members in my community who made this week special for those who have served.
I want to thank the Burlington legion, the Burl-Oak Naval Veterans, and some of the amazing individuals who give generously to honour our veterans: Kristin Courtney, who organizes a veterans luncheon every year in Halton; Bill Reid the “Singing Veteran”, who shares his songs of war with the commuters at Burlington GO stations, and who for almost three decades has provided services at retirement homes for the veterans who are not able to attend the official events; and, the Grade 12 drama students at M.M. Robinson High School, who each year write and direct a play on Remembrance Day, and who deserved a standing ovation as their story was heart-wrenching, honest and passionate, and truly honoured the veterans who were present.
We must take a moment every day to think of our Canadian men and women who have served and who are currently serving.
Our veterans serve our country with bravery, honour and dignity and I want to say thank you.
Thank you for protecting the values we cherish and making our world a safer place.
MP Gould, Remembrance Day Remarks - November 11, 2016
Members' Statement - Griffin and Lakeshore Public School Baseball Diamond - October 28, 2016
On October 15, I had the opportunity to celebrate one young boy’s determination in revitalizing an important space in his community.
11 year old, Griffin Gervais, was disappointed that his baseball diamond at Lakeshore Public School was in rough shape and not scheduled for an update. Rather than just accepting the fact, Griffin decided he would lead the effort to repair the diamond
Starting last January, Griffin, with the help of his family, classmates, his community, and the City of Burlington’s Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund raised a total of $12,000.
Today, with two updated benches, new chain-link fencing and a freshly mowed field, the Lakeshore Public School Diamond now looks better than ever.
Griffin’s story is one that is truly inspiring and shows that anyone can make an impact on their community if they set their mind to it.
Thank you Griffin for all of your hard work and it was inspiring to see you throw the first pitch on the field.
Celebrating Year 1 - October 19, 2016
Thank you Burlington for electing me as your Member of Parliament 1 year ago today. It continues to be an honour and a privilege to serve you in Ottawa. I am proud and humbled to represent you every day.
MP Gould - Thanksgiving Greeting
Have a very happy Thanksgiving weekend!
Speech on Paris Agreement - October 4, 2016
Members' Statement - International Day of the Girl - October 3, 2016
Thank you Mr. Speaker,
En cette Journée Internationale de la Fille, nous avons l’opportunité de reconnaître les filles et les jeunes femmes comme puissantes agentes de changement.
As part of the campaign “Because I am a Girl”, today and tomorrow, young women advocates from Plan International Canada, will step into the shoes of a Cabinet Minister or an opposition colleague, and participate in a busy day on the Hill. We all in this house value the crucial role that young women can - and should play.
Pour faire de l’égalité entre les sexes une réalité, nous devons tous être impliqués. Le Canada est fier d’aider les jeunes filles à atteindre leur plein potentiel et à apporter une influence positive au sein de leurs communautés et à travers le monde.
When girls are educated, healthy, safe from violence, and empowered, they can have a positive impact on their families and their communities.
As parliamentarians we have a role to play in shaping the policies and the laws that will allow all girls around the world to realize their dreams.
To learn more about their journey to Ottawa follow #GirlsBelongHere!
Parliamentary Secretary Gould speaks about women & girls at the 5th Conference of the Global Fund
Members' Statement - Hope in High Heels - September 27, 2016
Mr. Speaker, this past Saturday, Halton Women's Place held its seventh annual Hope in High Heels event in my riding of Burlington.
Boys and men of all ages from 8 to 82 including our mayor, fire chief, Halton police, labour, business, and sports leaders, and my husband and my brother all slipped into a pair of hot-pink heels and strutted in solidarity with Halton Women's Place to fight to end violence against women.
The message is simple: we will not end violence against women and children if boys and men are not included in the conversation and part of the solution. I thank all the boys and men for their leadership and their positive role modelling to help raise awareness and funds for a heroic organization in my community that provides vital support for our most vulnerable in their time of need.
I was thinking that the event was such a success this weekend in Burlington that maybe we should organize a Hope in High Heels on the Hill. Are you up for it, Mr. Speaker?
Members' Statement - Global Fund - September 23, 2016
In 2003, 400,000 people had access to anti-retro viral treatment; today, there are 17 million people receiving treatment to fight HIV/AIDS. This huge increase is thanks to the efforts of the Global Fund to fight aids, TB and malaria.
Je suis incroyablement fière que notre gouvernement contribue à ce combat à hauteur de $804 millions, et aie été capable d’amasser près de $13 milliards, ce qui contribuera à sauver 8 millions de vies.
The lives of young people like Ahmed Habré, Loyce Maturu and Ashley Murphy who are not only living with HIV but are strong activists because they have access to treatment. They made it clear that our legacy to future generations has to be the eradication of these diseases by 2030.
HIV and TB disproportionately affect the world’s most poor and most vulnerable and as Mark Dybul, of the Global Fund said, we can beat these epidemics, we just need to be better humans.
C’est pour les millions de personnes à travers le monde qui souffrent du VIH, de la tuberculose et du paludisme que le monde s’est réuni à Montréal le weekend dernier afin de mettre fin à ces épidémies pour de bon.
MP Gould - Mid-Autumn Festival Greetings
MP Gould - Back to School Greeting
MP Gould - Presenting Petition on Palliative Care - June 14, 2016
MP Gould - World Ismaili Games Greeting
MP Gould - Eid Greeting
MP Gould - Canada Day Greeting
MP Gould - Ramadan Greeting
Speech on Electoral Reform - June 2, 2016
MP Gould & MP Damoff - Burlington's Best Awards - Greetings
Members' Statement - Paul Hansell Foundation - May 5, 2016
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to speak during Mental Health Week. Brian Hansell, a father from my riding, founded the Paul Hansell Foundation in memory of his son.
The Paul Hansell Foundation looks to break down barriers and establish a proactive and preventive dialogue that puts mental health on an equal footing with all other forms of health. The conversation plate initiative was created to get people talking about all aspects of mental health.
Today, the foundation will celebrate the official conversation plate launch at Assumption Catholic Secondary School in Burlington. Assumption students will be performing their play Beneath Our Skin, which sheds light on difficult mental wellness issues.
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to make my own conversation plate, and I am proud to take the lead on a conversation thread here in the House.
I congratulate Brian, the foundation, and Assumption students on this important issue, and look forward to sharing this plate and this conversation with my colleagues.
MP Gould - Passover Greeting
Adjournment Proceedings on TPP - April 19, 2016
Members' Statement - Lorraine Hamilton - April 19, 2016
I’d like to take this opportunity to recognize Lorraine Hamilton, a constituent in my riding of Burlington, who yesterday received the Ordre de la Pléiade, which recognizes and celebrates individuals who have made remarkable contributions to francophone culture and French language in their communities and beyond.
Lorraine is a proud Canadian who values our French and English traditions and shares her passion for knowledge and learning with others.
Lorraine encourages and supports new Canadians in fulfilling their dreams by embracing our two official languages and begin their new lives in Canada fully equipped through her work at Collège Boréal in Hamilton.
She is compassionate, hardworking and treats everyone with respect and dignity.
I’d like to personally congratulate Lorraine on her efforts and this special recognition.
Speech on #Budget2016 - April 12, 2016
MP Gould - Vaisakhi Greeting
Karina Gould, M.P. - Nowruz Greeting
Members' Statement - Tom Sutherland - February 23, 2016
Ms. Karina Gould (Burlington, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to fondly remember a constituent in my riding, Thomas Sutherland.
Tom lived his life to the fullest and possessed boundless energy, a never-ending curiosity, a deep sense of commitment to community, a love of theatre, and a passion for politics, but his greatest joy was in singing and entertaining others.
He was called to the bar in 1965 and practised family law in Hamilton and then in Burlington for over 30 years. Following retirement, he was appointed an Ontario civil court deputy judge and was affectionately known as the singing judge.
Tom was a devoted Liberal and ran twice, in the 1979 and 1980 federal elections, and served as president of the Young Liberals in Hamilton and Toronto. He was Canada's representative at the NATO youth conference in the Hague, a delegate to the UN, and an appointed election observer in the Ukraine, Armenia, Albania, Montenegro, and Kosovo. He was also a tireless volunteer and served on over a dozen committees in his community.
Tom loved to sing his old Sinatra tunes, and I can proudly say that Tom did it his way.
Burlington Matters: Meet the MPs
Episode 9: Discussion about the Liberal government’s priorities with two of Burlington’s new Members of Parliament. Featuring host Mayor Rick Goldring and guest panel: Karina Gould, Member of Parliament for Burlington; Pam Damoff, Member of Parliament for Oakville North-Burlington.
Question Period Q&A #1 - February 17, 2016
Ms. Karina Gould (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, as my hon. colleague well knows, the practice of providing funding for humanitarian assistance is something that continues from the previous government. It is neutral, it is impartial, and we are ensuring that the money is going toward civilians who need assistance, as we should do as Canadians in the world.
Question Period Q&A #2, 3, 4 - February 17, 2016
Questions and Answers from QP on Tuesday, February 17 regarding the Government of Canada's new strategy for ISIL.
Opposition Motion on Pay Equity, MP Gould Asking Question - February 2, 2016
Ms. Karina Gould (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague and all colleagues in this House who are speaking on this important issue today. As my colleague mentioned previously, this is an issue that women have been fighting for decades and decades for.
I had a meeting with my local chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women recently in Burlington and they raised this issue. They have been working on it for 40 years.
I would ask my hon. colleague who so passionately supports pay equity: How can members of her party justify not supporting this motion today and go back to the individuals in their communities who have been working so doggedly for 40 or 50 years on an issue that we should not have to be dealing with in 2016?