Statement by the Honourable Jim Karygiannis

As Ramadan begins, I would like to offer warm regards to all Canadians who are observing this holy month.This year, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, when The Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau entrenched the Charter in the new Canadian Constitution.  One of the most important rights protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is the right to worship.  The observance of Ramadan, one of the holiest times in the Muslim religious calendar, offers a time to reflect on one's good fortune, the plight of those less fortunate and the importance of religion in one's life.A multicultural society offers the opportunity to share one's culture and faith.  Ramadan offers a unique opportunity for Muslim Canadians to share the tenets of their faith with their fellow Canadians.  This sharing helps to bring understanding and acceptance of what makes each of us unique.  It also helps to strengthen the ties which make us Canadian.The self-reflection, prayer and charity exhibited during Ramadan serve to remind each of us of our individual spirituality and the need for individual and collective sacrifice.

Statement by the Honourable Jim Karygiannis


 As Eid Milad ul-Nabi approaches, I would like to offer warm regards to all Canadians who are celebrating the birth of the Prophet Muhammad.
The Prophet Muhammad, the last Prophet of Islam, was born in 570 CE in the City of Mecca. He lived a modest life, dedicated to family and devoted to faith. The Prophet Muhammad established ‘The Five Pillars of Islam’- a framework for worship and commitment to faith, including declaring the oneness of Allah and his messenger Muhammad; praying five times a day; fasting during the month of Ramadan; giving to charity; and, making the hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca at least once in one’s lifetime.
This joyous occasion is marked by fasting, parades, special prayer services and recitations of poems on the Prophet Muhammad’s life and work.

 

Karygiannis to re-introduce ‘Speed Limiter’ Bill

OTTAWA – The Honourable Jim Karygiannis, Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt, will be re-introducing his Private Member’s Bill to require vehicles to have ‘speed limiters’ in the wake of a tragic accident at Kennedy Road and Finch Avenue.“My heart goes out to the family and friends of the young man who was killed today.  Instead of giving thanks for their blessings, today will always be a day of sadness.” said Mr. Karygiannis.  “It is time to end the carnage on our streets caused by street racing.”Mr. Karygiannis introduced Bill C-319, An Act to Amend the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Speed Limiters) in the 40th Parliament.  The Bill died on the Order Paper when the last election was called.  The Bill would require manufactures to install a device on all new cars ensuring that the maximum speed it could travel is 150km per hour.“I have been told that there were two cars involved – racing each other – and that they were doing about 180km per hour.  Speeding reduces one’s ability to manoeuvre or stop the car safely and decreases reaction time in hazardous situations.” Mr. Karygiannis stated.  “Nearly 3,000 people are killed on our highways each year due to speeding.  We have to stop this bloodbath!

Karygiannis calls on Conservative Government to engage Libyan Diaspora

OTTAWA – The Honourable Jim Karygiannis, Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt, is calling on the Conservative Government to engage the Libyan Diaspora in Canada to help provide humanitarian and medical assistance and assist Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) as it begins to rebuild.
“I have written to the Prime Minister urging him to engage the Diaspora.” said Mr. Karygiannis.  “The Libyan Diaspora in Canada has the knowledge and expertise to help rebuild Libya.  They are ready to help.  All the Government needs to do is engage.”
In his letter, Mr. Karygiannis urged the Conservative Government to:
Engage members of the Libyan Diaspora in Canada in providing medical and humanitarian assistance.  Libyan Canadian doctors have already travelled to Libya and they need Canada’s help to continue to provide necessary medical assistance.
Use Canada’s proven expertise in matters of governance and human rights.  Members of the Libyan Diaspora in Canada want to help their former country men and women achieve the rights and freedoms they enjoy in Canada.
“Our military mission is important.  However, it is the rebuilding of the government and civil society that will allow Libya to flourish.” Mr. Karygiannis stated.  “The Libyan Diaspora in Canada stands ready to help.  The Conservative Government must not fail Libya by failing to engage them.”

Karygiannis attends Takbeer with Liberal Leader Bob Rae

OTTAWA – The Honourable Jim Karygiannis, Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt and Liberal Multiculturalism Critic, attended Takbeer with Liberal Leader Bob Rae, MP Kristy Duncan and other Liberals to celebrate the beginning of Eid ul-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.“The right to worship and observe the tenets of one’s faith is a basic right and is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  said Mr. Karygiannis.  Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and the spiritual enlightenment gained through fasting.”Takbeer was attended by members of the Muslim community in Ottawa.
“Eid is a time to celebrate with family and friends and to make peace with one’s fellow man.  It is also important to celebrate the peace and security that we share as a nation.  Eid ul-Fitr Mubarak.”  Mr. Karygiannis stated.

 

Eid ul-Fitr

As Eid ul-Fitr approaches, marking the end of Ramadan, I would like to offer warm regards to all who are observing this religious holiday.The right to worship and observe the tenets of one’s faith is a basic right and is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and FreedomsEid ul-Fitr, marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and the spiritual enlightenment gained through fasting.  It is a time to celebrate with family and friends and to make peace with ones fellow man.  It is also important to celebrate the peace and security that we share as a nation.Eid ul-Fitr Mubarak.

Statement on the occasion of Pakistan Independence Day

Liberal Leader Bob Rae released the following statement today:”On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary Caucus I would like to send greetings to everyone marking this year’s anniversary of Pakistan Independence Day.”

Jim Karygiannis, Liberal Multicultural Critic added: “Members of the Canadian Pakistani community mark Pakistan Independence Day by sharing their heritage with their fellow Canadians as a way to promote greater understanding between communities.  Although I am concerned about the difficulties Pakistan facing, I am hopeful that peace and stability will return to Pakistan.”

We can all take pride in the contributions that Canadians of Pakistani descent have made to this country.  Together we can reflect upon the cultural diversity that forms part of the strength of our country and the hopes we all have to build a better world.

Karygiannis invites multicultural communities and ethnic media to meet with Liberals

TORONTO – The Honourable Jim Karygiannis, Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt and Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism, is inviting members of multicultural communities, stakeholder groups and the ethnic media to meet, in camera, with Liberals Members, to discuss issues facing Canadians.

 “As we move forward as a country, it is important that we create an environment where all communities live in harmony.” said Mr. Karygiannis.  “Many times, people feel left out, unable to voice their concerns and, therefore, they are not at the table and part of the decisions being made.”

 Mr. Karygiannis will be holding meetings before the National Liberal Caucus which will be held at the end of August.  There may be other members of the Liberal Caucus in attendance.  These meetings will be held at the House of Commons in Ottawa.

 These meetings will be scheduled on a ‘first come, first served’ basis on Sunday, August 28, 2011, from 10:00am to 5:30pm.  Should there be sufficient interest; meetings will also be scheduled on Saturday, August 27, 2011.  It is anticipated that the meetings will be approximately 20 minutes each.  If you have a brief which you will be presenting, it would be appreciated if it was in both official languages.

 Participants are invited to an informal reception on Sunday evening, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm to meet each other and members of the Liberal Caucus.

 If you are interested in participating, please advise Mr. Karygiannis’ office no later than August 17, 2011, via email at jim.karygiannis@parl.gc.ca or fax (613) 992 4501.  We will contact you in order to schedule a mutually convenient time.

 “Multiculturalism is fundamental to our belief that all Canadian citizens, regardless of their racial, ethnic or religious background, have an equal voice and opportunity to participate fully in Canadian society.”  Mr. Karygiannis commented.Last night, at its August meeting, Mr. Karygiannis discussed the importance of community outreach with members of the National Ethnic Press and Media Council.

“Canada’s strength is her people.  As Canadians, we are proud of our citizenship and value our rights and freedoms.  We live harmoniously under one flag - the Canadian Flag.  While we are different from one another, we are one – we are Canada.”  Mr. Karygiannis stated.

Karygiannis condemns defacing of Toronto Synagogue

TORONTO - The Honourable jim Karygiannis, Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt and Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism, is horrified that anti-semitic graffiti has defaced a synagogue in Toronto.

"This malicious act has been committed by person or persons who practice hate." said Mr. Karygiannis. "On behalf of my Leader, Caucus colleagues and the entire Liberal Party, I condemn this blatant act of hatred."

On Thursday, Rabbi Jarrod Grover of the Beth Tikvah Synagogue discovered a swastika spray painted on the building’s wall and next to it the words ’Islam will rule’.

"This sort of hatred has no place in Canada. I urge anyone who has information about this despicable act to immediately contact Toronto Police." Mr. Karygiannis stated. "The perpetrators must be found and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

Syrian Canadian Council

Syrian Canadian Council will be holding Today Saturday August 6n 2011  a
demonstration (which I will be joining them) to protest what is happening in
Syria at:
158 college street right beside queens park from 3 pm to 5:30 pm in Toronto
For further info please contact Mike Wise at 16477704064

Honourable Jim Karygiannis

Ramadan
Statement by the Honourable Jim Karygiannis,
Member of Parliament, Scarborough-Agincourt and
Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism

As Ramadan begins, I would like to offer warm regards to all Canadians who are observing this holy month.One of the most important rights protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is the right to worship.  The observance of Ramadan, one of the holiest times in the Muslim religious calendar, offers a time to reflect on one’s good fortune, the plight of those less fortunate and the importance of religion in one’s life.A multicultural society offers the opportunity to share one’s culture and faith.  Ramadan offers a unique opportunity for Muslim Canadians to share the tenets of their faith with their fellow Canadians.  This sharing helps to bring understanding and acceptance of what makes each of us unique.  It also helps to strengthen the ties which make us Canadian.The self-reflection, prayer and charity exhibited during Ramadan serve to remind each of us of our individual spirituality and the need for individual and collective sacrifice.Ramadan Mubarak.

 

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