Gary Anandasangaree
Gary Anandasangaree
Member of Parliament for Scarborough—Rouge Park
Statements by MP Anandasangaree in the House of Commons

Remembering Our London Family

Monday, June 6th, 2022
One year ago today, four members of the Afzaal family — Talat, Salman, Yumna, and Madiha Salman — were horrifically murdered in a terrorist attack fuelled by Islamophobia.
Today, we remember these four innocent lives that were taken far too soon. Islamophobia has no place in Canada. We must commit to denouncing Islamophobia, bigotry, and all forms of hate everywhere and every day.

Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day

Wednesday, May 18th, 2022
This past Wednesday, I rose in the House of Commons to honour the thousands of lives lost, the family members that disappeared, and those unjustly imprisoned in the ongoing Tamil Genocide.
Let us always remember and continue towards peace, justice and accountability.

Implementing UNDRIP

Tuesday, May 13th, 2021

It was my honour to address the House of Commons on the importance of Bill C-15, An Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Once passed, Bill C-15 will affirm UNDRIP as a universal human rights instrument with application in Canadian law, and provide the Government of Canada with a framework to work collaboratively with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in order to protect, promote and uphold the rights of Indigenous peoples across Canada.

National Childcare

Friday, April 30th, 2021

Our early learning and childcare plan will:

  • Reduce fees 50% on average by 2022
  • Reduce fees to $10/day on average by 2025-26

Investing in early learning and #childcare provides jobs for workers, the majority of whom are women; it enables parents, particularly mothers, to reach their full economic potential; and it creates a generation of engaged and well prepared young learners.

Remembering Daanish Memon

Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

Today I paid tribute to Daanish Memon, a dedicated community leader who took his own life after a long and difficult struggle with his mental health.

If you or anyone you know is in need of assistance, it is always okay to ask for help. If you are in immediate danger or need urgent support, Call 911.

For those seeking mental health or substance abuse support, Wellness Together Canada is a free and confidential counselling resource available 24/7 to Canadians.



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To his wife, Yasmin Merchant and four children Usamah, Mariam, Safiyyah, and Aaminah - thank you for your openness, courage, and advocacy. Thank you, Brother Daanish, for your inspiring work. We miss you, we love you, and we honour you and your family today. 


Supporting Scarborough

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

Scarborough is a COVID-19 hotspot.

As frontline heroes like Dr. Salomon- Switzman, Dr. Ravichandiran, Dr. Kanna Vela and the teams as at Scarborough Health Network , Toronto Public Health and TAIBU Community Health Centre bravely battle a violent third wave in Ontario, our government is ready to continue supporting the Government of Ontario and City of Toronto to keep Scarborough safe.

Supporting Young Canadians

Friday, April 23rd, 2021

Young Canadians have been critically impacted by the #COVID19 pandemic.

Through #Budget2021, our government is investing $5.7 Billion over the next 5 years to ensure they have access to the tools and opportunities necessary to succeed.

Implementing UNDRIP

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

During today's meeting of the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs, I asked former Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations, Wilton Littlechild and Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond to explain the significance of legislating the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples within the framework of Bill C-15 in Canada, and why UNDRIP is so important to the concept of Reconciliation.

Tribute to Girmalla Persaud

Friday, March 12th, 2021

I am honoured to rise today and pay tribute to the remarkable 35-year career of Girmalla Persaud, Executive Director of the Malvern Family Resource Centre.

A career full of memories that has a given our community a future full of possibilities—we are forever thankful for her service to Scarborough.

INAN Discussion: Implementing Bill C-15

Friday, March 12th, 2021

During yesterday's meeting on the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs, it was my honour to speak with Romeo Saganash and Sheryl Lightfoot about the importance of implementing Bill C-15, An Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

Implementing UNDRIP will ensure the Government of Canada continues to work in consultation, collaboration and cooperation with Indigenous peoples and follows through on our commitment to walking the path of Reconciliation.

Standing in Solidarity with those Walking for Justice from Pottuvil to Polikandi

Thursday, February 4th, 2021
Mr. Speaker,
As Sri Lanka marks its 73rd Independence Day, I rise to express my solidarity with those “Walking for Justice” from ‘Pottuvil to Polikandi.’ They are survivors and family members of the disappeared, and are joined by civil society organizers and political leaders. Their purpose is to seek accountability for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide against the Tamil people by the Sri Lankan state.
Mr. Speaker – impunity has prevailed on the island since its independence and the rule of law has broken down.
In the last few months alone, Sri Lanka has desecrated the Mullivaikal Genocide Memorial at Jaffna University, pardoned war criminals, forced cremations on Muslim minorities, and the military has taken over many civilian run bodies.
Last week, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights concluded that Sri Lanka be referred to the International Criminal Court, and cautioned that recurrence of past atrocities is likely if Sri Lanka goes unchecked.
The world must therefore act with urgency to ensure that Tamils can live on the island with peace, justice and self-determination.
#P2P #TamilGenocide #GenocideSriLanka
சபாநாயகர் அவர்களே,
இலங்கை அதன் 73 ஆவது சுதந்திர நாளைக் கடைப்பிடிக்கும் வேளையில், “பொத்துவிலில் இருந்து பொலிகண்டி வரை” “நீதிக்காக நடப்போருக்கு” ஆதரவைத் தெரிவிப்பதற்காக நான் உரையாற்றுகிறேன். உயிர் தப்பியுள்ளோரும், காணாமல் ஆக்கப்பட்டோரின் உறவினர்களும் மேற்கொள்ளும் இந்தப் பயணத்தில் குடிசார் சமூக செயற்பாட்டாளர்களும், அரசியல் தலைவர்களும் இணைந்துகொண்டுள்ளார்கள். இலங்கை அரசு தமிழர்களுக்கு எதிராகப் புரிந்த போர்க் குற்றங்கள், மனித இனத்துக்கு எதிரான குற்றங்கள், இனப்படுகொலை என்பவற்றுக்கான பொறுப்புக்கூறலே அவர்களது நோக்கம்.
சபாநாயகர் அவர்களே, இலங்கைத் தீவு சுதந்திரமடைந்த காலத்தில் இருந்து குற்றம்புரிவோர் தண்டிக்கப்படாத நிலை காணப்படுவதுடன், சட்டத்தின் ஆட்சியும் செயலிழந்துள்ளது.
இலங்கை அரசு கடந்த சில மாதங்களில் மட்டும், யாழ்ப்பாண பல்கலைக்கழகத்தில் இருந்த முள்ளிவாய்க்கால் நினைவுத்தூபியை இடித்தழித்து, போர்க் குற்றவாளிகளுக்கு மன்னிப்பு வழங்கி, முஸ்;லிம் சிறுபான்மையினரின் உடல்களைப் பலவந்தமாகத் தகனம் செய்ததுடன், குடிசார் அமைப்புக்கள் பலவற்றை இராணுவம் பொறுப்பேற்றும் உள்ளது.
இலங்கையைச் சர்வதேச குற்றவியல் நீதிமன்றத்திடம் பாரப்படுத்தவேண்டுமெனக் கடந்த வாரம் முடிவு செய்த மனித உரிமைகளுக்கான ஐக்கிய நாடுகள் உயர் ஆணையாளர், இலங்கை தொடர்ந்தும் கட்டுப்பாடுகள் இன்றிச் செயற்பட அனுமதிக்கப்பட்டால் முன்னரைப்போன்ற அட்டூழியங்கள் மீண்டும் இடம்பெறுமென எச்சரித்துள்ளார்.
ஆகையால், இலங்கைத் தீவில் தமிழர்கள் சமாதானம், நீதி, சுயநிர்ணய உரிமை ஆகியவற்றுடன் வாழ்வதை உறுதி செய்வதற்குச் சர்வதேச சமூகம் அவசரமாக நடவடிக்கை எடுக்கவேண்டும்.

Supporting Canadians in Long-Term Care

Monday, January 25th, 2021

Without significant structural reforms capable of addressing the inherent failures within Canada’s long-term care sector, we will not cure the ongoing crises within these facilities.
Provinces and territories need to work together with the federal government to establish national stands of care. There is no acceptable reason why a long-term care residents in British Columbia is held to a different standard of care than one living in Prince Edward Island or Ontario. National standards will enshrine the decency our most vulnerable deserve.
To protect these standards, amendments must be made to Canada’s Criminal Code which explicitly penalize those who neglect seniors under their care and willingly put them in danger. The startling rise of legislation designed to create a culture of impunity and inhibit justice from the families of victims is shameful. This abuse of power must not continue.
Finally, all inquires into the state of long-term care must be public, independent, and led by panels which include residents, staff, and families of survivors. It has become increasingly clear that government-led commissions, like those in Ontario, are incapable of producing a sufficiently thorough investigation into this crisis.
When the #COVID19 pandemic is over and we begin returning to restaurants, reuniting with our friends, or relaxing at the beach, the women and men in long-term care will remain in these facilities.
As legislators, it is incumbent upon us to significantly elevate the existing standards of care across the country. The women and men in long-term care are worthy of a higher standard of living not because they are our parents, grandparents, neighbours, or friends, but because they are endowed with the same equal and inherent right to dignity, respect and care as all Canadians.
When our crisis is over their crisis will continue, unless we act—now.

Human Rights Day

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

On Human Rights Day, we honour the #HumanRights defenders who continue to put their lives at risk in order to advance the rights and livelihood of others.
These extraordinary women and men are the guardians of good and their exhaustive efforts will not soon be forgotten.

Bill C-11

Friday, November 27th, 2020

The Copyright Modernization Act mandates the measures which are necessary to protect the creative content of artists and producers in contemporary Canadian society.

Congratulating President Elect Joe Biden and Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris on becoming the 46th President and 49th Vice-President of the United States of America

Monday, November 16th, 2020

It was my honour to rise in the House of Commons and congratulate President Elect Joe Biden and Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris on their historic victory.
In a world that has systemically and repeatedly limited women, and especially black women, from achieving their fullest potential, Kamala Harris has shattered the glass ceiling for all.
The American people have spoken decisively, and we look forward to welcoming President Biden and Vice President Harris to Canada!


Congratulating the Class of 2020 at St. Mother Teresa Catholic Academy

Friday, November 6th, 2020

Today I had the opportunity to congratulate the graduating class of 2020 at St. Mother Teresa Catholic Academy in the House of Commons!

It was a pleasure to join the class of 2020 at their virtual graduation ceremony and congratulate them on all their hard work. During their last year of high school, these students faced many challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic racism against Black and Indigenous peoples, and the growing effects of climate change. Through it all, these students preserved and finished their high school career. High school graduates today, leaders of tomorrow.

Once more, congratulations to the class of 2020 at St. Mother Teresa Catholic Academy!

Addressing Systemic Racism

Thursday, October 1st, 2020

For far too long, Canada avoided conversations about the existence and impact of systemic racism, and the profound toll it has taken on Indigenous, Black and racialized communities.

Over the past 6 months, COVID-19 has further exacerbated this divide. The disproportionate impact the virus has had on racialized communities is not a coincidence and cannot be ignored.

A pan-Canadian effort to address systemic racism, which ensures an equal playing field within the criminal justice system, changing laws on mandatory minimum sentences, enshrining UNDRIP into law, walking the path of Reconciliation, and building on the National Anti-Racism Strategy is essential if we are to overcome and eliminate this oppressive force.

Tribute to Alex Neve

Monday, September 28th, 2020

Today, I delivered a Member’s Statement in honour of my friend, and mentor, Alex Neve, outgoing Secretary-General of Amnesty International Canada (English). In the twenty years he led AI, he was outspoken on virtually every human rights issue in Canada and around the world of the time.  

After being elected in 2015, Alex is someone I naturally looked to better understand human rights issues.  I looked to him when we started the Liberal Party Human Rights Caucus in 2016; and on many issues he fought hard to attain.  I was pleased when we had those wins: the first Federal/Provincial/Territorial Meeting on Human Rights in a generation; the time Canada announced at an Amnesty gathering that the Optional Protocol on Torture would no longer be optional for Canada.  But my most memorable meetings were the ones where Alex would bring a human rights defender from many different parts of the world to speak about Canadian Corporations polluting and dismantling local rights.  

Obviously, his work is not done and we will hear from him in the future on another human rights issue.  Alex sometimes has had to take a lonely path on some issues.  But it was always the right path.  

As he passes the torch to Ketty Niveabandi, I want to thank Alex and his family for their sacrifices.  I also want to welcome Ketty Niveabandi into her new role.  I look forward to working with her and this incredible organization.  A champion for human rights, Ketty is a natural fit for Amnesty International Canada and will continue to work to advance human rights to new heights in Canada and around the world.  

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