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Chrystia Freeland, MP


Video- CETA and Trade with Japan

Posted on May 25, 2015

May 25, 2015- MP Chrystia Freeland calls on the government to get serious about CETA and a trade agreement with Japan before we fall behind our foreign competitors.

Statement by Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Posted on May 15, 2015

TORONTO – The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia:

“Today, I proudly reaffirm the Liberal Party’s commitment to working with Canadians and those around the globe to combat homophobia and transphobia.

“Protecting and promoting human rights must be an imperative for governments and individuals alike. In the last generation we have made great strides in securing legal rights for the LGBTQ2 community in Canada – from enshrining equality rights in the Charter to the passage of the Civil Marriage Act. There remains much to be done, though, to truly end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

“In the area of trans rights, specifically, I am deeply disturbed by the Conservatives’ decision to add discriminatory provisions to Bill C-279, the gender identity and gender expression bill. I call on Stephen Harper to instruct his Senate caucus to abandon their amendments, which will only further marginalize transgender and gender diverse Canadians, and fully extend legal rights and protections to all those in the transgender and gender diverse community.

“And while we work diligently to advance human rights for the LGBTQ2 community here at home, we must also work to do so globally. In far too many parts of the world, LGBTQ2 persons endure unconscionable intolerance and persecution, and are regularly confronted with the threat of imprisonment or death.

“As Liberals, we stand united in celebrating and advocating for diversity, and will continue to fight for a safer, more equal and more just world for all our children.”

Article- My Ukraine

Posted on May 14, 2015

My Ukraine
A personal reflection on a nation’s dream of independence and the nightmare Vladimir Putin has visited upon it.

By: Chrystia Freeland
Published by Brookings

Ukraine flagOn March 24 last year, I was in my Toronto kitchen preparing school lunches for my kids when I learned from my Twitter feed that I had been put on the Kremlin’s list of Westerners who were banned from Russia. This was part of Russia’s retaliation for the sanctions the United States and its allies had slapped on Vladimir Putin’s associates after his military intervention in Ukraine.

Four days earlier, nine people from the U.S. had been similarly blacklisted, including John Boehner, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Harry Reid, then the majority leader of the Senate, and three other senators: John McCain, a long-time critic of Putin, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, and Dan Coats of Indiana, a former U.S. ambassador to Germany. “While I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to go on vacation with my family in Siberia this summer,” Coats wisecracked, “I am honored to be on this list.”

I, however, was genuinely sad to be barred from Russia. I think of myself as a Russophile. I speak the language and studied the nation’s literature and history in college. I loved living in Moscow in the mid-nineties as bureau chief for the Financial Times and have made a point of returning regularly over the subsequent fifteen years.

I’m also a proud member of the Ukrainian-Canadian community. My maternal grandparents fled western Ukraine after Hitler and Stalin signed their non-aggression pact in 1939. They never dared to go back, but they stayed in close touch with their brothers and sisters and their families, who remained behind. For the rest of my grandparents’ lives, they saw themselves as political exiles with a responsibility to keep alive the idea of an independent Ukraine, which had last existed, briefly, during and after the chaos of the 1917 Russian Revolution. That dream persisted into the next generation, and in some cases the generation after that.

My late mother moved back to her parents’ homeland in the 1990s when Ukraine and Russia, along with the thirteen other former Soviet republics, became independent states. Drawing on her experience as a lawyer in Canada, she served as executive officer of the Ukrainian Legal Foundation, an NGO she helped to found.

My mother was born in a refugee camp in Germany before the family immigrated to western Canada. They were able to get visas thanks to my grandfather’s older sister, who had immigrated between the wars. Her generation, and an earlier wave of Ukrainian settlers, had been actively recruited by successive Canadian governments keen to populate the vast prairies of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta…

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Photos- Citizenship and Immigration Town Hall

Posted on May 9, 2015

A big thank you to everyone who joined our Town Hall discussion on Citizenship and Immigration! And a very special thank you to my co-hosts, MPs […]

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Event – Citizenship and Immigration Town Hall

Posted on May 7, 2015

Each year, Toronto welcomes thousands of newcomers to Canada. Our city is home to the largest population of foreign-born residents in Canada. Please join me and […]

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Video- The Conservative’s Real Trade Record

Posted on May 6, 2015

May 6, 2015- MP Chrystia Freeland calls on the government to take real action on trade

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Video- Trade Deficit

Posted on May 5, 2015

May 5, 2015- MP Chrystia Freeland asks the government about their multi-billion dollar trade deficit, which is failing Canadian businesses and our middle class

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Statement – International Dance Day

Posted on April 29, 2015

April 29, 2015 Today is International Dance Day. For professionals and amateurs alike, dance is a powerful way to express emotions and bring audiences together. My […]

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Video- Economic Priorities

Posted on April 27, 2015

April 27, 2015- MP Chrystia Freeland asks the government to focus on jobs & growth instead of on tax breaks for those who need it the […]

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Video- Infrastructure Investment

Posted on April 24, 2015

April 22, 2015- A day after the federal budget is tabled in the House of Commons, MP Chrystia Freeland asks the government to invest in infrastructure […]

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