International Justice Mission and I are working closely on the campaign #NotOnMyScreen, an initiative to raise awareness on cybersex trafficking. You may ask yourself, “what is child cybersex trafficking?” Cybersex trafficking is a type of sex trafficking where minors and children from all over the world are exposed to countless predators. Underage boys and girls […]

Who are the Yazidis?

Who are the Yazidis? The vast majority of Yazidis are found in northern Iraq, in and around the city of Sinjar. It is estimated that there are approximately 1.5 million individuals worldwide who adhere to the beliefs of Yazidism. Yazidism is a complex theology, and like all religions, is hard to sum up in a […]

President Buhari, Bring Back Our Chibok Girls

Over a year ago, the world watched in horror as more than 200 Chibok girls were abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Boko Haram is an extremist group that has been terrorizing the region ever since 2002. They are responsible for an attack on a UN building in Abuja, and numerous kidnappings of young girls […]

Bring Back Our Girls – A Year Later

On April 14 2014, the world looked on outraged and heartbroken as we heard that more than 200 young girls were kidnapped by extremists in Nigeria. Out of these girls, less than fifty have managed to escape. I shudder to think of what has happened to the rest of them. Today, we have reached the […]

Pink Shirt Day

February 25th was Pink Shirt Day. Pink Shirt Day brings awareness to the important fight against bullying in this country. The many pink shirts worn on this day remind all of us that we must remain intolerant to bullying. As parliamentarians, we have a duty to ensure that everyone can feel safe. But bullying is […]

Targets of War: Women in The Central African Republic

Instead of being able to provide for her family, a mother instead fears for a more fundamental necessity: the survival of her children. She fears for their safety, as well as her own. She finds herself distraught as she contemplates what fate her children will be left to if she is removed from their already […]

We Must Not Abandon the Children of the Central African Republic

The Central African Republic (CAR), as the name suggests, is landlocked in the center of six African countries that continue to experience conflict. Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, Cameroon, Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C) surround the Central African Republic. Unfortunately, CAR has not been exempt from the incessant fighting and tyranny these other […]

Bring Back Our Girls

On May 14th, I asked a question in the Senate on the situation of the abducted girls in Nigeria. Find my statement in full below: Honourable senators, it has now been 29 days since 200 young girls were kidnapped by the Boko Haram group in Nigeria. Three weeks after this horror began, the same terrorist […]

The Locust Effect – Changing the Conversation on Global Poverty

On the morning of Thursday May 1st, I attended a breakfast discussion held in the Commonwealth room on Parliament Hill. Among a small group of my peers, I listened to Victor Boutros speak on the book he and Gary Haugen wrote, titled The Locust Effect. The impact of this talk is what I wish to […]

Remembering Zeenab Kassam

On March 20, 2014, Zeenab Kassam and Roshan Thomas, both Canadians volunteering in Afghanistan, were brutally gunned down by several Taliban. I will speak of Roshan Thomas at another time. That same day, Zeenab’s family in Calgary was informed about her murder. Zeenab Kassam was born in Zanzibar to an esteemed family. Her great grandfather […]