First Time Rising in the House of Commons
February 4th 2016. MP Alleslev's first time rising in the House of Commons to give a speech on the Opposition Motion regarding the Department of Finance. A special shout-out to her family and the wonderful constituents of Aurora-Oak Ridges- Richmond Hill.
Nowruz Greeting Leona Alleslev
Nowruz Mbarak to everyone celebrating in Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill, and across the country!
Day of Mourning
Today we honour those who have been injured or killed in their workplaces, and we will keep working hard to ensure that every work place is safe for every worker. #DayOfMourning
Defence Committee of the Whole, May 16th 2016.
Armed Forces Day 2016
I would like to offer thanks to our military personnel for their service to our wonderful nation. This speech recognized Armed Forces Day and the anniversary of D-Day.
Canada's National Anthem - Bill C-210
Women's History Month - I challenge YOU...
October is Women's History Month and I am challenging YOU to tell the story of a great woman in your life...
To celebrate women's history month I wanted to highlight a particular Canadian woman.
However, the list of historic women in Canada is considerably shorter than what perhaps it should be.
There’s no question that throughout Canada’s history there have been many women who have accomplished incredible things.
Canadian women have fought to be heard. They have stood their ground at great personal cost,
Triumphed in the face of adversity and thus shaped the fabric of our nation...
Mais beaucoup de ces femmes restent sans nom. Leurs histoires, indicibles. (But many of these women remain unnamed. Their stories, untold)
So I am challenging everyone –this women's history month– to look around you and ensure that a great woman in your midst has her story told.
Célébrez la contribution qu'elle a fait. Encourager les femmes canadiennes à faire une difference. Inspirer les filles à suivre son chemin. (Celebrate the contributions that she has made. Encourage Canadian women to make a difference. Inspire the girls who will follow in her path).
History has its eyes on us - let's ensure there are more Canadian women in her pages.
I would like to wish everyone a very happy, healthy, and relaxing holiday season.
In February I'm focusing on YOUTH. Yes, You! Why? Because #YouthMatter. Share this video with someone you know who has achieved something, no matter how big or small. Let's celebrate Youth Achievement!
Women & Girls in Science: 2017
When we meet and discuss world challenges, we are all richer for it. These conversations put us on a path to make the change in our communities and our global society. Women and girls in science is an important conversation. It goes to the very core of who we are as global citizens. Humanity is only successful when every member of our society is able to contribute to the maximum of their abilities with energy, passion, and confidence.
The fact that we still, in 2017, have women and girls who are prevented from making their best contribution, simply because of their gender, is deeply disheartening.
On this, I speak from personal experience. I dreamt of following a career as an aerospace engineer, but when I was accepted into an engineering program at university, I had a moment of panic and lost my nerve. I didn’t believe that I, as a girl, could be successful as an aerospace engineer.
I, like many girls around the world, did not have the courage to follow the path of my choosing. I instead received a degree in history and political science and have had a great career. I served in the Royal Canadian Air force, and later worked for companies like IBM and Bombardier Aerospace, and I am now honoured to serve as a Canadian Member of Parliament. I have loved every minute of my career, but I cannot help but wonder what I could have contributed if I'd had the courage to pursue the path of an engineer.
My barrier to study engineering was not a legal or structural one. It was the culture, social norms, and behaviours that influenced me to believe I could not be successful.
And that brings me to the important topic of the conversation you will be discussing today. The role of the media in the conversation of women and girls in science. It is the media who influence and change social norms and behaviours. We need to encourage them to highlight women in science worldwide. Not only for the technical things that these women have done but for who they are as people. When we see their personal side, we can see a bit of ourselves in them and we then come closer to believing that we can achieve whatever we set our minds to, regardless of gender.
So my challenge to the media and to each and every one of us is simple. Seek out and tell the stories of women and girls in science, the world over.
Telling these stories will ensure that the important work of women and girls in science is something we are talking about every day. These stories will inspire and excite. These stories will give women and girls everywhere the courage to choose a field that leverages their talents and passions without a second thought that they might not be able, because they are girls.
Your being here today gives us hope and optimism for humanity. We as global citizens can make not only a difference in this world, but together we can make a world of a difference for every woman and girl pursuing their dreams in science.
Remembering Dave Franklin, President of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 385, Aurora
I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of David Franklin, President of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 385 in Aurora, ON.
Yesterday I had the privilege to speak to David Franklin's remarkable leadership to the Royal Canadian Legion and our community.
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of David Franklin
Happy Canada 150!
Wishing you and your family a Happy Canada Day while we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation!