Rahim JAFFER

JAFFER, Rahim, B.Sc.Soc.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative
Constituency
Edmonton--Strathcona (Alberta)
Birth Date
December 15, 1971
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rahim_Jaffer
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=e22e31cd-045c-4450-bc5d-3e17dc6aa05d&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
businessman, entrepreneur

Parliamentary Career

June 2, 1997 - March 26, 2000
REF
  Edmonton--Strathcona (Alberta)
March 27, 2000 - October 22, 2000
CA
  Edmonton--Strathcona (Alberta)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
CA
  Edmonton--Strathcona (Alberta)
December 23, 2003 - May 23, 2004
CPC
  Edmonton--Strathcona (Alberta)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
CPC
  Edmonton--Strathcona (Alberta)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
CPC
  Edmonton--Strathcona (Alberta)
  • Conservative Party Caucus Chair (February 7, 2006 - November 2, 2008)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 157)


June 13, 2008

Mr. Rahim Jaffer (Edmonton—Strathcona, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Competition Bureau announced that criminal charges have been laid against 13 individuals and 11 companies accused of fixing the price of gasoline at the pump in various cities in Quebec. Some are questioning whether the Competition Bureau will look into other retail markets across the country.

This government will not tolerate price fixing by companies that jack up the price of gasoline. We will also not go the way of the Liberal leader, who wants to put a carbon tax on everything, which would raise the prices at the pump, the cost of heating oil and everything else we buy.

This tax trick would severely impact seniors, rural Canadians, and those living on fixed incomes. It would hurt the trucker, the taxi driver and the small business owner. In fact, every single Canadian would have to pay more in tax.

While the Liberal leader wants to hit all Canadians with his massive tax increase, our Conservative government is making sure Canadians keep more of their hard-earned tax dollars. We are cracking down on price fixers who want Canadians to pay more for gas.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Gasoline Prices
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May 27, 2008

Mr. Rahim Jaffer (Edmonton—Strathcona, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, Canadians are surprised to learn the NDP is ready to play political games to prevent the passage of Bill C-50, the budget implementation bill, before the summer recess in June.

In doing so, the NDP is knowingly putting $1.5 billion in important federal funding at risk for Albertans. This includes $53 million over two years through the public transit capital trust and $43 million to Alberta to hire new front line police officers over the next five years. Additionally, it is threatening to delay the landmark tax-free savings account that would allow Canadians to save up to $5,000 every year tax free for life. These tactics prove that the NDP is out of touch with the priorities of Canadians.

I respectfully ask the NDP to let Parliament work, stop playing games and listen to Canadians. I ask the NDP to help pass Bill C-50 before the summer recess so Albertans and Canadians everywhere can benefit from better public transit, safer streets and lower taxes.

Topic:   Statements by Members
Subtopic:   Budget Implementation Act, 2008
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May 7, 2008

Mr. Rahim Jaffer (Edmonton—Strathcona, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, I rise to mark the passing of Mr. Bill Smith, who was born in Kingston, Ontario on May 2, 1943 and passed away on April 9 in his 65th year. He had nine brothers and sisters.

Mr. Smith started his career as a commercial painter before working with Defence Construction Canada as a civilian contracts inspector. In his 33 years there, he completed over $200 million in capital projects.

That is not all. He was also a scout in the Ontario Hockey League and sent over 100 of his draft choices to the NHL.

His abundant community spirit was always on display in various areas, such as Pine River Days in Angus, in Essa Township, and he was instrumental in the campaign to save the Banting homestead. He worked tirelessly on numerous community initiatives. His leadership was inspirational.

Mr. Smith was a great personal friend of and adviser to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Not only was Bill Smith a great father and friend, he was a great Canadian. He will be sincerely missed.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Bill Smith
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April 16, 2008

Mr. Rahim Jaffer (Edmonton—Strathcona, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, recently Muslims around the world celebrated Milad al-Nabiy, the anniversary of the birth of the prophet Muhammad, which is one of the largest celebrations of the Islamic calendar.

Muslims celebrate the prophet's birth, life and teachings with prayers, readings from the Quran, feasts, good deeds and compassion toward the poor.

To mark this celebration, the Ismaili community of Ottawa is hosting an event featuring Dr. Ali Mazrui, who is the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghampton University.

Dr. Mazrui has been involved in a number of UN projects and is also internationally consulted on Islamic history and culture.

Dr. Mazrui's keynote address, entitled “Prophet Muhammad as the Founder of a New Civilization”, will highlight the rich history and tradition around this world celebration.

On behalf of the Government of Canada and all members of this House, I would like to welcome Dr. Mazrui to Canada and extend best wishes to my brothers and sisters celebrating Milad al-Nabiy.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Milad al-Nabiy
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April 2, 2008

Mr. Rahim Jaffer (Edmonton—Strathcona, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, the new Liberal intergovernmental affairs critic, Gerard Kennedy, promised during the Liberal leadership race that he would run for election in western Canada.

Kennedy said the Liberals have to do a better job of representing the west even if he has to run in the region himself. He also said the only thing that would prevent him from running out west would be the Conservative government forcing an election before the leadership convention.

However, that did not happen, and this anointed Liberal candidate is now running in Parkdale—High Park in Toronto. I know Parkdale—High Park is on the western side of downtown Toronto, but it seems that our friend is a little lost. Maybe Mr. Kennedy needs a lesson in geography, but as we witnessed in the recent byelections, I think it will take a lot more than that to find fortune for the Liberal Party in western Canada.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Liberal Party of Canada
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