The human rights, criminal and marriage laws of Canada may have changed since I frequented my first gay nightclub almost four decades ago, but the scourges of homophobia continue still, now coupled with a new brand of American home-grown and well-armed terrorism. Orlando drove this message home in a deeply personal way. I went to my first gay bar when I was in my early 20s. I went in search of belonging, in search of friendship, in search of community. I went to be around people like me, hoping I would find a safe place and strength in numbers.
Liberal MP for Don Valley West
Robert Oliphant was elected to the House of Commons on October 19, 2015, representing the riding of Don Valley West. He previously served in that position from 2008 until 2011. <br> <br> He is currently Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, and was Co-Chair of the House of Commons and Senate Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying. <br> <br> During his first term in office he served as Official Opposition Critic for Veterans Affairs and for Multiculturalism. He was a member of the Standing Committees on Veterans Affairs, Citizenship and Immigration, as well as Public Safety and National Security. <br> <br> Most recently, Rob was the President and CEO of the Asthma Society of Canada, a national health charity with educational, advocacy and support programs for 3 million Canadian children and adults with asthma and related allergies. <br> <br> Rob received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and worked in industry as a Systems Accountant. An Ordained Minister in the United Church of Canada, he has a Masters of Divinity from the Vancouver School of Theology, at the University of British Columbia and served congregations in Newfoundland, Quebec, Yukon and Toronto. He earned <br> a Doctorate from the Chicago Theological Seminary at the University of Chicago in 2008.
It is Canada's challenge to ensure this country is attractive to those who are making the decisions on where to invest their dollars for the discovery and development of innovative new treatments. So while critics try to dismiss stronger IP as nothing more than a technique to pad the bottom line of a faceless corporation, for millions of Canadians it could be a matter of life and breath.
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