Liberal MP Adam van Koeverden, who represents Milton, Ont., pictured on the Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade A little over a decade ago, Patrick and Brian Burke launched "You Can Play," a social activism campaign dedicated to the eradication of homophobia in sports, particularly hockey. The campaign uses the slogan, "If you can play, you can play." Most people have also seen pride tape on hockey sticks, an initiative co-founded by Dr. Kris Wells. These are meaningful steps in the right direction for inclusion in sport in this country and around the world for the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Unfortunately, some NHL players have recently decided not to wear pride-themed warm-up jerseys for their games on pride nights or the league's “Hockey is for Everyone” campaign, saying it is contrary to their religious beliefs. A rainbow jersey is a simple, but compassionate sign of solidarity and a way to say, “Hockey is a sport for everyone. You matter, and you are welcome here.” While there has been a lot of progress, it is clear there is still much work to be done. I grew up Catholic and attended Sunday school and catechism. If I know one thing about Jesus Christ it is that he loved everybody. He would be marching on the front line in pride parades if he were alive today. Sport is for everyone. To every young player out there I want to say this: regardless of their race, gender or sexuality, hockey is a sport for them. Liberal MP Adam van Koeverden Milton, Ont. 'Scandals in the sports world continue to plague our country,' says NDP MP Masse NDP MP Brian Masse, who represents Windsor West, Ont., spoke about protecting Canadian athletes in the House on March 31. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia Scandals in the sports world continue to plague our country. The scale of these abuses against athletes needs immediate attention. Athletes should have the right to participate in any sport free of maltreatment, abuse or harm. Today, I stand up for my constituents, some of whom are survivors of abuse and help shed light on the seriousness of the issue. I would like to thank Dr. Victoria Paraschak from the University of Windsor, and many other advocates and sports organizations from across Canada working together to ensure the government recognizes the scope, urgency and importance of protecting our athletes from abuse in sport. They know we need a preventive approach to justice for survivors that examines these problems systematically, not on a case-by-case basis. I proudly stand, together with these leaders and survivors in sport, to request that the government call a judicial inquiry that is completely independent of sport, and that outlines a clear and consistent approach that is fair and immediate for these survivors. Without this transparent mechanism available in the form of a judicial inquiry, we will continue to see complaints, maltreatment and no justice. It is time to protect our Canadian youth and athletes today. NDP MP Brian Masse Windsor West, Ont. 'My little boy has never told me he loves me, but he looks at me with all the love in the world in his eyes': Bloc MP Gill Bloc Québécois MP Marilène Gill, who represents Manicouagan, Que., spoke about her child who has Autism. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade I have a little boy who wakes up before sun-up, who eats nothing but shepherd's pie, cereal and ketchup if he could, and who likes to dunk his toys in my coffee cup, to the point where I have nearly swallowed several dinosaurs. My little boy will run the equivalent of several miles through the house just for the sheer joy of it. My little boy knows neither fear nor danger and has never told me he loves me, but he looks at me with all the love in the world in his eyes. I have a little boy who is not different; he has autism. My little boy is unique, as we all are. With every move he makes, my boy lights up every room he walks into, as every person with autism does. On behalf of the Bloc Québécois, on World Autism Awareness Day, and as we do at every opportunity, I would like to shine a spotlight on all the joy these unique persons bring to our lives. Bloc Québécois MP Marilène Gill Manicouagan, Que. A recent survey of my constituents indicates that 78 per cent support removing carbon tax: Glen Motz Conservative MP Glen Motz, pictured on the Hill, says his Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner, Alta., constituents are overwhelmingly against the carbon tax. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade On April 1, the Liberal carbon tax will be increased to $65 a tonne. Unfortunately, that is not an April Fool's joke. This means the price of gasoline, home heating and other fuels will rise, making it even more expensive for Canadians to get to work, heat their homes, or operate their businesses. Canadians already face a cost-of-living crisis and cannot afford more taxes. The parliamentary budget officer reports that the carbon tax will cost the average family hundreds of dollars more than they receive back, and that is tens of thousands of dollars more for Canadian agricultural producers and small business operators. A recent survey of my constituents indicates that 78 per cent support removing the carbon tax. Businesses are struggling with the extra burden of this tax, and some are unsure if they will even be able to survive this year due to the rising costs. Overall, my constituents have no faith in the Liberal government's ability to offer hope for their financial stability or future prosperity. What Canadians need is a Conservative government that will axe the carbon tax. Conservative MP Glen Motz Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner, Alta. These were some of the best MPs' Standing Order statements from March 31, 2023.