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Summer&Fall Newsletter 2014
November 6, 2014

 

Sincere greetings from Ottawa!

This special newsletter has been prepared by a new staff member, Grace Lee (see photo on page 5), who joins my very dedicated staff. We had a productive summer and the Fall sitting has been even busier. This special issue,mostly in photos, is being published now as so much has happened since the last issue. "A picture speaks a thousand words", they say.

As Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate, I am working hard to manage the legislative priorities of our Government as well as serve our regional and national constituents. September 20-22 were three of the most memorable days in Ottawa, with the arrival of Her Excellency Park Geun-Hye, for her official state visit to Canada. The Canada Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA) is signed and in progress to be implemented in the new year, if all goes well in the House and the Senate, and in the National Assembly. I am looking forward to sponsoring the Bill (C-41) in the Senate, to ratify the agreement. Once implemented, there will be great benefits and opportunities for Canada and Korea.

Let us feel ever more grateful in light of the recent attacks.  During the upcoming Veterans Week, please "Turn Toward Busan" on November 10th to remember Canadians who are buried in Korea; and on November 11, pause to remember all those who have served and sacrificed throughout our military history to fight for the freedoms we enjoy today. Let us remember them. Lest we forget.

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Newsletter 2014
July 1, 2014

 

Sincere Greetings!

2014 has been a productive year filled with notable projects, events and milestones thus far. My dedicated staff and I have worked steadfastly, seven days a week nearly around the clock, to serve you to the best of our individual and collective abilities. We continue to work with such passion and commitment, inspired by the love and sacrifice of our veterans of the Korean War and all the community pioneers on whose shoulders we stand. It is such an honour for us to be in the Office of the Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate, at this time in our lives. The Office is part of the Institution of the Senate, and affords us certain privileges which we appreciate wholly and deeply. In the midst of tragedies like the Sewol Ferry accident that took so many lives, the alarming increase of refugees that are being displaced by violence and conflict, we are ever mindful of how blessed we are to call Canada our home. As we prepare to celebrate Canada Day, the birth of our Nation, let us all count our blessings for the opportunity to take right action, embrace opportunities to better ourselves and better the lives of others, and celebrate what it mean to be Canadian.

On behalf of my staff and our families, Happy Canada Day!

 

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
January 1, 2014

 

OTTAWA, ON- 2013 was a milestone year as the "Year of Korea and Canada", marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations. This historic year has been a year of celebration for the National Korean-Canadian community from coast to coast. We also look ahead with a shared vision for continued growth and prosperity for the next 50 years.

2013 also marked the Year of the Korean War Veteran, to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Signing of the Armistice. Korea would not be where it is today if it were not for the brave men and women who served in the Korean War, including more than 32,000 Canadians who went to South Korea's aid. And the passage of my Bill (Korean War Veterans Day Act) will forever honour our veterans with a day of their own (July 27).

Building on the successes of 2013, my staff and I look forward to working with all our constituents throughout 2014. It is an honour to serve and represent you in the Senate of Canada.

Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

The Honourable Yonah Martin 

Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate

 

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