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2019 VETERANS WEEKEND

SPEECH ADDRESSING VETERANS IN THE SENATE CHAMBER FOR THE 2019 VETERANS WEEKEND IN OTTAWA Hon. Yonah Martin (Deputy Leader of the Opposition): Dear friends, distinguished guests, beloved veterans, welcome to this esteemed Upper Chamber in the "temporary" Senate of Canada building. Thank you for taking part in this special Veterans Weekend and tomorrow's Korea Day Ceremony. Tonight is a special Senate commemoration to mark the 66th anniversary of the Korea War Armistice to kick off this Veterans…
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STATEMENT ON DEAFBLIND AWARENESS MONTH

DEAFBLIND AWARENESS MONTH Hon. Yonah Martin (Deputy Leader of the Opposition): Honourable senators, I rise today as we begin the month of June to celebrate Deafblind Awareness Month. In 2015, the Senate of Canada unanimously passed a motion to designate June as Deafblind Awareness Month. I wish, once again, to acknowledge and thank our colleague, the Honourable Jim Munson, and former colleagues, the Honourable Joan Fraser and the Honourable Asha Seth, for their supportive roles in ensuring the…
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THIRD READING SPEECH ON BILL C-71

BILL TO AMEND CERTAIN ACTS AND REGULATIONSIN RELATION TO FIREARMS THIRD READING—VOTE DEFERRED Hon. Yonah Martin (Deputy Leader of the Opposition): Honourable senators, as I said, I will be brief. I feel it’s important to add my voice to this debate as an urban Canadian who has lived in Vancouver for more than four decades. I just came from Creston, B.C., a rural part of my province where most nights we were around a fire pit. I know there were gun owners around the circle, gun enthusiasts lik…
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STATEMENT ON THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION POST 144

Hon. Yonah Martin (Deputy Leader of the Opposition): Honourable senators, I rise today to tell you about an important Canadian treasure I discovered earlier this year during my first trip to Florida. There is a special Royal Canadian Legion Post 144, Pinellas County, which is housed within the American Legion TurnerBrandon Post 7, in Clearwater, Florida, among the first posts formed in the United States. It is the perfect symbol of the longstanding bond between our two countries whose men and w…
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THIRD READING SPEECH ON BILL C-81

ACCESSIBLE CANADA BILL THIRD READING Hon. Yonah Martin (Deputy Leader of the Opposition): Honourable senators, I rise today also to speak very briefly at third reading of Bill C-81, An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada. Bill C-81 enacts the accessible Canada act in order to enhance the full and equal participation of all persons, especially persons living with disability, in our society. This bill will require federally regulated entities across the country to ensure accessibility to workpl…
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STATEMENT ON 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF KOREA'S PROCLAMATION OF INDEPENDENCE

KOREA’S PROCLAMATION OF INDEPENDENCEONE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY Hon. Yonah Martin (Deputy Leader of the Opposition): Honourable senators, on March 1, 1919, 33 Korean cultural and religious leaders in Seoul read the Declaration of Independence, marking the beginning of a historic and courageous struggle by the Korean people for independence from Japanese colonialism. It was the start of a movement that would eventually see millions of Koreans stand up to their oppressors and fight for freedom. C…
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