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TRIBUTE TO THE HONOURABLE ROBERT PETERSON

THE LATE HONOURABLE ROBERT W. PETERSON Honourable senators, I rise today on behalf of our Conservative caucus to pay tribute to the Honourable Robert “Bob” Peterson, a former colleague and a friend to many. Bob Peterson was a successful entrepreneur, professional engineer, community activist and respected leader. He served as Director and President of Regina Jaycees and Director of the Saskatchewan Home Builders’ Association. He was also Director of Ranch Ehrlo Society, an organization very dea…
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STATEMENT ON VETERANS' WEEK IN THE SENATE

Veterans' Week Honourable senators, I’m honoured to rise today to mark the start of Veterans’ Week 2020. This year we commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversaries of the liberation of The Netherlands, Victory in Europe Day and Victory over Japan Day, and the end of the Second World War. We also commemorate the start of the seventieth anniversary of the Korean War years — June 25, 2020, to July 27, 2023 — and honour the Canadians who served in the Korean War and in peacekeeping duties post-armi…
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TRIBUTE THE LATE HON. DAVID BRALEY

Honourable senators, it’s with a heavy heart that I rise today to pay tribute to an iconic Canadian, our former colleague and friend the late Honourable David Braley. David was a football enthusiast to the core. Born in Montreal and moving to Hamilton at a young age, he played football growing up and became a regular at Tiger-Cats games. After attending McMaster University, he began his business career with General Motors Acceptance Corporation in Hamilton, before joining London Life Insurance. …
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Long Term Care System Inquiry

Senator Seidman, thank you for your inquiry and for starting off this very important debate with such eloquent words, and words of hope, and a call to action to all of us in this chamber. I rise today to add my voice to Senator Judith Seidman’s important inquiry into Canada’s long-term care system and prevalent weaknesses that have been exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. This subject is very close to my heart as well, and I hope I’m able to get through this without my emotions getting the better…
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Third Reading on Bill C-4 (COVID-19 Emergency Response)

Hon. Yonah Martin: I have a very brief speech. I hope with the time I took up in questions, in essence, the shorter speech does make up for it. On principle, absolutely, this is a bill that we need to look at very carefully, and Canadians deserve the support at this time from their government, especially the small businesses that I often rise and talk about. It’s such an important bill for them. As I said, there are still some questions for me, and I hope that the government will work very exped…
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SECOND READING SPEECH ON BILL C-4 (COVID-19 EMERGENCY RESPONSE)

Hon. Yonah Martin: I have a very brief speech. I hope with the time I took up in questions, in essence, the shorter speech does make up for it. On principle, absolutely, this is a bill that we need to look at very carefully, and Canadians deserve the support at this time from their government, especially the small businesses that I often rise and talk about. It’s such an important bill for them. As I said, there are still some questions for me, and I hope that the government will work very exped…
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