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QUESTION PERIOD: LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS

  Hon. Yonah Martin (Deputy Leader of the Opposition): My question is also for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Leader, liquefied natural gas provides a significant economic opportunity in Canada, especially in my home province of B.C. Many of the projects are expected to create thousands of construction jobs, generate hundreds of long-term careers and provide substantial and beneficial economic spinoffs. Yet the LNG projects are continually being delayed by this government and…
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QUESTION PERIOD: FIREFIGHTER SAFETY

  Hon. Yonah Martin (Deputy Leader of the Opposition): I have a question for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Leader, the firefighters who are present in the chamber with us today, their B.C. colleagues and firefighters across Canada deserve to know that their safety is paramount. It has been more than 15 years since ‘‘firefighter safety’’ was inadvertently dropped from the National Building and Fire Codes. Firefighter safety must be addressed separately…
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STATEMENT: FIREFIGHTER SAFETY

  Hon. Yonah Martin (Deputy Leader of the Opposition): Honourable senators, today I rise to recognize and thank the firefighters of our country for the tremendous and courageous work they do. They are first responders who put their lives at risk every day to assist, save and protect Canadians. Listening to the news this morning, I was reminded of the tough work that firefighters do with the recent fire situation in British Columbia. With warmer-than-usual temperatures this spring, the wil…
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SENATOR MARTIN’S SPEECH AT THE 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF BATTLE OF KAPYONG COMMEMORATION

  Minister, Excellencies, colleagues, distinguished guests, proud members of the Canadian military, friends, and honoured Veterans of the Korean War. Good morning/afternoon. Bon matin/apres-midi. C’est un honneur pour moi d’être ici avec vous pour commémorer la 65ieme anniversaire de la bataille de Kapyong. I am honoured to be here today to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Kapyong. In April of 2011, with valuable input from Captain Richard Duma…
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QUESTION PERIOD: NORTH KOREA-DETENTION OF REVEREND HYEON SOO LIM

  Hon. Yonah Martin (Deputy Leader of the Opposition): Minister Dion, yesterday on the Hill was the Day of Action for the Release of Reverend Hyeon Soo Lim, a Canadian pastor and humanitarian who has been detained in North Korea for over a year. Hundreds of supporters travelled from the Toronto region in a show of solidarity, and hundreds of thousands of people have signed an online petition calling on the Trudeau government to bring Reverend Lim back to Canada safely and as soon as possib…
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BARB STEGEMANN

  Honourable senators, I rise today to speak about an outstanding Canadian entrepreneur and global leader, Barb Stegemann, creator of the 7 Virtues Beauty Company. She is also the author of The 7 Virtues of a Philosopher Queen and the embodiment of her book as a working mother and wife of a successful international social enterprise that aims to change the world scent by scent. Barb’s vision for her cosmetic line was originally inspired by her best friend, Captain Trevor Greene, who…
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CANADA-KOREA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT: FIRST ANNIVERSARY

  Honourable senators, I have the distinct privilege to rise today to speak about the first anniversary of the implementation of the historic Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement, which was on January 1, 2016. The signing of Canada’s first Asia-Pacific trade agreement was realized through the hard work, leadership and vision of the Right Honourable Stephen Harper and former Ministers of International Trade Ed Fast, James Moore, Stockwell Day, and their predecessors. Additionally, the n…
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