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INTERNATIONAL TRADE

  Hon. Yonah Martin: Honourable senators, the Conservatives believe in working hard and in providing assistance to the families of workers during this global recession. Strengthening our ties with international trade partners and facilitating the free movement of goods and services across the border are some of the most important things we can do to help put Canada back on the road to prosperity. Last weekend, Prime Minister Harper participated in the APEC leaders' summit in Singapore. …
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VETERAN'S WEEK

  Hon. Yonah Martin: Honourable senators, I rise today during this Veterans' Week to pay tribute to the courageous men and women of our Canadian military, both past and present. There are no words to express the depth and breadth of a nation's gratitude and indebtedness to our Canadian soldiers over the course of our nation's history. We must never forget the sacrifices made, or take for granted the freedoms we have today. That freedom did not come without a price but their sacrifices were…
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SECOND READING OF BILL C-268

  Hon. Yonah Martin moved second reading of Bill C-268, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (minimum sentence for offences involving trafficking of persons under the age of eighteen years). "Honourable senators, I am pleased to have the opportunity to sponsor this private member's bill, Bill C-268, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (minimum sentences for offences involving trafficking of persons under the age of eighteen years). This important bill addresses a pressing issue, appropriate p…
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GLOBAL RECESSION

  Hon. Yonah Martin: Honourable senators, under the strong leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Canada is making a difference on the world stage. Rather than proposing an election that no one wants, our government is opening up new markets for Canadian companies, and working to secure good jobs for Canadian families. In January, we introduced Canada's Economic Action Plan to tackle the global recession here in Canada. The International Monetary Fund called our stimulus plan "large…
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MRS. FRANCIS BROOKE

  Hon. Yonah Martin: Honourable senators, I rise today with these words: A teacher's purpose is not to create students in her own image, but to develop students who can create their own image. Although I can tell you, honourable senators, that when Mrs. Brooke drove up to Renfrew Elementary School, in Vancouver, B.C., in her fancy red convertible wearing her snazzy Adidas tracksuit with her long brown hair perfectly windswept and flowing, the students stopped their courtyard hopscotch or …
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NATIONAL SUN AWARENESS WEEK

  Hon. Yonah Martin: Honourable senators, as we reconvene during these last few weeks of spring, after a long, cold Ottawa winter, we are all eager to go outdoors, enjoy the sunshine and take in the majestic landscape of our great nation. The warm summer months offer what seems like endless moments of peace and serenity as we enjoy long days under the sun. Unfortunately, these moments of peace and serenity can turn into moments of fear and pain after years of unprotected exposure to harsh…
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TOP 25 CANADIAN IMMIGRANTS 2009

  Hon. Yonah Martin: Honourable senators, as we near the end of May and Asian Heritage Month, I wish to acknowledge, once again, Senator Vivienne Poy, who has led by example and inspired Canadians of diverse backgrounds to reflect and celebrate the rich array of cultures in Canada. I thank you, honourable senators, for your willing participation at various events in celebration of Asian Heritage Month. On May 25, 2009, I had the honour of hosting the Canadian Immigrant Magazine's inaugur…
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ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE SUPERANNUATION ACT

  Hon. Yonah Martin moved second reading of Bill C-18, An Act to amend the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Act, to validate certain calculations and to amend other Acts. She said: Honourable senators, I am pleased to rise today to speak at second reading of Bill C-18, An Act to amend the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Act, to validate certain calculations and to amend other acts. This bill makes several technical amendments to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police S…
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ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH

  Hon. Yonah Martin: Honourable senators, I rise today to draw attention to the beginning of Asian Heritage Month. During the month of May, Canadians join together from coast to coast to celebrate the long and rich history of Asian Canadians. This month provides an opportunity for all Canadians to experience many cultures and celebrate the contributions of our Asian citizens to the growth and prosperity of Canada. In December 2001, the Honourable Senator Poy introduced a motion in this ch…
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GOVERNMENT POLICY ON CRIME

  Hon. Yonah Martin: Honourable senators, in these times of global economic recession, our government's first priority is to protect Canadian jobs. Conservatives believe in tackling the global recession, but we also believe in tackling crime, and we will not back down from our commitment to safer streets. That is why the Minister of Justice has instructed the department to draft legislation that would, if passed by Parliament, cap the credit for time served. Our party campaigned on a pr…
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