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TRIBUTE TO THE LATE MRS. MARJORIE KATHRYN ELLIOTT

 Honourable Senators, There is a place in Hope, British Columbia, that my nephew once described as "a little piece of heaven on earth". Even time slows down to linger as long as she can...to breathe in the clean mountain air, listen to the soothing rush of Silver Creek, and in the spring or summer, marvel at the fruits and flowers that grow with abandon in the garden: roses, lilies, tulips, creeping jenny and forsythia, bergenia, sedum, grape vines, apple trees and a plum. Insid…
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TRIBUTE TO DR. DOO HO SHIN

  Honourable Senators, today I rise to pay tribute to a gentleman who is a pioneer of the Korean Canadian community, in the truest sense of the word. I'm honoured to also call him my mentor, advisor and friend. Dr. Doo Ho Shin has been a tireless community activist and leader for over four decades. A renown physician in his field - he is the Korean counterpart of "Quincy" or "House"; and for a Canadian comparison -  Wojeck played to perfection by the late John Vernon.  He served…
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STATEMENT ON ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH

  Honourable Senators, As we near the end of May, I rise to recognize and honour two great Canadians who are pioneers and role models to a great many people. The first is our colleague, The Honourable Vivienne Poy, the person responsible for establishing Asian Heritage Month in our country since 2002. She is as her friend Frank Ling called her, “the Godmother” of Asian Heritage Month. I also stand to honour another distinguished Canadian, who was a man of many talents and a …
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STATEMENT ON SENATOR NANCY GREENE-RAINE'S HEALTH INQUIRY

  Honourable senators, I rise today to add my voice to the most important issue facing all Canadians: our heath and the health of our children. As the Ambassador of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and a life-long athlete who walks the talk of Healthy Living, our esteemed colleague Senator Nancy Greene-Raine has called to the attention of this chamber, the success of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games held in Vancouver, Richmond and Whistler form February 12 to 28 and, in…
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MOTION THAT THE SENATE OF CANADA RECOGNIZE AND ENDORSE JULY 27 ANNUALLY AS NATIONAL KOREAN WAR VETERANS DAY

"Honourable senators, with deepest respect and gratitude to our honoured veterans of the Korean War, including the veterans and their families present in our chamber today, I rise to draw your attention to the motion in my name that the Senate recognize and endorse July 27 annually as National Korean Veterans Day. The armistice signed on July 27, 1953, ended the three-year military conflict but did not bring an end to the civil war. Canadians from coast to coast to coast pause on November 11 …
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ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

  Honourable Senators,  Six years ago, on 22 April 2004, the Parliament of Canada passed a resolution recognizing the genocide committed against the Armenians by the Ottoman Turks.  By so doing, the Parliament of Canada sent a message to the world that we have the courage of our convictions by acknowledging this reprehensible treatment against the Armenian people by the Ottoman Turks. I would like to remind this House that despite the historical evidence, Turkey continues to d…
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SECOND READING BILL C-268

  Bill C-268, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (minimum sentences for offences involving trafficking of persons under the age of eighteen years) Honourable Senators, I am pleased to speak in support of Bill C-268, an act to amend the Criminal Code (minimum sentences for offences involving trafficking of persons under the age of eighteen years). Bill C-268 was drafted with one clear intention to create a separate offence for the traffickers of children in Canada and to ensure that the p…
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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY STATEMENT

  Hon. Senator Martin: Honourable Senators, today I rise to commemorate the courage, dignity and perseverance of those women who paved the way so that I may freely rise in this Chamber and celebrate their accomplishments. Majestic resilient women like my mother, Kye Soon Kim (nee Kwon) who taught me to live with intention, grab hold of opportunities, and do all the things she could only dream of doing within the confines of imperialism; then civil war. "Do all the things I never had the c…
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PRIME MINISTER HARPER RENEWS THE STRONG RELATIONS BETWEEN CANADA AND KOREA

  Hon. Yonah Martin: “Honourable Senators, as the international community struggles to emerge from a global recession, our Conservative Government is renewing and strengthening ties with our international trading partners as a means to sustained economic recovery. “In recent weeks we have seen our Prime Minister working at the international level to end this global recession as he represented the interests of Canadians at the APEC Economic Leader’s meeting in Singapore; …
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