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YEAR OF THE RABBIT

Honourable senators, today is February 3, 2011, the first day of the lunar new year. Happy new year. Bonne année. Sae-hae bok-ma-nee bah-deux-sae-yo, in Korean. Shin-nyen gwai-leux, in Mandarin. Gong-hat-fa-choy, in Cantonese. Today is the anticipated start of the Year of the Rabbit, which quietly hops in after the sweeping tail of the roaring Year of the Tiger. The Year of the Tiger was a year of ferocity and dynamism — a year that began with great celebration at the Vancouve…
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CANADA CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY BILL

Honourable Senators, I am pleased to rise in support of Bill C-36, the proposed Canada consumer product safety act. This is an important piece of health and safety legislation that is long overdue. Honourable senators, this is not the first time we have studied and debated this bill in the chamber. We have heard from many stakeholders, both in committee and through email. We have spent a fair amount of time studying this legislation between this iteration, Bill C-36, and its previous incarnatio…
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61ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEGINNING OF THE KOREAN WAR

Honourable Senators, Today I rise on a day of special significance to me. Forty-one years ago, I was blessed with a baby sister. Her name is Jinah Kim, and indeed, today is her birthday. Yesterday was also an important day. June 21 annually marks National Aboriginal Veterans Day, just as July 27 will again be National Korean War Veterans Day, unanimously passed in a motion that acknowledged the importance of Canadians who served in the Korean War. Three days from now, on June 25, from St. Joh…
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TRIBUTE TO MR. NICK NOORANI

Honourable Senators, In honour of Asian Heritage Month, in May of each year, I rise to pay tribute to a distinguished Canadian who — like our colleague, the founder and godmother of Asian Heritage Month in Canada, the Honourable Vivienne Poy — is a recipient of the annual "Top 25 Immigrant Awards." Nick Noorani, President and CEO of Destination Canada Information Inc., is indeed deserving of this distinction. When Nick Noorani talks, people listen. It is not just that he is an enga…
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SECOND READING OF CANADA CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY BILL

  Honourable senators,  I am pleased to rise in this chamber as the sponsor of Bill C-36, the proposed Canada consumer product safety act. As my colleagues know, this is not the first time this bill has come before us. The proposed Canada consumer product safety act was last before this chamber in 2009, and it was closely analyzed and studied. I am acutely aware of the work my colleagues did at that time and I know that among us in the chamber today we have significant knowledge, in…
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STATEMENT ON G20 REMEMBERANCE DAY IN SEOUL

  Honorable Senators, On November 11-12, 2010 Prime Minister Stephen Harper stood on the world stage in Seoul, Korea at the G-20 Summit, which the Government of the Republic of Korea planned and executed with precision and success, with the blessing of her citizens and the contribution of countless volunteers. As Canadians, we can take immense pride in how our Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper and Finance Minister, the Honourable Jim Flaherty demonstrated, once again, s…
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STATEMENT FROM COMMEMORATIVE CEREMONIES IN SEOUL

  Honourable Senators, Today I rise to pay tribute to the unsung heroes of the Korean War, who received the heroes welcome they deserved in Seoul, Korea, a once flattened ghostly city that was first recaptured on September 28, 1950 by UN forces, now a thriving metropolis of more than 30 million people. Countless Seoul residents lined the main streets to watch and cheer the parade of veterans from the 21 countries of the UN forces who saved the Republic of Korea from communist terror. …
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