[ SkipToMainMenu ]

Speeches

VETERANS WEEK

Honourable Senators Veterans Week is a time to gather and honour our living heroes. It is also a time to remember their fallen comrades who are laid to rest in foreign lands. And in remembering, we ensure that their legacy will long remain in the hearts and minds of future generations. On November 4th, to launch Veterans Week, Speaker Kinsella invited us to stand alongside our living heroes in this very Chamber, to participate in the 16th annual commemorative wreath-laying ceremony. On the 5th…
Read More

DEAF-BLIND AWARENESS MONTH

  June is the birth month of Helen Keller, the most well-known deaf-blind person. She was a gracious and heroic person whose determination and leadership made a difference in the world, and inspired others to follow in her footsteps. June 27 is known as Helen Keller Day in the United States and is celebrated every year. Helen Keller Day was enacted by President Jimmy Carter in 1980. Since then, much progress has been made, and in 2000, the Province of Ontario recognized deaf-blind awarene…
Read More

KOREAN WAR VETERANS

  Honourable senators, I rise today, during this special Year of the Korean War Veteran, to recognize our veterans of the Korean War on the eve of the Royal Assent of Bill S-213, the Korean War Veterans Day act, which unanimously passed at every stage of the legislative process in both houses.  This weekend, a special Korea Weekend will bring together hundreds of veterans from across Canada. This has been a dream of mine, three years in the making, and I am so honoured to share the K…
Read More

ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH

Honourable Senators,   On the occasion of Asian Heritage Month during this month of May, I rise to recognize firstly, the “godmother” of Asian Heritage month, our former colleague Vivienne Poy, whose vision and initiative led to the passage of a unanimous motion in this Chamber in 2001 to recognize Asian Heritage Month each and every year.    I now wish to speak about another colleague, The Honourable Salma Ataullahjan, the first Senator of Pakistani descent to be …
Read More

THE HONOURABLE SENATOR OLIVER

Honourable Senators,   I rise today to pay tribute to our colleague, the Honourable Senator Donald H. Oliver.   On Tuesday afternoon, Senator Oliver received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from York University in Toronto.  This is Senator Oliver’s fourth honorary degree.   York University honoured Senator Oliver for being a “committed leader devoted to building safe, culturally vibrant and economically prosperous communities with a passion for life and ju…
Read More

INTERNATIONAL WOMAN'S DAY - SENATOR ATAULLAHJAN

Honourable Senators, in light of last week’s International Women’s Day, I rise today to celebrate the achievement of one of our own formidable women, Senator Salma Ataullahjan. On March 8 – International Women’s Day – Senator Ataullahjan received the “Wonder Woman” award on behalf of the National Heroes Foundation, a non-profit organization ordained by the Government of Pakistan. From more than 300 nominations in 19 countries, Senator Ataullahjan was na…
Read More

BATTLE OF KAPYONG

It is my honour to rise today, to pay tribute to a remarkable group of more than 32,000 Canadians who served in the Korean War and during the tense peacekeeping years following the signing of the amistice.   As the daughter of two survivors of the Korean War, my family remembers the Canadians who arrived on the shores of the Korean peninsula to defend the people from Communist forces of the North. . We remember their courage and dedicated service. We remember the thousands of Canadian i…
Read More

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

  Honorable Senators, I rise during black history month to highlight notable British Columbians who have paved the way for success for the Black community of BC). This year, Canada Post, as part of the Black History Month series, released a stamp commemorating the life of Seraphim “Joe” Fortes. 2013 is the 150th anniversary of his birth. Vancouverites simply called him JOE. Joe Fortes figured prominently as Vancouver’s first official lifeguard, patrolling English Bay and…
Read More

LET'S TALK

Honourable Senators, "Let's Talk" about a very important topic that likely affects every one of us and millions of Canadians, directly or indirectly: mental illnesses. In fact, according to Health Canada : One in three Canadians will face a neurological disorder, injury or psychiatric disease in their lifetime. Neurological diseases, disorders and injuries represent one of the leading causes of disability in the Canadian population. Mental illnesses affect people of all ages, educationa…
Read More

WINTERLUDE 2013

  Honourable senators, I rise today to speak about Winterlude, the national capital's winter celebration. Each year Winterlude is held in Ottawa-Gatineau during the month of February; this year it is the first to the eighteenth. Winterlude was created in 1979 to celebrate Canada's unique northern climate and culture. This year at Winterlude we are celebrating the Year of Korea in Canada and 50 years of friendship between our two countries.The city of Jinju has brought the Lantern Garden of…
Read More