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SENATOR MARTIN HONOURS VETERANS WEEK 2014

Honourable senators, I rise today during Veterans' Week to pay tribute to the women and men who served and sacrificed their lives for the very freedoms that we enjoy today. They are our grandfathers, fathers, brothers, grandmothers, mothers, sisters, neighbours . . . [our] heroes. Canada's veterans — their courage, service and sacrifices have kept us strong, proud and free. Canadian women have played an important role in our country's military efforts over the years, overcoming many …
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PRINCESS PATRICIA’S CANADIAN LIGHT INFANTRY -100th ANNIVERSARIES

PRINCESS PATRICIA’S CANADIAN LIGHT INFANTRY ROYAL 22ND REGIMENT ONE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARIES - JOINT STATEMENT WITH SENATOR YONAH MARTIN & SENATOR JOSEPH DAY Hon. Joseph A. Day: Honourable senators, along with Senator Martin, I would like to welcome our guests here today, Very distinguished guests from the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and the Royal 22 e Régiment du Canada, both of whom are celebrating their one hundredth anniversary. The Royal 22 e Regim…
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TRIBUTE TO LIBERTY

Honourable Senators, I rise today to speak to you about an event that took place on May 30, 2014 at the Toronto Congress Centre, which I had the honour to attend, in support of a project that is personally significant to me and to all Canadians who value democracy and the fundamental rights and freedoms we enjoy every day. ‘Tribute to Liberty’ is a Canadian organization that is dedicated to the construction of a memorial to honour the victims of communism, to be built near Parliame…
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CANADA KOREA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

Honourable Senators, I rise today to speak about the historic Canada Korea Free Trade Agreement that was concluded and jointly announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Geun-hye Park in Seoul, Korea on March 10, 2014 - the first trade agreement for Canada in the Asia Pacific region. The FTA will benefit both countries due to the fact that Canada and Korea have very complementary economies.  The FTA enhances economic growth in all sectors of Canada, namely agriculture, food,…
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2014 WINTER PARALYMPIC GAMES

Honourable Senators, I rise today to celebrate the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games which begin tomorrow March 7th to 16th in Sochi, Russia. 54 elite Canadian para-athletes will compete against approximately 575 others from 45 nations.  This is the largest number of para-athletes to compete in a Paralympic Winter Games. The Canadian Team will compete in six sports, Alpine Skiing, Nordic, Biathalon, wheelchair Curling, Sledge Hockey, and for the first time, Snowboarding.  We have medal p…
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"KIM'S CONVENIENCE" PLAY

Honourable Senators,  I rise today to speak about "Kim's Convenience", an award winning play written by Ins Choi, a Toronto playwright and actor, which has become a part of Canadian theatre history.  Kim's Convenience" takes place in a Korean owned convenience store in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood. It is the story of an immigrant Korean family, yet has had broad appeal with universal themes of family, redemption, forgiveness and, love. Written from personal experiences,…
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YEAR OF KOREA & YEAR OF THE KOREAN WAR VETERAN

Honourable Senators, I rise today to reflect on a year that has been most significant for me personally, as a proud Canadian of Korean descent; for all the Veterans and their families; and for the quarter of a million and ever growing national Korean Canadian community, who all owe our living heroes and their fallen and departed compatriots, a lifetime of gratitude... 2013 has been a milestone year for Canada and Korea with the bicentennial of diplomatic relations and the 60th anniversary of t…
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