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SENATOR MARTIN'S SENATE STATEMENT: UBC'S CENTURY OF SUCCESS

  Honourable senators, today I rise as a proud alumnus of the University of British Columbia, (Class of ’87), to congratulate the UBC Thunderbirds in winning the Vanier Cup on November 28, 2015.  The Thunderbirds beat the Montreal Carabins 26--23 in a suspenseful and exciting match.  This year's win is the Thunderbirds' fourth Vanier Cup, long awaited since their last win in 1997, which ties them for the most championship victories in Western Canada.   The victor…
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SENATOR MARTIN'S SPEECH AT TURN TOWARD BUSAN INTERNATIONAL OBSERVANCE IN OTTAWA

Good evening,  Ambassador Jo Daeshik, Col. Choi Chang-Min, colleagues in the House and Senate, ladies and gentlemen; and above all, our guests of honour and the focus of our gathering today, dear Veterans of the Korean War. Bon soirée tout le monde. En particulier à nos distingués anciens combattants de la guerre de Corée, qui sont une fois de plus l'inspiration de notre rassemblement ce soir. I am deeply honoured to join you this evening at the Turn Toward B…
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SENATOR MARTIN'S SPEECH AT MEMORIAL ROCK DEDICATION CEREMONY

  Good afternoon, Bonjour, Mayor John Becker, honoured guests, and dear Veterans of the Korean War. I am deeply honoured to be here at the unveiling ceremony of the Memorial Stone here in Pitt Meadows and bring greetings on behalf of the Senate of Canada. We gather today to commemorate this significant memorial that has been championed by Warren Byrnell through his vision to have a special memorial stone dedicated to all those who served and sacrificed their lives in the Korean War, just…
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INQUIRY ON DEMENTIA

  Hon. Yonah Martin (Deputy Leader of the Government): Honourable senators, this being our final sitting for this session, I wish to add a few words to this inquiry, if I may. I'm not quite yet ready. I've been preparing for quite some time, but I think my lack of readiness is more emotional than anything else, because this is a topic that is very close to my heart. I shall read what I have prepared and then finish the rest spoken from the heart. Honourable senators, I rise to speak to t…
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REFLECTIONS ON THE SPLENDOUR AND MEANING OF OUR CANADIAN SENATE, WRITTEN BY VINCE COURTENAY

  Hon. Yonah Martin (Deputy Leader of the Government):  There is a thin brass rod across the aisle just inside the doors of the Canadian Senate. One must walk around it to enter the Senate Chamber. Yet none can do so without the expressed invitation of a Senator. No Member of Parliament from the House of Commons, which is just down the Hall of Honour, may enter without that invitation and accompaniment. Not even the Prime Minister of Canada may enter without it. Yet it is a thin rod…
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MOTION TO TAKE NOTICE OF THE MONTH OF JUNE AS THE BIRTH MONTH OF HELEN KELLER AND TO RECOGNIZE IT AS "DEAF-BLIND AWARENESS MONTH"

  Pursuant to notice of May 6, 2015, moved: That the Senate take notice of the month of June as the birth month of Helen Keller, who is renowned around the world for her perseverance and achievements and who, as a person who was deaf-blind, is an inspiration to us all and, in particular, to members of the deaf-blind community; and That the Senate recognize the month of June as "Deaf-Blind Awareness Month", to promote public awareness of deaf-blind issues and to recognize the contributi…
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97th ANNIVERSARY OF THE REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN

  Honourable senators, I rise today to recognize the ninety-seventh anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Azerbaijan. It was on May 28, 1918, that the Republic of Azerbaijan became the first democratic and secular republic in the Muslim world. Among some of its most significant accomplishments is the fact that it was the first Muslim nation to grant suffrage to women in 1919, giving women equal political rights to men. We should note that it was the same year that Canadian women …
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TRIBUTE TO SENATOR RIVEST

Honourables senateurs et sénatrices, Je prends la parole aujourd’hui pour rendre hommage à notre collègue qui prend sa retraite, l’honorable Jean-Claude Rivest, sénateur de Stadacona, au Québec, qui a eu une longue et remarquable carrière de service public. Prior to his appointment by former Prime Minister Brian Mullins, our distinguished colleague also served as a member of the National Assembly in Quebec City from 1979 to 1985. He is an i…
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TRIBUTE TO SENATOR ARCHIBALD JOHNSTONE

Honourable Senators, I rise today to speak about the late Senator Archibald Johnstone who was a hero of the Second World War and true pioneer of Prince Edward Island’s tourism industry. On June 12th, 1924 in Burlington, PEI, Senator Johnstone was born to Jane Montgomery and Lt-Colonel Ernest Johnstone who had served with the Prince Edward Island Light Horse during the First World War. Following in his father’s footsteps, Sen. Johnstone enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and s…
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2015 YEAR OF CKFTA

Honourable Senators, I have the distinct pleasure to rise today to speak on the Canada Korea Free Trade Agreement that was ratified at the end of last year. Thanks to the efforts and support of all Honourable Senators at that time, the Agreement came into force on January 1st, 2015, and instantly leveled the playing field for Canadian exporters and businesses, and launched the Canada Korea relationship to the next level. In fact, we can trumpet 2015 as the "Year of the Canada Korea Free Trade…
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