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(1) REMEMBRANCE DAY STATEMENT

November 3, 2016 - Senate of Canada Honourable Senators, next week is the most important and solemn week we commemorate on our national calendar.  It is Veteran’s Week and Remembrance Day.  Canadians have long answered the call of their nation, it is echoed in our National Anthem, it is depicted in countless memorials that dot villages, towns and cities from coast to coast to coast, it surrounds us on the walls of this solemn Chamber, it is interwoven throughout the narrative o…
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TURN TOWARD BUSAN CEREMONY SPEECH

BUSAN, SOUTH  KOREA Good Morning, bonjour,   ‎Minister Park Soon-Choong, Your Excellencies, Mayor Suh Byung Soo, Mayor of Coquitlam, BC, Canada Richard Stewart, Chair of the Board of Education of School District 43 Judy Shirra, Superintendent of Schools Patricia Gartland, ‎ladies and gentlemen; and above all, our guests of honour and living heroes of Korea, Canada and indeed the world, our beloved Veterans of the Korean War. I am deeply honoured to stand shoulder to…
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STATEMENT: "RECOGNIZING CANADA-BULGARIA RELATIONS"

Hon. Yonah Martin (Acting Leader of the Opposition): Honourable senators, I have the honour to rise today as the founding co-chair of the Canada-Bulgaria Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group to recognize the fiftieth anniversary of Canada-Bulgaria diplomatic relations, this year. The parliamentary group was established during the last Parliament on November 26, 2014, and co-founded by former Member of Parliament Corneliu Chisu. CLICK HERE FOR FULL STATEMENT...
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SPEECH: C-14 (MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN DYING) THIRD READING STATEMENT

Honourable senators, I rise on this occasion to add my voice just ahead of our crucial third reading vote. This bill, as sensitive and complex as it is, has been a very demanding test of our abilities as parliamentarians, especially since it arrived in this chamber with such a wide and deep range of legislative gaps and concerns. Medical assistance in dying is a complex, multi-faceted subject. As well as being deeply personal and despite our individual differences I believe we have fulfilled o…
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QUESTION PERIOD: CANADA-KOREA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

Minister, other bilateral trade agreements are ongoing in Asia, and you talk about the complexity of TPP. As you know, the previous Conservative government concluded and ratified the historic Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement, and Korea is the first and only country in Asia with which Canada does have an agreement in force. On the first day the FTA came into force, January 1, 2015, Korea eliminated duties on 81.9 per cent of Canadian tariff lines; and once the agreement is fully implemented, 98…
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SPEECH : SOUTH-CHINA SEA MOTION STATEMENT

Thank you for the accommodation, honourable senators, I was absent at the time when this item was called, due to a special sitting of the Selection Committee. Honourable senators, I rise in this chamber today to speak to this motion as moved by Senator Ngo, as it is an issue that, if left unchecked, could have severe global consequences: The maritime territorial dispute in the South China Sea where tensions between rival countries have been escalating in recent years.  click here for more…
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TRIBUTE: SEN. DAVID SMITH

Honourable Senators,  I wish to add my sincere best wishes to our colleague and my “Seoul” brother David Smith, who ends his notable career on Parliament Hill after more than three decades of service and political activism.  Among his long list of achievements, there is one that stands out - that through his relentless advocacy, notably includes protection of people with physical disabilities in Section 15 (1) of the Charter: “Every individual is equal before and un…
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STATEMENT: RUMBLE IN JUNGLE

Honourable senators, I wish to first acknowledge the presence of my elders, or family members, who travelled five hours to be here in our chamber today. Honourable senators, I rise during Asian Heritage Month to speak about a largely unknown part of Asian Canadian history: the covert operations of Force 136. The Chinese Canadian Military Museum in Vancouver is launching an exhibition on May 14, 2016, called ‘‘Rumble in the Jungle’’ that tells the story of this secret fo…
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STATEMENT: "THE APOLOGY"

Honourable Senators, I rise today to speak about a courageous woman whom I recently had the honour to meet. She is Grandma GIL Won-OK, a WWII Military Sexual Slavery Survivor or so called “comfort woman” (the euphemism that is used to describe her and the other military sexual slaves). Grandma Gil flew from South Korea to be in Toronto for the world premiere of the documentary “The Apology” at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival. The National F…
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