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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 Film Board of Canada documentary was directed by Toronto based filmmaker Tiffany Hsiung, Executive Producer Anita Lee and seasoned film Editor Mary Stephen. I wish to congratulate them and all involved in the production of “The Apology” for being selected by the audience as the second most popular documentary of the festival.

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