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Post Secondary Education Accessibility Study

Honourable senators, I am pleased to respond to a tabled motion now before the Senate. Canadians believe in the value of post-secondary education. Who amongst us here would say differently? Education facilitates career building, improves opportunities for our young people and helps them achieve what they want out of life. Our government recognizes this and has taken action to strongly support post-secondary education in Canada. As a recent report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation…
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Speech at 2009 ACE National Exposition

Good afternoon. Bon après-midi.   Thank you very much for your kind welcome. It is a real pleasure to be here with you today at the 2009 ACE National Expositions, Celebration of Excellence.   I am proud to be a part of this event.  ACE’s programs, such as the Students in Free Enterprise and Student Entrepreneur programs, give young Canadians an incredible opportunity to develop their talents, to learn to lead and to succeed.  And, in so doing, the students themselves cr…
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Bill C-11: Human Pathogens and Toxins Act

Honourable Senators, I stand before you today determined and pleased to support the passage of Bill C-11 and the welcome and critical legislation it proposes.   Originally drafted in late 2007 and early 2008, Bill C-11 was tabled in February of this year—one of the first pieces of legislation in the second session of the 40th parliament. It was reviewed by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health in March, and is progressing well through Parliament.   Now referred to our o…
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Canadian Identity

Honourable Senators.  On February 11th of this year, I was honoured to give my maiden speech in this Chamber.  That maiden speech defined me as a Senator -- and as a Canadian. It set the stage for my intervention today.   As I stated then and believe today, all men and women in this country must fully embrace the unyielding fact that the benefits that come from being Canadian must be a direct result of our willingness to invest ourselves fully in this country.   Surely w…
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Speech at Official Opening of Sandgate Women’s Shelter (York Region)

It’s a pleasure to be here on behalf of my colleague, the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada — and the Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.   Today, we celebrate the acquisition of a property here in Richmond Hill that will soon house the services of Sandgate Women’s Shelter.  This shelter is the first crisis bed space for women and children in southern York region.  It will provide 10 safe beds and mor…
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Maiden Speech in Chamber

Honourable senators, this is the first time I have had the privilege of speaking in this Chamber since I was sworn in as a member of this august body.   I believe it is altogether fitting that I begin my maiden remarks in this chamber by thanking my good friends and now colleagues, Senator LeBreton and Senator Meighen, for taking me by my arms and leading me to my seat in this place. I can think of no two Canadians who personify dedication to public service and devotion to the welfare o…
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