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The Estimates, 2014-15

I would like to elaborate on some of the things my esteemed colleague Senator Day has spoken about in his report on the 2014-15 report on Supplementary Estimates (B) and, specifically, on the nature and extent of supplemental funding for the Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada. Honourable senators, we learned, through the study of these supplementary estimates by the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance, that total funding for Aboriginal programs and services across the fede…
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Citizenship Act

Honourable senators, it is my privilege to rise in respect of second reading debate on a most important piece of legislation. It is my pleasure to speak to Bill C-24, the strengthening Canadian citizenship act. Citizenship in Canada is a privilege, not a right — a gift granted by birth or by choice and one that encourages actions on the part of its recipient. Colleagues, citizenship is defined as the fact of belonging to a community because you live in it and the duties and responsibiliti…
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Official Languages Act

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to Bill S-205, An Act to amend the Official Languages Act (communications with and services to the public). First, I would like to thank the bill's sponsor, the Honourable Senator Chaput, for her fierce passion for official languages. Senator, your sense of justice, which drives your desire to ensure that linguistic minority rights are protected, is absolutely laudable. On behalf of all Canadians, I congratulate you for your unflagging dedication to t…
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Senate's Role in Representing the Regions of the Canadian Federation

  Mr. Speaker and honourable colleagues, I would like to begin by thanking my honourable colleague, Senator Nolin, for having launched his inquiry into the Senate of Canada, its purpose, its past and future, and the overarching pursuit of the reform of this place. The notion of Senate reform has been a preoccupation in this country for more than 20 years. Since 1980, there have been no less than eight major studies on the subject. These have ranged from the Senate's own review under…
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Motion to Recognize May as National Vision Health Month

  Hon. Nicole Eaton: Honourable senators, I rise today to join in the debate of Senator Seth's motion, which seeks to address increasing rates of blindness and vision loss in Canada. Colleagues, no one is born blind but for a very few cases, but every 12 minutes someone in Canada begins to lose their eyesight. In 2009, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and the Canadian Ophthalmological Society released a groundbreaking study, "The Cost of Vision Loss in Canada." According to…
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(1) Motion to Recognize May as National Vision Health Month

Hon. Nicole Eaton: Honourable senators, I rise today to join in the debate of Senator Seth's motion, which seeks to address increasing rates of blindness and vision loss in Canada. Colleagues, no one is born blind but for a very few cases, but every 12 minutes someone in Canada begins to lose their eyesight. In 2009, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and the Canadian Ophthalmological Society released a groundbreaking study, "The Cost of Vision Loss in Canada." According to their f…
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