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National Anthem Act

 I rise today to add my voice to the debate around Bill C-210, An Act to amend the National Anthem Act. "In all thy sons command" — who would have thought that this phrase could provoke as much comment and debate as it has? Let's consider the views shared in debate in this chamber thus far over the endeavour to bring gender equality to our national anthem. In her speech as sponsor of this bill, Senator Nancy Ruth spoke passionately about respecting cultural heritage and its ongoing…
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Citizenship Act - Bill to Amend Second Reading

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak in regard to Bill C-6, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act. Honourable senators, you will recall the poetic words of Senator Omidvar, who spoke of the provisions of this bill in weeks past. We should never be surprised by those who wax poetic when they consider the magnitude of being granted citizenship in Canada. When Senator Omidvar talked about the glory of Canada, about standing shoulder to shoul…
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Appropriation Bill No. 3 2016-17 Second Reading

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak in respect of Bill C-20, Appropriation Act No. 3, in its capacity as the means of funding the measures laid out in the Supplementary Estimates (A). Today, I'd like to briefly focus upon First Nations housing specifically. As we learned through study of these estimates in your Standing Senate Committee on National Finance, the supplementary estimates are primarily assessing the first year of investments announced in Budget 2016, totalling $8.4 billion o…
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Senate Debate on Senator Eaton’s Motion to include provisions for palliative care in Bill C-14 (Medical Assistance in Dying)

You Honour, colleagues, I rise today to speak in respect of our study of Bill C-14 regarding provisions enabling medical assistance in dying. As we do so, it is timely to recall the words of Cicero, a Roman senator, a great philosopher, constitutionalist and orator, who is credited with uttering the now famous axiom, "While there's life there's hope." While many of the voices enjoined in the debate on this matter might say otherwise, I believe this notion to be the absolute truth. While there…
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