16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

December 3, 2020

Honourable senators, today I would like to speak to you about the invisible pandemic of gender-based violence. More specifically, I will highlight the negative impact our ongoing emergency health crisis is having on domestic violence. November 25, the first day of 16 Days…

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Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act

December 2, 2020

Honourable colleagues, I rise today to speak on Bill S-2, An Act to amend the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act. With this bill, the government proposes to amend the act to add four new categories of controlled chemicals banned by the Organisation for…

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Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

November 19, 2020

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to Bill S-204, which aims to create new offences with regard to organ harvesting and organ trafficking abroad. This bill has been introduced in the Canadian Parliament multiple times over the last decade. In fact, this…

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The Late Honourable David Osborn Braley, O.C.

October 29, 2020

Honourable senators, I rise today to pay tribute to my former seatmate Senator David Braley. When I was first appointed to the Senate I had the good fortune of being seated next to David. When I took my seat next to him,…

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Commissioner for Children and Youth in Canada Bill

October 29, 2020

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to Bill S-210, An Act to establish the Office of the Commissioner for Children and Youth in Canada. While I rise today as critic of this bill, as someone who has spent most of my professional…

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Presence of Racism and Discrimination within Canadian Institutions

October 27, 2020

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to Senator Plett’s inquiry. I would like to begin by thanking Senator Plett for initiating this much-needed inquiry into the presence of racism and discrimination within Canadian institutions. Indeed, examples of continued bias against Black,…

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Inter-Parliamentary Union

October 2, 2020

Honourable senators, as many of you have heard, I am the candidate for the presidency of the Inter-Parliamentarian Union. I am the first ever and only Canadian candidate running for this international leadership position. In the last two days, I have been…

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COVID-19 Response Measures Bill

October 2, 2020

Honourable senators, I didn’t intend to speak to Bill C-4, but as I listened to the debate I felt there was one group left out and thought it was my duty to stand up and speak about this group: those who come to…

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Statement on the Second Anniversary of the attack on the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City.

January 30, 2019

Two years ago, a man filled with anger and hatred walked into a mosque in a quiet Quebec City neighborhood and opened fire on worshipers as they prayed. In a targeted act of terror, he killed 6 and injured 19 others simply…

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Statement to Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

December 10, 2018

Honourable Senators, I rise today, on Human Rights Day and in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to speak on the right of education for refugee children and youth. The right to education is not a…

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