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Peshawar Attack

Honourable senators, I have stood before you and wept for the girls and women of Pakistan and have tried to control myself, but today I weep openly for the children of Peshawar. This morning in my hometown of Peshawar in northern Pakistan, an act of unspeakable horror took place. Seven Taliban gunmen attacked a school, killing more than 140 people, 137 of them children. The youngest victim was two years old. Doctors have said that over 30 children are in critical condition, so…
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Senator Seth

Honourable senators, I rise to bid farewell to my good friend and colleague, Senator Asha Seth. As a fellow senator of South Asian origin, I am proud to have Senator Seth here as an active representative of the Indo-Canadian community. I know that Indo-Canadians have greatly appreciated her work, both on and off the hill. Senator Seth is well known in Toronto for having supported numerous causes and charities related to her work as an obstetrician and gynecologist. As someone w…
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2014 FIFA World Cup

Honourable senators, when we break for the summer, all eyes will be on the World Cup in Brazil. While you’re watching the beautiful game, you may notice the colourful Brazuca soccer ball — the official ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. What you may not know is that the Brazuca ball has an interesting history. You might remember the controversy surrounding the soccer ball in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. For this World Cup, Adidas has been developing the Brazuca ball for mo…
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Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

onourable senators, yesterday marked the first day of the Government of Canada’s Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Summit in Toronto, entitled Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach. The summit, hosted by Prime Minister Harper, will bring together global leaders and Canadian experts to build support and ensure that maternal, newborn and child health remains a global priority. Over three days, Canada will be centre stage for key international participants such as B…
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Rights of Afghan Women

Honourable senators, this Saturday, March 8, we will celebrate International Women’s Day. The theme this year is “Equality for Women is Progress for All,” which emphasizes the vital role of women as agents of development. Equality for women is progress for all. Honourable senators, when I reflect on this theme, I cannot help but think of the women in the context of Afghanistan. As Canada ceased combat operations in Afghanistan in 2011 and refocused its military involvement on…
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