Statements & Speeches

Third Reading Speech on Bill S-5 An Act to amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-smokers’ Health Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

June 2, 2017

Honourable Senators: Some weeks ago, when I concluded my Second Reading speech, I did so with the hope that expert witness testimony at our committee stage would clarify some of…

My statement on the Quebec Flood

May 8, 2017

Honorable Senators, We are in the midst of historic events in my home province of Quebec. Rivers are overflowing their banks. This magnitude of floods comes but once a century….

Amendment debate on third reading of Bill C-6, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act

April 6, 2017

Citizenship Act Bill to Amend—Third Reading—Debate On the Order: Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Omidvar, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gagné, for the third reading of…

Second Reading Speech on Bill S-5 An Act to amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-smokers’ Health Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

March 9, 2017

Honorable Senators, It was more than 50 years ago that the most successful public health campaign in Canada began with the first salvo from Canada’s Health Minister of the time,…

My question to the Minister of Canadian Heritage (Senate Question Period – November 29, 2016)

November 30, 2016

Senator Seidman: Minister, thank you for being with us this afternoon. Quebec’s English-speaking communities are a diverse, dynamic and respected national linguistic minority that has actively participated in and contributed…

World Cities Day

November 2, 2016

Honourable senators, October 31 marks World Cities Day. Designated by the United Nations, this day aims to promote the international community’s interest in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization,…

Final remarks on Bill C-14, an Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying)

June 20, 2016

Honourable senators, I rise once more in this chamber to speak to the issues around Bill C‑14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to…

Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital

June 8, 2016

  Honourable senators, I rise to advise the Senate of the significant achievements of Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital and to congratulate the hospital on the recent opening of its new…

Senate Committee of the Whole – Bill C-14 Medical Aid in Dying

June 6, 2016

On Wednesday, June 1, 2016, the Senate met at 2 p.m. in order to sit as Committee of the Whole on the Subject Matter of Bill C-14 An Act to…

Second reading speech on Bill C‑14, an Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying)

June 3, 2016

  Honourable senators, I rise to speak to Bill C‑14, an Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying) MAID….