Statements & Speeches

Senator Seidman speaks to Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, at Third Reading in the Senate

June 11, 2018

Honourable senators, I rise to speak to Bill C-45 at third reading. At the outset of our study, I expressed my concern that the government had failed to answer some…

Senator Seidman Introduces an Amendment to Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, at Third Reading

June 1, 2018

Honourable Senators, questions about advertising and promotion are at the heart of our debate on Bill C-45. The legal emergence of a burgeoning industry dedicated to the production of a…

Senator Judith Seidman speaks to Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, at Second Reading in the Senate

March 22, 2018

Honourable Senators, I rise today to speak to Bill C-45, an Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts. Before…

Third Reading Speech on Bill C-277 An Act providing for the development of a framework on palliative care in Canada

November 9, 2017

Bill C-277 helps to ensure that every Canadian can choose the end-of-life care they need, with the peace and comfort they deserve.

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,…