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SPEECH: BILL C-376 (THIRD READING) SIKH HERITAGE MONTH

Sikh Heritage Month Bill Third Reading Honourable senators, it is my privilege to rise today to speak at third reading in support of Bill C-376, the Sikh heritage month act. To date, this legislation has received support from all parties in both the House of Commons and the Senate. In particular, I wish to acknowledge and express thanks for the efforts of Mr. Sukh Dhaliwal, Member of Parliament, who has led the effort to initiate the bill. I would also like to thank the members of the Sta…
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SPEECH: BILL C-376 (SECOND READING), SIKH HERITAGE MONTH

Sikh Heritage Month Bill Second Reading Honourable senators, it is an honour to rise today to speak in support of Bill C-376, the Sikh heritage month act. I will begin by thanking Mr. Sukh Dhaliwal who initiated this bill in the other place and the unanimous support he received from all political parties. As a Sikh Canadian, it is a privilege to bring forward an act that will formalize the month of April as a time to celebrate the culture and contributions of Sikhs in well over a century…
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STATEMENT: NATIONAL CHILD DAY

National Child Day Honourable senators, I rise today to recognize National Child Day. For nearly 30 years, we have marked our ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and celebrated our country’s children on November 20. This commitment includes the opportunity for children to have a voice, to be provided with their basic needs and to be given every opportunity to reach their full potential. Colleagues, I am afraid we are not providing these opportunities. By ma…
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STATEMENT: NATIONAL CHILD DAY

National Child Day Honourable senators, I rise today to recognize National Child Day. For nearly 30 years, we have marked our ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and celebrated our country’s children on November 20. This commitment includes the opportunity for children to have a voice, to be provided with their basic needs and to be given every opportunity to reach their full potential. Colleagues, I am afraid we are not providing these opportunities. By ma…
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SPEECH: BILL C-79 (SECOND READING), CPTPP

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Implementation Bill Second Reading Honourable senators, I rise today to introduce Bill C-79, the implementing legislation for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, otherwise known as the CPTPP. Given that this is a bit of a tongue twister, I shall occasionally refer to it as “the agreement.” As background, there is little doubt that there are many economic and societal benefits of tr…
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SPEECH: BILL C-65 (HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE)

Canada Labour Code Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1 Bill to Amend—Second Reading Honourable senators, I rise today to speak in support of Bill C-65, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (harassment and violence), the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act and the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1. At the outset, I would like to say I strongly believe a culture change in Canadian workplaces to prevent harassment and…
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SPEECH: BILL C-63 (THIRD READING), BUDGET IMPLEMENTATION BILL, 2017, No.2

Budget Implementation Bill, 2017, No. 2 Third Reading Honourable senators, I am pleased to rise today to once again address you in consideration of Bill C-63, the second budget implementation act for 2017. I want to take this opportunity to thank all honourable senators who participated in the consideration of this bill at the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance and the chair, Senator Mockler, for managing the process so well. Their critical examination and questioning of the b…
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SPEECH: BILL C-63 (SECOND READING) - BUDGET IMPLEMENTATION BILL, 2017, No. 2

Bill C-63: Budget Implementation Bill, 2017, No. 2 Second Reading Hon. Sarabjit S. Marwah moved second reading of Bill C-63, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures. He said: Honourable senators, I rise today as the Senate sponsor of Bill C-63, the second budget implementation act for 2017, or, as I will refer to it henceforth, the BIA2. It is an essential companion to Budget 2017 in that it outlines how the gov…
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STATEMENT: NATIONAL CHILD DAY

National Child Day Honourable senators, I rise today to recognize National Child Day, which we first celebrated in 1993. I think all Canadians would agree that protecting the most vulnerable in our society — our children — is clearly the right thing to do. Studies by the World Bank have found that every dollar invested in children has a threefold return in future health savings. According to the WHO, “safeguarding health during childhood is more important than at any other age because poor hea…
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STATEMENT: 11th Annual Rolling Rampage on the Hill

Rolling Rampage on Parliament Hill Honourable senators, it is with pleasure that I rise today to acknowledge an event that was recently hosted on Parliament Hill, and that is the eleventh annual Rolling Rampage. I had the honour of co-chairing the event this year alongside my colleagues Senators Martin, Munson and Petitclerc. The Rolling Rampage has become a signature event on Parliament Hill, bringing together parliamentarians, staff, international athletes and stakeholder groups to raise awa…
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