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The Late Stephanie Leigh Prysnuk

Excerpt from Debates of the Senate (Hansard) The Late Stephanie Leigh Prysnuk Hon. Marty Deacon: Honourable senators, one of the greatest honours of our job is paying tribute to individuals who have contributed deeply to our country, globally and to the communities we represent. Today it is a privilege to celebrate the life of Stephanie Leigh Prysnuk, an incredible young woman who was a shining light for so many in her Waterloo community. In her 32 years of life, Stephanie proved time and aga…
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National Health and Fitness Day

Excerpt from Debates of the Senate (Hansard) National Health and Fitness Day Hon. Marty Deacon: Good afternoon, honourable senators. As the sun shines, there is certainly a solid feeling of renewed energy here in Ottawa and across this beautiful country. This weekend, Ottawa hosted many performing arts events and activities in the downtown area. There were a variety of performing arts activities taking place, particularly in hotel rooms with young performers. They were inspiring. They were phe…
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Expression of Gratitude

Excerpt from Debates of the Senate (Hansard) SENATORS’ STATEMENTS Expression of Gratitude Hon. Marty Deacon: Honourable senators, first let me thank my colleague Senator Martin for generously giving her statement spot to me today. Senators, I stand today to speak to what I call those “5 Days in May,” after the song. If I can borrow a few lines from Greg Keelor and Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo: How will you ever know The way that circumstances go? Always gonna hit you by surprise We are enteri…
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The Late Honourable Josée Forest-Niesing

Excerpt from Debates of the Senate (Hansard) Tributes The Late Honourable Josée Forest-Niesing Hon. Marty Deacon: Honourable senators, I wish to join today in celebrating the life of the Honourable Senator Forest-Niesing by sharing three memories I will forever be grateful for. When I first had a chance to sit and talk to her shortly after her appointment — I knew the senator was from Sudbury — I sat and talked to her about Laurentian University, some work that I enjoyed there and my lov…
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Olympic Winter Games 2022

Excerpt from Debates of the Senate (Hansard) SENATORS’ STATEMENTS Olympic Winter Games 2022 Canadian Athletes Hon. Marty Deacon: Honourable senators, even today, in the light of a global crisis, I will take this moment to once again acknowledge and celebrate the efforts, the work and the sacrifices of our athletes at the Olympic Winter Games. On the final day of the games, Isabelle Weidemann of Ottawa was Canada’s flag bearer — a wonderful young lady returning to Canada with gold, silve…
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Olympic Winter Games 2022

Excerpt from Debates of the Senate (Hansard) SENATORS’ STATEMENTS Olympic Winter Games 2022 Hon. Marty Deacon: Honourable senators, I’d like to take this brief opportunity to share some wonderful stories of our Canadian athletes, coaches and their families representing our country at the Olympic Games. First, I want to share with you one more outcome of the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. You may recall there was an IOC Refugee Olympic Team at the Tokyo Games. I am thrilled to share that some…
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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Excerpt from Debates of the Senate (Hansard) Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Afghan Refugees Hon. Marty Deacon: Honourable senators, my question is for the Government Representative in the Senate. Before Christmas, you will recall that I talked about the importance of the work involved in getting Afghans out of Afghanistan. At this moment, I would like to talk about the ones who have arrived in Canada. Canada was committed to bringing in 40,000 Afghan refugees who are escaping persecu…
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