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Al-Quds Day Demonstration

Honourable Senators, I rise to draw your attention to a serious event that occurred in my city of Toronto this past weekend.  The annual anti-Semitic hate-fest known as al-Quds Day was held at Queen’s Park followed by a march which shut down University Avenue. Since 1979, Quds Day has been a regular international event sponsored by the Islamic Republic of Iran.  In Toronto, it attracts local terrorist and regime sympathizers who call for the eradication of Israel and the mass murder of Jews.  …
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Statement on Iranian Call for Genocide

Honourable Senators, On June 3rd, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei posted a tweet calling for the genocide of the Jewish People.  The tweet read: “Our stance against Israel is the same stance we have always taken.  Israel is a malignant cancerous tumor in the West Asian region that has to be removed and eradicated, it is possible and it will happen.” This reprehensible call demonstrates yet again the depravity of the Iranian Regime. Honourable Senators, these were not hollow wor…
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Iran Accountability Week 2018

Honorable Senators, This week has been designated Iran Accountability Week by the Liberal Government. I’m glad that when it comes to the Islamic Republic of Iran – the most malign regime in the world – the Liberals are asking for accountability. I share this hunger for accountability from both the Iranian Regime and from our own government which continues to pursue a re-engagement plan with the world’s most abhorrent regime. A regime which only yesterday was exposed as lying extravagantly whe…
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Bill C-50: An Act to Amend the Canada Elections Act - Second Reading

Honorable Senators: I rise today to speak as critic of Bill C-50 an Act to Amend the Canada Election Act (Political Financing). After two and a half years in government, Bill C-50 is the Liberal government’s one and only piece of legislation passed by the other place and sent to the Senate to address the supremely important issue of election reform in our digital age. Whether it be deliberate misinformation campaigns sponsored by hostile foreign governments, or an uneven playing field betwee…
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Bnai Brith Audit 2017

Honourable Senators, Yesterday, B’nai Brith Canada released its 36th Annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents. The audit found that 2017 set records for antisemitism in Canada. Unfortunately, this was the second consecutive year in which record numbers were reached. There is cause to be deeply concerned. Incidents of anti-Semitic vandalism increased by more than double, reaching levels not seen since 2013.  Additionally, we are seeing an increase in politicians seeking political support from tho…
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Professor Kavous Seyed-Emami

Honourable senators, I rise today to stand in solidarity with the tens of thousands of brave Iranian protesters who took to the streets in January to demand an end to their corrupt and depraved government. I stand to remember the victims of those protests, the over two dozen innocents who were murdered for denouncing a hated regime that has spent billions of dollars on war and terror abroad while allowing its own citizens to suffer at home. This past weekend we learned of yet another victim of …
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The Late Honey and Barry Sherman

Honourable senators, I rise today to mourn the loss of two great Canadians, Honey and Barry Sherman. On December 15, 2017, these two pillars of the Toronto community were viciously murdered in their home. As a result, Canada lost two of its greatest and most generous philanthropists, and in Barry Sherman, Canada lost one of its most accomplished business innovators and job creators. Only two few weeks before her murder, Honey Sherman was standing right here in this chamber accepting a Senate 1…
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Bill C-36: An An Act to Amend the Statistics Act - Third Reading

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak at third reading as critic of Bill C-36. The stated intent of Bill C-36 is to strengthen the independence of Statistics Canada and, in particular, the independence of Canada’s Chief Statistician. It also seeks to improve the way in which Statistics Canada collects data. These are laudable goals, and I do support the intent of the bill. The extent to which the bill achieves all of its stated goals, however, is a matter of debate. The role of Statistic…
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Statement: Canadian Friends of a Democratic Iran Event

Honourable senators, earlier this week I was honoured to speak at a multi-partisan event hosted by the Canadian Friends of a Democratic Iran with distinguished guests including the Honourable Irwin Cotler, Judy Sgro, Tony Clement, Peter Kent, former Senator David Smith and our colleague Senator David Tkachuk. Over 200 Iranian-Canadians from across Canada gathered in Ottawa to share their views on the Liberal government’s proposed re-engagement with Iran. Two things were made clea…
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Senate 150 Anniversary Medal

The Senate 150th Anniversary Medal commemorates the first time senators came to Ottawa to sit in Parliament, on November 6, 1867.  The medal was created to mark this important occasion and give Senators the opportunity to recognize twelve individuals who have made significant contributions in their communities. The medals are being awarded to Canadians or permanent residents who are actively involved in their communities and through their generosity, dedication, volunteerism and hard work, mak…
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