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The Hon. Grant  Mitchell, B.A., M.A., C.F.A. Senator Grant Mitchell has had careers in the public service, business and politics in Alberta. He was appointed by former Prime Minister Paul Martin in March, 2005.

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Statement made on 28 June 2010 by Senator Sandra Lovelace Nicholas

Hon. Sandra Lovelace Nicholas:

Honourable senators, I will begin by saying I was not responsible for last week's earthquake. I will continue with the statement I started before the earth moved beneath our feet.

Before I begin my statement, honourable senators, I wish to thank Mother Earth for reminding us that we are here to protect her and not upset her with our lack of appreciation for her beautiful planet and the accord that has been shelved by our current government.

Honourable senators, woleadus yudaee, I attended an annual spring graduation ceremony of the First Nations University of Canada in Regina this month. It was a proud moment for the people of my community, the Tobique First Nation of New Brunswick. I was there to attend the graduation of a young woman and member of my community, Sabrina Bear. Sabrina, who is a single parent, turned her life around from drugs and alcohol to make a better life for her son and herself. Sabrina left the community to pursue a career in dental therapy at the First Nations University of Canada and of the many graduates that day, she was the only graduate from New Brunswick. Sabrina is a clear example that determination and help from community members continue to be the backbone of success.

Congratulations, Sabrina. May you light the way for other young women from our community.

Recent Statements from Liberal Senators

Business of the Senate

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Joan Fraser | Colleagues, I'm rising to speak on behalf of my leader, the Leader of the Opposition, Senator Cowan, who had to be in Halifax tonight on public business. I must tell you that when I called him to say we were going to be adjourning for the summer tonight, he was, I could tell, quite irritated, not because he wanted us all to go on working like galley slaves but because he had already written a speech that he wanted to give tomorrow morning.

Lighthouses as Irreplaceable Symbols of Maritime Heritage—Inquiry

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Jim Munson | Thank you, Your Honour, and my apologies to Senator Champagne.

Unequal Access to Justice—Inquiry

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Joan Fraser | Colleagues, I know that Senator Jaffer was preparing to close this debate but, before she did that, I just had to say how terribly important the subject she has raised is.

The Senate—Promoting and Defending Causes that Concern the Public Interest—Inquiry

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Jim Munson | Honourable senators, I am looking for a bit of love and empathy at this late hour because I do have a speech, but you have to understand that, in the interest of having dignified departures for our five senators this week, I gave up my time to make sure that we were able to celebrate the departures of Senator Buth, Senator Segal, Senator Callbeck, Senator Dallaire and Senator Champagne.

Study on Status of Canada's International Security and Defence Relations

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Grant Mitchell | So, you thought you weren't going to hear from me? Well, I fooled you! So there! I rise in support of this report by the Defence Committee recommending that Canada become involved in ballistic missile defence with NORAD. I congratulate Senator Lang and other members of the committee for what I think was great collaborative work, completely non-partisan, very extensive and detailed with intense research.
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