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The Hon. George  Baker, P.C. Senator George Baker is the former MP for the riding of Gander - Grand Falls (Newfoundland and Labrador). He was first elected to the House of Commons in 1974, and was re-elected at every subsequent federal election. Since March 26, 2002, he has served in the Senate of Canada, representing the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Ms. Betty Howatt

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Statement made on 03 April 2012 by Senator Catherine Callbeck

Hon. Catherine S. Callbeck:

Honourable senators, it is my distinct pleasure today to rise in recognition of an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to a greater understanding of the importance of the Prince Edward Island way of life.

Betty Howatt has a deep knowledge and understanding of the Island's plants and animals, one that comes from a lifetime of living close to the land. She has compiled that lifetime of experience in a most popular book called Tales from Willowshade Farm. In that book, she has shared her stories of gardening, wildlife, folklore, folk medicine, and memories of days gone by. She has also shared those stories through her regular CBC radio broadcast, gaining her a wide and receptive audience for her humour and wisdom.

Betty Howatt's commitment to the environment, agriculture and the history of Prince Edward Island has earned her the respect and admiration of her fellow Islanders. It has also brought official recognition. Last month, she was one of six individuals who were presented with the first Diamond Jubilee Medals in Prince Edward Island. The citation noted that she is a champion of Prince Edward Island's environmental and agricultural heritage. The medal was presented in recognition of her work in promoting environmental stewardship and the importance of farming to the Island's economy and way of life.

Last month also saw her presented with another prestigious award, the Award of Honour from the Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation. That award was presented for contributions in raising awareness of Island heritage and for her work on the board of the P.E.I. Museum and Heritage Foundation for 12 years.

Many Canadians have made a major contribution to our understanding and appreciation of the world around us. Betty Howatt is one such individual. I would ask honourable senators to join me in recognizing her lifetime of achievement.

Recent Statements from Liberal Senators

First Nations Control of First Nations Education Bill

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator Lillian Eva Dyck | Honourable senators, I would like to say a few words about this motion. I am definitely in support of it. The idea of a First Nations education act is critically important to the welfare of First Nations across Canada, and especially to our young people.

Income Inequality

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette | What does the government intend to do to learn from the financial crisis, reduce wealth inequality, and follow the lead of other jurisdictions that have started to rein in compensation that has nothing to do with the productivity of the people who earn the average salary of a Canadian in half a day?

Broadcast of Senate Proceedings

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator Grant Mitchelll | What is the leader's personal opinion about televising the Senate?

National Pharmacare

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator Art Eggleton | That was supported unanimously in the Senate, so I take it, senator, that you would be willing to now advance this idea to the government.

National Pharmacare

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator James Cowan | My question is: Will this government put National Pharmacare on the agenda?
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