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Roméo Dallaire

Lieutenant-General The Honorable Roméo A. Dallaire, O.C., C.M.M., G.O.Q., M.S.C., C.D., L.O.M. (U.S.) (Retired), B.ésS., LL.D. (Hon.), D.Sc.Mil (Hon.), D.U. Senator LGen. the Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire (Ret’d), received the Order of Canada in 2002 in recognition of his efforts during the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda. He was appointed to the Senate on March 24, 2005.

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National Hospice Palliative Care Week

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Statement made on 08 May 2012 by Senator Catherine Callbeck

Hon. Catherine S. Callbeck:

Honourable senators, I am pleased to rise today in recognition of National Hospice Palliative Care Week. This campaign hopes to raise awareness about hospice palliative care and also provides an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the volunteers across the country.

Of the more than 259,000 Canadians who die each year, fewer than 30 per cent will receive high-quality hospice palliative end-of-life care. As the population ages, the number of Canadians dying each year will increase. By 2036, there will be more than 425,000 deaths a year. The need for quality palliative care will only increase.

Our former colleague, Senator Sharon Carstairs, cast a shining light on the issue of hospice palliative care. As we all know, she dedicated herself to studying the gaps and also the progress that has been made on palliative and end-of-life care in Canada.

Over the years, she released two special reports on palliative care, most recently Raising the Bar in June 2010. She remains active in this area with speaking engagements and as a member of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Champion's Council. I would like to commend her for her ongoing commitment to improving palliative and end-of-life care for Canadians.

In my own province, like in other provinces, the Hospice Palliative Care Association provides care and support to those living with or dying from a life-threatening illness and to their families. About 250 trained and certified volunteers provide thousands of hours of care and support each year to more than 400 Island families. These volunteers support the tireless work of health care professionals to offer quality end-of-life care. I would like to commend these volunteers, and all those across the country, for their compassion, their care and their comfort to individuals and families living with a life-threatening illness.

Honourable senators, it has been said that palliative and end-of-life care is not about dying; it is about living well until the very end. Everyone should have the right to die with dignity and without pain, surrounded by loved ones in a place they want to be. As policy-makers, we need to ensure that our health care system offers programs and services so that Canadians can do just that.

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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