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The Hon. Larry W. Campbell, M.B.A. One of Vancouver’s best-known and most admired citizens, Senator Larry W. Campbell served as mayor from 2002-2005 after a distinguished and high profile career primarily in law enforcement and death investigation. Since August 2, 2005, he has represented the province of British Columbia for the Senate.

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National Child Day

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Statement made on 26 November 2008 by Senator Elizabeth Hubley

Hon. Elizabeth Hubley:

Honourable senators, November 20 was National Child Day, which commemorates the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991 by the United Nations. I wish to first commend my colleagues, Senator Cochrane, Senator Mercer and Senator Munson, for the wonderful celebrations they helped to organize for National Child Day. I am sure all children would be pleased.


The convention enumerates the basic human rights to which all children are entitled. By ratifying this convention in 1991, Canada made a commitment to ensure that all children are treated with dignity and respect, protected from harm, given a voice in issues of concern to them, provided with their basic needs and given an opportunity to reach their full potential.


As we celebrate National Child Day, we must also take this opportunity as parliamentarians to ensure that we are protecting and promoting the basic human rights of children everywhere in Canada, especially those of our Aboriginal children.


Nelson Mandela has said:


. . . overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right of dignity and a decent life.


While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.


Over 50 per cent of preschool Aboriginal children live in low-income families. The infant mortality rate, the rate of severe disabilities and the rate of serious illness is much greater for First Nations children on reserve than for non-Aboriginal children. As legislators, we must ensure that Aboriginal children in Canada have access to the same basic supports as non-Aboriginal children, so that they, too, achieve their full potential. After all, it is their right.


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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