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Elizabeth Hubley

The Hon. Elizabeth  Hubley Senator Elizabeth Hubley represents the province of Prince Edward Island. Appointed to the Senate by the Rt. Honourable Jean Chrétien, she has served in the Senate of Canada since March 8, 2001.

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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

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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