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Claudette Tardif

The Hon. Claudette  Tardif, B.Ed., M.Ed., Ph.D. Senator Tardif has been a member of the Senate of Canada since March 24, 2005. She was appointed Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition in the Senate in January 2007.

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The Honourable David P. Smith, P.C.

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Statement made on 14 May 2009 by Senator Jim Munson

Hon. Jim Munson:

Honourable senators, I have a special tribute to give to a senator, a friend of ours. I think he will have a birthday very soon. His name is Senator Smith.

What can we say about Good Senator Smith
We could write a book about him, that is no myth
Let's take a small look at just what he has done
For people here, there — in fact for everyone

As a young man, he got the political itch
And thus began his odyssey and there was never a glitch
A political wizard he has always been
And he dishes out his genius with a great big grin

Ne'er has there been a successful campaign without his direction
Generations of Liberal Party leaders have relied on his perfection
Three Liberal majorities are under his belt
And he makes many women swoon and melt.

But there is so much more to this amazing man
So listen, learn more, and you too will become a fan

Before he took on Ottawa and the federal level
He was a legend in Toronto — they got to revel
In having Mr. Smith as Councillor, President and Deputy Mayor
David has always been a real team player

We haven't even mentioned his life in law
Yet again, in that field he inspires awe
Supremely successful, smart — short — and full of many graces
In his crisp shirts and many-coloured braces

Early 20th century music he sings with delight
Gospel music too he can sing it just right
Not to mention the Gospel itself — a true preacher's son he is
Reciting the Book like a true real whiz

Without a doubt, the most important elements in his life
Are his three fabulous children and most incredible wife
He adores them all with love and dedication
They are the most amazing family — in fact, they are a sensation!

So here's to you Senator Smith, the world salutes you
We love you, adore you and admire you too
Of all you have achieved and done so far
In this crazy old world you are one real star.

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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