May 21, 2013 | The Senate Defence Committee is currently studying the topic of harassment, including sexual harassment, in the RCMP. While harassment in the force has been a longstanding issue, it was most recently brought to prominence by the courageous efforts of current members like Catherine Galliford and Krista Carle, as well as former members who have come forward with their stories. Many of these members have sustained grievous PTSD injuries as a result of their tumultuous experiences in the force.
May 10, 2013 | Bill C-279 is Private Member's Bill from the House of Commons introduced there by MP Randall Garrison, a member of the NDP. A Private Members’ Bill is a bill that is presented by any MP who is not in Cabinet. I am the Liberal lead in the Senate for C-279. I am very happy to have this role.
May 9, 2013 | I know that there is a commitment by the government to change the rules going forward, but my concern is the $3.1 billion. To put all minds at ease, could the leader tell honourable senators what steps the government is planning to take to look into those boxes in the basement to determine what happened to the $3.1 billion?
May 9, 2013 | Can the leader explain to Canadians how the Harper government can justify such an utter waste of their money, all the while telling Canadians to reign in their own spending?
May 9, 2013 | Honourable senators, this month marks the fifth anniversary of the imprisonment of seven former leaders of the Baha'i community in the Islamic Republic of Iran — Mrs. Mahvash Sabet, Mr. Behrouz Tavakkoli, Mr. Vahid Tizfahm, Mrs. Fariba Kamalabadi, Mr. Jamaloddin Khanjani, Mr. Afif Naeimi and Mr. Saeid Rezaie. The alleged crime is being Baha'i or, as the Iranian regime describes it, spreading corruption on earth.
May 9, 2013 | Honourable senators, last week an Ottawa couple made a heart-wrenching decision after 19 years of intense stress and worry for their autistic son's safety. Amanda Telford and Alex Chiasson decided the time had come to give up the fight.