Since the Quebec secular Charter was proposed there has been an increase in hateful acts taking place across Quebec. One particular incident that was reported in the news stood out to me. It was the story of two daycare workers from Verdun who wore niqabs, a veil which reveals only one’s eyes. These two daycare […]
Three days after coming to Canada to work on a chicken farm, Juan Ariza was injured in one of Ontario’s worst traffic crashes. On February 6 2012, a passenger van carrying thirteen temporary foreign workers collided with a truck. There were three survivors. Juan Ariza was lucky to walk away with broken ribs, a broken […]
Worldwide, there are 125 million girls and women alive today who have been subjected to female genital mutilation, also known as cutting. Cutting refers to all procedures which involve cutting away part or all of a girl’s external genitalia. Globally, the practice is recognized as a violation of the human rights of girls and women […]
After meeting with the young girls, I had the opportunity to visit the High Court in Kolkata, where I was able to witness the roadblocks they face firsthand. The legal process in Kolkata is simple: first the perpetrator is arrested, and then an information report is created that initiates the criminal case. Statements are obtained […]
After the encounter with the young girl in the street in Kolkata, I was shaken. I did not want to keep going. But the next day I was scheduled to meet face-to-face with a group of trafficked teenagers and so on I went. When I met with the girls, it was as if I was […]
Honourable senators, let us examine what we have done here in the Senate. We delegated the examination of Senators Duffy, Brazeau and Wallin’s claims to the Internal Economy Committee. After deliberations, they asked, on our behalf, for the three senators to pay the Senate sums of money and they referred this matter to the RCMP. This, as we all know, is a very serious matter. The RCMP is taking this investigation very seriously.
Ma question s’adresse au leader du gouvernement au Sénat. Comme vous le savez, je vous ai envoyé ma question à l’avance. Le ministre fédéral pour le Québec, Denis Lebel, a fait l’affirmation suivante en date du 27 septembre 2013, disant que rien dans la charte des valeurs québécoises ne le choquait.
My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. As you know, I sent you my question in advance. On September 27, 2013, the federal minister responsible for Quebec, Denis Lebel, said that nothing in the Quebec Charter of Values upsets him.