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Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism Hon. Linda Frum: Honourable senators, in the past days, Canadian cities have seen an unprecedented surge of assaults and attacks upon Jewish Canadians. Our elected leaders may say there is no place for hate of any kind in Canada, but, of course, that’s not true. For people who hate Jews, there’s most certainly a place in Canada. It’s a large place, a growing place and an increasingly comfortable and respectable place. Those who inhabit that comfortable and respectable place might…
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Canada's Vote at the United Nations

Hon. Linda Frum ODF Image Link Video Image Link [14:06] Honourable senators, this past summer, a monumental step forward was taken to advance the peace process in the Middle East. Two Gulf countries, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, opened diplomatic relations with Israel. Other Arab states are expected to follow — if not in the coming months, then in the coming years — including Sudan, which signed a normalization agreement in October. These developments herald an extremely positi…
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Protecting Young Persons from Exposure to Pornography Bill Second Reading--Debate Continued

Hon. Linda Frum ODF Image Link Video Image Link [17:50] Honourable senators, I rise to speak at second reading on Bill S-203, An Act to restrict young persons’ online access to sexually explicit material. Let me begin by congratulating Senator Miville-Dechêne for introducing this important bill and for the thoughtful effort she put into crafting it. I also want to thank her for her detailed speech at second reading. It was a thorough and well-researched exposition on the complete and ut…
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Protecting Young Persons from Exposure to Pornography Bill

Senator Frum ODF Image Link Video Image Link [15:57] First of all, Senator Miville-Dechêne, thank you for all your hard work on this. As the critic of the bill, I applaud you for introducing a bill on this very important subject. The social impacts you so ably described just now cannot be more real or serious. My question for you, though, is this: You specify in the bill that the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness should be the lead minister on this bill. Why did you…
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Bill C-85: Speech at Third Reading

Honourable senators, I rise to speak to Bill C-85, An Act to amend the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act and to make related amendments to other Acts. As I noted in my second reading speech, the negotiations that led to this agreement were initiated in 2014 under the former government, with the aim of broadening our bilateral trade agreement with Israel. They were completed in July 2015 with four chapters in the original agreement having been updated and with an expansion of…
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Bill C-75: Speech at Second Reading

Honorable Senators, I rise to speak to Bill C-75, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other Acts and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. Bill C-75 is an enormous 200-page omnibus Bill that includes major reforms to our criminal justice system. Although one of the stated objectives of the legislation is to reduce delays in Canada's courts, it actually does very little to address what is quickly rising to a crisis situation in Canada. The most obvio…
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175th Anniversary of Death of Ezekiel Hart

Hon. Linda Frum: Honourable senators, the year 2018 marks the one hundred and seventy-fifth anniversary of the death of Ezekiel Hart, the first person of Jewish faith ever to be elected to political office in the British Empire. After losing as a candidate in 1804, he won a by-election in 1807 in his home riding of Trois-Rivières, a largely Catholic district. His election created a crisis with repercussions felt for years. In those days, elections were held in public, by a show of hands. On th…
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Bill C-76: Speech at Third Reading

Honourable senators, I rise to speak on Bill C-76. Before I get into the details of the bill itself, please allow me to make a few general remarks on the way that this Parliament has made changes to the Elections Act. I truly believe that, as much as possible, election reform measures must be well thought out, thoroughly debated and arrived at through consensus. For a very long time, this is exactly how it was done. I can only regret that this tradition seems to be a thing of the past. It is ev…
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Bill C-76: Speech at Second Reading

Honourable Senators, I rise today to speak on Bill C-76 which, as you know, seeks to modify the Canada Elections Act. Before I get into the details of the bill itself, please allow me to make a few general remarks on the process set out by the Trudeau government to change the rules that govern our democratic process. After the 2015 election, a large number of formal complaints were received by the Commissioner of Canada Elections, drawing attention to serious flaws and weaknesses in our elector…
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