Yesterday in Parliament – February 27, 2019
House of Commons
Nothing to report.
The Honourable Linda Frum
Congratulations on Honorary Doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Hon. Leo Housakos: Honourable colleagues, my passion for current affairs and political discourse dates back to when I was a child. I’ve spoken before in this chamber about how my interest in civic engagement was passed to me from my father.
At the time I was a child, it didn’t matter where you were in Canada; you couldn’t be interested in such things and not know who Barbara Frum was. I recall listening to her dulcet but authoritative and informed tone on the radio or sitting in front of the television and being captivated by her presence.
Barbara Frum was a broadcasting pioneer and a trailblazer for women. But beyond her work as an award-winning journalist, there are many words that can be used to describe her. She exemplified courage and tenacity. She was fearless and relentless, tough but respectful.
As I’ve come to realize, much like my dad passed some of his traits on to me, Barbara passed many of her traits on to her children. I know that because, over the past decade, I’ve had the immense pleasure and honour of getting to know one of her children very well.
When I was summoned to this place and realized my seatmate was going to be Barbara’s daughter, Linda, I had to pinch myself. Since that time, I’ve come to value Linda’s intellect and thoughtful perspective on many subjects, and I often find myself seeking her sage advice.
Ten years on, and that giddiness has been replaced with a deep, warm respect and admiration for Senator Linda Frum, for many of the same attributes that made me so admire her mother. And I am certainly not alone. This coming June, Senator Frum will be in Israel to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
In announcing this honour earlier this month, the university said it awards honorary degrees to people who have distinguished themselves by academic or creative achievement, who have rendered outstanding service to the university, or whose activities have been of notable benefit to humanity, Israel or the Jewish people.
Like her mother, Linda enjoyed a successful career as an award-winning journalist. While the similarities don’t end there, Linda has carried on the Frum legacy thoughtfully and elegantly, making her own name for herself as a dedicated public servant.
Linda’s philanthropic work is vast and varied and runs the gamut of committing time, energy, reputation and resources for many great causes and initiatives.
As a parliamentarian, she has led the charge against foreign influence in Canadian elections. She has been a fierce and vocal critic of human rights violations in Iran and has stared down some of the most personal attacks as a result.
Quite simply, colleagues, Linda Frum is more than deserving of this recognition. She is a leader and role model. She exemplifies courage and tenacity. She is fearless and relentless but tough and respectful. She is her mother’s daughter, without a doubt. But of all the words that can describe Linda Frum, my favourite is “a dear friend.”
Congratulations, Linda, and I wish you continued success.
Hon. Senators: Hear, hear.
Indigenous Languages Bill
Notice of Motion to Authorize Aboriginal Peoples Committee to Study Subject Matter
Hon. Diane Bellemare (Legislative Deputy to the Government Representative in the Senate): Honourable senators, I give notice that, at the next sitting of the Senate, I will move:
That, in accordance with rule 10-11(1), the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples be authorized to examine the subject matter of Bill C-91, An Act respecting Indigenous languages, introduced in the House of Commons on February 5, 2019, in advance of the said bill coming before the Senate; and
That the committee submit its final report to the Senate no later than April 30, 2019.
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