Speeches

Third reading of Bill C-210, An Act to amend the National Anthem Act (gender)

I was thinking about Senator Lankin saying that she was in elementary school in 1967. I was at Expo. I was 21 years old and full of national pride at that particular time. I was thinking that two years before that, we had a new flag, a brand new flag. Talk about pride at that […]

Motion to Urge the Government to Take the Steps Necessary to De-escalate Tensions and Restore Peace and Stability in the South China Sea

Thank you, honourable senators. This is a motion that urges the government to take steps necessary to deescalate tensions and restore peace and stability in the South China Sea, and, honourable senators, I’m grateful to our colleague Senator Ngo for his motion to launch an inquiry on the worrisome events taking place right now in […]

Second reading of Bill C-210, An Act to amend the National Anthem Act (gender)

Honourable senators, just as I proudly rise to my feet each time I hear the Canadian anthem, I stand with the same feeling today to express my support for Bill S-210, An Act to amend the National Anthem Act (gender.) As we all know, the Honourable Mauril Bélanger, our House of Commons colleague, my close […]

Debate on third reading of Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying)

Senator Munson: Honourable senators, tonight I am thinking of the tens of thousands or perhaps hundreds of thousands with a degenerative disease. I am thinking of those with Huntington’s, MS, and on a personal note, thinking of those here on Parliament Hill with ALS. They are excluded from this bill. With that in mind and […]

Navid Khanjani

Honourable senators, there was a time when I was a reporter. In the late 1980s, I was assigned from London to go to Iran. We were welcomed; we were actually given an invitation by the Iranian government at the time for Western journalists to go there. I knew this trip wasn’t going to go very […]

2016 Canadian Autism Leadership Summit

Good morning. Thank you, Minister Philpott, for your thoughtful presentation. Like many people in this room today, my involvement in the autism crisis has been a journey. When I set out on it more about 12 years ago, most Canadians were unaware of autism. It is 2016, and here we are at the second annual […]

Speech at First Plenary Session – Political and Security Matters, 24th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum

Chair, fellow parliamentarians, this afternoon’s debate on regional peace and security provides us with an important opportunity to address recent developments on the Korean Peninsula. As we are all aware, reports indicate that North Korea conducted a fourth nuclear test on January 6th. In the face of such recklessness, the only response is one of […]

Time for a National Autism Spectrum Disorder Strategy — Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne

Honourable senators, we are back in action; it is 2015. With the Speech from the Throne delivered last week, we began this parliamentary session with a sense of the government’s priorities. It is useful and wise at the outset to draw a map in broad yet generally clear terms. The speech did exactly that. However, […]

2015 JD McLean Lecture

Hello, everyone. I am thankful to Dalhousie’s Faculty of Dentistry for the invitation to take part in this year’s J.D. McLean lecture. From what I’ve heard, Dr. McLean was a man of extraordinary determination and dedication to the profession of dentistry. A man of social conscience, he devised and introduced ways to bring dental care […]

Welcome Address – NeuroDevNet Sixth Annual Conference on Brain Development

Good afternoon, everyone. It is my pleasure to welcome all of you to NeuroDevNet’s 6th annual conference on brain development. As some of you might know, I was at one time the Communications Director for our former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. Of course, I have many stories from those days. This one relates – albeit […]

Third reading of Bill C-35, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (law enforcement animals, military animals and service animals)

Honourable senators, I rise today to add to the comments of Senator McIntyre at third reading stage of Bill C-35, the Justice for Animals in Service Bill. Let’s be clear, I support this bill. As you may recall from the debate at second reading earlier this week, the main feature of this legislation is the […]

Second Reading of Bill C-35, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (law enforcement animals, military animals and service animals)

Honourable senators, I, too, rise to participate in this debate on Bill C-35, better protection for police and military animals and for animals trained to assist people with disabilities. This is the purpose of Bill C-35, the justice for service animals act, Quanto’s law, and I agree with it, but there are some reservations. Service […]

Anti-terrorism Bill, 2015—Third Reading

Thank you, Your Honour. My dissertation tonight is about Bill C-51 casting a shadow on the work of journalism in this country, and I’ll get to that a little later in my speech. The best possible protection against terrorists — anyone who values life wants assurance of this. Most of us likely still feel the […]

Motion to Take Notice of the Month of June as the Birth Month of Helen Keller and to Recognize it as “Deaf-Blind Awareness Month”

Honourable senators, it is my pleasure today to express support for Senator Martin’s motion to recognize June as Deaf-Blind Awareness Month. The purpose of this motion, as Senator Martin put it, is to raise public awareness of the issues impacting people with deaf-blindness and to recognize the contribution of these people to our society. Helen […]

Canadian ASD Leadership Summit Address

Good morning, everyone. It seems the more deeply something matters to us, the harder it is to describe. The words elude and even seem to taunt us. Anyone who knows me knows I am rarely at a loss for words. Describing what this, the first-ever Canadian ASD Leadership Summit, means to me and represents for […]

Advocacy for Transition of Care – For Those With Complex and Chronic Illnesses and Disorders

Good morning. My thanks to Owen Adams of Health and Policy Research for inviting me to participate in this morning’s session. Owen has asked me to discuss the topic of advocacy to address the challenges of effectively supporting and delivering medical care to children and young adults with complex and chronic illnesses as they transition […]

Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament—Fifth Report of Committee—Motions in Amendment and Subamendment—Debate Continued

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, I’m pleased to rise on this particular report. The committee is dealing with our rules on broadcasting, on private members’ bills, amendments, subamendments and this whole thing. I was just thinking before I started my speech that what we heard from Senator Jaffer was a tour de force, and what […]

National Health and Fitness Day Bill—Second Reading

Thank you, Your Honour. I may not sound too fit today, but I hope I’m fit enough to support Senator Nancy Greene Raine’s bill. This is the bill to establish a national day to promote health and fitness for all Canadians. Senator Nancy Greene Raine, the sponsor of the bill, has long been committed to […]

Canada Elections Act—Bill to Amend—Motion to Authorize Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee to Study Subject Matter as Amended

Hon. Jim Munson: I wish to speak on this. In the last few weeks or in the last month or so we have had a rather novel approach to Question Period. We have had Canadians ask questions and then put them to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. We have not had too […]

Motion for Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne

Honourable senators, I know that you’re anxious to listen to another Jim, another short guy, in about 20 minutes. I’m sure Minister Flaherty has listened to me and others in dealing with the response to the Speech from the Throne and particularly what hopefully will be happening in the budget this afternoon, after four o’clock, […]

Motion to Suspend the Honourable Senator Patrick Brazeau

Well, honourable senators, that was the first period on that vote, so who knows about overtime. I think it’s important that we’ve heard a lot of senators speak on this issue. It’s like we’re all talking inside the same room saying different things, so I thought I’d like to put on the record a number […]

Motion to Suspend the Honourable Senator Pamela Wallin—Motion in Amendment

Your Honour, it is late in the day, almost four o’clock. I was going to speak on Monday, maybe Tuesday, maybe Wednesday, maybe the following week, because that’s how important this debate is. Honourable senators, I am standing here and I would rather be talking about autism. I would rather be talking about the Special […]

Income Tax Act—Bill to Amend—Third Reading—Motions in Amendment and Sub-amendment

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, for weeks now we have been hearing strong evidence, and a staggering amount of it, that we should kill Bill C-377. Some Hon. Senators: Hear, hear. Senator Munson: The sponsor of this private member’s bill, MP Russ Hiebert, positions it as being about accountability and transparency, similar to other actions […]

Third Reading of Bill C-316, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (incarceration)

Honourable senators, I just have a two hour speech here. No, that is not the one. Honourable senators, we have one more chance to say “no” to Bill C-316, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (incarceration). Today, I must say for the record that this bill is fundamentally flawed and harmful to Canadians. […]

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal presentation to Vic Douse

Hello, everyone. It was 2010 when I last addressed many of you here at an Autism Society of PEI event. At that time, the rate of children with an autism spectrum disorder was one in 110. Today, it is one in 88. Canada is facing an increasingly complex and significant challenge. One issue that I […]

Empathy Versus Hate in a Diverse World

Good afternoon, everyone. What an inspiring opening to today’s celebration! Thank you to the Elders for their drumming. My wife Ginette and I are thrilled and honoured to participate in the University of Victoria’s 2013 Diversity Research Forum. We enjoyed tremendously our visit last year to your beautiful campus. Looking around the room, I’m happy […]

Second reading of Bill C-304, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act (protecting freedom)

Honourable senators, in preparation for expressing my opposition and particular criticisms regarding Bill C-304, I have reviewed the debates preceding this point in the legislative process, the arguments of MPs, senators and interest groups bent on passing the bill, and the concerns and the proposed amendments of others aiming at finding some sort of middle […]

Third reading of Bill C-38, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 29, 2012 and other measures

Honourable senators, I stand tonight to urge you to prevent the passage of Bill C-38’s proposed amendments to the Old Age Security Act, specifically that the age of eligibility for the Old Age Security pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement be gradually increased from 65 to 67. Increasing the age when Canadians can begin receiving […]

Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Bill—Allotment of Time for Debate

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, Bill C-38 is now in our hands, as many of my colleagues have said. Here we are with the guillotine cutting off debate. I have many concerns about its contents. How could anyone not find mistakes and weaknesses in a 425-page document that is supposed to be a budget implementation […]

Tribute to the Honourable Rose-Marie Losier-Cool

Honourable senators, it is with great pleasure and a great deal of emotion that I rise to pay tribute to Senator Rose-Marie Losier-Cool and to thank her for her enormous contribution to the Senate of Canada and the Canadian people. Rose-Marie, before your appointment in 1995, you had been a teacher in my home province […]

Motion to Urge Government to Make Sporting Facilities Available One Day Annually at a Reduced or Complimentary Rate

Honourable senators, I had just mentioned to Senator Raine that I had intended to speak to this matter tomorrow, but I am happy to speak to it now. This is regarding childhood obesity, and we talked about Senator Raine’s motion to establish a national health and fitness day. Every year, on the first Saturday in […]

Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, first, I would like to say that I will adjourn this inquiry in the name of Senator Andreychuk, out of courtesy. Honourable senators, I stand today in support of Senator Cowan’s inquiry to draw attention to the thirtieth anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Like millions of Canadians, I […]

Overseas Tax Evasion

Honourable senators, I would like to say a few words about Senator Downe’s inquiry dealing with overseas tax evasion. I thank our colleague Senator Downe for recognizing the serious problem of overseas tax evasion and for working so hard to see that it gets addressed. For years, the senator has been gathering information about this […]

Human Rights in Iran

Honourable senators, I too congratulate Senator Frum on her inquiry condemning human rights violations in Iran. As heart-wrenching as it was to hear the stories many of our colleagues told last week of Iranian citizens unlawfully imprisoned and tortured, I am nonetheless thankful. Senator Frum’s inquiry to condemn human rights abuses in Iran could not […]

Tribute – The Honourable Tommy Banks

Honourable senators, it is a pleasure to have this opportunity to pay tribute to Senator Tommy Banks, who is, himself, a tribute to the Senate of Canada. Where else could a person who has enjoyed a long, rich career in the world of arts and culture as a musician, conductor, advocate for the arts and […]

Second Reading of Bill S-206, An Act respecting World Autism Awareness Day

Honourable senators, I stand today to move second reading of Bill S-206, An Act respecting World Autism Awareness Day. Those of you who were sitting in this chamber when I introduced this bill over three years ago will appreciate that I am more intent than ever on seeing it finally become law. For the honourable […]

Tribute – The Honourable Bill Rompkey, P.C.

Honourable senators, Senator Bill Rompkey’s contribution to this country is, of course, manifold. In tribute to him today I have chosen to shape my remarks almost solely around his contribution to the Senate study on the preservation and use of those great and guiding beacons, Canada’s lighthouses and their lightkeepers. As chair of the Standing […]

Tribute – The Honourable Vim Kochhar

Good afternoon, honourable senators, and to our guest of honour, my good friend Senator Vim Kochhar. I hope you had a happy birthday last week, Senator Vim, as I like to call you. You have realized so many accomplishments throughout your life, particularly in the interests of people with physical disabilities, and there is much […]

Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians

Good afternoon, everyone. It’s a pleasure to be here with all of you. Guess what I am not going talk about ……..Senate Reform – I can feel the sigh of relief already in the room. And what I like about this room is I see so many friends here. When Leo Duguay and his team […]

Third Reading of Bill C-22, An Act respecting the mandatory reporting of Internet child pornography by persons who provide an Internet service

Honourable senators, I would like to speak on third reading of Bill C-22, and I will get to that in a moment. It is hard to speak when one has been informed of the death of a very close friend, in this case, Jim Travers, my buddy at The Toronto Star. I must speak about […]

Second Reading of Bill C-22, An Act respecting the mandatory reporting of Internet child pornography by persons who provide an Internet service

Honourable senators, I rise at second reading as the opposition critic on Bill C-22, An Act respecting the mandatory reporting of Internet child pornography by persons who provide an Internet service. I am grateful to be permitted time to reflect on this proposed legislation following its introduction in December in this chamber. Our colleague, Senator […]

Debate on the Motion to Call Upon Chinese Government to Release Liu Xiaobo from Prison

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, I was in Tiananmen Square, and I would not mind attending with Senator Di Nino as well. I do have a few words in response. I commend the honourable senator for what he has just said. Mr. Liu is a very brave man. In fact, I met Mr. Liu, and it […]

Campbellton Rotary Club

Rotarians and friends of Rotarians, what a special night, what a special event and Campbellton, what a special place.  And eight-five years of doing good things for others, whether it was here or somewhere else in the world. Rotarians, you have so much to be proud of.  Coming home to Campbellton is a walk through […]

Autism Society of PEI

Introduction Good evening, everyone. everyone.  Thanks so much for inviting me here. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost two years since I was last in PEI to speak with you. I recognize many of you here tonight and am pleased to see new faces too.  In PEI, the autism community is of course not huge […]

Canadian Medical Association: Health Care Transformation – From Words to Action

Good afternoon members of the CMA. I am delighted that such a venerable and influential body as the CMA would invite a former hack journalist, current parliamentarian and very much a generalist to speak to you on how to move your plan for health-care transformation into the mainstream. I am humbled. I have always said […]

Committee Report for Bill S-211, An Act respecting World Autism Awareness Day

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to my bill dealing with World Autism Awareness Day, and I rise with mixed emotions. I first want to say that I want this bill passed, but I have a few comments before it moves along in report stage to third reading. I believe these comments […]

2010 Olympic Winter Games

Honourable senators, I know it is late in the day, but I promised Senator Raine that I would speak today on her inquiry. We have had many disagreements today or many interpretations of different issues, but I think we can agree on the senator’s inquiry. I rise today to share with honourable senators my thoughts […]

Canadian Paraplegic Association

Honourable senators, I am having a very interesting day. I am rather sore. I was allowed to walk in, but you may have seen a wheelchair outside. Senator Kochhar and I have been in wheelchairs since 7 o’clock this morning in an effort to raise awareness on behalf of the Canadian Paraplegic Association. I can […]

Launch of the Heart Gallery of Ottawa

Ladies and gentlemen, guests, friends, thank you so much for including me here today.  I am so proud to welcome you all to Parliament Hill and to this extraordinary photo exhibit. Pablo Picasso said, “Art washes away from the soul the dirt of everyday life.”  So thank you to the Adoption Council of Canada for […]

Second Reading of Bill S-211, An Act respecting World Autism Awareness Day

Honourable senators, I will speak briefly — for the third time — on my bill, an act respecting World Autism Awareness Day. This bill has been given different numbers in different Parliaments and has received support and been spoken of generously by many honourable senators, including Senator Keon, Senator Oliver, Senator Mercer and the former […]

Special Olympics Nova Scotia Dinner and Auction

Ladies and gentlemen, guests, friends, thank you so much for including me here today.  I am so happy to return to my maritime roots.  I feel at home in Halifax.  And I always feel at home at Special Olympics events. Special Olympics is a wonderful family and anyone who gets involved is sure to get […]

Autism One Conference

Thank you very much for having me here with you this morning.  I appreciate being able to say a few words before you start your day.  Let me start by congratulating you.  Your work is crucial to the lives of so many people. Today is Hallowe’en and kids across North America are excited – planning […]

Canadian Autism Intervention Research Network Conference

Thank you very much for having me here with you this morning.  I appreciate being able to say a few words before you start your day.  Let me start by congratulating you.  Your work is crucial to the lives of so many people. Today, right now, there are families across Canada struggling with ASD.  They […]

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa Buddy Up Campaign

Good morning everyone.  Thanks so much for inviting me to be with you today.  It’s a great pleasure to be here with all of you and also with our police chief and deputy police chief and with my fellow parliamentarian, Paul Dewar. I think it’s significant that the “Buddy Up” Campaign is being championed by […]

Visit to CanAssist

  Friends.  Thank you so much for welcoming me here today.  I have had such a wonderful visit in the labs this morning and I thank you for opening these doors to me.  In fact, you’ve done more than open doors for me, you’ve opened my mind to a world of wonderful possibilities. The work […]

Bathurst High School Boys Basketball Team

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, a little over a year ago, I stood in this chamber to talk about the tragic highway accident that took the lives of seven high school basketball players and the wife of the coach in the community of Bathurst, New Brunswick, an area of the country which I call home. That […]

World Autism Awareness Day Bill

Second Reading—Debate Adjourned Hon. Jim Munson moved second reading of Bill S-210, An Act respecting World Autism Awareness Day. Honourable senators, I would like to assure the house that my bill will not cost one cent; however, if we do not do anything, the cost to our society at a later date will be immense. I […]

Special Olympics Month

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, as the month of November draws to a close, I remind honourable senators that this month is Special Olympics Month in Canada. The Special Olympics is an international movement that provides opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to train and compete in athletic events. Next February 6 to 13, 81 of […]

Second Reading of Bill S-213 an Act respecting World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness Day Bill Honourable senators, it is late in the day, but I wish to speak briefly about Bill S-213, respecting World Autism Awareness Day. In the previous parliament, when I introduced this bill, it received warm support from Senator Oliver, Senator Keon, Senator Mercer and former Senator Trenholme Counsell. They were all […]

Kids Come First Annual Golf Tournament

Friends and families, kids, thank you so much for inviting me to be with you today. It’s been a great day and I’ve had a wonderful time getting to know you. It’s been four and a half years since I’ve been on Parliament Hill as a Senator and I always say, “a day off the […]

Tribute on Retirement as Dominion Carillonneur

Tribute on Retirement as Dominion Carillonneur Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, listen closely as you walk across Parliament Hill. For each quarter hour, half hour and hour, you hear a bell ring. Once a week in July and August you get an hour-long concert. For the rest of the year, there is a noon-hour 15-minute musical […]

World Autism Awareness Day – Bill S-237

World Autism Awareness Day Bill Second Reading—Debate Adjourned Hon. Jim Munson moved second reading of Bill S-237, An Act respecting World Autism Awareness Day.—(Honourable Senator Munson) He said: Honourable senators, it is late in the evening and all have been patient in listening to serious debates on issues dealing with children and issues dealing with the […]

OP-ED: Portrait gallery belongs where capital really is

IDNUMBER 200805050049 PUBLICATION: The Ottawa Citizen DATE: 2008.05.05 EDITION: Final SECTION: News PAGE: A9 BYLINE: Jim Munson SOURCE: The Ottawa Citizen WORD COUNT: 317 Portrait gallery belongs where capital really is I recently had the pleasure of visiting Washington, D.C. and like all visitors, I made time to visit the great museums and galleries of […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS: HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN CHINA

2nd Session, 39th Parliament, Volume 144, Issue 50 Tuesday, April 15, 2008 Human Rights Violations in China Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, I bring to your attention the serious issue of human rights violations in China. A young man, Hu Jia, who has a wife and a young baby, has been sentenced to three and a […]

World Autism Awareness Day

Honourable senators, April 2 is a day that has been declared by the United Nations as World Autism Awareness Day.  There was consensus among 192 U.N. representatives that there is a need to draw the attention of people across the globe to this neurological disorder that is affecting more and more families.  I am speaking today to […]

Social Affairs, Science And Technology Sub Committee On Population Health Fact Finding Trip to Cuba

Honourable senators, I would like to speak about the work of the Population Health Subcommittee of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology.  As you know, we traveled to Cubain January to see firsthand what this tiny country is doing for maternal health and early childhood development.   C’était un voyage qui a complété […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS: AUTISM SOCIETY OF PEI

Ladies and gentlemen, friends.  What a pleasure to be here with you tonight.  What a pleasure to be on Prince Edward Island, to be back east.   It’s been just a little more than three years since I was appointed to the Senate.  In those three years, I have focused on doing what my father, a United Church minister, always wanted me […]

NOVEMBER IS SPECIAL OLYMPICS MONTH

Special Olympics Month Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, as the month of November draws to a close, I would like to remind you that this month is Special Olympics Month in Canada.  The Special Olympics is an international movement that provides opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to train and compete in athletic events.  I am very proud to […]

REPLY TO GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSE TO: “Pay Now or Pay Later” report by the Senate Social Affairs Science and Technology Commitee

Senators, this week I received from the minister of Health the Government’s response to the Final Report of the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology.  Our report,Pay Now or Pay Later – Autism Families in Crisis brought to the attention of government the plight of Canadian families and children with autism who are scrambling to […]

SPECIAL OLYMPICS SHANGHAI

Ladies and gentlemen, athletes, coaches, and friends, what a wonderful moment for us. Are you as excited as I am? Here we are, 83 athletes, 22 coaches, families, and friends, on the eve of a great moment. Over the next week you will be showing the world the best of what Canada has to offer […]

SENATOR MUNSON’S SPEECH TO THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRES

Thank you so much for inviting me to be here. C’est un plaisir d’être avec vous aujourd’hui.   As David knows, I’m eager to meet with groups such as yours that have the interests of families and children close to heart.  Children’s issues have been the focus of my work as a Senator both in the […]

SENATOR MUNSON’S SPEECH FOR RENFREW COUNTY’S CHILD POVERTY ACTION NETWORK

Thank you so much for that kind introduction. It’s great to be here today in the heart of the Ottawa Valley.   I was born and raised in small towns in New Brunswick, so there’s a feeling here that is familiar to me.  I learned young that there is little anonymity in a small town.  Everybody knew what I did […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON AT THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW BRUNSWICK DINNER AND LIVE AUCTION FUNDRAISER

Fredericton, New Brunswick   It’s great to be with you today and to have a chance to share the microphone with a legend like Paul Henderson.   Anyone in Canada who was alive on September 28, 1972 can tell you where they were when they watched the last game between Canada and the U.S.S.R.  As for me, (say it with […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS IN THE SENATE ON THE BUDGET IMPLEMENTATION BILL

I wish to explain briefly my reasons for abstaining on this vote. I could not say no to the budget because it represents other interests in the country, and I find it difficult to say no to the will of the House of Commons on a budget bill. However, I could not say yes to […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS IN THE SENATE ON THE MOTION TO URGE THE GOVERNMENT TO PROMULGATE ITS ENDORSEMENT OF THE PARIS COMMITMENT ON CHILD SOLDIERS

Honourable senators, first, I thank Senator Zimmer for his intervention. It is a very positive intervention on behalf of Senator Dallaire and others who have spoken on this issue. I know it is late in the day. I will not be that long, but I would like to speak, honourable senators, to follow up on […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON AT A PRESS CONFERENCE FOR FEAT ONTARIO

Toronto, Ontario   Thank you.   I feel very emotional about the subject of autism.  It was because of a meeting, by chance, with the father of an autistic child, that I got involved in the issue.  This father’s name is Andrew Kavchak and he works for the federal government.  At lunch time, instead of eating a sandwich, […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS: DEBATE IN THE SENATE ON THE FAILURE OF THE GOVERNMENT TO APPOINT QUALIFIED PEOPLE TO THE SENATE

Honourable senators, this debate, as we know, deals with the failure of the government to appoint qualified people to the Senate. I would like to say a few words on this issue because it brings to light aspects of Canada’s not-so-new government that should be of concern not only to us in the Senate but […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS IN THE SENATE ON CONTRACT NEGOCIATIONS BETWEEN THE PUBLIC SERVICE ALLIANCE AND THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak in support of individuals that we on Parliament Hill see and interact with every day. I talk about the people who cook and serve our meals; people who provide transportation; the people who clean and maintain all the facilities; the people who record and maintain transcripts of proceedings; […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS IN THE SENATE ON CUTBACK TO FUNDING TO JOBS AT THE SUMMER DAY CAMP OF THE AUTISM SOCIETY OF NOVA SCOTIA

Honourable senators, I rise on a troubling issue. Today I will read excerpts from the Halifax Chronicle-Herald. As honourable senators know, autism is a passion in my life since committees here in the Senate issued a report Pay Now Or Pay Later, Autism Families In Crisis, dealing with families with children with autism. The excerpts of the […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS IN THE SENATE ON THE STUDY ON FUNDING FOR TREATMENT OF AUTISM

Honourable senators, I recognize that it is late in the day but I do want to speak to this motion and move it forward. I rise to speak about a subject that honourable senators know I care passionately about. The subject, of course, is autism. I endorse the remarks made by the Honourable Senator Eggleton, […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS IN THE SENATE ON NEGATIVE COMMENTS IN THE MEDIA TOWARD THE RIGHT HONOURABLE MICHAËLLE JEAN

Honourable senators, I rise today to address some of the negative commentary in The Globe and Mailtoward the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean. As honourable senators have no doubt heard, Ms. Jean has decided to lighten her schedule in order to get some well-deserved rest. This announcement has seemingly given some of my former colleagues in the […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS: SPEECH IN THE SENATE ON FUNDING FOR THE TREATMENT OF AUTISM

Honourable senators, as you know, last month the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology released its final report — Pay Now or Pay Later — on my inquiry on the funding for the treatment of autism. While I am proud of that report and pleased that the Senate has brought the issue of autism […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS: DEBATE IN THE SENATE ON THE CANADIAN NATIONAL VIMY MEMORIAL

Honourable senators, I will be brief and add to the story of Vimy Ridge for a moment. In 1987, I covered another anniversary at Vimy Ridge as a reporter, and I would say that meeting the veterans who were still very much alive at the time was one of the most moving moments of my […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON ON THE GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO THE SECOND REPORT OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS ENTITLED: FINAL REPORT ON THE CANADIAN NEWS MEDIA

Senate Chamber Ottawa, Ontario It has been my privilege to sit on the Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications and I am proud of the work we undertook to look at the Canadian news media. The final report this committee produced was comprehensive and included 40 recommendations. It was a serious piece of work. In […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON FOR THE 2007 SPECIAL OLYMPICS BATHURST WINTER GAMES

Your Worship, Lieutenant Governor Chiasson, Member of Parliament Yves Godin, Chief David Peter Paul, members of the New Brunswick Legislature, ladies and gentleman, Special Olympians from across Atlantic Canada and our very special guests from Maine, bienvenu à Bathurst…. Welcome to the North Shore of New Brunswick.   Special Olympians, this night is about you. […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS: BREAKFAST IN HONOUR OF NATIONAL CHILD DAY IN THE SENATE

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a little odd for me this year as this breakfast brings our National Child Day celebrations in the Senate to a close, usually I would be heading in to the Chamber right now to be floored by the vitality of Canada’s youth.   As you have heard, we held our […]

NOTES FOR AN ADDRESS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON IN CAMPBELLTON, NEW BRUNSWICK

Imagine the year being 1960. Imagine being at the Restigouche Golf Course.  Imagine a warm summer day.  Imagine being 14 years old and imagine being with your dad.   Looking at my father and gazing at the Restigouche river I said: “how could we leave such a beautiful place like this.’’   As I mentioned […]

NOTES FOR AN ADDRESS TO SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW BRUNSWICK

I don’t know what it is about returning to New Brunswick.  I don’t what it is about coming home.  I don’t what it is to be part of this Special Olympic family.   Sometimes it is so hard to explain an affair of the heart.  If I sound personal, then that is what this speech […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS: HERITAGE LIGHTHOUSE PROTECTION BILL

Second Reading—Debate Adjourned Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, I agree that this bill should be sent to the appropriate committee today. I have a keen interest in this bill. My great-great-uncle, James Munson, was the first lighthouse keeper in Cape Enrage, New Brunswick. It is a wonderful place just outside of Fundy National Park. It […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON ON THE USE OF SURPLUSSES TO FUND SOCIAL PROGRAMS

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. You eliminated the Aboriginal smoking cessation program, but you will reduce smoking rates. Her government eliminated funding for palliative care, but they say they will still deliver programs. Her government eliminated literacy funding, but they say that somehow […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS: DEBATE ON THE STATE OF LITERACY

Inquiry—Debate Continued On the Order: Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Fairbairn, P.C., calling the attention of the Senate to the State of Literacy in Canada, which will give every Senator in this Chamber the opportunity to speak out on an issue in our country that is often forgotten.—(Honourable Senator Tkachuk) Hon. […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS: APPOINTMENT OF GRAHAM FRASER AS OFFICIAL LANGUAGES COMMISSIONER

Senator Munson: Mr. Fraser, first I would like to congratulate you on your appointment. I am very happy for you. You are a good guy. In my view, you are just another journalistic success story. Contrary to what Senator Prud’homme has said, I too knew the legendary Blair Fraser. I met him when I was […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON ON FUNDING FOR THE TREATMENT OF AUTISM

Inquiry—Debate Adjourned Hon. Jim Munson rose pursuant to notice of April 27, 2006: That he will call the attention of the Senate to the issue of funding for the treatment of autism. He said: Honourable senators, there is an urgent health issue in this country and that issue is autism. The Autism Society of Canada […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON TO GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATORS

Thank you very much for inviting me to speak today.   Je suis très content de me trouver parmi un groupe de communicateurs.  Je me sens solidaire avec vous et le travail que vous faites.  Il est certain que travailler dans les communications au sein du gouvernement du Canada n’est pas une chose facile.   […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR MUNSON AT THE BANQUET FOR THE TEACHERS’ INSTITUTE

Honourable Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, Chers Amis,   Underlining the importance of the relationship between education and government, Aristotle once said that:   “All who have meditated on the art of governing humanity have been convinced that the fate of countries depends on the education of youth.”   Et voilà pourquoi je suis très honoré […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON AT THE SPORT’S CELEBRITIES’ BREAKFAST IN SUPPORT OF HOMETOWN HEROES

Good morning ladies and gentlemen.  First of all, before introducing our guest speaker, I want to assure all athletes in this room that I am an Ottawa Senator, not the kind that plays hockey every day, but the kind that plays politics.   When I first joined the Special Olympics team two years ago, I […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON IN HONOUR OF THE USHER OF THE BLACK ROD

Honourable Senators, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the wonderful work of someone who is a constant companion to all of us.  Senators, we do not often take the time to publicly praise those that we work with, but today I would like to recognize this inspired individual… The Usher of the […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON TO LOCKED OUT CBC EMPLOYEES

The Honourable Jim Munson, Senator (Ottawa – Rideau Canal) delivered the following remarks today on Parliament Hill to locked-out CBC employees: “I am here today because I believe in public broadcasting.  This broadcasting institution binds together a very large and diverse population. In the face of powerful private broadcasting influences, we risk losing what others […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON AT A RECEPTION FOR ALL-WEATHER WINDOWS EMPLOYEES

Thank you for having me here today.   I want to start my remarks with a confession of sorts.  Not a full confession.  I don’t think I’ve been allotted that much time, but I want to confess that speaking to you today is taking me into unchartered waters – if that’s possible in Saskatchewan.   […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON AT THE ANNUAL DICK HARRIS SPECIAL OLYMPICS CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC

Thank you very much.   Well I don’t know how many senators have been through Prince George during the past few years, but I do know of one who has fond memories.  In the Senate my new best friend is Frank Mahovolich.  Frank thinks of me as the little “m”….that’s the little m for Munson […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON TO SPECIAL OLYMPIANS ON PARLIAMENT HILL

Ladies and gentlemen, one thing I have learned in life is that nothing is more important than family and that is why it gives me such great pleasure to be once again amidst my Special Olympics family.      One of the most precious moments for me over the last year was when I had […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON AT THE 2005 CHILD AND YOUTH FRIENDLY OTTAWA SPIRIT OF THE CAPITAL AWARDS

Thank you Samira, and thank you to Mr. Nadeau and the Minto Corporation for your support of CAYFO and the community.   Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to be here once again with Child And Youth Friendly Ottawa – CAYFO for short – and join in this splendid youth awards program.  It always makes […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON ON BILL S-33

Honourable senators, I like to talk about things that begin with “S”, such as the Special Olympics and SOS Children’s Villages. My subject matter today starts with “S” — it is about safety. Keeping with the theme of flying high, honourable senators, it gives me great pleasure to rise today to speak to Bill S-33, […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON REGARDING THE 2005 SPECIAL OLYMPICS WINTER GAMES IN NAGANO, JAPAN

Honourable Senators,   As you know, to be called to this chamber is an honour and a privilege.  I am grateful for the year I have spent among you.  But I must be truthful and tell you that the highlights of the last year for me have been as a Senator off Parliament Hill, away […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR MUNSON AT THE CAYFO ANTI-BULLYING CONFERENCE

Senator Munson is introduced by Sean Pierce.   Thank you Sean! Thank you ladies and gentlemen. I am delighted to be here today.   Canada is known the world over as a peaceful country. We are a peaceful people, respectful of human rights and democracy.   I am sure you share my pride of our […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON ON THE PASSING OF DAVID VIENNEAU

Honourable Senators, I rise today to pay tribute to a former colleague of mine and member of the National Press Gallery, and a wonderful friend, David Vienneau.   How I will miss this man!  How Canadians will miss this man! How his family will miss him. He has been a weighty presence in Canadian media […]

SENATOR MUNSON’S SPEECH ON THE OCCASION OF NATIONAL CHILD DAY IN THE SENATE

National Child Day   I want to thank Ken Dryden for doing something he was never professionally trained to do…. That is skillfully stickhandle his way through a speech on this very special day…… National Child Day.   We all look forward to the day when the Minister announces the government’s National Child Care strategy. […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON ON THE NEED FOR A NATIONAL PROGRAM FOR THE TREATMENT OF AUTISM

Senators, two weeks ago in my reply to the Speech from the Throne, I emphasized the need for a National Program to treat Autism.  Not the patchwork of programs we see in some parts of the country.   Since I spoke, I have received dozens of emails and letters from coast to coast.  They are […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON IN RESPONSE TO THE SPEECH FROM THE THRONE

I move, seconded by the Honourable Senator Maria Chaput, that the following address be presented to Her Excellency the Governor General of Canada:   To Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order of Canada, Chancellor and Commander of the Order of Military Merit, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON FOR DOMINIC LEBLANC DURING THE 2004 FEDERAL ELECTION

Thank you very much for inviting me here today.  It is great to find myself here among friends and family.  Yes, family.  My name may be Munson, but I am a wee Scott in more ways than one.  My mother’s name is Dora Scott and Baie Verte is her home village.   Her father, my […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON AT THE 2004 ALGONQUIN COLLEGE CONVOCATION CEREMONY

Graduates, faculty, friends,   Thank you so much for inviting me to speak to you today.  It is indeed an honour.  It is privilege to share this moment with you, graduates.  You are at an exciting time of your lives.  You are at a meeting place of great endings and great beginnings.  We are here […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON FOR JOE JORDAN DURING THE 2004 FEDERAL ELECTION

When Joe asked me to come and speak to you this evening, I was honoured.   Joe and I know each other as fellow Liberals.  But we also had a chance to work together when he was Parliamentary Secretary for the former Prime Minister and I was the PM’s Director of communications.   I came […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON AT THE SPIRIT OF THE CAPITAL YOUTH AWARDS

Thank you ladies and gentleman. And thank you to the young organizers of this very special event.   I am honoured to present the awards for Community Contributions.  I believe, and I think the award winners here with us believe, that no matter what our abilities – our strengths and weaknesses –  we all have […]

NOTES FOR AN ADDRESS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON AT THE MUNK CENTRE CANADA-CHINA CONFERENCE

Thank you for inviting me to take part in this very interesting session.  We’ve heard from other speakers about trade, Chinese communities, academic and security issues, and about development efforts in China.   Personal Perspective I’ve been asked to provide a media perspective on China, which I am honoured to do.  I can offer you […]

SENATOR JIM MUNSON’S REMARKS ON THE VISIT OF HIS HOLINESS, THE DALAI LAMA

Honourable Senators, I rise today on the occasion of the visit of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, to Canada this week.  I want to praise the Prime Minister for agreeing to see the Dalai Lama.  This is a good thing.  But I am puzzled as to why this meeting has been placed into a so-called […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON ON BILL C-4

Senators,   All of us have heard calls for change.  The words transparency and accountability are at the tip of everyone’s tongue in the context of governance. Today, I would like to speak in support of Bill C-4, an Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (Ethics Commissioner and Senate Ethics Officer) and other […]

SENATOR MUNSON SPEAKS AT NOMINATION MEETING FOR PAUL DEVILLERS

When Paul asked me to come to Midland and speak to you this evening, I was humbled and honoured.  As some of you know, my career has taken a recent turn, a turn that has taken me to the Senate of Canada where I am now the newest senator – not the oldest, but most […]

NOTES FOR REMARKS BY SENATOR JIM MUNSON ON BILL C-6

Senators,   Today I would like to speak briefly in support of Bill C-6 respecting assisted human reproduction.  Bill C-6 is an important piece of legislation because it protects women and couples who are making their way through the difficult decisions and treatments related to infertility.  It is also important legislation because it will determine, […]

SENATOR MUNSON SPEAKS AT ROBERT THIBAULT’S NOMINATION MEETING

When Robert asked me to come to Yarmouth and speak to you this evening, I was humbled and honoured.  I was honoured to return to the place where I started my career – a career that has taken me to Parliament Hill via the streets of Belfast, Beirut, and Tianamen Square.   But it started […]

SENATOR JIM MUNSON’S REMARKS IN THE SENATE ON THE 2004 SPECIAL OLYMPICS CANADA WINTER GAMES IN CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI

This week, I had the great honour of attending the opening ceremonies of the 2004 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Charlottetown, PEI.   As a prelude to the Special Olympics World Games that will take place next year in Nagano, Japan, these games are showcase for some of Canada’s greatest athletes.  The games also […]

SENATOR MUNSON’S FIRST ADDRESS IN THE SENATE OF CANADA

Senators,   First  I would like to congratulate the new leadership in the  Senate,  Senators Austin, Rompkey and the Honourable  Rose Marie Losier Cool…..but before I get  too partisan, I would like to pay tribute to two Progressive Conservative friends, Findley Macdonald and Dalton Camp.   Like two other Maritimers, Allan Maceachen and Al Graham, […]