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Mr Brian FRANCIS (Canada)

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Progressive Senators Group

Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association
CA - K1A 0A6 - Ottawa

Working language: English


In the political groups

In the Assembly

  • since 23/01/2023 Substitute - Canada

In the committee(s) and sub-committee(s)


Last speeches

23/06/2023 | 12:17:37 Thank you, Madam Chair. Honourable colleagues, In Canada, June is National Indigenous History Month. Two days ago, on 21 June, we celebrated National Indigenous Peoples Day. These two events are opportunities to honour the distinct cultures, languages, traditions, and histories of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis People: the Indigenous Peoples of what is now Canada. While broadband internet access is critical for the self-determination of Indigenous Peoples, in Canada, many do not have access... 21/06/2023 | 20:33:33 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) Honourable colleagues, First, I would like to commend Ms. Nigar Arpadarai for drafting this resolution – part of the impetus for today’s important joint debate. The fact that the Parliamentary Assembly is holding a discussion on the social inclusion of migrants, refugees and other displaced populations is significant. But far more work is needed to improve their settlement and integration process. To that end, it is important to highlight... 20/06/2023 | 20:27:09 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2)   Honourable colleagues: I am glad to be here today to address the importance of embedding a holistic intersectional approach into our understanding of healthcare, both nationally and internationally. Ms. Selin Sayek Böke’s report concludes, in part, that a durable multilateral health system is predicated on member states building “strong and resilient health systems,” which includes addressing health and healthcare inequities. We have some... 27/04/2023 | 20:04:00 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2)   Honourable colleagues, Kwe’ Ni’n Teluis Brian Francis and I represent Epekwitk, or Prince Edward Island, in the Canadian Senate. A few of those words I just spoke – the ones you probably didn’t recognize – are in the language of my people, the Mi’kmaq, who existed long before Canada became a country. I tell you this because I’ll focus my remarks today on a subject only briefly addressed in the report that we’re debating: the inclusion of... 26/04/2023 | 17:53:02 Thank you, Mister President. Honourable colleagues, thank you for the opportunity to speak today. I would like to commend the rapporteur for a detailed report that calls attention to an issue of pressing importance.  In our global discussions about climate change, we focus rightly on the need to decarbonise our economies and reduce the emission of greenhouse gases but as the committee report ably sets out, we need to also address climate change adaptation, including preparing for more...