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Investing in our future:

Many people don’t know this about me but I am the daughter of a politician. My father was a Member of Parliament in Uganda for almost a decade. For as long as I can remember, I have been immersed in political culture and to this day I am grateful to my father for nurturing the interest in politics that I developed as a young woman. The skills that I acquired and the lessons I learned while I was by my father’s side are ones that I still carry with me today.

Since I understand that not everyone is as fortunate as I was and this is why I often invite young people into the political arena and present them with opportunities to get involved. Throughout my career in the Senate I have had the honour of hosting several groups of young Canadians who have come to visit Parliament from all corners of the country. During their time here these young men and women have explored the halls of Parliament, gained insight into the political process and have engaged in stimulating discussions about how our country is governed.

After working closely with today’s youth I have learned that young people have an abundance of great ideas and offer a unique perspective. It is imperative that we provide these young people with an outlet to express themselves so that their ideas and opinions can be developed further. I think it is extremely important that we all remember that the young people of today are the leaders of tomorrow. My father’s passion for politics was passed on to me, and I am committed to making sure that I too pass down my passion for politics to today’s youth.

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Senate Chamber Statement – Thursday, June 3, 2010
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Senate Chamber Statement – Tuesday, June 10, 2003
Aga Khan Foundation Canada World Partnership Walk

Youth Speeches on Parliament Hill

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