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Linda Frum

Senator, Ontario

The Honourable Linda Frum is a past contributing editor to Maclean’s and former columnist for the National Post. She is also the author of two best-selling Canadian books and a Gemini Award winning documentary producer.

She was appointed to the Senate of Canada by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2009 to represent the Province of Ontario. She is a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs as well as the Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Regulations.

She is vice chair of the board of Upper Canada College and an honorary patron of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of EGALE (“Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere.”). In 2010 she received the Golda Meir Leadership award from the State of Israel bonds and an Honourary Degree from Yeshiva University.

She resides in Toronto with her husband Howard Sokolowski.
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Our Fathers' Good Names

Last month, when I told my father I had been drafted to join the Senate's Ethics Committee, he nodded his approval. Soon I would watch in horror and helplessness as an aggressive cancer took him away from his family. Now, I return back to work, to an institution that is also under siege. But this time, we are not helpless. Honourable senators, the future of this chamber is in our hands.
06/05/2013 06:03 EDT

Hear Us Iran: Canadians Condemn You

If this looks like an ordinary diplomatic photograph -- it is not. In a rare encounter, the Hon. Noel Kinsella, Speaker of the Senate of Canada, summoned Kambiz Sheikh-Hassani, the Iranian Charge d'Affaires, to his chambers. Kinsella demanded the release of all unlawfully held Iranian prisoners of conscience and in particular the Canadian prisoners: Saeed Malekpour, Hossein Derakhshan and Hamid Ghassemi-Shall.
05/18/2012 09:43 EDT
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The West Must Bear Witness to Iran's Prisoners

One of the most touching pieces of testimony at the UN Watch conference was a letter smuggled out of Iran's notorious Evin Prison. I have put this letter into the record of the Senate as a show of solidarity with the author, a brave ayatollah whose only crime was to advocate for the separation of religion and government.
10/25/2011 02:53 EDT