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Impact Assessment - Canadian Energy Regulator Bill - Navigation Protection Act

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to Bill C-69, An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. At the outset, I would like to thank my colleagues on both sides of this chamber for their thoughtful interventions in this debate. We have heard every perspective — from Senator Mitchell’s view that this bill is just what is needed, to Senator Black of Alberta, who is…
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Oil Tanker Moratorium Bill C-48

Honourable senators, I rise to speak at the second reading of Bill C-48, the oil tanker moratorium act. As Senator Pratte noted previously, this bill bears an inaccurate short title because what it proposes is not a moratorium but rather a permanent ban on tanker traffic. The affected area extends from the northern tip of Vancouver Island all the way to the Alaskan border. It prohibits tankers carrying more than 12,500 metric tonnes of crude or heavy oil from using all ports and offshore instal…
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Summer Jobs Program

Honourable senators, as we prepare to depart this place for the summer, I want to draw attention to the hundreds of children who will not be able to go to camp this summer — children living in poverty, children with special needs — because the organizations running the camps were refused funding from the federal government. More than 1,500 applications were rejected for the Canada Summer Jobs program this year — up from just 126 last year — because of the government’s values test. If you were u…
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Sober Second Thinking

I stand here, colleagues, not as a constitutional lawyer or scholar, not as a procedural expert, nor have I been a member of the Modernization Committee, which has spent considerable time on this topic. I am just a senator who has been a member of the chamber for nine years now, appointed on the recommendation of Prime Minister Harper. I was not named to the Senate under the new method of appointment that Senator Harder so carefully describes as merit-based, as he distinguishes senators appointe…
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Canada Elections Act - Bill S-239

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to Bill S-239, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (eliminating foreign funding). This bill, introduced by Senator Frum, closes a loophole in the Canada Elections Act that allows foreign involvement in Canada’s electoral process — a loophole that allows unlimited foreign money to pour into Canada to be used by third parties to influence and distort Canadian elections. This is not a hypothetical problem. It is very real. It has had an impact in the…
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