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Budget Implementation Bill, 2017 - Third Reading

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak at third reading of Bill C-63, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures. The bill returns to this chamber following study by the National Finance Committee, but I do not think any members of that committee can honestly say they understand fully the consequences of passing Bill C-63. There are a number of technical changes that we do not know enough about, and there are other me…
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Budget Implementation Bill 2017

I rise today to speak to Bill C-63, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017, and other measures. Bill C-63 is a lengthy and complex piece of legislation, covering everything from the taxation of beer made from concentrate on the premises where it is consumed to several complicated tax changes dealing with investments. I look forward to the officials’ explanation of these matters, what they mean and, just as important, who benefits becau…
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Immigration & Refugee Protection Act - 3rd Reading

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak in support of Bill S-210, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Civil Marriage Act and the Criminal Code and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. Introduced by Senator Jaffer, this is a bill to amend the short title of Bill S-7 from the last Parliament. That short title was the “zero tolerance for barbaric cultural practices act.” That bill provided the legal requirements to dissolve a forced marriage and made clear…
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Framework on Palliative Care in Canada - Third Reading

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak in support of Bill C-277, An Act providing for the development of a framework on palliative care in Canada. I will not speak long, but I would like to review some of the discussion at the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology during its study of the bill. Introduced by Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu, Bill C-277 is a simple bill, but its impact could be profound. The bill requires the Minister of Health, in consultation w…
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Framework on Palliative Care in Canada

Hon. Nicole Eaton moved second reading of Bill C-277, An Act providing for the development of a framework on palliative care in Canada. Your Honour, colleagues, I'm pleased to present Bill C-277, an Act providing for the development of a framework on palliative care in Canada. I'm very pleased to support and sponsor this private member's bill that received unanimous support in the House of Commons. This bill provides for the development of a framework designed to facilitate improved access to …
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C-29 (Small Business Deduction)

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to Bill C-29, and specifically its provision to effectively limit access by group medical structures to the small-business deduction. In this regard, I will focus on what it is hoped has been an unintended consequence of this measure on the medical profession, and in particular, its impact in respect of altering the means of application of this deduction by group medical structures engaged in research and education in teaching hospitals and universitie…
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