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Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Bill

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Plett, seconded by the Honourable Senator Patterson: That, in accordance with rule 74(1), the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry be authorized to examine the subject-matter of Bill C-18, An Act to reorganize the Canadian Wheat Board and to make consequential and related amendments to certain Acts, introduced in the House of Commons on October 18, 2011, in advance of the said bill coming before the Senate;  And on …
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Study on Current State and Future of Forest Sector

Honourable Senators, I am pleased to rise today to add my comments to the debate on the motion to adopt the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry's second report. As speakers before me have indicated, the committee welcomed many witnesses who represented sectors from wood chip farmers, to pulp and paper producers, to manufacturers, to economists and educators. In the course of our deliberations, we heard both very negative forecasts and very positive perspectives. I certainly c…
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The Polar Bear

Honourable senators, to borrow a phrase from a popular 1980s TV show, "Picture It": 19th century Europe — the streets of every major European capital are bustling with fashionistas. And what they are wearing? Well, what fashion conscious trendsetter would be seen in public without their fur hat? Fur hats were the fashion statement of the day. Canadian beavers bore the consequences. At the start of the craze, there were an estimated six million beavers in Canada. By the mid-1900s, when fic…
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Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case - Bilingual Version

Your Excellency, Ambassadors, Parliamentarians, honoured awards recipients past and present, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Votre Excellence, je vous remercie au nom de toutes les personnes ici présentes d’avoir accepté de nous recevoir à Rideau Hall aujourd’hui. Ce faisant, vous contribuez à réitérer l’importance de l’affaire « personne », tournant, s’il en est un, de l’histoire de…
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Railway Safety Act - Bill to Amend—Second Reading

Oh the song of the future has been sung All the battles have been won O'er the mountain tops we stand All the world at our command We have opened up the soil With our teardrops and our toil For there was a time in this fair land when the railroad did not run. Honourable senators, I cannot sing Gordon Lightfoot's song, but that was an excerpt from his Canadian Railroad Trilogy dedicated to the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The song celebrates the optimism of Canada's great railro…
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Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case

This morning I had the honour to once again narrate the ceremony for the Annual Governor General’s Awards in commemoration of the Persons Case. Five extremely deserving women with very impressive achievements were recognized: Madeline Boscoe; Nancy Hartling; Lucie Joyal; Sharon Donna McIvor; and Kim Pate.  And this year the Persons Case Youth Award was presented to Amber JoAnn Fletcher. These remarkable women, and all, recipients of this Award, serve as examples of selfless dedicat…
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Non-Canadian Influences on Keystone XL Pipeline Project

Honourable Senators, I rise to shine attention on the Keystone XL pipeline. This important project has attracted persistent resistance from the expected suspects. The likes of numerous environmental extremists, backed by big unions and the NDP, are firmly against developing our “ethical oil” and willing to abandon Canada’s interests by killing jobs and growth. They also seem content to continue buying OPEC oil to meet a demand that is not going to disappear overnight. Howev…
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Alberta Oil Sands: Scientific Research

Honourable Senators, I rise today to shine some attention on a recent series in the Financial Post entitled the "Thirteenth annual Junk Science Week event." This series of articles highlights and exposes the numerous "scientists, NGOs, activists, politicians, journalists, media outlets, cranks and quacks" who bend facts, exacerbate risks, and by and large warp science with the goal of advancing an agenda. While science, statistics and research are fundamental cornerstones of our economy and our…
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Battle of Mont Sorrel - Ninety-fifth Anniversary

Honourable senators, on this day, June 14, 1916, 95 years ago, the Battle of Mont Sorrel near Ypres, Belgium, ended in a decisive Allied victory. While this conflict is conceivably not as acknowledged as some of the Western Front battles such as Vimy Ridge, the Somme or Verdun, the men who fought and gave their lives for our nation were no less brave and their contribution to the cause no less valiant. The battle began in the early morning of June 2. The German 13th Corps, trained specifically …
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Meddling into Canada’s Affairs Must Stop

Honourable Senators. I wish to bring to your attention the continuous meddling into Canada’s affairs by every self-proclaimed think tank that has managed to attract heavy subsidies by private self-interests. The latest salvo comes in the form of a report released last week by the PEW Environment Group titled Canada’s Boreal Forest, the World’s Waterkeeper. For the many who have never heard of them, the PEW group operates under the PEW Charitable Trust, an organization establ…
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