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Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Bill Third Reading

Honourable senators, I rise in support of Bill C-12, a piece of legislation aimed at helping Canada achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050. The framework in this legislation is an important step forward, and I am pleased that this Forty-third Parliament will take meaningful climate action. The basic question I ask is this: What is the climate legacy we wish to pass on to our grandchildren? I doubt I’ll be here in 2050, but I am raising the alarm so that our generation does n…
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Income Tax Act Bill to Amend--Third Reading--Debate

Honourable senators, I rise on debate on private member’s Bill C-208, which aims to facilitate the intergenerational transfer of family businesses between family members and provide better retirements for the parents and grandparents who operated them. While it goes without saying that the contribution of Canada’s fishers and farmers to the nation’s livelihood and food security is indispensable, their value in providing sustenance to us and other countries, especially during the pandemic, has b…
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Criminal Code Bill to Amend--Third Reading--Debate

Honourable senators, five short years from now soccer fans from around the world will stream into Canada carrying their countries’ hopes in a sporting event only second to the Olympics in popularity. The FIFA World Cup of soccer, which Canada will jointly host with the United States and Mexico in 2026, will be a showpiece for our country as it has been for other hosts. It has also generated billions of dollars in economic output for previous host nations. As we all know, money can also attract u…
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Senators’ Statements — James Ross Hurley Congratulations on Eightieth Birthday

Honourable senators, in the fall of 1974, as a student at the University of Waterloo, I was invited to attend a reception for the executive of the Canadian Political Science Association held at the home of Professor John Wilson, our department head. I was a fourth-year student intending on going to grad school. It was at this reception that Professor Wilson introduced me to James Ross Hurley, the then-young founding executive director of the Canadian Parliamentary Internship Programme. I can sti…
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Motion Concerning Genocide of Uyghurs and Other Turkic Muslims by the People's Republic of China

Honourable senators, I speak to you tonight from the unceded territory of the Algonquin people. This debate comes in a week in which the tragic discovery of yet more mass graves — of 215 children in Kamloops — adds to the indictment of our centuries-long practice of residential schools, forced sterilization and what the former chief justice of Canada described as cultural genocide of our Indigenous peoples. This horrifying reality of our history stands in rather cynical contrast to the tone of…
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PARLIAMENT OF CANADA ACT

Honourable senators, I would like to remind colleagues that prior to the drafting of Bill S-4, comprehensive consultations were held with all leaders, their perspectives were heard and the proposed legislation before us reflects much of what was put forward. The government recognized its responsibility to consult with those who would be most affected by any changes to the act. The goal of the bill is to ensure that the Parliament of Canada Act — the legislation governing key aspects of how the S…
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CANADA-UNITED KINGDOM TRADE CONTINUITY AGREEMENT IMPLEMENTATION

Honourable senators, it is my pleasure to speak today as the sponsor of Bill C-18, An Act to implement the Agreement on Trade Continuity between Canada and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, a bill that was first tabled in the House of Commons in December of last year and comes to us today. This bill is good for Canada. It will work for Canadian businesses and workers, and it fully protects Canada’s supply-management industries. The Trade Continuity Agreement is a replic…
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