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Tribute to the Honourable Nancy Greene Raine, O.C., O.B.C.

Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals): Honourable colleagues, as Senator Woo has stated it already, some of what I have to say will be repetitious, but the accomplishments are so fantastic they are well worth repeating, so you’ll forgive me in that regard. When most of us arrive here in the Senate, we are relatively unknown to the vast majority of Canadians. We might carry some cachet in our home provinces or in the field of work that we have done, but most of us are not household …
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Question Period: the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs

Pursuant to the order adopted by the Senate on December 10, 2015, to receive a Minister of the Crown, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, appeared before honourable senators during Question Period. Service Dog Standards Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals): Minister, thank you for being here. My question involves post-traumatic stress disorder as well, in relation to service dogs, the training of service dogs and…
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Tribute to the Late Gordon “Gord” Brown, M.P.

Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals): Honourable senators, I would also like to express my shock and sadness at the sudden passing of Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. It is difficult to comprehend the death of such a young and vigorous parliamentarian. Gord Brown served his constituents for nearly 14 years and did so ably and energetically. By all accounts, he was a dedicated public servant, decent and committed to improving t…
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Second Reading of Bill S-246, An Act to amend the Borrowing Authority Act.

Borrowing Authority Act Bill to Amend—Second Reading—Debate Adjourned Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals) moved second reading of Bill S-246, An Act to amend the Borrowing Authority Act. He said: Honourable senators, this is a matter that has been before us on a number of occasions. It will take a bit of time to explain the intricacies of what has happened in relation to this particular issue along the way. I hope you’ll bear with me because I believe it does deal with a ve…
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World Intellectual Property Day 2018

Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals): Honourable senators, today I would like to bring to your attention World Intellectual Property Day, which occurs later this week on April 26. The theme for this year is “Women in Innovation and Creativity.” It is a most fitting theme, especially considering that this year’s budget, a budget billed to promote gender equality, has made strong commitments to encouraging women’s entrepreneurship and innovation. In addition, Budget 2018 announced $…
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Tribute to the Late Honourable Douglas Everett

The Hon. the Speaker: Honourable senators, I received a notice from the Leader of the Independent Senate Liberals who requests, pursuant to rule 4-3(1) that the time provided for the consideration of Senators’ Statements be extended today for the purpose of paying tribute to the Honourable Douglas Everett, whose death occurred on March 27, 2018. I remind senators that pursuant to our rules each senator will be allowed only three minutes and they may speak only once and the time for tributes sha…
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Statement on the Humboldt Tragedy

Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals): Honourable colleagues, the scene is the same in hockey communities across Canada. Boys and girls, young men and young women, their coaches and team staff board the buses that transport them to away games and tournaments. From small towns and big cities, our sons and daughters travel by bus on the highways and rural roads that criss-cross our vast country. But as every Canadian knows, on April 6, tragedy struck one of these everyday scenes. A t…
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Appropriation Bill No. 1, 2018-19: Third Reading

Appropriation Bill No. 1, 2018-19 Third Reading Hon. Diane Bellemare (Legislative Deputy to the Government Representative in the Senate) moved third reading of Bill C-73, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019. She said: Honourable senators, I have nothing to add to what I said yesterday when I explained the nature of the expenditures on which we will be voting for the first quarter of next y…
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Question Period: Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources on the Energy East Pipeline

Pursuant to the order adopted by the Senate on December 10, 2015, to receive a Minister of the Crown, the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, appeared before honourable senators during Question Period. Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals): Minister, thank you for being here. When you were last here, I asked a question about the Energy East Pipeline project. We know what happened when the National Energy Board amended the assessment criteria halfway through the pro…
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New Senators Martha Deacon and Yvonne Boyer: Congratulations on Appointments

Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals): Honourable colleagues, I join with my other colleagues in welcoming our new senators to this august body. Martha (Marty) Deacon and Dr. Yvonne Boyer both represent the province of Ontario. Senator Deacon, you are a long-time educator, a former teacher, a principal and a coach. You have represented our country on the world stage through your role in amateur sports, as we’ve heard about, including as chef de mission at the Commonwealth Games in …
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