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Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee Governance Agreement Bill - Second Reading

Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals): I would like to join in the debate on this particular matter. I thank Senator Pate for the history and the background. It’s quite complicated and takes some time to understand the background that led to Bill C-70. I thank Senator Patterson as well for that I’d like to focus on a point that Senator Patterson has just made, and that is the process that brought us here. Bill C-70 was introduced and given first reading in the House of Commons …
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Tributes - The Honourable Charlie Watt

Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals): Honourable senators, March 16, a little over two weeks, will be Honourable Senator Charlie Watt’s last day as a member of this chamber. It will be strange here without him. Senator Watt was appointed in 1984, before some of us were born. Along with Senator Cools, he is one of our longest-serving colleagues. Over those 34 years, Senator Watt’s commitment to protecting and enhancing the rights of Canada’s Indigenous peoples, especially the Inuit…
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Welcoming Remarks - The Honourable Robert Black

Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals): Colleagues, I’m delighted to welcome another new senator to the chamber, Senator Robert (Rob) Black from Ontario. Senator, you join us at a very interesting time. In addition to fulfilling the traditional role as the chamber of sober second thought, we are also in the midst of a period of renewal and modernization. You yourself were selected through a new appointment process, which is a part of that. While you are no stranger to politics, hav…
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Federal Framework on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Bill - Second Reading Debate

Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals): Honourable senators, I would like to join in the debate with my colleagues in voicing support for Bill C-211, which calls for the development of a comprehensive framework to address post-traumatic stress disorder. I wanted to thank Senator Housakos for acting as the sponsor for this much-needed bill and Senator Bernard for her thoughtful remarks earlier in relation to this particular matter. I do not intend to speak at length today, but I did …
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Tributes - The Late Honourable Bert Brown

Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals): Colleagues, I join with others in the Senate in paying tribute to Senator Bert Brown. I knew him, and I served with him here. I was saddened to hear of his death. He was larger than life in Alberta politics. His call for the Triple-E Senate was certainly larger than life. No one can speak about the passion of Bert Brown without mentioning how he plowed “Triple E Senate or Else” into his neighbour’s two-mile-long barley field. His passion for …
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Question Period - Ministry of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard - North Atlantic Right Whales & Snow Crab Industry

North Atlantic Right Whales—Snow Crab Industry Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals): Minister, welcome. My question today relates to the tragic losses of the North Atlantic right whale. There is not a senator in this chamber that doesn’t have a horrible image of the carcasses of dead right whales floating this summer in the Baie-des-Chaleurs. The question that I have relates to your announcement in late January of the changes to the snow crab fishery in the southern Gulf of S…
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Holiday's Act - Third Reading

Holidays Act Bill to Amend—Third Reading Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals) moved third reading of Bill C-311, An Act to amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day). He said: Honourable senators, I have a few remarks with respect to this particular bill, Bill C-311, which I am sponsoring. I am sponsoring on behalf of a member of the House of Commons, Colin Fraser. As we have heard throughout our debate on this particular bill, it would amend what is named the Holidays Act, t…
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Inquiry - The Career of The Honourable Joan Fraser

The Honourable Joan Fraser Inquiry—Debate Adjourned Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals) rose pursuant to notice of January 31, 2018: That he will call the attention of the Senate to the career of the Honourable Senator Fraser. He said: Honourable senators, as you know, we had time to say a few words about departing Senator Joan Fraser a couple of weeks ago, and there were many who wished to participate but were unable to do so. To rectify that and give you an opportunity o…
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Inquiry - The Career of The Honourable Claudette Tardif

The Honourable Claudette Tardif Inquiry—Debate Adjourned Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals) rose pursuant to notice of February 1, 2018: That he will call the attention of the Senate to the career of the Honourable Senator Tardif. He said: This, again, is an inquiry that was on the Notice Paper that I hope to move over to the Order Paper by saying a few words so that other senators, in the future, may decide to enter into the inquiry with some comments that they were unab…
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