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Bill C-92 - Message from the House of Commons

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to the message from the House of Commons on Bill C-92, An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families. I would first like to express my dismay in only learning this morning that debate would begin and end on this important message today. This process is so quick that the item will likely pass without ever having made it onto the Order Paper. This bill has caused much anguish to me, and it also has created division among I…
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Bill C-69 - Message from the House of Commons

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak on the message from the House of Commons on Bill C-69. I would like to first thank the Energy Committee for their understanding and support in passing an amendment I had put forward on behalf of the Native Women’s Association of Canada. This specific amendment dealt with the inclusion of a culturally relevant gender-based analysis within regional and strategic assessments. Although a GBA is required for impact assessments, it was conspicuously absent w…
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Bill C-92 - Third Reading - First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak on debate at third reading of Bill C-92, An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families. I confess, honourable senators, that despite my initial excitement upon hearing this legislation was in the works, I have some serious misgivings about its execution since studying the product before it went back to the House of Commons. Even with the amendments, there are still too many unanswered questions to this bill. As most of…
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Bill C-83 - Third Reading - Corrections and Conditional Release Act

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to third reading of Bill C-83, An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and another Act. I admit that I have difficulties with this bill as I am an advocate for ending all forms of segregation or isolation, which this bill simply does not accomplish. However, I feel that our Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology did an admirable job in making important amendments that go a long way toward improving this p…
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Bill C-48 - Third Reading - Oil Tanker Moratorium

Honourable senators, I rise today to join the debate on Senator Sinclair’s amendment to third reading of Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act. As a member of the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources, I have grown quite concerned about the serious and irreversible impacts that can potentially result from energy projects and their related operations. We have seen time and again how, despite the best efforts to mitigate these risks, they seem to be an inev…
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Bill C-69 - Amendment- Impact Assessment

Honourable senators, our country Canada is a land of plenty, and yet there is inequality and inequity in how our resources are shared. Many of our citizens are rendered hungry, homeless and vulnerable. What is worse, certain people face a dire struggle to obtain their inherent human dignity and basic human rights. How did we, as an internationally esteemed country, get here? Colleagues, last week, you heard several perspectives on the narrative surrounding Bill C-69. Today, I want to share with…
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Bill C-262 - Second Reading - UNDRIP

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to second reading of Bill C-262, a piece of legislation which would work to ensure that Canada’s laws are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. While this bill is necessary in our current climate and reality, the question we must reflect upon is that with the UN proclaiming the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, what has happened to the condition of an entire subset of Canada’s — and the world’s …
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Policies and Mechanisms for Responding to Harassment Complaints against Senators—Inquiry

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak in support of Senator McPhedran’s timely and necessary Inquiry No. 26. As you know, this inquiry calls on the Senate to ensure that we deploy the strongest, most effective policies and mechanisms to respond to complaints against senators of sexual and other kinds of harassment. According to the Canadian Human Rights Commission: Harassment is a form of discrimination. It includes any unwanted physical or verbal behaviour that offends or humiliates you.…
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