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Second Reading; Bill S-213, An Act to amend the Department for Women and Gender Equality Act

Hon. Mary Jane McCallum: Honourable senators, I want to thank Elise Hurtubise-Loranger and Charles Feldman, who are the parliamentary counsel in the Office of the Law Clerk, for their expertise, direction and help with Bill S-213. I also want to thank my staffers James Campbell and Ovadia Lawrenchuk for their help and their support. I want to acknowledge the role many women across Canada have played in championing women’s rights, including this bill. Honourable senators, I rise today to move se…
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A Lament for Confederation; a speech by Chief Dan George in 1967

Hon. Mary Jane McCallum: A Lament for Confederation; a speech by Chief Dan George in 1967: How long have I known you, Oh Canada? A hundred years? Yes, a hundred years. And many, many seelanum more. And today, when you celebrate your hundred years, Oh Canada, I am sad for all the Indian people throughout the land. For I have known you when your forests were mine; when they gave me my meat and my clothing. I have known you in your streams and rivers where your fish flashed and danced in the sun,…
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Presence of Racism and Discrimination within Canadian Institutions – Inquiry

Hon. Mary Jane McCallum: I want to thank Senator Plett for starting this inquiry. I want to acknowledge the article Race, Power and Policy: Dismantling Structural Racism by the Grassroots Policy Project because I’ve grown up in institutions. When we grow up in institutions, we internalize a lot of what has been taught to us. So many times — I have to dig deep and bring that out and see that part of myself. “What can we do for you today?” I asked the patient as I put the chair down. She sat in…
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Motion - Committee to Study the Cumulative Impacts of Resource Extraction and Development

Hon. Mary Jane McCallum, pursuant to notice of February 5, 2020, moved: That the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources be authorized to examine and report on the cumulative impacts of resource extraction and development, and their effects on environmental, economic and social considerations, when and if the committee is formed; and That the committee submit its final report no later than December 31, 2020. Hon. Mary Jane McCallum: Honourable senators, I ri…
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Bill S-209 - An Act to amend the Department for Women and Gender Equality Act - Second Reading

Honourable senators, I would like to acknowledge the people that help me with the work that I do in my office: James Campbell, Anna Millest and the law clerks. I rise today to move second reading of Bill S-209, An Act to amend the Department for Women and Gender Equality Act. I would like to begin by highlighting what this slight but powerful piece of legislation would accomplish. This bill would enshrine the requirement of the Minister for Women and Gender Equality to undertake a gender-based…
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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 - 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-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-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-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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