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Second reading of Bill C-90, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019

Honourable senators, I rise to speak to Bill C-90, An Act for granting certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019. This bill is requesting parliamentary approval for $7.5 billion. During its study, the Standing Senate Committee heard from 10 departments and agencies, which account for $6 billion of the $7.5 billion being requested. Government has already received approval to spend $278 billion. Once this bill has been approved, governm…
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Third reading of Bill S-243, An Act to amend the Canada Revenue Agency Act (reporting on unpaid income tax), as amended

Honourable senators, I rise to speak to Bill S-243, An Act to amend the Canada Revenue Agency Act (reporting on unpaid income tax). As honourable senators may recall, this bill will accomplish three objectives. It will require the Canada Revenue Agency to report all convictions for tax evasion annually in its Annual Report to Parliament. The convictions for international tax evasion must be reported separately. It will require the minister to collect, compile and analyze statistics on the tax…
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Second reading of Bill S-246, An Act to amend the Borrowing Authority Act

Honourable senators, I rise to speak to Bill S-246, An Act to amend the Borrowing Authority Act. The Borrowing Authority Act was enacted in November 2017. It provides the Minister of Finance with the authority to borrow money, subject to the approval of the Governor-in-Council, which is cabinet. In other words, the minister must seek the approval of his cabinet colleagues to borrow money. There has been a long-standing debate as to whether money should be borrowed under the authority of the Gov…
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The Estimates, 2018-19 — Main Estimates—Thirty-first Report of National Finance Committee Adopted

Honourable senators, I rise to speak to the report on the Main Estimates for 2018-19. As Senator Mockler has indicated, the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance held seven meetings and heard from 14 departments and agencies during their review of the Main Estimates. The Main Estimates 2018-19 indicate total government spending of $276 billion. Of the $276 billion, parliamentary approval is being requested for only $113 billion or 41 per cent. The remaining amount of $163 billion has al…
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Third reading of Bill C-45, An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts, as amended.

Honourable senators, I rise today to also speak to Bill C-45, an Act respecting cannabis. I have to say that anything I say now you have all heard before, but I felt it was important that I put on record what my primary concern is with regard to this bill. The bill proposes to legalize the production, possession, use and distribution of marijuana across Canada. The supposed purpose of the bill is to protect public health and safety, but its provisions appear to conflict with this objective, par…
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Second Reading of Bill C-243, An Act respecting the development of a national maternity assistance program strategy.

Honourable senators, I rise to speak to Bill C-243, An Act respecting the development of a national maternity assistance program strategy. Honourable senators, there have been many significant changes in women’s participation in the workplace during my lifetime. When I was a university student, most young women studied to be teachers, nurses or secretaries. Those were the three options offered to me when I decided I wanted a career. Participation in programs such as medicine, engineering, comput…
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Third Reading of Bill C-24, An Act to amend the Salaries Act and to make a consequential amendment to the Financial Administration Act.

Honourable senators, I’m speaking at third reading of Bill C-24. I’d like to start off by acknowledging Senator Harder’s comments, which he gave last week, and also acknowledging the appearance of the minister, who appeared before the Finance Committee with officials last week. As Senator Harder said, Bill C-24 is a technical bill, but there are two major changes I’d like to speak to. The first is that the bill adds five specific ministerial positions to the Salaries Act, and as well it adds t…
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Supplementary Estimates (C)—Twenty-fifth Report of National Finance Committee Adopted

Honourable senators, I rise to speak on the report on Supplementary Estimates (C). Supplementary Estimates (C) are requesting authority to spend an additional $4 billion for 48 organizations for this fiscal year, which ends on Saturday, March 31. Over the past several years, Treasury Board has been working to better align the estimates with the budget. In previous years, the Main Estimates were tabled before the budget. As a result, most, if not all, of the new budget initiatives were not inclu…
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Second Reading of Bill C-24, An Act to amend the Salaries Act and to make a consequential amendment to the Financial Administration Act.

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to Bill C-24, An Act to amend the Salaries Act and to make a consequential amendment to the Financial Administration Act. This bill does five things: It authorizes the payment of salaries for eight new ministerial positions; three of these eight positions are unnamed. It removes six regional development ministers. It creates a framework within which the eight new ministers can be supported by existing departments and are authorized to exercise finan…
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Speech on Motion to Urge the Government to take into Consideration the Funding of Literacy Programs in Atlantic Canada

Honourable senators, I rise today in response to Senator Griffin’s motion urging the federal government to take into consideration the funding of literacy programs in Atlantic Canada, pursuant to her notice of September 26, 2017. This motion calls the attention of the Senate to urge the government to take into consideration the particular regional circumstances of Atlantic Canada based on smaller populations. The motion also urges the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour to…
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