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Question Period - Ministry of Environment and Climate Change

When Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change came to the Senate Chamber for Question Period on November 7, 2017 I asked her what message she plans to share at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP23, given the rather discouraging findings regarding Canada’s commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and its actions needed to respect the Paris agreement. I also asked if Canada will participate in the 2018 discussions among signatories provided for in the Pari…
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An Act to amend the Canada Business Corporations Act, the Canada Cooperatives Act, the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, and the Competition Act - Bill to Amend—Second Reading—Debate Continued

As the official Senate Liberal critic for Bill C-25: An Act to amend the Canada Business Corporations Act, here is the presentation I gave, in the Senate Chamber on October 18, 2017, where I emphasized that while Canada proudly champions diversity as one of its main foundations, the lack of diversity in our largest corporations’ senior management and board of directors is a serious equality and societal issue. Moreover, if our companies do not reflect the social fabric of the marke…
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Renewable Industries Forum

In this speech, I stated that the Clean Fuel Standard is definitively a good complement to an increasing carbon price. I understand that offering renewable fuels at a competitive price can be a challenge but this will be made easier as carbon prices rises in the next few years. I presented this speech at the Renewable Industries Forum which was held in Ottawa on October 17, 2017 Ladies and gentlemen, good morning, bonjour,  I’d like to start by thanking Renewable Industries Can…
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The New Senate

In my speech "The New Senate" I said that senators must be able to study, analyze and vote free from ideologies, party pressure and political games. They must be above reproach, which means working more efficiently and more transparently. I presented this speech at the conference of the Canadian Study Group of Parliaments (GCEP) which was held in Ottawa on September 15, 2017. Honourable senators, Senate Administration and political staff colleagues, Ladies and gentlemen, For…
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