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Bill C-7 fails to achieve the Senate’s purpose: to protect the rights of those whose minority positions are threatened by majority rule

February 17, 2021 (Ottawa, ON) - The Honourable Don Plett, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, issued the following statement: Honourable senators, I find myself standing in this place today with a real sense of déjà vu. Almost five years ago, on June 15, 2016, this chamber had just finished considering amendments to Bill C-14 and was about to vote on third reading. Including the pre-study, we had completed a month-long consideration of the government’s assisted suicide bill and had s…
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Sen. Plett: Bill C-7 is a “colossal failure” on the Government’s part for not having consulted with Indigenous peoples

February 11, 2021 (Ottawa, ON) - The Honourable Don Plett, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, issued the following statement: Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to an issue which deserves much more time and attention than my allotment permits. Although I am certain that other senators will be speaking to this issue as well, it warrants as much amplification as this chamber can give it. I’m referring to the government’s colossal failure to consult with Indigenous peoples. Dur…
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Senator Plett speaks on the danger of rushing Bill C-7, a matter of life and death, through the Senate

February 10, 2021 (Ottawa, ON) - The Honourable Don Plett, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, issued the following statement: I do have an amendment at the end of my speech. Honourable senators, I rise today to bring forward an amendment that I hope will alleviate some of the concerns raised by the disability community, specifically about the coercion of vulnerable patients to accept physician induced death. Given the well-established power imbalance in the doctor-patient relationship an…
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Senator Plett stands with disability advocates, Indigenous representatives and medical professionals against Bill C-7

December 16, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) - The Honourable Don Plett, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, issued the following statement:  Honourable senators, I rise today to add my voice to Bill C-7, a bill that seeks to expand the assisted suicide regime in Canada. Colleagues, it is a rare opportunity to stand in either house of Parliament to debate legislation that determines the circumstances in which people live or die. I sincerely hope that each of us feels the weight of the decisions we…
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Senator Plett celebrates the 150th anniversary of Manitoba in the Red Chamber

December 1, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) - The Honourable Don Plett, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, issued the following statement: Honourable senators, it is a pleasure for me to rise today to call the attention of the Senate to the province of Manitoba’s one hundred and fiftieth anniversary. Manitoba became Canada’s fifth province and the only province to enter Confederation under Indigenous leadership, 150 years ago. At the time, Manitoba was known as the postage stamp province because i…
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Senate Conservative Caucus Leadership

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Leader of the Opposition

Plett, Donald Neil

C - Manitoba (Landmark)

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Deputy Leader of the Opposition

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C - British Columbia

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Whip of the Opposition

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C - Quebec (De la Durantaye)

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Chair of the Conservative Caucus

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