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Senate Conservative Caucus Leadership

Image Plett, Donald Neil

Leader of the Opposition

Plett, Donald Neil

C - Manitoba (Landmark)

Image Martin, Yonah

Deputy Leader of the Opposition

Martin, Yonah

C - British Columbia

Image Seidman, Judith G.

Whip of the Opposition

Seidman, Judith G.

C - Quebec (De la Durantaye)

Image Poirier, Rose-May

Chair of the Conservative Caucus

Poirier, Rose-May

C - New Brunswick (Saint-Louis-de-Kent)


Articles and Speeches by Senator Don Plett

Senator Plett's latest articles and speeches

Senator Plett is Outraged by the Trudeau Government’s Latest Broken Promise

Dairy producers are betrayed by the Trudeau government’s early ratification of the new NAFTA deal April 28, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – The Honourable Don Plett, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, issued the following statement: On March 13, 2020, the Senate of Canada approved the new NAFTA deal, formally known as Bill C-4, the Act to implement the Agreement between Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States (CUSMA) in one day. This legislation was fast-tracked in the Sen…
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Senator Plett is increasingly concerned about the “hundreds” of inmates that have been released from federal prisons

April 27, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – The Honourable Don Plett, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, issued the following statement: Last month, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Bill Blair, stated that he, “asked both the Commissioner of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) and the Chair of the Parole Board of Canada to determine whether there are measures that could be taken to facilitate the early release for certain offenders”. Last week the Minister went further by c…
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Welcoming remarks in the Senate at the beginning of the 43rd Parliament

Hon. Donald Neil Plett (Leader of the Opposition):  Thank you, colleagues. Honourable senators, I would like to begin by once again warmly welcoming you all back to this chamber. It’s a pleasure to see each one of you. I look forward to working together with you during this Forty-third Parliament. I would like to congratulate our colleague, the Honourable George Furey, on his continued role as the Speaker of this house. Senator Furey has distinguished himself as an excellent Speaker during th…
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Congratulations to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on their Grey Cup victory!

Statement by Senator Plett on the Grey Cup Colleagues, I am delighted to rise in this Chamber today to congratulate the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on an outstanding season which culminated in a Grey Cup victory! On November 24th, the Blue Bombers won their 11th Grey Cup, defeating the Hamilton Tiger Cats 38 to 12 and bringing their 29-year drought to an end. 1990 was a long time ago, and that was the last year that the Blue Bombers brought the Grey Cup home. So, by the time playoff season ro…
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Bill C-71 fails to achieve its objectives and should not have been passed

Independent Senators ram deficient legislation through Third Reading vote NEWS RELEASE May 28, 2019 (Ottawa, ON) – Despite hearing strong concerns from law-abiding gun owners across the country, Trudeau-appointed senators today chose to ignore the evidence and pass Bill C-71 without amendment.“This legislation accomplishes nothing of what the government has said it will,” said Conservative Senator Don Plett. “It will not increase public safety, it will not reduce gun violence, and it will not…
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Senator Plett: Bill C-71 utterly and tragically fails to do increase public safety and needs to be defeated

Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Colleagues, this bill was introduced in the other place just over a year ago on March 20. It came to this chamber last fall and has been the subject of much debate and discussion. At second reading it was debated over 12 sittings by 18 senators who spoke to it and by many others who asked questions. At committee we sat for more than 30 hours and heard from 81 witnesses, including two cabinet ministers. The report stage covered four more sittings, with four se…
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Senator Don Plett - Extending background checks for firearms licences will negatively impact public safety

Hon. Donald Neil Plett:  Let me take a few minutes to speak to this. I know there is probably little point. There are probably those who are sitting there thinking that if there is a little point, sit down. I won’t do that. I will speak for a few minutes and hopefully some people will take note and maybe consider the relevance of this good amendment that Senator Tkachuk brought forward. Senator Pratte talked about a poll. I talked about that poll earlier this week. It’s strange how t…
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Senator Don Plett: Parliament must retain oversight of the classification of firearms

"If you sift down through the frustration and exasperation, you find that the problems primarily come down to this: The current system of firearms classification is a blunt instrument, which often results in arbitrary decisions." - Senator Don Plett Hon. Donald Neil Plett:  Honourable senators, I will speak very briefly to this amendment and I would like to thank Senator Dagenais for bringing it forward. It is a good amendment, for all the reasons that Senator Dagenais mentioned and I…
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