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Senator Plett Speaks at Second Reading of Bill S-244 (National Kindness Week)

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: Kindness Week Bill; Second Reading Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to Bill S-244, An Act respecting Kindness Week. That was the reaction I got from my own caucus. Some of my caucus and staff thought it would be hilarious if I were to be the critic on the kindness bill. I cannot understand what they were thinking. Today, colleagues, I was having lunch with my beautiful granddaughter, and I said I was speaking to kindness we…
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Senator Plett Speaks to Senator Wallin's Motion to Enact a Federal Framework for a Silver Alert

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: Senator Plett Speaks on a Motion to Encourage the Government to Institute a National Silver Alert Strategy and Network Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Honourable senators, I rise today to speak in support of Senator Wallin’s motion and am indeed honoured to be able to second this motion. I became familiar with the Silver Alert system when it was recently debated and passed in Manitoba’s legislature, after two fairly highly reported cases involving seniors with cogni…
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Senator Plett Speaks on the Message Received by the Senate from the House of Commons Regarding Bill C-49

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: Bill to Amend—Message from Commons—Motion for Concurrence in Commons Amendments and Non-Insistence Upon Senate Amendments for Bill C-49 Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Honourable senators, let me add my voice to what has already been said this afternoon by Senator Mercer and yesterday by others. While I have been very outspoken on this matter and have been very active on this file, I have not yet had the opportunity to speak to this legislation in the chamber. With…
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Tribute Statement in Honour of the Late Gordon Keith Brown, M.P.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: The Late Gordon “Gord” Brown, M.P. Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Colleagues, I find that we are doing this far too often. This is the third time in less than four or five months that I have stood here to pay tribute to one of our colleagues and friends. Senator Enverga only a few months ago, Donna Richardson a week ago, and now our good friend Gord Brown. I was a little closer to Gord than I am to many members of the House of Commons, for a few reasons. One of the…
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Senator Plett Speaks on the Motion Regarding Senator Lynn Beyak

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: Speaking on the Motion to Instruct Senate Administration to Remove the Website of the Honourable Lynn Beyak from Any Senate Server and Cease Support of Any Related Website until the Process of the Senate Ethics Officer’s Inquiry is Disposed Of On the Order: Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Pate, seconded by the Honourable Senator Marwah: That the Senate administration be instructed to remove the website of the Honourable Senator Beyak…
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Tribute Statement in Honour of the Late Donna Richardson Duncan

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: The Late Donna Richardson Duncan Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Colleagues, many of us were at a funeral this morning, and I’m standing here today to pay tribute to a very good friend of many of us, Donna Richardson. Donna died on April 11, after a four-year battle with cancer. She was 55  years old, and she died just two days before her and her husband John Duncan’s fifth wedding anniversary. Donna was a very great friend to many of us in this chamber. She was a v…
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Statement on CBC Stanley Cup Coverage

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: CBC Stanley Cup Coverage Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Honourable senators, it’s an exciting time to be a Manitoban. This spring marks 25 years since a Canadian NHL team has hoisted the Stanley Cup. With eight-to-one odds, the bookmakers will tell you the Winnipeg Jets are Canada’s best bet this year to end this quarter-century drought. As columnist Paul Wiecek said in the Winnipeg Free Press: What a story that would be — a small Prairie city with the smallest ma…
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Tribute Statement in Honour of the Late Honourable Bert Brown

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: Tribute Statement in Honour of the Late Honourable Bert Brown Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Honourable senators, I as well would like to pay tribute to my very good friend Bert Brown. Bert and I sat side by side in the Senate for a few years, and I really got to appreciate Bert and Alice. I met Bert and Alice before I was in the Senate when I was President of the Conservative Party of Canada. They were such great supporters, and my wife, Betty, and I had many good…
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Statement Honouring Team Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: Scotties Tournament of Hearts Congratulations to Team Jones Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Honourable senators, I rise today to pay tribute to yet another example of superb athleticism demonstrated in my home province of Manitoba. On that note, I would like to put any rumours to rest that we will entertain a campaign by Justin Trudeau to change the name of our province to “Peopletoba.” Colleagues, last week, at the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the most…
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Senator Plett Speaks on His Point of Order (Speaker’s Failure to Acknowledge a Senator and Preventing the Commencement of Debate)

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: Point of Order Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Thank you, Your Honour. I am rising on a point of order regarding the Speaker’s failure to acknowledge a senator and preventing the commencement of debate on a motion. I believe this was out of order for two reasons. First, I find it unusual and unconventional, to say the least, that the Speaker would recognize a senator who moves a motion that would abruptly halt debate, thereby preventing any discussion or possible a…
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