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Speech at 3rd Reading of Bill S-224 (Canada Prompt Payment Act)

Canada Prompt Payment Bill Third Reading Hon. Donald Neil Plett moved third reading of Bill S-224, An Act respecting payments made under construction contracts, as amended. He said: Honourable senators, I will be brief. It is late. We all want to go home. I need to build a shed at home, something that I had to pay for when I bought it. They didn't give me any credit. Bill S-224, the Canada Prompt Payment Act, was first tabled in this place on April 13, 2016, over one year ago. Sadly, in…
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Statement Honouring Senator Victor Oh after Visit to Ancestral Home

The Honourable Victor Oh Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Honourable senators, 130 years ago, Mr. Xu Wah Oh gathered up his meagre belongings, took his wife and three sons, and left his home in Anxi County in the Chinese province of Fujian. They walked down the mountain they lived on, a trek that took more than one full day. They then continued walking another four and a half days to the city of Xiamen where they boarded a sailboat destined for Singapore, a voyage that would take the better part of two…
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Speech on Senator Tannas' Amendment to Bill C-4 (Secret Ballots for Labour Unions)

Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Honourable senators, I rise today to speak briefly to Senator Tannas's amendment to Bill C-4. This amendment addresses the issue that Bill C-4 moves federal legislation away from what has increasingly become the norm in modern Canadian labour relations laws by returning to the old card check system, a process that allows unions to be certified without holding a secret ballot vote if a sufficient number of workers sign up as union members. Foregoing a secret ballot vote p…
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Speech at 2nd Reading of Bill C-16 (Gender Identity)

Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Honourable colleagues, I rise today to speak to Bill C-16, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code, gender identity and expression. I want to start by saying that I believe the intentions of the legislation are good. I believe that efforts to reduce discrimination upon any community should be applauded. However, this bill will not have that positive impact on the community that proponents are claiming it will, and further, there are serious con…
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Speaker's Ruling on Senator Plett's Point of Order (Unparliamentary Language)

ORDERS OF THE DAY Speaker's Ruling The Hon. the Speaker: Honourable senators, I am ready to rule on the point of order raised by Senator Plett yesterday. On February 14, when Senator McPhedran gave her first speech in the Senate, she included the following statement: Last week, when Senator Plett was here, I heard him speak of his opposition to Bill C-16, and I have read some senators' concerns that Bill C-16 and new grammar on trans rights will infringe on their rights. I am not able…
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Senator Plett's Speech on his Point of Order (Unparliamentary Language)

Point of Order Speaker's Ruling Reserved Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Honourable senators, I am rising today on a point of order. Yesterday in this chamber, a senator in her maiden speech, her first speech in the Senate, accused me of bigotry, a charge that is so incredibly insulting, offensive and, of course, inaccurate that I struggle with even dignifying the comments with a response. This was done yesterday, of course, Your Honour, and I wasn't in the chamber yesterday, so this would be my…
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Speech at 3rd Reading of Bill S-215 (Sentencing for Violent Offences Against Aboriginal Women)

Bill to Amend—Third Reading—Debate Suspended On the Order: Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Dyck, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cordy, for the third reading of Bill S-215, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sentencing for violent offences against Aboriginal women). Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Honourable senators, before I begin my remarks on Bill S-215, I want to make a couple of personal comments. First, I have not yet had the opportunity to welcome all the new s…
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Statement on Bill C-16 (Gender Identity and Gender Expression) Passing 3rd Reading (without a recorded vote)

SENATORS' STATEMENTS Policy Discussions and Legislative Process Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Colleagues, last week Bill C-16, gender identity and gender expression, passed third reading in the other place without a recorded vote. This came on the heels of the Justice Committee refusing to hear from witnesses on this legislation. That's right, colleagues, no public hearings. We should be so confident in the legislation that we bring forward, and certainly in the legislation we pass, that we are wil…
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Speech at 2nd Reading of Bill S-229 - Respecting Underground Infrastructure Safety Act (Call Before You Dig)

Underground Infrastructure Safety Enhancement Bill Second Reading—Debate Continued Senator Plett: I rise to speak to Bill S-229, an Act respecting underground infrastructure safety, also known as "call before you dig." Colleagues, we may find that if we dig down too far we will hit ice, as it appears that hell is most certainly freezing over: Senator Mitchell and I are agreeing once again on a bill before this chamber. I am the critic of Bill S-229. However, I am supportive of the initia…
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Statement on Senator Plett and Senator Harder's official visit to Ukraine

SENATORS' STATEMENTS Official Visit to Ukraine Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Thank you, Senator Harder, for those opening comments. Honourable senators, I certainly want to echo as well the pleasure I had travelling with Senator Harder as we travelled to areas where both his ancestors and mine came from. I want to thank the Mennonite Centre for their invitation to both of us to go there and celebrate their fifteenth anniversary. The centre is very active in helping Ukrainians make sure they have th…
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