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Tribute Statement to Senator Kelvin Ogilvie (Retirement)

Hon. Donald Neil Plett: I think at this point the rest of us could probably say “me too” and sit down, but I do want to associate myself as well with my colleagues as we pay tribute to our good friend and colleague, Senator Kelvin Ogilvie. And as has already been said, to list each of his awards, accolades and significant achievements would put me well beyond my allotted speaking time today. However, as has already been said, there are a couple I also want to draw to your attention. Senator Ogi…
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Speech Raising Question of Privilege (Re: Senator Lankin's Letter to Andrew Scheer)

Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Your Honour and honourable colleagues, as was said earlier today, I gave notice that I would be raising a question of privilege with respect to a letter that we all received which publicly calls for House of Commons interference with the Senate as an independent chamber. As I stated in my oral notice, among the parliamentary privileges guaranteed to all parliamentarians is freedom from obstruction and interference in the performance of their parliamentary functions. Las…
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Speech on Senator Beyak's Amendment to Bill C-210 (Amendment to the National Anthem Act)

Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Before I say a few words about this amendment, let me welcome our new colleague to this chamber. I have had the opportunity to read at least one of the senator’s books and am only a few pages away from finishing the second one. Indeed, if those two books are any indication, certainly Facing the Hunter is a marvellous book, and I have enjoyed reading it and look forward to reading more of what you have written. Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to Senator Beyak’s…
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Speech on Senator Enverga's Amendment to Bill C-210 (Amending the National Anthem Act)

National Anthem Act Bill to Amend—Third Reading—Motion in Amendment—Vote Deferred On the Order: Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Petitclerc, for the third reading of Bill C-210, An Act to amend the National Anthem Act (gender). And on the motion in amendment of the Honourable Senator Enverga, seconded by the Honourable Senator Ngo: That Bill C-210 be not now read a third time, but that it be amended in the schedul…
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Speech at 3rd Reading of Bill C-16 (Gender Identity)

CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO: Canadian Human Rights ActCriminal Code Bill to Amend—Third Reading—Debate Continued On the Order: Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Mitchell, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gagné, for the third reading of Bill C-16, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code. Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Honourable senators, I rise today to speak at third reading to Bill C-16. Since I last rose to speak on this topic, we have had a…
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Speech at 3rd Reading of Bill C-210 (Amendment to the National Anthem Act)

CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO: National Anthem Act Bill to Amend—Third Reading—Debate Continued On the Order: Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Petitclerc, for the third reading of Bill C-210, An Act to amend the National Anthem Act (gender). Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Honourable senators, I rise today to speak in opposition to Bill C-210, An Act to amend the National Anthem Act (gender). As our nation prepares to celebrate…
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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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