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Senator Plett Questions the Government's Assertion that Canadian Farmers Favour the Carbon Tax

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: Carbon Tax Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Honourable senators, my question as well is for the government leader. Leader, last week the Minister of Agriculture was here for Question Period. In response to a question from Senator Stewart Olsen, the minister stated: . . . you would find that most farmers support the moves we have made to make sure that we put a tax on carbon. Leader, the Chair of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, Jim Wickett, said the…
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Senator Plett Questions the Senate Government Leader on the Trans Mountain Pipeline

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: Senator Plett's Question on the Trans Mountain Pipeline Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Honourable senators, my question as well is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Leader, Canadians are growing tired of the lack of leadership demonstrated by the Trudeau government on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. This government’s answer to everything is to throw money at the problem, which is why we have found ourselves with an $18 billion deficit. Kinder…
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Senator Plett Questions Minster of Employment, Workforce Development, and Labour Hadju Regarding the Summer Jobs Attestation

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: Summer Jobs Attestation Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Minister, just over a week ago, Prime Minister Trudeau spoke at NYU, offering some very interesting protestations. Let me quote: “ . . . let yourself be vulnerable to another point of view,” suggesting that we must not, and again I quote, “. . . cocoon ourselves in an ideological, social or intellectual bubble . . .” or “. . . engage with people with whom we already agree,” but instead “fight our tribal mind-set…
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Senator Plett Asks About the Rights and Responsibilities of Senators

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: Rights and Responsibilities of Senators Hon. Donald Neil Plett: My question is for the government leader. Leader, you recently made some remarks regarding a trip to Washington made by three senators from the Conservative caucus, and you stated that they were undermining the Government of Canada. The senators who visited Washington very clearly identified themselves as members of the official opposition and that they travelled to Washington to get answers for…
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Senator Plett Asks About Recent Statements made About the Role of Opposition Senators

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: Rights and Responsibilities of Senators Hon. Donald Neil Plett: My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Senator Harder, you have indeed been busy the last couple of weeks in the media. Many of us found your comments rather interesting, especially when you talked about what the Conservatives are trying to do and what our motives are. You stated: . . . some Conservative senators would have the institution be a rubber stamp when their par…
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Senator Plett Questions the Chair of the Agriculture Committee about the Independence of ISG Senators

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: Agriculture and Forestry Business of Committee Hon. Donald Neil Plett: My question today is for the Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry. Madam Chair, last week your committee travelled to Calgary, Alberta, as part of its study on the potential impact approximate of the effects of climate change on the agriculture, agri-food and forestry sectors. Given the attention that this government has paid to the issue of climate chan…
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Senator Plett Questions Minister Jim Carr on Rail Crisis in Churchill

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: Crisis in Churchill, Manitoba Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Thank you, minister. I want to follow up on what Senator Bovey already started with. Minister, I just read that Minister Jane Philpott, Indigenous Services Canada, the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario and the Energy Minister of Ontario announced a $1.6 billion federal funding project to connect 16 First Nations in the province of Ontario to the provincial power grid. I’m sure that’s a very wo…
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Senator Plett Asks About the Canada Summer Jobs Program Application

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: Families, Children and Social Development Canada Summer Jobs Program Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Leader, I would like to follow up on the exchange you had last week with Senator Doyle. In your response to the senator, you made repeated reference to abortion rights or reproductive rights. Leader, no such right exists in Canada. Rights are enshrined, protected and, in fact, explicit. The Prime Minister’s opinion on something does not constitute a right. Sure…
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Senator Plett Questions Minister LeBlanc about Bill C-68 (An Act to amend the Fisheries Act)

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: Protection of Cetaceans Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Minister, let me echo my leader’s comments. Congratulations to you on your recovery, and thank you for being here with us today. Minister, your proposed legislation, Bill C-68, bans the wild capture of cetaceans, save for some circumstances surrounding injury and rehabilitation. You have suggested in media interviews that Canadians massively support that principle. Now, I have once or twice disagreed with Libe…
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Senator Plett Asks About a Motion Proposing Committee of the Whole on Bill C-45 (Cannabis Act)

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO AUDIO: The Senate Proposal of Committee of the Whole on Bill C-45 Hon. Donald Neil Plett: My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Senator Harder, last week, you adjourned a motion moved by Senator Patterson in which he proposed that the Senate hear from the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, in the form of a Committee of the Whole. You suggested that your opposition to this motion was…
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