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Senator Plett Questions Minister Joly on additional CBC/Radio-Canada Funding

Ministry of Canadian Heritage CBC/Radio-Canada Funding Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Minister, thank you for being here today. As you know well, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation receives a little over $1 billion a year of taxpayers' money. Yesterday, we learned that CBC/Radio-Canada has asked your government for over $400 million in additional funding, an increase of over 40 per cent, to become an advertising-free model similar to that of British Broadcasting Corporation. Minister, what is you…
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Senator Plett Asks About Government Stalling of Prompt Payment Legislation

Committee Review of Canada Prompt Payment Bill Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Honourable senators, if I could, let me take a quick moment. I wasn't in the chamber yesterday or the day before, and I would like to offer my congratulations and welcome to all of the new senators that have been appointed to this chamber, specifically my colleagues from Manitoba. I look forward to working with you. I notice by the seating chart that one of them is on our side of the chamber, so I certainly appreciate that. …
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Senator Plett Asks a Question About Non-Aligned Senate Committee Members

Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Honourable senators, my question is for the honourable leader in the Senate. Supplementary to Senator Eaton's question that you said wasn't your responsibility to answer, I find it strange that it would not be your responsibility to answer her question. Let me rephrase it this way: Yesterday I asked you, leader, about being on "Power & Politics" and sharing with Terry Milewski your frustrations about questions similar to what Senator Eaton asked. Yesterday you were o…
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Senator Plett Asks a Question About Non-Aligned Senate Committee Members

Committee Membership Hon. Donald Neil Plett: My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Leader, last week you appeared on "Power & Politics" with Terry Milewski, discussing the perceived unfairness of the non-aligned senators not being given additional slots on Senate committees. Leader, as you well know, we have made unprecedented changes and guaranteed senators who are non-aligned — they are beholden to no caucus or whip — a minimum of two seats on each and every comm…
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Senator Plett Questions Minister Judy Foote about Government Support for Prompt Payment Legislation

Construction Industry—Prompt Payment Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Thank you, minister, for being here. Minister, the single largest reason trade contractors are going out of business in Canada is because of delayed payments for completed work. There are substantial delays in remitting payments down the subcontract chain, even when there is no dispute that the work has been completed according to the contract. As you know, minister, a trade contractor has to bear a substantial amount of cost up fro…
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Senator Plett asks about the refusal of the Transport Minister to meet with the Canadian Federation of Agriculture to discuss Transportation of Grain

Transportation of Grain Hon. Donald Neil Plett: My question is also for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Leader, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture has indicated to the government and specifically to the Minister of Transport repeatedly that another bumper crop is on its way — and we are happy about that. Farmers are rightly concerned, however, about the repeat of a rail bottleneck that occurred in 2013-14 that cost the economy billions of dollars. The federation has been askin…
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Senator Plett Asks Why the Provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba Were Not Invited to Take Part in the Formal Consultation Process to Review the Canadian Transportation Act

Transport Western Canadian Grain Transportation Hon. Donald Neil Plett: My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Leader, although the Liberal government decided to extend the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act for another year — and of course we are thankful, and I appreciate your involvement in it — there is still a great deal of uncertainty regarding western grain transportation. Leader, of the eight round-table meetings held this summer on the review of the Canadian…
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Senator Plett asks About the Government's Commitment to Fund Phase 3 of the Aerospace Manufacturing Program at Red River College

Transport Manitoba—Aerospace Industry Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Leader, as you know, we have for the last week been quite actively discussing Bill C-10 at committee and here in this chamber, and we are probably going to be getting to third reading today. Of course you know, leader, that one of my main concerns on this file has been a commitment that a minister in Winnipeg, Minister of Employment MaryAnn Mihy…
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Senator Plett Questions Minister Lawrence MacAulay on Changes to Hog Industry Regulations

Hog Industry Regulations Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Thank you. Minister, welcome. If you do all of a sudden want to come and sit on this side of the chamber, we might be able to open up a seat for you. Minister, thank you for being here. I have a question related to the hog industry. In my province of Manitoba, of course, we ship many hogs across the line into the United States, and many of these trucks actually come from Saskatchewan and as far away as Alberta. They come through Manitoba and cro…
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Senator Plett Asks About Government Promise to Manitoba of Funding for Aerospace Industry Training

Transport Manitoba—Aerospace Industry Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. As you know, leader, I spoke yesterday on Bill C-10 and raised issues in regard to commitments that the federal government had made to the Province of Manitoba during the last provincial election. They, in fact, promised that the Province of Manitoba would have $20 million of aerospace industry training offered to them. That election, of course,…
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