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Senator Plett Questions Minister Jim Carr on Rail Crisis in Churchill

CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO: Rail Service for Churchill, Manitoba Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Welcome, minister. As you know, there is a crisis in the town of Churchill in our province, yours and mine, the province of Manitoba, with regard to the lack of rail service from Gillam to Churchill. To suggest there is inaction on behalf of your government would be a gross understatement, as your government has prevented the repair of the rail line from moving forward. Your suggestion, that there has been some…
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Senator Plett asks about Liberal Government Battling First Nations Girl's Dental Claim

CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO: Hon. Donald Neil Plett: My question, again, is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Senator Harder, last week when I asked you a question about the conduct of Liberal members of Parliament at a committee meeting, you stated: I’m the representative of the Government of Canada in this institution, and I’m happy to respond to questions with respect to the Government of Canada. So, with that in mind, I’m very eager to hear you answer today, on behalf of the Gover…
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Senator Plett asks about Liberal Walk-Out After Pro-Life MP is Elected Chair

CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO: Hon. Donald Neil Plett: My question is also for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Senator Harder, the Liberal government, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has spoken at length about strength in our diversity. However, in a committee meeting earlier this week, Liberal MPs acted in true Liberal fashion when they proved once again that they are pro-diversity except when it comes to diversity of thought, opinion or belief. They disrespected MP Rachael Harder…
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Senator Plett asks about Vanishing Justice Canada Webpage on Bill C-16

CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO: Hon. Donald Neil Plett: My question is for the Government Representative in the Senate. On the Justice Canada website, there was a Q&A section on the Bill C-16 page where it answered how the policies and guidelines would be determined after this legislation came into force. The website cited Ontario's guidelines as a sound example of how gender identity could be interpreted. The statement of intent was quite clear, leader. Ontario's policies, as we know, and as was po…
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Senator Plett asks about Liberal Party's Disparaging Remarks on Newly Elected CPC Leader

Election of Andrew Scheer as Leader of Conservative Party of Canada—Comments of Members Hon. Donald Neil Plett: My question as well is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Before I ask my question, I would also like to add my voice to congratulating the new Leader of the Official Opposition in the House of Commons and the next Prime Minister of Canada, Andrew Scheer. As a candidate, I was proud to support our next Prime Minister. Leader, upon Andrew Scheer's win, the Liberals congr…
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Senator Plett asks about Extension on Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act

Transportation Provisions of Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act Hon. Donald Neil Plett: My question today is for the government leader in the Senate, and it is once again on the issue of rail transportation for grain. On Tuesday, the Minister of Transportation was asked by the media if the government will extend the provisions of the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act, which will expire on August 1. The minister's answer was, "No comment." Honourable senators, this answer, or non-answer, does…
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Senator Plett asks Chair of National Defense Committee about Military Spending

Military Spending Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Clearly, I also don't want to start a family feud here, but I will also be asking my question of the chair of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence. My question, Senator Lang, is: Senator Smith talked about the eleventh report and tabled your tenth report as well, and the report is very well done, especially your review of the spending on the military going back to the 1960 and the charts identifying how defence spending ranks…
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Senator Plett asks about Senator Harder's False Comments about Progress of Legislation

Progress of Legislation Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Honourable senators, my question is a follow-up from yesterday. His Honour rightly didn't allow supplementary questions yesterday, so I want to follow up on that, and indeed my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Leader, I read your report entitled Sober Second Thinking with interest. It is not often that I get to sit back and enjoy some good fiction. The report consists of false allegations about the Conservative Party o…
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Senator Plett asks about Tax Deferral for Grain Producers

Tax Deferral for Producers of Certain Grains Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Honourable senators, my question as well is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Leader, the federal budget announced a public consultation of the utility of the income tax deferral for producers of certain listed grains with respect to grain transactions and deliveries. The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association said in response that eliminating this income tax deferral would ". . . fundamentally change the wa…
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Senator Plett asks About Delayed Answers to Questions in Question Period

Answers to Questions Hon. Donald Neil Plett: My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate, and I hope he will be as thorough with his answer as members on our side are with their answers. Leader, on December 7 and then again on February 16 I asked questions specifically related to the rail transportation of grain. I asked very clearly and specifically whether the government would be extending, or would consider extending, the inter-switching requirements put in place by the Co…
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