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Senator Plett's Statement on the Trinity Western University Supreme Court Ruling

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: Trinity Western University Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Colleagues, this past Friday the Supreme Court of Canada rendered a decision representing the biggest slap in the face to religious freedom in our country’s judicial history. The Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, sided with Ontario and B.C.’s law societies who have decided not to accredit future graduates of Trinity Western University’s proposed new law school because the students are required to sign a commu…
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Senator Plett Speaks at Second Reading to the Voluntary Blood Donations Bill (S-252)

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: Voluntary Blood Donations Bill Bill to Amend—Second Reading—Debate Continued On the Order: Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Wallin, seconded by the Honourable Senator Boniface, for the second reading of Bill S-252, Voluntary Blood Donations Act (An Act to amend the Blood Regulations). Hon. Donald Neil Plett: I will speak very briefly to this. Colleagues, I rise to speak in strong support of the voluntary blood donations act, kno…
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Senator Plett Motions for a Sub-Amendment to Senator Tannas' Amendment to Bill S-203

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: On Debate- Senator Tannas' Amendment (Bill S-203) Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to Senator Tannas’s amendment. I also want to welcome Senator Moore to the chamber. I find it strange and rather unfortunate that we find ourselves in this situation in which we have been told today that we would be denied adjournment on this bill. The now sponsor of this legislation did not move third reading until over a month after the comm…
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Senator Plett Proposes an Amendment to Bill C-45

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: Cannabis Bill (Bill to Amend—Third Reading—Debate Continued) Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Honourable senators, I also rise today to speak to third reading of Bill C-45. The responsibility lies upon all of us in this chamber to ensure that when cannabis is legalized, it is backed by a legislative framework that will keep our citizens, most importantly our children, safe. This is a goal that the Liberal government has repeatedly stated is paramount, yet they have f…
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Senator Plett Speaks at Second Reading of Bill S-244 (National Kindness Week)

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: Kindness Week Bill; Second Reading Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to Bill S-244, An Act respecting Kindness Week. That was the reaction I got from my own caucus. Some of my caucus and staff thought it would be hilarious if I were to be the critic on the kindness bill. I cannot understand what they were thinking. Today, colleagues, I was having lunch with my beautiful granddaughter, and I said I was speaking to kindness we…
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Senator Plett Speaks to Senator Wallin's Motion to Enact a Federal Framework for a Silver Alert

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: Senator Plett Speaks on a Motion to Encourage the Government to Institute a National Silver Alert Strategy and Network Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Honourable senators, I rise today to speak in support of Senator Wallin’s motion and am indeed honoured to be able to second this motion. I became familiar with the Silver Alert system when it was recently debated and passed in Manitoba’s legislature, after two fairly highly reported cases involving seniors with cogni…
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Senator Plett Speaks on the Message Received by the Senate from the House of Commons Regarding Bill C-49

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: Bill to Amend—Message from Commons—Motion for Concurrence in Commons Amendments and Non-Insistence Upon Senate Amendments for Bill C-49 Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Honourable senators, let me add my voice to what has already been said this afternoon by Senator Mercer and yesterday by others. While I have been very outspoken on this matter and have been very active on this file, I have not yet had the opportunity to speak to this legislation in the chamber. With…
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Tribute Statement in Honour of the Late Gordon Keith Brown, M.P.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: The Late Gordon “Gord” Brown, M.P. Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Colleagues, I find that we are doing this far too often. This is the third time in less than four or five months that I have stood here to pay tribute to one of our colleagues and friends. Senator Enverga only a few months ago, Donna Richardson a week ago, and now our good friend Gord Brown. I was a little closer to Gord than I am to many members of the House of Commons, for a few reasons. One of the…
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Senator Plett Speaks on the Motion Regarding Senator Lynn Beyak

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: Speaking on the Motion to Instruct Senate Administration to Remove the Website of the Honourable Lynn Beyak from Any Senate Server and Cease Support of Any Related Website until the Process of the Senate Ethics Officer’s Inquiry is Disposed Of On the Order: Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Pate, seconded by the Honourable Senator Marwah: That the Senate administration be instructed to remove the website of the Honourable Senator Beyak…
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Tribute Statement in Honour of the Late Donna Richardson Duncan

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: The Late Donna Richardson Duncan Hon. Donald Neil Plett: Colleagues, many of us were at a funeral this morning, and I’m standing here today to pay tribute to a very good friend of many of us, Donna Richardson. Donna died on April 11, after a four-year battle with cancer. She was 55  years old, and she died just two days before her and her husband John Duncan’s fifth wedding anniversary. Donna was a very great friend to many of us in this chamber. She was a v…
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