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Official Languages Committee - Questions by Senator Poirier

March 18th 2019 - Study on Canadians’ views about modernizing the Official Languages Act - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you for your presentations. I have a few questions for you. Do you believe an administrative tribunal is the answer to prevent organizations or Canadians from having to go to court, which costs time and money? I’d like to hear your opinion on that. Ms. Giguère: To answer your question, it all depends on how the administrative tribunal is structured, and by that I mean that administrative tribunals are created pursuant to an act. So depending on the provisions of that act,…
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February 18th 2019 - Study on Canadians’ views about modernizing the Official Languages Act - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you all for being here. My question is for Mr. Déry, the Translation Bureau representative. Two years ago, the committee met with Minister Judy Foote. She shared her plans to restore the Translation Bureau to its former glory by making its services mandatory. You spoke a bit about the directive that you received. However, we’ve heard that not much has happened since that time. Unfortunately, some people have told us that the translation of some federal websites isn’t as g…
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December 10th 2018 - Study on Canadians’ views about modernizing the Official Languages Act - Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Senator Poirier: One of the major issues in modernizing the Official Languages Act is its implementation. A number of witnesses have told us, as you did, that the direction and the leadership must be clear. However, this summer, the government decided to make the choices a little less clear by removing the official languages portfolio from the Minister of Canadian Heritage. In your opinion, how can we amend the act in order to avoid a similar situation and to provide clearly defined direction a…
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Fisheries and Oceans Committee - Questions by Senator Poirier

May 9th 2019 - Bill C-68, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act and other Acts in consequence - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you all for being here. A lot of my questions have been addressed to a certain point. I’m just going to add on a little bit extra to each one. First, I’m going to go back to the discussion we just had a few minutes ago on one of the questions my colleague Senator Wells had talked about: The problem where it looks like some people own the licence, but in reality, they don’t own the licence; somebody else owns it. Can you please clarify, as far as you’re concerned, will Bil…
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May 7th 2019 - Bill C-68, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act and other Acts in consequence - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Again, thank you all for being here. My first question is for Manitoba Hydro. Mr. Swanson, in your presentation, you say the water flow provision could result in increased costs over time — in the order of $3 billion — to Manitoba Hydro customers due to the loss generation and new infrastructure requirement. What is the new infrastructure requirement that you are talking about? Could you elaborate a bit? Mr. Swanson: I will first qualify and say I’m not a resource planner fro…
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May 2nd 2019 - Bill C-68, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act and other Acts in consequence - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you all for being here. We have also heard from other groups some of the concerns we’re hearing from you. I have a couple of questions. If I go overboard, the chair will probably stop me, I’m assuming. The Chair: Advise you. Senator Poirier: Advise me. My first question is for Ms. Jackson. In your brief you mention that the expansion of the definition of fish habitat was done without any consultations or engagement from stakeholders. Were you given a reason why you wer…
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Social Affairs, Science and Technology Committee - Questions by Senator Poirier

June 10th 2020 - Study on the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Senator Poirier: Thank you to all three witnesses and for all the information you have shared. We greatly appreciate you taking the time to be with us today. My question is for the Canadian Association for Long Term Care, Ms. Hall. In a news release on June 4, you said Canada was not prepared for this pandemic. It’s been difficult to watch how our long-term care was hit. In your opinion, was the advice and the guidelines given by the government and the Public Health Agency of Canada inadequate t…
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June 3rd 2020 - Study on the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Senator Poirier: My question is for the CPA. A term we have often heard is “echo pandemic” to describe the potential surge of people struggling with mental health issues. In your opinion, is this a real possibility? If so, has the federal government put in place the services and funding needed to answer a potential echo pandemic at this time? Dr. Zahirney: Thank you for the question. We have some preliminary data that has come out of previous disasters but the evidence base for actual epidemics…
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May 27th, 2020 - Study on the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Senator Poirier: Good morning, witnesses. Thank you for being here and for your presentations. My first question is for Mr. Jeff Wilkins. The Joliette Institution for Women is probably the federal correctional facility most heavily hit by COVID-19. I have a three-part question. Can you tell us how many agents or other staff members of the Joliette Institution have been infected? Do you know why so many agents have been infected? Is it because of the layout of the facility? What lessons should w…
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