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Official Languages Committee - Questions by Senator Poirier

June 20th, 2022 - The subject matter of Bill C-13, An Act for the Substantive Equality of Canada’s Official Languages - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you for being with us again, Mr. Théberge. It’s always a pleasure to see you. My first question is about Part 2 of Bill C-13, An Act to amend the Official Languages Act, to enact the Use of French in Federally Regulated Private Businesses Act and to make related amendments to other Acts. The witnesses last week had concerns about the application of the regulations, because there is a lot of uncertainty in that respect. They said that they didn’t know what to expect. The…
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June 16th, 2022 - The subject matter of Bill C-13, An Act for the Substantive Equality of Canada’s Official Languages - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you to the witnesses for being with us this evening. My first question pertains to something you say in your brief to the committee. You mentioned it in your presentation as well. The brief says, and I quote: “The bill provides an open-ended and confusing employee complaints process.” You think the complaints process should be more tightly defined. What would you consider an appropriate employee complaints process that doesn’t cause confusion? Do you have an amendment to…
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June 13th, 2022 - The subject matter of Bill C-13, An Act for the Substantive Equality of Canada’s Official Languages - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thanks to the witnesses for being with us today. My first question concerns the refusal by the three departments to provide essential information relating to Bill C-13. As a result of their refusal, we will be less effective in examining Bill C-13, particularly since an additional $16 million was allotted in the 2021 budget. Is this the first time in your experience as Parliamentary Budget Officer that departments have refused to provide information? Mr. Giroux: Thank you for…
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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 15th, 2022 - Bill S-208, An Act respecting the Declaration on the Essential Role of Artists and Creative Expression in Canada - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: I didn’t think I had a question to start off with, but I just received a brief letter. I want to quote some parts of it. First, thank you to the witnesses for being here. It’s greatly appreciated. I received a brief letter, and because of the time constraint I can’t read all of it, but I’m going to quote certain parts of it and ask Simon Brault for an opinion on it. The letter comes from the Fédération culturelle canadienne-française, or FCCF. From the outset, it is essential…
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June 1st, 2022 - The subject matter of elements contained in Divisions 23, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 32 of Part 5 of Bill C-19, Budget Implementation Act, 2022, No. 1 - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you to all the witnesses for being with us today. My question is also for Ms. Nandy. It’s along the same lines as that of my colleague Senator Kutcher, but with more detail. My question is with the budget document. On page 146, it says that Budget 2022 proposes to extend these rules for up to five additional weeks for eligible seasonal workers . . . until October 2023 as the government considers a long-term solution. . . The cost of this measure is estimated at $110.4 mi…
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May 11th, 2022 - The subject matter of those elements contained in Part 8 of Bill S-6, An Act respecting regulatory modernization - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you to both witnesses for being here with us. My question is for Ms. Fredericks, and it is similar or a follow-up to the questions that Senator Bovey asked at the very beginning. In Bill S-6, there are two clauses to facilitate the information sharing in the context of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and if I remember correctly in your answer you mentioned that the processing time would be faster because of these amendments and the different status such as p…
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