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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 5th 2019 - Divisions 15, 16, 18, 19 and 20 of Part 4, and in Subdivisions C, K and L of Division 9 of Part 4 of Bill C-97 - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: I want to continue along the same line that my colleague has just started to help us understand, and I probably will have to go on second round because I have more than my five minutes. To my understanding, on top of insuring the mortgage, CMHC will also have an equity in the mortgage. Is it typical to have the insurer of the mortgage also have an equity in it? Mr. Sample: Thank you for your question. Just to clarify, there are three mortgage insurers in Canada currently. The…
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June 3rd 2019 - Divisions 15, 16, 18, 19 and 20 of Part 4, and in Subdivisions C, K and L of Division 9 of Part 4 of Bill C-97 - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: I have a couple of questions. How much funding will your national advisory council on poverty require to establish on a yearly basis going forward? Has that been determined? Ms. Sheehy: No additional money that has been identified for the national advisory committee, but funding to support the committee will be provided through Employment and Social Development Canada. Senator Poirier: There is no yearly target. Ms. Sheehy: There is no additional money in the budget for that.…
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May 30th 2019 - Divisions 15, 16, 18, 19 and 20 of Part 4, and in Subdivisions C, K and L of Division 9 of Part 4 of Bill C-97 - Minister Ahmed Hussen and Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Can you give me an idea on the timeline for how long it is going to take for Division 15 to be fully implemented? Mr. Hussen: I’ll let my officials take that. Senator Poirier: I can come back and save my time for the minister. Section 3 of Division 15 of the bill provides that the Governor-in-Council may designate any federal minister to be the minister responsible for the CICCA. Why has your government decided not to designate a federal minister to be responsible? Mr. Husse…
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