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March 29th, 2022 - Question Period - Federal Court of Appeal Decision on Official Languages

Federal Court of Appeal Decision on Official Languages Hon. Rose-May Poirier: My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Senator Gold, in January, the Federal Court of Appeal made a historic decision by supporting francophones in British Columbia in restoring the full force of Part VII of the Official Languages Act. However, the government does not support this ruling and is calling for a stay of the decision. In fact, the Liberal government wants to take francophones t…
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March 24th, 2022 - Senators' Statements - Paul Corkum, O.C., O.Ont.

Paul Corkum, O.C., O.Ont. Hon. Rose-May Poirier: Honourable senators, I rise here today to pay tribute to an exceptional New Brunswicker, physicist Paul Corkum. Professor Corkum, a Saint John native, is the 2022 co-winner of the prestigious Wolf Prize in Physics, joining the ranks of such laureates as the late Stephen Hawking. The University of Ottawa professor shared the prize with two fellow physicists from Europe. Upon receiving the phone call, Professor Corkum did not recognize the number.…
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March 22nd, 2022 - Question Period - Affordable Housing

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Affordable Housing Hon. Rose-May Poirier: My question is for the government leader in the Senate. Information released last week from the Canadian Real Estate Association showed housing inflation rose by 3.5% in one month and by almost 30% year over year, which is a new record. Housing inflation in my province is worse than the national average. According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, home prices in New Brunswick increased by almost 6% be…
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March 4th, 2022 - Question Period - Canada's Inflation Rate

Canada’s Inflation Rate Hon. Rose-May Poirier: Honourable senators, my question is for the Government Leader in the Senate. On Monday an Angus Reid survey revealed that over half of Canadians feel they cannot keep up with the cost of living. According to Statistics Canada, in January inflation grew by 5.1 year over year — the highest level since 1991. This year it has become harder for Canadian families to feed themselves. The cost of fresh fruit has gone up 8.2%, margarine is up 0.5% over…
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March 3rd, 2022 - Question Period - Parks Canada Real Estate Assets

Parks Canada Real Estate Assets Hon. Rose-May Poirier: Honourable senators, my question concerns the conditions of Parks Canada real estate assets including buildings, forts and bridges. An answer received this morning to a written question on the Order Paper states: Based on 2021 asset data, 26 per cent of Parks Canada’s assets are in good condition; 43 per cent are in fair condition, and 31 per cent are in poor or very poor condition. As of September 2018, a report found that the cost t…
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March 3rd, 2022 - Bill S-227, An Act to establish Food Day in Canada - Resuming Debate on Second Reading

Food Day in Canada Bill Second Reading On the Order: Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Black, seconded by the Honourable Senator Griffin, for the second reading of Bill S-227, An Act to establish Food Day in Canada. Hon. Rose-May Poirier: I will continue from where I left off. With Bill S-227, An Act to establish Food Day in Canada, as proposed by Senator Black, we are celebrating our local food, but it is also an occasion to strengthen our bonds with our neighbour…
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March 1st, 2022 - Bill S-227, An Act to establish Food Day in Canada - Second Reading

Food Day in Canada Bill Second Reading—Debate On the Order: Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Black, seconded by the Honourable Senator Griffin, for the second reading of Bill S-227, An Act to establish Food Day in Canada. Hon. Rose-May Poirier: Honourable senators, I rise today to speak at second reading on Bill S-227, an Act to establish Food Day in Canada. I thank Senator Black for bringing this initiative forward and for his continued promotion and leadership on…
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February 24th, 2022 - Senators' Statements - Basile Chiasson, Q.C.

Basile Chiasson, Q.C. Hon. Rose-May Poirier: Honourable senators, I rise today to congratulate Basile Chiasson, winner of the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Law, a national prize awarded by the Canadian Bar Association to honour an outstanding contribution in law reform, legal scholarship or legal research. Mr. Chiasson is the first Acadian lawyer and the first New Brunswicker to receive this distinction, and the second from the Atlantic provinces. Originally from Shippagan, Mr. Chiasson was c…
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February 8th, 2022 - Question Period - Modernization of the Official Languages Act

Modernization of the Official Languages Act Hon. Rose-May Poirier: My question is for Senator Gold, the Government Representative in the Senate. Last week, the federal government once again failed to uphold its commitment to minority language communities. It broke its promise to introduce a bill to modernize the Official Languages Act within the first 100 days of cabinet being sworn in. It is getting harder and harder to take the Trudeau government seriously on language rights issues. When…
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