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December 5th 2018 - Bill S-252, Voluntary Blood Donations Act (An Act to amend the Blood Regulations) - BloodWatch.org & Senator Pamela Wallin, sponsor of the bill

Senator Poirier: Thank you, senator, for being here. I have heard concerns, because it has been in New Brunswick for awhile. I’m sure that a lot of the concerns I’m hearing are probably a lot of the same concerns that you have had or have heard that is bringing forth this bill. One of the concerns I have heard in New Brunswick — again, even lately, since you introduced the bill, I have had people from home approach me and talk to me about it — is what is the impact this will have on our voluntar…
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November 8th 2018 - Bill C-243, An Act respecting the development of a national maternity assistance program strategy - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: I have some questions. You said that about 94 per cent of preventive withdrawals begin before the 23rd week of pregnancy. I assume that, once the baby is born, the mothers are entitled to maternity benefits under the employment insurance program. If the employee is gone for a year to a year and a half, is their job guaranteed when they come back? Mr. Lafrance: Yes, their job is guaranteed. The employer can’t dismiss a worker because she is pregnant or because she opts to take a…
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November 7th 2018 - Bill C-243, An Act respecting the development of a national maternity assistance program strategy - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you both for being here. Melodie, thank you for sharing with us some of the challenges you have faced. I also want to congratulate you on the strength you have had through that battle. That is why you are here today. I want to congratulate you. My first question is for the member. In section 4 of your bill, you touched on the report to Parliament within three years after the day on which the act comes into force. Initially, you had put in the bill for the minister to repo…
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November 1st 2018 - Bill S-244, An Act respecting Kindness Week - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you, Senator Munson, for bringing this bill forward. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing all that you have shared. It’s inspiring. I think bringing awareness to the importance of this in our daily lives is something that we all have a responsibility of working on, and I think doing this would be great. I’m not the best person on social media, but I have to say this just shows how something can go so big. We had a young lady from the Moncton, New Br…
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October 31st 2018 - Bill S-248, An Act respecting National Physicians' Day - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you, Dakota, for being here and sharing some of your experiences and knowledge with us. It’s greatly appreciated. I know you touched on it a bit, but I’d like you to elaborate on the challenges that face individuals when they move to an urban centre. What kinds of programs and resources are available to assist them in that transition period? Mr. Laliberte: Like within our Friendship Centres? Senator Poirier: Yes. Mr. Laliberte: Right now, my local Friendship Centre doe…
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May 28th 2018 - Study on Bill C-45 The Cannabis Act - MP Bill Blair, RCMP, Health Canada, Justice Canada, CBSA & Public Safety

Senator Poirier: Thank you all for being here to answer our questions again today. Mr. Blair, since the bill was introduced and throughout the committee hearings, we heard from some people how cannabis is far less dangerous than alcohol, but that notion is really not reflected in Bill C-45. For example, penalties are way harsher for having 6 grams of cannabis in a bag than 6 bottles of beer. If cannabis is so much safer than alcohol, why is the punishment for youth so much harsher with cannabis…
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May 25th 2018 - Study on Bill C-45 The Cannabis Act - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: I have a couple of questions for Justice. First, legal experts such as the Bureau du Québec testified that the government was at risk of class action lawsuits if labelling and promotion provisions were not improved. Did you anticipate a scenario of class action lawsuits against the government? Ms. Labelle: This question was also asked of us when we appeared before the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee. Also a government response was provided in writing to one of the…
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May 24th 2018 - Study on Bill C-45 The Cannabis Act - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you all for being here. I have so many questions that I think I’m just going to try to give bullet questions to see if can I get bullet answers and get as many as I can in. Following Senator Manning’s questions, why is there such a difference in the cost of recreational marijuana and medical marijuana? Mr. Jacob: As Philippe was saying, the costs do line up. But perhaps your question is why is there such a difference from top to low end. Is that more to the point? Senat…
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May 23rd 2018 - Study on Bill C-45 The Cannabis Act - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you, gentlemen, for all being here. I have a couple of questions. My first question is for Dr. Lake. In an article that I saw in the Financial Post, it stated that you will be selling product at an average of $5.40 a gram to the province of Quebec, and according to StatsCan, the price in Quebec for the month of March averaged $5.93 a gram. The margin for the province to compete with the illicit market is very thin at this point. In context with Bill C-45, where the govern…
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May 22nd 2018 - Study on Bill C-45 The Cannabis Act - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you all for being here. My question is for Ms. Forrest. In the article that you co-authored in Maclean’s, you say: But our approach to alcohol regulation, which is the model that Canada’s legal-marijuana plan is copying, is similarly failing to prevent use in underage users, the exact population we are most concerned that marijuana will harm. Can you expand on your thoughts? In your opinion, are we exposing ourselves to underaged use of cannabis to increase as well as i…
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