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In 2012, the 100 top-earning CEOs in Canada had pocketed $7.96 million, or 171 times more than the average Canadian man (question to the Government)

11 April 2014 at 15h13

Earlier this week, I spoke to you about a study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. I invite my colleagues to consult another study that I have been reading, which is entitled: All in a Day’s Work? CEO Pay in Canada.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives said that at 1:11 p.m., on January 2, 2012, or midway through the first work day of the year, most of the 100 top-earning CEOs in Canada had already earned $46,634, or the entire annual salary of most Canadians working full time.

By the end of 2012, each of those 100 CEOs had pocketed $7.96 million, or 171 times more than the average Canadian man and 194 times more than the average Canadian woman. As you know, we have not reached parity.

What does the government intend to do to learn from the financial crisis, reduce wealth inequality, and follow the lead of other jurisdictions that have started to rein in compensation that has nothing to do with the productivity of the people who earn the average salary of a Canadian in half a day? (more…)

Harper’s electoral reform: broken democracy

4 April 2014 at 18h59

 

After listening to the wise words of my colleagues, I would like to add my francophone voice to theirs and quote from a journalist whom I have always admired: Manon Cornellier. Yesterday, she wrote an article in Le Devoir entitled “My party first”. I felt that that party was not mine. If it is not mine, it must be the other one. She wrote, and I quote:

The debate going on in Ottawa about reforming the Elections Act is clearly little short of absurd.

I cannot say that I find this very flattering in the light of our current exercise. If a distinguished woman like Manon Cornellier writes that, I feel that we too must give some thought to the way in which our debate is unfolding.

As I participate in this discussion, I find it important to remember that the right to vote, as our leader has mentioned, is a fundamental right. I remember that when I was a member of Parliament here I voted on the Constitution of Canada, which recognized this basic right. I am equally convinced that this right cannot be granted arbitrarily.

It is at the foundation of our system. Clearly, we must acknowledge that there are political parties. But the government of the day does not have the exclusive right to draft a bill, prepare a bill, discuss a bill and come to a consensus. I feel that a responsible government must make sure that all political parties are ready to be governed by the Elections Act. This is no ordinary act; it is an act that guarantees the first rights that we are given in the Constitution.

Honourable senators, we must recall that in a number of countries around the world many have died to obtain this right that we have and cherish.

We must remember that this is not simply a formality. We need to do everything we can to ensure that every Canadian has the opportunity to have a say on how their country is governed. (more…)

The Unconstitutional Appointment of Justice Nadon (Question Period)

27 March 2014 at 14h53

Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate.

Leader, together with the Prime Minister we are reacquainting ourselves with the longest word in the French language: “anticonstitutionnellement.”

According to the Supreme Court decision, Justice Nadon was unconstitutionally appointed to the highest court of the land by Prime Minister Harper. That is a serious setback for a Prime Minister who, since 2006, has used judicial and parliamentary institutions and rewarded his friends and supporters in order to further his political interests.

Justice Nadon was the only justice to support the Harper government’s decision not to repatriate Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen, from Guantanamo, which was a clear violation of fundamental rights and international conventions.

Will the Prime Minister commit to complying with the Canadian Constitution when he appoints the next Supreme Court justice?

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My Call for an Investigation by the Senate Ethics Officer into Senator Irving Gerstein

12 December 2013 at 19h42

Today, I delivered a letter to Ms. Lyse Ricard, the Senate Ethics Officer, formally requesting an investigation into the conduct of Senator Irving Gerstein:

“Pursuant to Section 44(2) (Request for an inquiry), of the Conflict of Interest Code for Senators, I ask that you hereby investigate the conduct of Senator Irving Gerstein since I have reasonable grounds to believe that Senator Gerstein has not complied with his obligations under Section 2(1)(b) (Principles), Section 8 (Furthering private interests), Section 9 (Use of influence) and Section 10 (Use of information) of the Code”.

Based on the Affidavit of Corporal Greg Horton, a peace officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, dated November 15, 2013 and filed with an Ontario Court, I note contradictions with public statements made by Senator Gerstein to the Convention of the Conservative Party which took place on November 2, 2013.  Furthermore, I note violations of the principles of the Code of Ethics for Senators as well as Section 16 of the Parliament of Canada Act, concerning “prohibited compensation”.

I mentioned in the letter: “These facts seem to me sufficient to ask that you proceed with an investigation as Article 44(2) of the Conflict of Interest for Senators authorizes you to do.”

To conclude: “The results of the investigation requested by this letter are of primary importance as they will determine:

What the actual and specific implications are for a Senator who intervenes to counteract or interfere with the work of the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration of the Senate in order to promote the personal and financial interests of another Senator, thus creating in the eyes of the public the appearance of a conflict of interest, contrary to the obligations of the Conflict of Interest Code for Senators.”

Bill C-377: A Sabotage on Unions

28 June 2013 at 21h31

In the Senate chamber on June 26, 2013, I abstained from voting on proposed amendments to Bill C-377, An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (Requirements for Labour Organizations) and finally voted against the bill in its entirety, as I believe that no amendment can validate such a hypocritical, iniquitous and unconstitutional bill. 

Bill C-377 is designed to force unions to disclose personal information to the Minister of Revenue about officers, managers, union officials and beneficiaries who receive payments greater than $5,000.

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