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The Cruelty of the Animal Boycott

29 October 2021 at 16h28

Europe Falls Into the Hands of Anti-seal Hunt Vegetarian Groups

Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette Condemns the Cruelty of the Animal Boycott


OTTAWA, October 29th, 2010 - “Yesterday, Europe endangered seals and the Canadians who live off this resource”, declared Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette who regrets the decision of the European Court of Justice’s decision to uphold the boycott of seal products. “The overpopulation of seals will require, no matter what, a balance of the ecosystem. If we don’t find an alternate market to Europe to sell seal products we will be condemned to throw seals into the garbage. At that point, I don’t think there will be the same level of supervision by the Canadian government to guarantee ethical hunting standards.”

Senator Hervieux-Payette reiterates that this boycott is both immoral and illegal under the rules of the World Trade Organization. “Europeans want to impose their universal vision of animal ethics even though they are unable to enforce these same rules to sport hunting, which has greater consequences than seal hunting.” She also asked, “where are their regulations, their supervision and their independent scientific reports?”

The Senator realizes that the vegetarian movement fuelled by Hollywood is structured to such a point that it can influence European decisions without any scientific merit. “The social vision of the Jet Set is completely disconnected from a reality derived from B-movies and spreading into parliaments. It’s pathetic” added the Senator.

Senator Hervieux-Payette is actively seeking the federal government’s intervention in insuring that Seal hunters receive basic income that could help develop new markets. “I consider that as long as we will have to fight against this unfair ban, the revenues from 2005 should be minimally insured by the Government of Canada”.

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Read the official Press Release

Question on the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan

27 October 2021 at 14h19

Hon. Céline Hervieux-Payette: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. As you know, Canada is the world leader in potash production. The Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan is primarily Canadian-owned, generates revenue of more than $9 million, and employs almost 5,000 people.

Canada can be proud of this company, which helps farmers in Canada and throughout the world continue to produce food for a growing population. The Investment Canada Act clearly states that the government can block the sale of a Canadian corporation for reasons of national security.

I will read the first paragraph of section 25.2:

If the Minister has reasonable grounds to believe that an investment by a non-Canadian could be injurious to national security, the Minister may, within the prescribed period, send to the non-Canadian a notice that an order for the review of the investment may be made under subsection 25.3(1).

I remind you that it is a review and that we are not talking at this point about blocking the sale. I do not have to tell you that Potash Corporation is of strategic importance to Canada and its farmers. Through this corporation, we are well positioned internationally in terms of agricultural products and food security.

Nevertheless, Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently indicated that he would not oppose the sale of Potash Corporation to BHP Billiton, an Australian corporation, even though it is strongly opposed by Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall.

Will the Canadian government block this sale, or review it in the interests of Canadians, and protect an industry of strategic importance to the future of Canada?


Hon. Marjory LeBreton (Leader of the Government): I thank the honourable senator for her question. I will repeat what I stated last week in answer to the same question. The minister and the government will only approve applications for review where an investment demonstrates that it is likely to be of net benefit to Canada. The review process is rigorous. Under the Investment Canada Act, we are the only government to reject a deal — MDA, in 2008 — and to take a company to court, U.S. Steel, in 2009. In the 13 years previous, the Liberal government did neither.

I repeat that we will only approve applications for review where an investment demonstrates that it is likely to be of net benefit for Canada.

Senator Hervieux-Payette: The situation that Potash Corporation is facing is familiar: a large multinational corporation that is an industrial gem, creates thousands of jobs, invests in research and development and invests in its communities. This situation sounds exactly the same as other situations with corporations that the federal government allowed to be taken over, and all those corporations failed to ensure that the new foreign owners would respect their promises to protect Canadian jobs.

Furthermore, the federal government failed to appropriately examine those transactions, to the detriment of Canadians. I think of the employees of Inco, Alcan, Noranda, and Stelco, all of whom were told that their jobs would be safe under these new foreign owners but rapidly realized that their interests would not be respected, that only the interests of the foreign investors would be taken into account.

I would like to correct the honourable senator with respect to foreign investment and takeovers in Canada and tell her that there has been more such activity in the past three years than in the previous 15 years under both Conservative and Liberal governments.

Will the government commit to protecting the jobs and livelihoods of workers of Potash Corporation by blocking this sale, or will it let 5,000 workers see their benefits reduced, their livelihoods destroyed and Canada lose its competitive advantage?

Senator LeBreton: First, with regard to the steel industry, the honourable senator missed the point I made in answer to the first question. We took U.S. Steel to court over their inaction in living up to their agreements.

Honourable senators, I repeat that the government will not enter approve review of any investment that is not of direct benefit to Canada. The honourable senator cites statistics. We are now in a global economy. We are embarking on many free trade agreements with many countries around the world. We had gone over a decade without signing even a small free trade agreement. The honourable senator failed to mention the number of Canadian companies that have moved into the global market and taken over companies around the world. We are, in fact, in a global economy, as honourable senators well know.

Senator Tkachuk: We are a global player.

Senator Hervieux-Payette: It does not create jobs here.

Official Letter to the President of Chile

22 October 2021 at 15h51


Dear Mr. President,

My Canadian parliamentary colleagues and I cried tears of joy with you this week as the 33 heroic and courageous miners were safely rescued.

We also shared your nervousness while awaiting their safe rescue.

Through your intermediary, let me transmit to them our wishes of health and happiness with their families.

We also transmit our congratulations for the incredible effort your country has invested in such an unprecedented rescue operation. We admire the solidarity your country demonstrated in such a trying time.

Long life to these brave miners! You can count on our cooperation, as a country already present in the mining sector in Chile, to prevent any accidents in the future.

Assuring you of our deep friendship, please accept, Mr. President, the assurances of my highest consideration.

The Honourable Céline Hervieux-Payette P.C.


 CC: The Minister of mining of Chile -  Hon. Laurence Golborne Riveros
The President of the Senate of Chile  - Hon. Jorge Pizarro
The President of the Chamber of Deputies of Chile - Hon. Alejandra Sepúlveda Orbenes
Members of the Foreign Affairs commissions

Official Letter to the President of Chile

Senator Hervieux-Payette applauds the European Court of Justice’s decision to suspend the boycott of seal products in Europe

19 August 2021 at 14h59


OTTAWA, August 19th 2010 —

“The European Court of Justice has just confirmed what we knew all along, that the legality of the boycott was far from being obvious as demonstrated by a former European legal opinion”, declared Senator Hervieux-Payette.Anti-Sealing vegetarian groups have profited from distorting this legal and legitimate seal hunt to finance their ideology. “I am happy to know that coastal Canadians and aboriginal people have just won a small battle but we are all determined to win the war!” added Senator Hervieux-Payette.
“The Universal Declaration that I have initiated is the perfect platform to create a dialogue between Canadians and Europeans to define an ethical model of sustainable management of this species”, she said.

The Universal Declaration has received the support of the governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Québec, as well as the International Organization for Animal Conservation IWMC World Conservation Trust, based in Switzerland along with the Canadian Fur Council and the Fur Institute of Canada.

Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette urges all governments and concerned organizations to promote and study the application of the Universal Declaration on the Ethical Harvest of Seals written and endorsed by a panel of experts (http://www.sealsonline.org/) .

“I tend my hand once more to our European friends.”

Women in Power!

12 August 2021 at 15h21


I currently am in the capital of Ecuador, Quito at the National Assembly for a summit of Women Parliamentarians of the Americas. Our discussions revolve around the participation of women in politics, the means to promote their presence and the improvement of governance.

These meetings are part of the Inter-Parliamentary Forum of the Americas, which I am a founding member and vice-president.

I invite you to sign my petition to support my Bill S-206 aiming to achieve parity between men and women in boards of administration for crown corporations and public companies.


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