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Archive from November 2011

Supply Management: next victim of the Conservative government?

25 November 2021 at 18h26

Hon. Céline Hervieux-Payette: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate, and to speed up our communication, I will ask the question in her first language.

This morning, I came across an article in the famous — my own adjective — Globe and Mail entitled “New Zealand disputes Harper’s stand on tariff walls.” There was a good picture of him, I must say.

The article discusses how the New Zealand trade minister, Tim Groser, used his speech at the opening of a dairy factory in New Zealand to raise questions about Canada’s application to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. He emphasized that existing Trans-Pacific member countries will vet applications from Canada, Mexico and Japan very carefully, seeking clear evidence that they are committed to liberalizing trade. He said admittance to the talks requires this. (more…)

Senator Hervieux-Payette defends canadian farmers in the Senate

17 November 2021 at 19h40

Yesterday, I asked the following question in the Senate.

 Hon. Céline Hervieux-Payette: Honourable senators, Canadian farmers are hard-working people who often fail to receive the necessary congratulations for their hard work and dedication to providing safe and delicious food to families here in Canada and around the world.

Despite this, the Conservative government seems intent on demonizing farming as a way of life and any chance for farmers to make a fair living. The Prime Minister recently said in Honolulu that Canada would be joining APEC, an organization fiercely opposed to our system of supply management. It would come as no surprise that this system is next in line to be axed by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Mr. Gerry Ritz.

Considering that farmers have invested billions of dollars in quotas as a way of securing production and ensuring their retirement, will the government compensate Canadian farmers for the loss of value of their quotas and ensure their investments guarantee them a safe and comfortable retirement?


Motion for Hillary Adams and other victims of parental violence

17 November 2021 at 19h09
Honourable senators, pursuant to rule 57(2), I give notice that two days hence, I will call the attention to the Senate:

That the Senate of Canada disagrees with the behavior of Judge William Adams, who sits on the Family Court in the State of Texas, and was shown through social media to have used violence on his disabled daughter for so-called education; and that the Senate of Canada recognizes that the use of violence by parents or guardians of a child, aimed their education, is unacceptable, ineffective and counter-productive and  is detrimental to the social development and professional success of a child.

My Letter to Governor Rick Perry

10 November 2021 at 15h23

Dear Governor Perry:

Like many Canadians and Americans, I was shocked to hear about the way that Judge William Adams beat his young daughter with a belt. What makes it worse is that his daughter, Hillary, has a disability. I would have thought this type of incident would have taken place in China, where the video of an eight-year-old being hit and having his hands crushed by an adult in the middle of the street has gone viral on the internet. No matter what offences these children committed, the punishments they received have no place in a so-called civilized society.

Unfortunately, violence as a way of rearing children dates back many years, forming part of an outdated belief system. In fact, it is difficult to put a stop to this type of violence because there are still so many people who support it as an effective education tool.

I say “attempting” because all modern studies, based on the most recent scientific evidence in fields like paediatrics, psychoanalysis and child psychiatry, show that violence is not actually an effective way of rearing children. In fact, it can cause problems for children on the receiving end: at best, violence can hinder their growth and success, and at worst it can disrupt society, a cost that has always been underestimated.



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