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Archive from December 2011

C-10: to combat crime effectively and in the long term, we cannot limit ourselves to imprisoning offenders

14 December 2021 at 22h41

My speech in the Senate on Bill C-10, Safe Streets and Communities Act

Honourable senators, the Conservative government is proving once again, by introducing Bill C-10, which it calls the Safe Streets and Communities Act, that in matters of justice, it is only motivated by ideology and fear-mongering. There is no rational basis worthy of the name to explain the Conservative initiative to increase the number of automatic sentences, as our leader mentioned, and make the Youth Criminal Justice Act more repressive.

Instead of relying on studies by experts on issues related to Bill C-10, the Conservative government prefers, in a spirit more partisan than ever, to move forward with its omnibus bill. In keeping its electoral promise to introduce this rather voluminous bill in the first 100 days following its election, the Conservative regime knew full well that legal, social and medical stakeholders would have very little time to submit written opinions and less than five minutes to present them.


C-19: justice as a weapon of last resort

13 December 2021 at 15h29

Ottawa, December 13th, 2011 - Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette welcomes the decision of the Quebec government to sue the Conservative government for wanting to destroy the gun registry`s data for ideological reasons that are contrary to public safety and the recommendations of law enforcement.

 ”The Quebec government has acted responsibly by wanting to protect its citizens and for standing up for the victims of violent crimes”, said Senator Hervieux-Payette.

 Since its creation, the gun registry has been used daily by the police officers to insure their safety and that of all Canadians.

 ”The Conservative government wants to impose the culture of violence that is prevalent in the United States and results in almost 3 times as many gun deaths than in Canada”, continued the Senator.

 ”Unfortunately, the Prime Minister`s policy of scorched earth has forced Quebec to pursue legal action against Ottawa`s ideological decision. Open federalism has become a federalism of deceit”, said the Senator.

 ”I hope that other provinces and territories will join Quebec in saving the gun registry`s data, after all it belongs to Canadians”, concluded the Senator.

S-5: the bill that was created under the radar

8 December 2021 at 18h17

Ottawa, December 8th, 2011 - Yesterday, the Vice-President of the Senate Banking, Trade and Commerce Committee, Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette, questioned the Minister of Finance, the Honourable Jim Flaherty on the flaws contained in Bill S-5: the Financial System Review Act.

 ”What I deplore is that the so-called public consultations were done online at the last minute and that the reports submitted to the Minister will not be released to the public,” stated Senator Hervieux-Payette.  (more…)


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