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Archive from February 2012

Conservatives host sinister party at taxpayers’ expense

17 February 2021 at 16h13

Hon. Céline Hervieux-Payette: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. I am certain that she is very pleased that I still have a question to ask her, particularly since the economy is an issue that is extremely important to her. I am trying to make a connection between the firearms registry and economic growth and job creation.

We learned that, yesterday evening, a party was organized to celebrate a happy occasion. To me, a happy occasion is a birthday, a promotion, the birth of a child or a wedding, for example. The leader will understand why we have doubts about the nature of the happy occasion that was celebrated when she thinks about the incredible tragedies that have occurred in Canada, particularly in my province. Yesterday was not about victims’ rights. The Conservatives simply use victims’ rights as a pretext for introducing other bills.

In Quebec, the general impression was that the Conservatives’ party was equivalent to dancing on the graves of Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maude Haviernick, Barbara Klucznik Widajewicz, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault and Annie Turcotte — all those who died during the Polytechnique massacre.

How can the leader’s government celebrate such a bill when it was born from the killings at École Polytechnique? (more…)

My Declaration in the Senate supporting Coptic Christians in Egypt

17 February 2021 at 15h29

Honourable senators, I would like to talk about the alarming events affecting our Christian brothers in Egypt. I am referring to the Copts who have been in Egypt since the dawn of time, at least since the birth of Christianity.

According to the information I have received from friends living in Canada and around the world, since the Arab Spring, Salafists have continuously tortured Copts, sometimes to the point of death. The number of cases is staggering. Although Christians have always experienced persecution in that part of the world, never has it been as horrific as in the past year or so.

One of the first incidents I heard about had to do with a Salafist who cut off a Christian’s ear because the Christian had supposedly rented an apartment to a morally corrupt woman. The incident ended with what is called a “reconciliation meeting” that takes place under the auspices of state security, in front of members of the majority community, during which the victim was forced to forgive his aggressor. No trial, no justice. With this kind of community justice system, the aggressor — supported by the majority — becomes the judge, imposes conditions and pronounces the verdict.

This first incident served as an example and we could list dozens more of the same nature, with the same outcome, all over Upper Egypt, in Cairo and now in Alexandria. (more…)

“They may think that they are tough on crime, but they are definitely soft on the economy”

16 February 2021 at 16h04

Hon. Céline Hervieux-Payette: Honourable senators, I came across an article in the Huffington Post stating that Moody’s and Fitch both questioned the need for Canada’s austerity measures, and I quote:

Steven Hess, the lead Canada analyst for Moody’s, told the Wall Street Journal that there is a “risk to growth” if the government moves too quickly with austerity measures designed to return the country to balanced budgets.

With a budget deficit that amounts to about two per cent of GDP, there is “no rush” for Canada to address the problem, Hess said.

“You don’t have to swallow an extremely bitter pill if you are not sick,” Fitch Ratings analyst Shelly Shetty told the Journal. She suggested any acceleration of spending cuts to beat the 2016 deadline was “not required.”

The government has often sung praises of these two rating agencies when they evaluated Canada’s finances. They have now proven that the government is too incompetent to deal with the economy. They may think that they are tough on crime, but they are definitely soft on the economy. When will the government take concrete measures aimed at strengthening the economy instead of sending us down the path of Southern European countries? (more…)

UraMin…Canada’s new financial scandal???

15 February 2021 at 16h48

Hon. Céline Hervieux-Payette: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Last weekend, La Presse reported that the small Canadian mining company UraMin was at the heart of a political and financial scandal in France. The French state corporation Areva bought UraMin in 2007 for $2.5 billion believing that UraMin owned significant uranium reserves in Africa, in particular.

Four years later — just recently — Areva reported a loss of $2 billion because the uranium reserves were completely inaccessible or overvalued.

The article in La Presse also states that the Bank of Montreal acted as a financial advisor to UraMin in its transaction with Areva. Considering that the implication of a Canadian bank in this scandal, which is common knowledge in France, has the potential to harm Canada’s international reputation, can you guarantee to this chamber that the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions will look into the role and actions of the Bank of Montreal in this affair? (more…)

Clean Slate at the Banking Committee

9 February 2021 at 16h26

Ottawa, February 9, 2021 - Yesterday, Senator Irving Gerstein, the new Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce removed Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette , the Vice-Chair, from the seat she traditionally had at the Chair`s table.

 ”It is shocking to see that the first action of the new Conservative Chair wasn`t on Committee business or the financial system but was instead a motion to force me from his table. His partisan actions are typical of the Conservative Party” said Senator Hervieux-Payette. (more…)


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