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Goodbye Equity: Conservatives eliminate employment equity obligations for federal government contractors

5 June 2021 at 14h25

OTTAWA, June 5th, 2012 – Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette denounces article 602 of the Conservative omnibus budget Bill C-38 which removes a clause in the Employment Equity Act (EEA), requiring contractors to comply with employment equity in the Federal Contractors Program (FCP).

This will have a negative impact on the employment access of women, the disabled, Aboriginals and visible minorities and demonstrates the conservatives’ desire to destroy any progress gained by these groups since Confederation.

“With their majority in the House of Commons and the Senate, the Conservatives have both hands on the wheel, their foot on the gas pedal and the transmission stuck in reverse” said Senator Hervieux-Payette. “We will lose 25 years of economic and social progress. This is a regressive and archaic decision that goes against common sense,” continued the Senator.


Abolition of the gun registry - Bill C-19, April 4, 2021

5 April 2021 at 18h02

Yesterday was a sad day for women who are victims of  violence, a disastrous day for Canadians suffering from depression and who are at risk of committing suicide, a dark day for the police officers who keep our communities safe, a day of shame for Canadians who want Canada to comply with international conventions on gun control. But a day of great celebration for the National Rifle Association.

Bill C-19 is a murderous law. Unfortunately it could kill more than just the gun registry. The Harper government will have to assume the consequences of this unjust law and the deaths that will result from its adoption.

Senator Celine Hervieux Payette, P.C.
Official spokesperson of the Liberal Party of Canada on C-19 in the Senate

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.


Coalition for gender parity on Canadian boards of directors

19 April 2021 at 14h23


Women and men must be equally represented on our boards of directors. While the Constitution recognizes gender equality, corporate Canada has clearly not made enough progress in this area.

Given that women are actively involved in the corporate community as business owners, shareholders, executives, managers and employees, and they play an equally important role in the marketplace as consumers, they should have equal representation on boards of directors.

Financial institutions experienced a crisis that plunged the world economy into a deep recession and showed there is no longer a place in today’s society for boards that lack diversity in their membership and perspectives. We need women board members who will introduce new approaches to management problems and reject the groupthink that may have contributed to our current global financial crisis.

According to the research organization Catalyst, women make up 47% of the Canadian labour force but only 14% of board seats among the 500 largest Canadian companies surveyed by the Financial Post. Women’s representation on the boards of publicly traded companies still stands at only 10.3% (29.1% for Crown corporations). Close to one-third of the companies ranked in the Financial Post 500 had two or more women on their boards, but 41.9% still do not have any women board members. At this rate, only one out of five board seats will be held by women by 2020.

As many industrialized countries have discovered, legislation is needed to achieve gender parity in the corporate world. Switzerland, Norway and Spain have passed laws requiring women’s representation on boards to reach 40% within six years. France is working on legislation as well. According to Corporate Knights, only 9% of board seats in Norway were held by women in 2003. That percentage has risen to 44% since the country brought in legislation in 2008.

The Government of Quebec passed a law requiring Crown corporations to have 50% female representation on their boards of directors by 2011.

Given corporate inaction and the slow progress seen so far, the Parliament of Canada must also pass legislation to show that gender parity on Canadian boards of directors is an essential part of our society.


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Against the child-rearing violence | Declaration of Senator Hervieux-Payette

19 November 2021 at 18h31

Canada Can Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child by Adopting Bill S-209

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It has long been debated what role the state should play in lives of Canadians. Through these different debates it has become clear that the state has a moral obligation to assist all citizens. In particular, this obligation to defend the rights of our citizens must strongly take into consideration those who are the most fragile members of society such as our children.

There exists substantial scientific proof that children between the ages of 2-12 years of age are in a critical period of development that will impact the adults they will become in the future. For this reason we must rethink our interpretation of the ways our society deems acceptable to raise a child in order for him or her to develop to their full potential.

Parents are not sovereign in the manner that they may treat a child, a spouse or a family member. Children are human beings who are entitled to the same rights as their parents. These rights include life, liberty and more importantly physical integrity.

The recent consciousness made regarding the new roles parents must lead must be further examined by society. As a result of this consciousness surrounding this situation, I felt that it was important to use my role as a legislator to propose amendments to the traditional way in which parents raise their children. The bill that I have proposed against child rearing violence, Bill S-209, will never criminalize parents, rather this bill will help parents find non violent educational methods. For this reason, Bill S-209 includes an obligatory awareness campaign.

Religious values such as education, forgiveness, respect and compassion must be used to create a more harmonious society. These values are represented in Bill S-209 and must reflect a modern vision of our children in society.

We must also take advantage of adopting Bill S-209 because November 20th 2009, marks the 20th anniversary of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child. Canada was a signatory member of this convention and is lacking in the area of protecting children from the threat of educative violence. The time is more pressing than ever to demonstrate not only to the international community that Canada is consistent with its reputation regarding human rights but also to prove to our children that Canada is a country that will ensure that they are able to develop to the fullest of their potential.

Canada has learned many things about Children’s Rights from other countries who have adopted laws similar to the Bill that I am proposing. These countries have effectively legislated such behavior without compromising the rights of parents to educate their children in a positive manner.

The parent child relationship in Canada must change; Bill S-209 must be used as a stepping stone to further protect the rights of children. In order to have a harmonious society we need educational methods that are pacific. We must never forget that the children of today will be the parents of tomorrow. It is now more important than ever to ensure that the adults of today teach the acts which they hope their children will one day reproduce.

The Honourable Celine Hervieux-Payette, PC


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