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Bill S-216 (Nortel): Open letter to the Prime Minister

10 December 2021 at 15h41

Dear Prime Minister,

How is it possible that in a country like Canada, your government could act so inhumanly and cynically towards disabled Nortel pensioners?

Yesterday, December 8, 2010, the Conservative Senators killed bill S-216 an Act to amend the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and ensure that a small portion of Nortel’s $6 billion in assets would go to disability pensions and essential medical services. I cannot bring myself to believe that you would give up on the 400 skilled workers who are already suffering severely from disease and deny them a Christmas filled with hope and peace.

I hoped until the last moment, that as a creditor of this shameful bankruptcy, you would demonstrate leadership and agree to allocate the modest sums needed to finance their pensions and medical care.

Despite receiving tremendous financial support through government programs, including those aimed at research and development, your government is now turning a blind eye to the people who gave their lives to this company.

Contrary to American authorities, your government has done nothing to demand accountability from business leaders like those of Nortel who are largely responsible for sinking this great Canadian company.

It appears that your desire for transparency and accountability is expressed randomly according to your interests. Yet litigation in the United States has led several rogue leaders in American prisons. Would your policy of “Law and order” be limited to ordinary people in our society?

And what about the indecency with which Nortel executives were paid $ 8 million bonuses on the eve of the company’s bankruptcy? Do your conservative moral values stop at the gates of high finance?

You have a few days to put the record straight and provide remedies that restore dignity to these workers and restore color to the maple leaf which has paled under your authority.

On behalf of the disabled workers of Nortel and that of Canadians of good will, I solemnly ask you to do justice to these families.

(the letter has also been published in french on cyberpresse.ca)

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna would like to benefit from the European Union’s moral values

2 December 2021 at 17h11

Yesterday, I tabled a motion in the Senate to Urge the European Union to Apply a Preservation Policy of the Eastern Atlantic Bluefin Tuna… May the moral values expressed in their boycott of seal products at least serve to protect species actually in danger of extinction!

The Senate of Canada urges the European Union to apply to the situation of the Eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna the moral values underlying the Union’s new regulations on the seal hunt (even though the harp seal is not an endangered species), with a view to protecting the species Thunnus Thynnus, respecting scientific opinion and encouraging its member countries to implement an adequate policy guaranteeing preservation of the species for the generations to come.

Read the motion in its entirety


19 November 2021 at 21h44




Senator Hervieux-Payette tables Bill to Save Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (aecl)



 Ottawa, November 18th, 2010 – Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette tabled a Bill S-225 in the Senate to save Atomic Energy of Canada Limited. Her Bill titled: An Act concerning the reorganization and privatization of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and providing for other measures relating to nuclear energy.


”Today, I have provided a platform that proposes solutions that will enable AECL to be ready for the incoming nuclear renaissance,” said Senator Hervieux-Payette.


Having realized the indifference of the conservative government towards strategic economic sectors in Canada and their emphasis on short term political and financial gains, Senator Hervieux-Payette decided to follow up on the recommendations made by the Nuclear Industry during the hearings on AECL this summer at the Senate Standing Committee on National Finance.


“The conservatives never learnt from their mistakes, they want to create another Avro Arrow with AECL,” she added.


Under this Bill, 30% of AECL would be sold off to the private sector while the federal government would maintain control of 70 % of the corporation. “AECL is a vanguard and profitable company, it is part of our heritage and we must take action now to ensure that it remains at the service of Canadians for generations to come,” concluded Senator Hervieux-Payette.


Bill S-225

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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Retirement Savings: What do you think?

25 October 2021 at 21h33

Dear readers,

I would like to hear your opinion on recommendations made by the Standing Senate Committe on Banking and Commerce who published a report called: Canadians Saving for their Future: A Secure Retirement.

I would like to consult you on three priniple recommendations.

  1. The federal government amend the Income Tax Act to permit contributions to registered retirement savings plans (RRSP) to be increase from 71 years of age to 75 years of age. The increase from age 71 to age 75 should be phased in over an eight-year period.
  2. The federal government amend the Income Tax Act to establish, in addition to the existing annual contribution room, an amount for lifetime contributions to a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) should be set at $100,000. This amount should be increased annually in accordance with changes in the Consumer Price Index.
  3. The federal government work with the provinces and territories to establish a Canada-wide voluntary plan to encourage adequate retirement saving by Canadians and to enable them to benefit from the lower fees and lower risks.

You may write to me on this webiste or via my email: hervic@sen.parl.gc.ca with your comments.

Thank you.


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