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Are the Conservatives planning on privatising Canada’s jails?

25 April 2021 at 15h15

Hon. Céline Hervieux-Payette: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. According to the Parliamentary Budget Officer, Kevin Page, passage of Bill C-10 will result in a huge increase in the inmate population and will force the federal and provincial governments to build new prisons.

However, Mr. Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, made a decision last week that is at odds with this information when he announced the closure of the Kingston and Laval penitentiaries. Oddly enough, the recent federal budget does not include funds for the construction of new prisons to replace these institutions.

Can the leader tell us what strategy her government will use to deal with the increase in inmates resulting from Bill C-10 and the reduction in cells to hold these inmates, either in Kingston or Laval, and what is the overall plan for the appropriate incarceration of these inmates? (more…)

Aveos and the Conservative Economic Inaction Plan

29 March 2021 at 15h01

Hon. Céline Hervieux-Payette: Honourable senators, you understand that the presumed loss of jobs in Montréal, Winnipeg and Mississauga is not convincing. This is another way of intimidating the workers regarding the issue of bargaining with Air Canada, which, as we all know, has a less than stellar record when it comes to bargaining and labour relations. But there appears to be a double standard here. There does not seem to have been any committee that could have ordered the government to intervene in the case of Air Canada; the government intervened right away.

Can someone tell us when the minister will intervene? There are 1,800 people out on the street and families are suffering. People have the right to have a job. Until the government says it will obey the law, who will take care of maintenance on these planes? I believe that safety does fall under your jurisdiction. So, when does the government plan to intervene and put an end to this intimidation? (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…)

Question about the Conservative Government’s mismanagement of the economy

2 February 2021 at 14h52

Hon. Céline Hervieux-Payette: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Affecting humility, the Prime Minister told the nations of the world that Canada is a model of good management, but now Canadian economists are challenging his model.

Recently, two Bank of Montreal economists observed a contraction in the Canadian economy and suggested that the latest round of budget cuts could harm our faltering economy. Also, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives estimated that 60,000 jobs could be lost because of the cuts, with the hardest-hit sectors being reserve housing, First Nations health care, support for low-income families and unemployed workers, and elder care. (more…)

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.



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