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Bill S-233, An Act to Develop a National Framework for a Guaranteed Livable Basic Income (Second Reading)

Honourable senators, I would like to offer a modest intervention on Bill S-233. I support sending Bill S-233 to committee as soon as possible so we can have an informed discussion about the complex issues around basic income. Whether you support a basic income or not, I think it is fair to say that there is growing interest in the idea. Earlier this month, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities voted in favour of a resolution calling on the federal governmen…
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Bill S-6, An Act Respecting Regulatory Modernization (Third Reading)

Honourable senators, before I begin, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabe people. I am pleased to open the third reading debate on Bill S-6, an Act respecting regulatory modernization. The bill has returned to the Senate following pre-study by seven committees, consisting of over 21 hours of testimony from 48 witnesses, the summaries of which were provided to the Se…
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Tribute to Senator Wetston

Honourable senators, what does one do for an encore after a life of accomplishment which includes having served in top jobs on consumer protection, transportation, competition policy, energy, the courts and securities regulation? Well, Howard Wetston, at the age of 70, applied to become a senator. Setting aside every other contribution he has made in the upper house, the fact that he considered a senate appointment a worthy next chapter for an already illustriou…
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Bill S-217, The Frozen Assets Repurposing Act

Honourable senators, we are giving our consideration to Bill S-217 at a time of great stress in the international system and, more importantly, great human suffering in Ukraine due to Russia’s invasion of that country. It is no surprise that many commentaries on this bill start with the deplorable war in Ukraine and use the fact of Russian aggression as the reasoning — indeed, as a kind of slam dunk — for approving this bill. There is a case for supporting this…
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Bill S-6, An Act Respecting Regulatory Modernization

Hon. Yuen Pau Woo: Honourable senators, I’m pleased to be the sponsor of Bill S-6, An Act respecting regulatory modernization, and to speak to it at second reading. Bill S-6 has been introduced in this chamber so that we can thoroughly study it on behalf of Canadians. I’d like to thank all of you in advance for your wise counsel on this bill, and I look forward to our collective deliberations. Businesses are the backbone of Canada’s economic success. They create…
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Motion to Confirm the Declaration of a Public Order Emergency

Honourable senators, it is ironic that we are debating the imposition of emergency measures at what appears to be the tail end of a COVID crisis that we have been living through the last two years. You may recall that there was much talk about invoking the public welfare criteria for emergency measures in the early days of COVID, but nothing came of it. Fast-forward twenty-four months and we suddenly find ourselves under the Emergencies Act, not for public welfa…
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