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Motion to Amend the Rules of the Senate - Debate

Hon. Tony Dean, pursuant to notice of December 12, 2019, moved: That the Rules of the Senate be amended: 1.by: (a)deleting the word “and” at the end of rule 12-3(2)(e) in the English version; and (b)replacing the period at the end of rule 12-3(2)(f) by the following: “; and (g) the Standing Committee on Audit and Oversight, three Senators and two qualified external members.”; 2.by replacing rule 12-3(3) with the following: “Ex officio members 12-3. (3) In addition to the member…
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Notice of Motion to Amend the Rules of the Senate Suspended

Honourable senators, I give notice that, two days hence, I will move:That the Rules of the Senate be amended:1.by:(a)deleting the word “and” at the end of rule 12-3(2)(e) in the English version; and(b) replacing the period at the end of rule 12-3(2)(f) by the following:“; and(g) the Standing Committee on Audit and Oversight, three Senators and two qualified external members.”;2.by replacing rule 12-3(3) with the following:“Ex officio members12-3. (3) In addition to the member…
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Bill C-93 (Expedited Record Suspensions for Simple Cannabis Possession) - Third Reading

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak at third reading to Bill C-93, An Act to provide no-cost, expedited record suspensions for simple possession of cannabis. Before I get into that, I want to thank Senators Colin Deacon and Marty Deacon, who both worked alongside me. I want to thank all the leaders in the Senate for their considerable role in agenda planning that has allowed us to get here this evening. I want to thank Senator Carignan, the critic who has applied his ext…
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Statements

Statement on Youth Symposium at St. Michael's Hospital

Honourable senators, on October 31, I was privileged to attend an important symposium at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, one focused on young people and cannabis. The symposium brought together international experts on cannabis harms and harm reduction and followed a similar gathering of experts in Calgary earlier this year. We heard presentations on policy and regulatory approaches to harm reduction in several U.S. states, Uruguay and Canada. One of the highlights of the day was a discussi…
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Statement on Visit to CAMH

Honourable senators, as some of you know, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, CAMH, headquartered in Toronto, is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital as well as one of the world’s leading research centres in its field. Last week, I attended a CAMH information exchange on cannabis policy and regulation in Canada and Uruguay. This included a discussion between Canadian and Uruguayan experts on approaches to better protecting young users of cannabis from the harms…
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Statement on Public Servants

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak briefly about Canada’s public servants. Over the past two years, I have been struck, as I know many of you have been, by the professionalism, the skills, the commitment and the terrific non-partisan advice we receive from Canada’s public servants. We saw this as recently as this past weekend when we had officials here to support their ministers in the discussions we had at that time. I also take this opportunity to salute those public…
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