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Feb 16, 2013 | The tumultuous approval processes for the Gateway and Keystone XL pipelines highlight two glaring problems with the federal government’s approach to energy policy.
Jul 19, 2012 | The Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources (ENEV) today released a unanimous report on Canada’s energy future, outlining an energy vision for Canada based on a clear and responsible path for Canadian energy development and a low- emissions economy.
Jun 21, 2012 | There are serious weaknesses with the clauses in Bill C-38 that were the responsibility of the Energy and Environment Committee. The bill makes important and significant changes to the environmental assessment process. I do not mean "important" in a positive way; I mean in a detrimental way. It makes detrimental and significant changes to the Fisheries Act. It raises serious concerns about consultation, for example, with First Nations peoples specifically and more generally with the public. All of this is done, of course, by an omnibus bill.
Jun 21, 2012 | The RCMP is an icon of Canadian values. It is a place where every person, every woman in particular, should feel safe. Until they do, we have not changed that culture, we have not made that organization healthy. In this chamber, we have at our disposal and within our grasp the possibility of helping. We should call an inquiry through our committee and have open public debate and input on this issue to solve the problem, to fix the RCMP and to help these victims.
Jun 18, 2012 | Senator Mitchell discusses how the concept of a 'social licence to operate' is a necessary condition to promote Alberta's interests both within Canada and abroad.
Jun 8, 2012 | Honourable senators, normally I rise to speak about the budget in response to provocation by Senator Gerstein, but I do not see him right now and so I do not have the pleasure of responding to him
May 31, 2012 | Senator James S. Cowan, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, today launched an online petition to pressure the government to give charities an opportunity to defend their reputation, and to uphold their right to speak out on issues of importance to Canadians.
Mar 13, 2012 | "What is really the issue here is a government that is intimidating the democratic process. They are taking, I believe, surreptitious, aggressive, intimidating and bullying tactics to put the chill on people who want to disagree with them. These people have every right to appear before a process that has been set up by their government to review economic projects, and this government is saying that somehow there is something improper about that."
Mar 6, 2012 | What I also know for sure is you do not mitigate one tragedy by creating other tragedies. There is a better way to do this. We can fix this problem if we use the data, the understanding that we have gained over the years, the experience elsewhere and make it work in a way that helps the families in a serious way that is effective and will really and truly help their lives.
Mar 6, 2012 | Closure is an assault on the democratic processes that give us and sustain our rights and freedoms that make Canada one of the most remarkable and envied, just and fair — at least to this point — societies on the very face of the earth. Therefore, this is not simply about crime and a crime agenda; this is now about democracy, the democratic process and the assault that this closure represents.