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 Recents activities

May 17, 2016

Hon. Serge Joyal: Honourable senators, I feel I have the stage alone this afternoon. I feel privileged to be introducing Bill S-212, An Act for the advancement of the aboriginal languages of Canada and to recognize and respect aboriginal language rights.

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May 12, 2016

Speaker before the Monarchist League of Canada of Canada (Ottawa Breach), on the occasion of the celebrations of the 90th anniversary of Her Majesty Elizabeth II. The presentation of the senator focused on "Canada's Constitutional Monarchy: Honouring a Lifetime of Service by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada."

May 3, 2016

Tax Evasion

Hon. Serge Joyal: Welcome, Mr. Minister. I would like to quote Ms. Christine Lagarde, since you seem to know her. The International Monetary Fund declared that Canada "played a significant part in the development of tax havens, notably in the Caribbean."...Read the question and the answer of the Minister

April 21, 2016

Hon. Serge Joyal: Honourable senators, today, April 21, is the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada. We should celebrate wholeheartedly the fact that Canada's head of state is a person of such distinction whose service to our country is in all ways exemplary and exceptionally remarkable.

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April 19, 2016

Hon. Serge Joyal: I want to take part in this debate because it raises a very important principle that is at the root of the functioning of our institution. It could seem easy to say, "Oh, well, it's like a hockey game, the red on one side, the blue on the other side, there is the skating rink and everybody jumps into the middle and tries to score goals on the adverse team."

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March 24, 2016

The Senate requested former Justice Binnie to act as a special arbitrator for senators who disputed the findings of the Auditor General of Canada’s 2015 report on Senate expenses. In his report published March 21, 2016 and during his press conference, former Justice Binnie made reference to the letter from Senator Joyal addressed to the Auditor General Michael Ferguson on the status and functions of a Senator (paragraph 43, p. 20 of Binnie’s report)

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February 24, 2016

Elected Vice-Chair of the Special Committee on Senate Modernization established to consider methods to make the Senate more effective, more transparent and more responsible, within the current constitutional framework. - (2016)

February 23, 2016

Hon. Serge Joyal: Honourable senators, on Wednesday, February 17, at the Embassy of France, the Ambassador of France to Canada, His Excellency Nicolas Chapuis, presented the insignia of Officer of the Legion of Honour, the highest honour in France, to our esteemed colleague from Alberta, the Honourable Senator Claudette Tardif.

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February 18, 2016

Hon. Serge Joyal: Minister, I would like to talk about the sale of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia. I don't need to go into detail about Saudi Arabia's abysmal human rights record. That country still practices corporal punishment — Raif Badawi is a shocking example of that — as well as the death penalty. In fact, it has one of the highest rates of sentencing people to death. It continues to ignore gender equality, a value that Canada champions on the international stage.

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