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 Recents activities

December 14, 2016

Hon. Serge Joyal: Welcome, Madam Minister, to the Senate. I think we cannot underestimate the obstacle and the roadblocks that Canada will have to face in the next four years when we consider the new administration south of the border and the people who will be responsible for environmental policy. Read the question and the answer

December 8, 2016

Hon. Serge Joyal: Honourable senators, I want to propose some reflection before Bill C-29 is sent to committee. I understand that the bill will go to second reading and be sent to committee tomorrow for further discussion. I have some reflections to share with you because this is a very serious bill. It is a bill to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament in March 2016. Read the speech

December 6, 2016


Hon. Serge Joyal: Welcome, madam minister. I listened to you carefully, and I have the impression that you are disconnected with the reality of today and the grand scheme of reforming the system. Read the question and the answer

December 1, 2016

Hon. Serge Joyal: Honourable senators, I give notice that, at the next sitting of the Senate, I will move:

That with Canada celebrating 150 years as a nation and acknowledging the lasting contribution of the first nations, early settlers, and the continuing immigration of peoples from around the world who have made and continue to make Canada the great nation that it is, the Senate urge the Government to commit to establishing a National Portrait Gallery using the former US Embassy across from Parliament Hill as a lasting legacy to mark this important milestone in Canada's history and in recognition of the people who contributed to its success.

November 18, 2016

Senator Joyal was one of the speakers at the seminar organized by The Canadian Study of Parliament Group (CSPG).

This seminar explores the dynamic between the two Houses of Parliament in the legislative process and the relationship between Parliament and the Supreme Court when, as in the case of Bill C-14, Parliament was called upon to legislate in response to a Supreme Court decision, namely Carter v. Canada (Attorney General).

November 2, 2016

Senator Serge Joyal was awarded this November 2nd, 2016 an honorary distinction from the Barreau du Québec. The Advocatus Emeritus distinction "is presented to members who gain distinction as a result of their outstanding professional career, outstanding contribution to the profession or outstanding social and community standing that has brought honour to the legal profession."

 "The law is inextricably linked to the preservation of the humanist values that form the basis of our shared existence, namely, respect for every person's inviolable dignity, freedom to make decisions, and ability to act freely." Serge Joyal

October 18, 2016

Senator Joyal took part in the panel "Medical Assistance in Dying: Opportunities and challenges in Ottawa" organized by the University of Ottawa Chapter of Dying with Dignity Canada, October 18th 2016.

The panel will offer insights into the implementation of MAID (medical assistance in dying) in Ottawa. Topics include the challenges faced by the medical community and individuals requesting MAID; the limitations current legislation places on access to MAID; and the opportunities to provide effective access to this end-of-life choice.

October 6, 2016

iPoliticsLIVE's : Sober Thought on Senate Modernization: Examining a Changing State. 

First public discussion on the release of the Senate Modernization Committee report with Committee Chair Senator Thomas McInnis (C-Nova Scotia), Deputy Chair Senator Serge Joyal (Lib. Kennebec-Quebec) and committee member Senator Elaine McCoy (Non-affiliated, Alberta).

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October 4, 2016

Moderator: Bonjour et bienvenue au Théâtre national de la presse.Hell and welcome to the National Press theatre.  I'm Elizabeth Thompson.  With us today, we have members of the Senate Committee on Senate Modernization, who will be releasing their report.  Senator Thomas Johnson McInnis, who's the committee Chair, Senator Serge Joyal, who's the committee Deputy Chair, and Senator Elaine McCoy, member of the Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure.

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September 7, 2016

Portrait gallery would be nation's face

Former U.S. embassy is the perfect spot for the much-needed institution, three senators argue

The former American embassy in front of Parliament Hill is, by far, the choicest destination for a Canadian Portrait Gallery. The proposal serves all six of the potential public uses for a gallery outlined by Public Works and Government Services Canada. It will reveal the rich diversity of the more than 50 indigenous nations in Canada by showcasing the human face and peoples who inhabited Canada for millennia.

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