Question Period

Outdoor Hockey Game—Sesquicentennial Anniversary

Hon. Jim Munson: Minister, this might be the easiest question you’re going to get here today. I’m an Ottawa senator and I’m a hockey player, too. I recognize, minister, that you’re probably a Montreal Canadiens fan, and so am I — and a Sens fan. I recognize you had to make the decision — or […]

Mental Health Programs for Refugees & Backlog of Privately Sponsored Refugees

Hon. Jim Munson: Minister, welcome. We don’t walk on water; we skate on ice. Sometimes it can be thin ice. I do want to praise the government for the refugee program. You heard us at the Human Rights Committee and the issues we brought up. You saw our observations, and we’re hoping to see very […]

Mental Health Support for Refugees

Hon. Jim Munson: As Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights, I share the same sentiments as Senator Ataullahjan. When you make your representations to government, we believe that a focus should be on more help for those who have mental health issues. It seems to be an overlooked issue. With post-traumatic stress […]

Small Business and Tourism — Youth Programming

Hon. Jim Munson: Minister, thank you for being here. I know this may not be part of your portfolio, but you seem to be a very influential minister already in what you’re talking about. You also have incredible enthusiasm for your job, and that’s extremely important. Minister, since we’re talking about youth, youth are ambassadors […]

Canada-China Relations — Request for Apology

Hon. Jim Munson: Mr. Leader, it’s very unusual for a foreign minister on a trip to see another foreign minister to be having a meeting with that foreign minister, then being granted a meeting with the Prime Minister. We don’t usually see that sort of thing. I know you’re talking about the preparation for the […]

Establishment of National Commission on Children and Youth

Hon. Jim Munson: My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. I recognize he may not have an answer for me today, but maybe he can show the government’s intentions in this regard. Mr. Speaker and fellow colleagues, we all know that most Canadian children are healthy, have access to health […]

Proposed Amendments to Income Tax Act—Bill C-377—Unions—Disclosure of Information

Hon. Jim Munson: Thank you, Your Honour. My question, obviously, is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate and concerns that draconian anti-privacy bill, Bill C-377. The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association has said that all of the disclosure obligations will apply to mutual funds, including RRSPs and TFSAs. If just one […]

National Capital Commission—Appointment of Directors

Hon. Jim Munson: I have a question for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. I am reading here that the National Capital Commission has just revealed a smaller, redesigned Memorial to Victims of Communism. They have unveiled a redesigned plan for the controversial memorial, much smaller than the original design, but still not […]

University Tuition Fees

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, I have a question for the government leader in the Senate. The question is from our Senate Liberal Your Question Period initiative, which has been successful with Canadians sending us questions every day, seeking answers from the government. This question was submitted by Ms. Maria Lisa Seminara from Barrie, Ontario, […]

Autism Strategy

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. The question comes from our own Senate Liberal “Your Question Period” initiative. It was submitted by Kathleen O’Grady, an Ottawa-based political and media strategist, author and academic whose articles about autism have been published by many news outlets […]

Mental Health Commission

Hon. Jim Munson: Thank you, Your Honour. My question is to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. As you know, our prestigious independent Liberal caucus has been holding regular open caucus sessions so that Canadians can understand and learn about different issues in the country, and they have been very informative, including the […]

Employment and Social Development—Lapsed Funding for Programs

Hon. Jim Munson: My question is to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. As leader, you are aware that the CBC, through Access to Information, has reported a shortfall of $97.1 million to 16 programs with Employment and Social Development Canada. As you know, this money has not been spent as promised and […]

Integration of People with Disabilities into the Workplace

Hon. Jim Munson: Obviously my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Mr. Leader, last week a contract between Library and Archives Canada and the Ottawa-Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities almost expired. For decades this contract supported a paper sorting and disposal program designed to provide work for 50 […]

Victims of Communism

Hon. Jim Munson: My question is to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Honourable senators, just down the street, a massive monument is to be built on the grounds the Supreme Court and Library and Archives Canada; construction of a national memorial to the victims of communism will begin on the vacant lot […]

Sports—Anti-doping Regulations

Hon. Jim Munson: Mr. Leader, I have a question submitted by Mr. Lucas Wilson of Toronto, Ontario, through our “Your Question Period” initiative. Mr. Wilson writes: Doping continues to be a major problem in amateur and professional sports. Even with thorough drug-testing regimes, athletes are often able to evade getting caught for long periods of […]

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles—Privacy and Safety

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, don’t you like those questions from ordinary Canadians? Thank you to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. These questions from ordinary Canadians are opening things up. Did you see the article last week in the Ottawa Citizen, the op-ed piece about opening up the Senate? That was pretty […]

Hong Kong—Political Situation

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, we’ve been talking about Hong Kong and the desperate or difficult situation. Yesterday I asked about China warning foreign diplomats to stay away from “Occupy Central,” to stay away from the protests, and it’s an official note. Many of the diplomats in Hong Kong are saying they were surprised to […]

Hong Kong—Political Situation

Hon. Jim Munson: Yesterday, Mr. Leader, I was asking you questions about the situation in Hong Kong. I’d like to continue that questioning. It’s not getting any better in Hong Kong. On the National Day I think there were 100,000 people on the streets, and now the protesters threaten to storm some government buildings on […]

Hong Kong—Democratic Elections

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, I have just a couple of questions. I was going to notify the Leader of the Government of these questions. I would like to get the government’s position on what is happening, tragically, in Hong Kong. We have heard some comments from persons who have worked for our minister about […]

Autism

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is obviously to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Leader, you weren’t here a minute ago, but there were a lot of folks here from the autism community across the country. They are very passionate people who are looking to the government for more action. I […]

Fair Elections Bill

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is for the Government Leader in the Senate. Your government introduced the so-called Fair Elections Bill last month. There has been a lot of talk about it in the country. It proposes sweeping changes to our independent, non-partisan elections agency, from its alarming proposal to strip Elections Canada […]

Egypt—Detention of Mohamed Fahmy

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, this question is obviously to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Mr. Leader, as you know, we recently began asking questions submitted by Canadians during Question Period, but today I would like to ask you a question from a Canadian who can’t ask a question because he is […]

Canada Post—Elimination of Home Delivery

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Twenty-two mayors from across the country are in Ottawa as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities meets to discuss issues facing Canada’s biggest cities. Among them is none other than Canada’s gift to late night television, Rob Ford. The […]

Canada Post Elimination of Home Delivery

Hon. Jim Munson: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Happy New Year. My question is to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Late last year, after we left here, Canada Post told seniors and those with physical disabilities to head for a community mailbox if they want their mail. Today we learned that the Crown […]

Government Support for Special Olympics Athletes

Hon. Jim Munson: I have a nice question to the good Leader of the Government in the Senate with a positive preamble. I know you might be in shock hearing those words, but this deals with Special Olympics and the athletes that you may have seen on Parliament Hill today in various offices. There are […]

Children and Youth

Hon. Jim Munson: I have a supplementary for the government leader. Senator Smith is correct when it comes to bullying. This is Bullying Awareness Week, but today is also National Child Day. Every November 20 in this country we recognize National Child Day in honour of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. […]

Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question for the Leader of the Government in the Senate is this: Why is your government so opposed to an inquiry? We’ve asked you over and over again. Why the opposition? It just makes so much sense — to this country, to Aboriginal women, to their families and to […]

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development – Living Standards—Government Progress

Hon. Jim Munson: Madam leader, today is National Aboriginal Day. It is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and many First Nations, Inuit and Metis people are reflecting on the many challenges, past and present. I know I have been on to this for a great deal of time. You have answered […]

Museum Exhibits

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Just over a year ago, we learned that the office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, James Moore, wrote the President of the Canadian Science and Technology Museum concerning one of its exhibits: “Sex: A Tell-all Exhibition.” It […]

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

Support for Aboriginal Communities Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is for the government leader in the Senate. Today is five years after the historic day when the Prime Minister made his residential schools apology. Chief Atleo, head of the Assembly of First Nations, and all Aboriginal Canadians are not very happy at all. […]

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development – Hunger and Food Security

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, when it comes to feeding Aboriginal people, the government has failed, and it has failed in so many respects. Honourable senators remember the report from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. One might remember that report: The government became quite indignant about all that saying, “How […]

Finance – Tariffs on Consumer Goods

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, as Senator Callbeck mentioned, on bicycles alone, the tariff is facing a 4.5 per cent increase. Canada imports $125 million worth of bicycles from dozens of countries, including from the group of 72 graduating from “developing” to “developed” status. This is being done at a time when Canadian municipalities are […]

Aboriginal and Northern Affairs – Education and Social Services

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is directed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Last December, Senator Dyck and I asked why funding for First Nations children living on reserves lags so far behind that of their peers in provincial school systems. The leader used the word “commendable” when she talked […]

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation—Native Inter-Tribal Housing Cooperative

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is addressed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. The holiday season should be a joyous, compassionate time, but for 26 First Nation families in London, Ontario, the new year may bring homelessness. The Native Inter-Tribal Housing Cooperative, home to 58 families and more than 200 […]

Aircraft Procurement

Hon. Jim Munson: My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Here are words from then Associate Minister of National Defence, Julian Fantino. In November 2011, he said: We will purchase the F-35. We’re on record. We’re part of the crusade. We’re not backing down. This is the minister at that […]

Funding Levels for On-Reserve Education

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, I have a supplementary question to the leader. There are other facts involved in this issue when it comes to federal and provincial responsibility. It seems to me they must be partners in this. Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the leader continues to suggest that First Nations students in […]

National Food Strategy

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. It is about hunger in this country. Hunger in Canada is not something we often think about. We think of hunger at times in terms of famine in far-off lands like those of West Africa, where 23 million […]

Parliamentary Budget Officer’s Request for Information

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. A few weeks ago, the Parliamentary Budget Officer, Mr. Kevin Page, released a partial analysis of $5.2 billion in planned spending cuts. His report was incomplete because a more thorough examination was not possible due to the lack […]

Service Canada

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, we are all wearing the red ribbon which is very close to the heart of the Leader of the Government in the Senate. We appreciate the work that she has done in that field, and I understand the personal nature of it. My question has to do with Canada’s elderly […]

Advertising Budget

Hon. Jim Munson: My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate, but before I ask the question I want to thank senators from the other side and this side for their support for my autism bill. I am humbled by that. I watched the debate in the House of Commons last […]

First Nations Child Welfare Services

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, I have a question for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. We learned last night that the Department of Justice, acting on behalf of Aboriginal Affairs, spent $3.1 million over the past five years to prevent First Nations child welfare cases from going before the courts. Honourable senators, […]

United Nations—Committee on the Rights of the Child

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. The Canadian government, or the Harper government, is responsible for protecting the rights of 7 million children and youth. Later today, and again tomorrow, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child will be conducting its […]

Children’s Commissioner

Hon. Jim Munson: I thank the leader for taking my question as notice, but today they are asking the questions and I think they would like to have some answers. There is a lot of talk, but there are certain facts. Compared to other developed countries, Canada has a lower rate of adoption, more children […]

United Church of Canada—Charitable Status and Political Activities

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. The Conservative government has been engaged in “charity chill.” They have been waging war on charities that work for social housing, poverty reduction and the environment. Now comes the latest attack, this time on churches, in particular the […]

Canada Border Services Agency—Airport Surveillance

Hon. Jim Munson: Speaking of a couple of different decisions with this government, my question is to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. She reads the Ottawa Citizen, obviously, because she lives in Ottawa. There were two different headlines this week from one of her favourite newspapers: “Ottawa airport wired with microphones as […]

Celebrations for Thirtieth Anniversary of Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Hon. Jim Munson: My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate and concerns our beloved Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Honourable senators, this is not a headline story, as we talked about yesterday. It is not about robocalls or that sort of thing, but it is about the Charter of Rights […]

Citizenship Ceremony at Sun News Network

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is directed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. In February I asked her about the fake citizenship ceremony that her government staged for Sun News Network last fall. To remind honourable senators, this was the event that purportedly featured 10 new Canadians reciting the citizenship […]

Child Poverty

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, Canada has a failing grade, and this question to the Leader of the Government in the Senate deals with child poverty. Just recently the United Nations children’s fund, UNICEF, released a report stating that with a rate of 13.3 per cent we sit twenty-fourth out of 35 developed countries with […]

Rio+20 Summit—Official Opposition Participation

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, I can ask my question in French, that is not a problem, but with regard to Mr. Ferguson, that is a whole other story. It is not a problem for the opposition because we have a lot of questions. Bilingualism in Parliament is a very important issue. Honourable senators, I […]

Funding for Katimavik

Hon. Jim Munson: To the Leader of the Government in the Senate, did the government cut the program because it is a Liberal initiative? Hon. Marjory LeBreton (Leader of the Government): Honourable senators, if that were the case we still have a lot of cutting to do. The fact of the matter is this program’s […]

Illicit Drug Strategy

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Some honourable senators, as I did, may have noted with special interest the report of leading Canadian public health physicians calling on this government to completely reconsider its drug policy. Yesterday, the chief medical officers for the provinces of […]

Medical Recommendations

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. On Monday, February 27, 2012, the Minister of Health sent a letter to all parliamentarians explaining the government’s position on funding clinical trials for the treatment of chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency. In that letter, the minister justified the government’s […]

Citizenship Ceremony at Sun News Network

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is directed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. The Canadian Press today reported that at least six federal bureaucrats participated in a citizenship reaffirmation ceremony staged at the Sun News Network studio on October 18, 2011. The event purportedly featured ten new Canadians reciting the citizenship […]

Detention of Henk Tepper

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, New Brunswick potato farmer Henk Tepper has been languishing in a Beirut prison for nine months. It is an awful situation. He is confined to a holding cell without windows. Having spent some time in Beirut as a foreign correspondent, I have seen some of those jails. He has been accused […]

Protection of Children’s Rights

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Honourable senators, last Sunday was National Child Day, as sanctioned by the United Nations in its affirmation of the rights of the child. Of course, this coming Friday, with Senator Cochrane and Senator Mercer, we will host National Child […]

Long-Gun Registry

Hon. Jim Munson: I have a question for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. We know what she wants to do with the gun registry, but now there are reports of what the government wants to do with the data — all the data which has been useful to police for the last many […]

Suicide Prevention

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, sometimes there are questions that are tougher to ask than other questions here in the Senate. I am sure that folks on the other side, on our side and all across the country are trying to come to terms with a real tough question, and that is the issue of suicide. […]

Asbestos

Hon. Jim Munson:  My question is to the Leader of the Government in the Senate.  In the last few months I have been noticing the great cleanup that has been ongoing in the West Block, the billion dollar project of cleansing the West Block of asbestos. There have been warnings and warnings about what asbestos does, with […]

Abortion

Hon. Jim Munson:  Honourable senators, I have a question for the Leader of the Government in the Senate.  In light of the recent comments by a Conservative MP dealing with abortion, I would like to have the government’s or the minister’s viewpoint on a woman’s right to choose. Hon. Marjory LeBreton (Leader of the Government):  Honourable […]

Funding for Settlement Services

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate, and is also in relation to Toronto-based immigrant services agencies. Could the minister shed any light on a mysterious memo that appeared after Christmas, when these cuts were made and while Parliament was not in session? Honourable senators, this […]

Mailings by Senators

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, I have a question for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Honourable senators, I have noticed recently, that a number of Conservative senators have attached petitions to their newsletters advocating various positions. I have noticed that these Conservative senators seek names, addresses and email addresses. Can the minister tell […]

Post-secondary Data Collection—Scientific Research

Hon. Jim Munson: My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. She spoke about a communications directive going back to 2002. As director of communications for the then Prime Minister, I do not recall trying to muzzle federal scientists, even going so far as to control when and what, if anything, they […]

Government Response to Report

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is to the Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology. A recent report from that committee’s Subcommittee on Cities entitled In From the Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness contained 74 recommendations based on 35 hearings, 5 round tables and […]

2011 Census

Hon. Jim Munson: That must be an interesting cabinet meeting where the Prime Minister asks the question: All those who are in favour of the way I think say “yea.” He can achieve consensus that way. As he said this summer, “I make the rules.” Honourable senators, the Liberal Party of Canada in the other place […]

Upcoming Visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, I have a supplementary question for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Would the minister be able to supply us with the list of senators who have been invited to dine with the Queen or attend any reception with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth? Senator LeBreton: Unfortunately, honourable senators, I cannot. […]

Asbestos Regulations

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, that is enough talk about “Where’s me lake taxes gone?” Think about it. My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. I will talk about something even more serious — the asbestos issue in the province of Quebec. The Public Health Association of Canada has recently commented […]

Budget 2010

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is directed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Last evening, the President of the Treasury Board, Minister Day, testified at the Finance Committee and explained how government departments are being asked to hold the line on budgets and expenditures. However, the Privy Council Office, the department […]

Protection of Children

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. It is disturbing to learn about an unacceptable number of young people in Canada who are deprived of their full rights of childhood. The number of First Nations children today who are in the care of children’s aid societies […]

Access to Information

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, I have a question for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Canada has received yet another failing grade in the international arena. We already know how poorly we do for child care and poverty. The OECD and UNESCO have given us failing grades. We know how badly we are […]

Assistance for Former Nortel Workers

(Response to question raised by Hon. Jim Munson on October 1, 2009) The government is obviously concerned about the impact of the current economic reality on employees in Canada and their families, including those from Nortel Networks (Nortel). Nortel commenced proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) on January 15th, 2009. Under Canada’s insolvency […]

Assistance for Former Nortel Workers

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, I have a question to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. My question is about former Nortel workers. Both the Leader of the Government in the Senate and I recognize and understand some of the issues related to Nortel and the people who have been laid off. This area […]

Government Response to H1N1 Virus in First Nations Communities

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, that answer is not good enough. Body bags are for coroners, not health officials. Does the minister ever talk to her officials? Does she communicate with them? There is one thing here: She is the boss and, at the end of the day — at some point — responsibility begins with […]

Annual Parliamentary Hockey Game

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is a serious one. It is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Earlier this year, the Liberals scored a stunning victory against the Conservatives. It was the annual parliamentary hockey game. Liberal MPs, plus one Liberal senator — Senator Mercer: What was his name? Senator Munson: — played […]

Federal Rental Properties

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. My question has to do with the government as a landlord. We know that across the country the federal government owns buildings and acts as a landlord to the many businesses that rent space in its buildings. I also […]

Seniors Health Services

Hon. Jim Munson: I know the minister has a sincere interest in the subject of aging. Honourable senators, Canada’s population is aging and it is no secret. All one needs to do is look at Senator Duffy and me. The serious part of the matter is that we know all about our retiring baby boomers and […]

Eligibility for Citizenship

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question concerns “Canadian-ness.” This government recently put forward a law that could effectively deny citizenship to a certain group of people. Forgive me if I become personal, but I am thinking of my future grandchildren. Both my children were born overseas while I was working for a Canadian television company. […]

Access to Information

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. May 3 was World Press Freedom Day, a day when the vital role of the free press is acknowledged and celebrated as an essential component of democracy, yet this government seems somewhat tardy when supplying information. When asked to […]

DNA Data Bank

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. The federal DNA Data Bank retains the DNA of Canadian youth convicted of crimes as minor as petty theft. For example, a 12-year-old who grabs a baseball hat off a playmate and runs away with it could be found […]

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples—Human Rights

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, I realize we are coming to the end of Question Period. I will put two questions into one. In September 2007, this government voted against the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This week, our Human Rights Committee heard witnesses describe the human rights violations taking place in […]

International Olympic Committee Position on Participation of Women

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Next year, all eyes will be on Canada and beautiful British Columbia when the Olympic flame burns bright in Vancouver. However, we are now seeing who is being burned by the International Olympic Committee. Women ski jumpers have had […]

2006 Report on CBC Restructuring and CBC Funding

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, this is a question that I think Senator Tkachuk really would like to ask. In June 2006, the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications issued Volumes I and II of its Final Report on the Canadian News Media. I was pleased to work with Senator Fraser on the committee, with […]

Literacy and Essential Skills

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. On the literacy issue, reports have shown that nearly one half of Quebecers lack the basic literacy skills required to compete in the global economy. In Nunavik, the situation is dire. More than 63 per cent of young people […]

Child Care

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, this question is to the Leader of the Government in the Senate on a similar subject. The world is watching when it comes to child care and, frankly, it is embarrassing. From the United Nations to the OECD, Canada has been repeatedly criticized for its failed child care policies and their […]

Budget 2009

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. I want to congratulate the government for putting $1.5 million into the budget for Special Olympics. It is extremely important, and I know the Special Olympics movement appreciates it very much. As the leader knows, I work closely with […]

Autism

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Last week’s federal budget talked a lot about infrastructure. My question is about another kind of infrastructure, namely, social infrastructure. I talked about it yesterday, as did Senator Oliver, in dealing with autism. I do not need to go […]

Budget 2009

Hon. Jim Munson: Yesterday, honourable senators, the Leader of the Government in the Senate read a list of companies and associations that support the budget. There is another list she failed to read out, and that is a list of the unemployed, the people who have lost their jobs. At one time, in Ottawa, 80,000 people […]

Appointment Process

Hon. Jim Munson: My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Yesterday’s note from the throne offered a new glimpse on the Conservative government. Yesterday, we heard words we have never heard before: working together, solidarity, reaching out, listening, unity — and my favourite — non-partisan cooperation. Some Hon. Senators: Hear, hear! Senator […]

Appointment Process

Hon. Jim Munson: My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Yesterday’s note from the throne offered a new glimpse on the Conservative government. Yesterday, we heard words we have never heard before: working together, solidarity, reaching out, listening, unity — and my favourite — non-partisan cooperation. Some Hon. Senators: Hear, hear! Senator […]