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The Hon. Charlie  Watt, O.Q. Appointed to the Senate by the late former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Senator Charlie Watt represents the province of Quebec and the Senatorial Division of Inkerman.

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Published by Senator James Cowan on 22 January 2010

On January 25th, Liberal MPs and Senators will be back at work on Parliament Hill. Despite the fact that the Prime Minister prorogued Parliament, we will join our leader Michael Ignatieff in addressing the concerns of Canadians: job security and the economy, our healthcare system, climate change, the status of women, veterans’ issues, democracy and governance. For this reason, we will be holding over the course of that week roundtables and discussion panels on a variety of issues that affect the lives of Canadians. My Liberal colleagues and myself are happy to get back to work in Ottawa, as we should, and carry-out the duties with which Canadians have entrusted us.

I look forward to participating in these discussions that will feature renowned guest speakers who will bring considerable expertise to the debates. More particularly, I will be taking part in a special forum on governance, dealing specifically with the relationship between the federal government and independent agencies and quasi-judicial bodies.

The profile of our special guests for this event will range from law professors to former complaints officers and heads of government corporations, amongst them Linda Keen. Their testimony will highlight the importance of maintaining the independence of government agencies and quasi-judicial bodies.

I believe it is essential that the government and its elected officials maintain an arm’s-length approach in their management of these independent corporations. We must find a way to ensure that politics do not influence the neutral and non-partisan work of public servants, particularly those experts who lead agencies of such a complex nature as Atomic Energy of Canada Limited.

Prime Minister Harper should grasp the importance of maintaining the independence of these agencies and should trust the knowledge and expertise of the people who serve them in the best interest of Canadians. We all need to remember that goodgovernance is about more than politics.

Recent Posts

Canada's Aboriginal people: What's in a name?

24 Mar, 2014 | By Senator Charlie Watt | Some people are confused by the different terms used for Canada’s Aboriginal people.

Arctic Sovereignty: Part Four

7 Mar, 2014 | By Senator Charlie Watt | Dr. Dalee Sambo Dorough, an Expert Member and Vice Chairperson on the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), shares my opinion that “no state should be able to use the UNCLOS regime and treaty provisions to claim portions or territory of the Arctic Ocean and Seabed that Inuit occupy and have rights to unless Inuit are engaged and ultimately consent.”

30th Anniversary

3 Mar, 2014 | By Senator Charlie Watt | I have just celebrated an anniversary here in the Senate and would like to thank my colleagues for their kind words.

Arctic Sovereignty: Part Three

28 Feb, 2014 | By Senator Charlie Watt | Over the past year, Dr. Claudio Aporta of Dalhousie University has prepared a report titled, Inuit Trails and Arctic Occupancy. His work is unique, as it’s the first to clearly compile and analyze historical maps of Inuit occupancy of the Arctic. Dr. Aporta used written histories, often based on other historical documents and oral history.

Arctic Sovereignty: Part Two

21 Feb, 2014 | By Senator Charlie Watt | In the Fall of 2012, the Senate Liberal Caucus commissioned a report by Peter Hutchins Legal Inc, titled Inuit: Canada’s Treaty Partners or Free Agents? An Argument for an Inuit-Canada Joint Approach to Addressing Sovereignty Disputes in the Arctic.
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