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Catherine Callbeck

The Hon. Catherine S. Callbeck, B.Comm., B.Ed. Senator Catherine S. Callbeck was the first woman in Canada to be elected as Premier and was named as one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2006. Appointed to the Senate on September 23, 1997, she represents the province of Prince Edward Island.

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Recent Statements from Liberal Senators

Business of the Senate

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Joan Fraser | Colleagues, I'm rising to speak on behalf of my leader, the Leader of the Opposition, Senator Cowan, who had to be in Halifax tonight on public business. I must tell you that when I called him to say we were going to be adjourning for the summer tonight, he was, I could tell, quite irritated, not because he wanted us all to go on working like galley slaves but because he had already written a speech that he wanted to give tomorrow morning.

Lighthouses as Irreplaceable Symbols of Maritime Heritage—Inquiry

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Jim Munson | Thank you, Your Honour, and my apologies to Senator Champagne.

Unequal Access to Justice—Inquiry

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Joan Fraser | Colleagues, I know that Senator Jaffer was preparing to close this debate but, before she did that, I just had to say how terribly important the subject she has raised is.

The Senate—Promoting and Defending Causes that Concern the Public Interest—Inquiry

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Jim Munson | Honourable senators, I am looking for a bit of love and empathy at this late hour because I do have a speech, but you have to understand that, in the interest of having dignified departures for our five senators this week, I gave up my time to make sure that we were able to celebrate the departures of Senator Buth, Senator Segal, Senator Callbeck, Senator Dallaire and Senator Champagne.

Study on Status of Canada's International Security and Defence Relations

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Grant Mitchell | So, you thought you weren't going to hear from me? Well, I fooled you! So there! I rise in support of this report by the Defence Committee recommending that Canada become involved in ballistic missile defence with NORAD. I congratulate Senator Lang and other members of the committee for what I think was great collaborative work, completely non-partisan, very extensive and detailed with intense research.

Second reading of Bill S-223, An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 and the Parliament of Canada Act (Speakership of the Senate)

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Terry Mercer | Thank you, honourable senators. Today I rise to speak on Bill S-223, An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 and the Parliament of Canada Act that I introduced on Tuesday. The "Speakership of the Senate Act" will hopefully attract some new attention to the Senate and what we are doing here on our own initiative to make this chamber more democratic.

Second reading of Bill S-222, An Act to amend the Canada Border Services Agency Act (Inspector General of the Canada Border Services Agency) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Wilfred Moore | Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to second reading of Bill S-222, An Act to amend the Canada Border Services Agency Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

The Honourable Catherine S. Callbeck—Tributes

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Jane Cordy, Senator Terry Mercer, Senator Art Eggleton, Senator Mobina Jaffer, Senator Marie-P. Charette-Poulin, Senator George Furey, Senator Grant Mitchell, Senator Pierrette Ringuette, Senator Pana Merchant, Senator Jim Munson and Senator David Smith | Honourable senators, it is my pleasure to rise today to honour our esteemed colleague, Senator Catherine Callbeck. A pioneer in Canadian politics, Senator Callbeck blazed a path for women in Canada. She was the first woman elected leader of a political party in Canada to win a general election. In 1993, she became Premier of Prince Edward Island, as she led the Liberal Party to a majority win.

Motion to Honour Soldiers who Fought in the Italian Campaign During the Second World War

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Wilfred Moore | Honourable senators, I, too, would like to join in the debate of this motion by Senator Plett. It is a very worthwhile motion, senator. I particularly wanted to speak to honouring the bravery and sacrifice of all Canadian soldiers.

Motion to Honour Soldiers who Fought in the Italian Campaign During the Second World War

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Joseph Day | Honourable senators, this matter is adjourned in the name of Senator Meredith. I've spoken to Senator Meredith, and he is content to allow me to speak before him and that the matter would revert to his name at the time I finish, if that's acceptable.

Second reading of Bill C-501, An Act respecting a National Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Heritage Day

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Joan Fraser | Well, colleagues, I'm not a lot wiser about hunting, trapping and fishing than I was the other day. I know a little bit more about how many thousands of Canadians work in fields related to these activities and the value that they bring to Canada, apparently over $10 billion a year in these industries.

Second reading of Bill C-479, An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (fairness for victims)

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator George Baker | Your Honour, I have to congratulate Senator Boisvenu for his introduction of the bill. I think it describes the intent of the bill. I have a little more of a problem with this bill, however. It's a private member's bill in the other place.

Second reading of Bill C-483, An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (escorted temporary absence)

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator George Baker | Your Honour, I have to congratulate Senator MacDonald for his presentation of the second reading of this bill. Looking at the bill, we're looking forward to its being sent to committee to be examined.

Third reading of Bill C-489, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (restrictions on offenders)

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Mobina Jaffer | Honourable senators, I rise today to speak on Bill C-489, which aims to provide victims of sexual violence with the safety and security that they need to recover. I would like to thank the Honourable Member of Parliament for Langley, British Columbia, Mr. Mark Warawa, for bringing such an important issue to the forefront by introducing this bill.

Third reading of Bill C-24, An Act to amend the Citizenship Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

19 Jun, 2014 | By Senator Jane Cordy | Honourable senators, I rise today to make a few brief comments about Bill C-24, and I'd like to begin by thanking Senator Eaton for doing her job of bringing forward her government's bill, and I would like to thank Senator Eggleton for his careful analysis of Bill C-24 and for bringing forward well- reasoned amendments in attempting to improve this bill.
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