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Terry Mercer

The Hon. Terry M. Mercer, D.C.L, B.A., C.F.R.E. Appointed to the Senate by the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien in November 2003, Senator Terry M. Mercer represents the province of Nova Scotia and the Senatorial Division of Northend Halifax.

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2011 Census

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Statement made on 27 September 2010 by Senator Jim Munson

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 tabled a motion calling on the government to reinstate the long-form census and introduce legislative amendments to the Statistics Act in order to remove the provision for imprisonment that my honourable friends keep talking about. Tony Clement, the Minister of Industry, has been citing this provision as the reason for eliminating the long-form census. He even misled Canadians, and the leader knows it, by suggesting that the Liberal Party is willing to force, coerce and use jail time and fines in support of its use. The leader knows this is untrue.

The question for the leader is: Shall we expect her government's support for the amendment of the Statistics Act in order to remove the provision for imprisonment? We are looking for compromises here. We are looking to keep the long-form census and maintain it.

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Recent Statements from Liberal Senators

First Nations Control of First Nations Education Bill

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator Lillian Eva Dyck | Honourable senators, I would like to say a few words about this motion. I am definitely in support of it. The idea of a First Nations education act is critically important to the welfare of First Nations across Canada, and especially to our young people.

Income Inequality

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette | What does the government intend to do to learn from the financial crisis, reduce wealth inequality, and follow the lead of other jurisdictions that have started to rein in compensation that has nothing to do with the productivity of the people who earn the average salary of a Canadian in half a day?

Broadcast of Senate Proceedings

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator Grant Mitchelll | What is the leader's personal opinion about televising the Senate?

National Pharmacare

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator Art Eggleton | That was supported unanimously in the Senate, so I take it, senator, that you would be willing to now advance this idea to the government.

National Pharmacare

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator James Cowan | My question is: Will this government put National Pharmacare on the agenda?
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