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Art Eggleton

The Hon. Art  Eggleton, P.C. Senator Art Eggleton has served the people of Canada and the city of Toronto in public office for over 35 years. He was appointed to the Senate on March 24, 2005, by the Rt Honourable Paul Martin and represents the province of Ontario.

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2011 Census

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Statement made on 27 September 2010 by Senator Joan Fraser

Hon. Joan Fraser:

Honourable senators, I have a supplementary question for the leader. As she is aware, Statistics Canada publishes invaluable profiles of language minorities in Canada based upon the long-form census. The one on English Quebecers published last week runs to 122 pages, and is an absolute treasure trove of information about the English-language community in Quebec. It goes a long way to dispelling some of the unpleasantly persistent mythology about that community. Even though it is the work of Statistics Canada, there are those in Quebec who try to dispute the findings because they do not like what the information says. Fortunately, most people know that the work of Statistics Canada is valid. They may not like the news, but they accept the news.

However, every statistician and expert on opinion polling will tell you that a voluntary survey is not as statistically valid as a compulsory one. It just is not, despite the leader's undoubtedly heartfelt belief.

Can the leader please tell me, the next time that Statistics Canada has to publish news that some people do not like, how this government will restore the credibility of what was once one of our proudest institutions?

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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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