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George Furey

The Hon. George  Furey, Q.C., B.A., B.A. (Ed.), M.Ed., LL.B. A distinguished educator and lawyer with deep roots in the community, Senator George Furey is one of the leading citizens of Newfoundland and Labrador. He was appointed to the Senate on August 11, 1999, by the Rt. Honourable Jean Chrétien.

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Climate Change Policy

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Statement made on 02 February 2011 by Senator Grant Mitchell

Hon. Grant Mitchell:

Honourable senators, it is becoming increasingly apparent that many business groups, from the Canadian Council of Chief Executives to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, are now urging Ottawa to implement a carbon-pricing mechanism, a market mechanism to deal with climate change, rather than using a heavy-handed regulatory approach.

Ironically, in spite of that input from these powerful business groups that, one would think, would know about the markets, the government's new rookie Minister of the Environment has just announced that he is going to regulate. Of course, he is not the real Minister of the Environment; Mr. Harper is the real Minister of the Environment, making this all the more paradoxical.

Could the Leader of the Government in the Senate tell us why we should not be absolutely shocked that this hard-nosed, market-worshipping, business-friendly Conservative government is turning around and imposing the regulatory, big-government, command-and-control government approach over and above the market-driven mechanism that business wants?

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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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