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Fernand Robichaud

The Hon. Fernand Robichaud, P.C. Appointed to the Senate by the Rt. Honourable Jean Chrétien, Senator Fernand Robichaud represents the province of New Brunswick and the Senatorial Division of Saint-Louis-de-Kent. He has served in the Senate of Canada since September 23, 1997.

Statements & Hansard

Canadian International Development Agency—Project Overseas Funding

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Statement made on 09 February 2011 by Senator Terry Mercer

Hon. Terry M. Mercer:

Honourable senators, I am having difficulty with this answer. The leader talked about lack of focus, sustainability and budgetary information. The focus is 50 years of doing a job around the world and helping thousands of teachers and millions of students improve their lives in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean region. The sustainability is this program has been delivered over 50 years. Budgetary information is provided in all the applications.

What prompted me to rise to my feet was the talk about the Canadian Teachers' Federation not meeting the requirements for filling out an application. I recall only a short while ago, as honourable senators will recall, that the Prime Minister had a big event where he talked about the commitment of the Conservative government to cutting what? Red tape. He was cutting red tape.

It seems to me, honourable senators, that a program like this one, which has been praised by people across Canada and around the world as a terrific program, is a great place to show the kind of leadership that the Prime Minister seemed to indicate he wanted to demonstrate: by cutting the red tape and by ensuring that this program receives funding and receives it now.

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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.
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