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Céline Hervieux-Payette

The Hon. Céline  Hervieux-Payette, P.C., LL.B. Appointed to the Senate on March 21, 1995 and appointed Leader of the Opposition on January 18, 2007, Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette represents the province of Quebec and the Senatorial Division of Bedford.

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Canadian International Development Agency Overseas Program Funding

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Statement made on 15 February 2011 by Senator Jane Cordy

Hon. Jane Cordy:

Honourable senators, last week in response to questions from Senator Cowan, Senator Mercer and me, the leader stated that the Canadian Teachers' Federation proposal for Project Overseas was rejected because of a lack of focus, sustainability and budgetary information. I find this unusual since the program has been sustainable for over 50 years. The focus of the project is to train teachers and develop curricula. Surely the budgetary information was discussed during the 18 months that CIDA and the teachers' federation worked together on the proposal.

Honourable senators, I also find the budgetary aspect particularly unusual since it is next to impossible to find out from this government the costs of the crime bills that are before Parliament. What will the cost be to the Canadian taxpayer?

Can the leader tell this chamber who made the decision to reject the proposal from the Canadian Teachers' Federation? Was it CIDA or was it Minister Oda?

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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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