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Catherine Callbeck

The Hon. Catherine S. Callbeck, B.Comm., B.Ed. Senator Catherine S. Callbeck was the first woman in Canada to be elected as Premier and was named as one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2006. Appointed to the Senate on September 23, 1997, she represents the province of Prince Edward Island.

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Climate Change Strategy

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Statement made on 10 May 2012 by Senator Grant Mitchell

Hon. Grant Mitchell:

Honourable senators, critical to developing markets for our oil and to getting permission to build our many projects is the social licence that we get from people, from societies, from countries to allow us to do these projects.

Counterintuitively, in the process of trying to sell the Keystone or Northern Gateway pipelines, this government has cut 1,700 jobs from the Department of the Environment, cut countless numbers of scientists — to the point where people are really worrying about the scientific credibility of that department — cut countless research stations that have been focused on climate change, shut down the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, attacked environmental charities in Canada, attacked international environmental foundations, diminished the environment review process, and delayed regulations on the oil sands.

What possible good can it do to send that kind of message to Canadians, to the world of people concerned about our projects and to the people who need to give us social licence so we can sell our products and build our projects? It does not make any sense.

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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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