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Dennis Dawson

The Hon. Dennis  Dawson, B.A., M.B.A. Senator Dennis Dawson was elected as one of the youngest members of Parliament in Canadian history where he served his constituents of Louis-Hébert for three consecutive terms. He was appointed to the Senate on August 2, 2005, and represents the province of Quebec and the Senatorial Division of Lauzon.

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Employment Insurance Consultations

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Statement made on 12 June 2012 by Senator Jane Cordy

Hon. Jane Cordy:

In her reply to Senator Mercer, the leader said that Minister Finley has consulted with her provincial counterparts. Interestingly enough, a couple of weeks ago the Atlantic premiers got together — Premier Ghiz from Prince Edward Island, Conservative Premier Dunderdale from Newfoundland and Labrador, Conservative Premier Alward from New Brunswick and Premier Dexter from Nova Scotia — and all said that they had received no consultation, none, from the minister.

What Minister Finley did say to the editorial board of the Chronicle-Herald was that she did consult, as Senator Mercer said, with all Conservative MPs. One would have to assume, and perhaps the leader can correct this, that my Conservative MPs from Nova Scotia — Peter MacKay, Gerald Keddy and Greg Kerr — all agree wholeheartedly with the changes that have been made to EI in this budget. Would that be correct?

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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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