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Pana Merchant

The Hon. Pana  Merchant, B.A. Appointed to the Senate by the Rt. Honourable Jean Chrétien, Senator Pana Merchant represents the province of Saskatchewan and the Senatorial Division of Saskatchewan. She has served in the Senate of Canada since December 12, 2002.

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Economic Stimulus Package

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Statement made on 02 April 2009 by Senator James Cowan

Hon. James S. Cowan (Leader of the Opposition):

Honourable senators, Canada is facing its greatest economic crisis in 50 years. People across the country are losing their jobs or are being forced to take on reduced working schedules; families are struggling to make ends meet. In my province of Nova Scotia, people are losing their jobs every day. Recently, Comeau Lumber, 60 jobs; American Express, 87 jobs; Little Narrows Gypsum, 66 jobs; Crossley Carpet Mills in Senator Dickson's home town, 40 jobs; ACA Co-operative, 302 jobs; KLJ Field Services, 90 jobs; Acadian Zinc Mine, 67 jobs, and the list goes on. Thousands of jobs have been lost in the last few months.

In December 2008, business bankruptcies were up 60 per cent, year over year. Nova Scotians, indeed all Canadians, are being battered by this recession. They need the help of their federal government and they need it now.

Can the minister guarantee that her government will actually spend all the stimulus money in the budget that we approved so quickly a couple of weeks ago and that it will immediately start getting Canadians back to work?

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Recent Statements from Liberal Senators

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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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