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Terry Mercer

The Hon. Terry M. Mercer, D.C.L, B.A., C.F.R.E. Appointed to the Senate by the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien in November 2003, Senator Terry M. Mercer represents the province of Nova Scotia and the Senatorial Division of Northend Halifax.

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Statement made on 06 October 2009 by Senator Rod Zimmer (retired)

Hon. Rod A.A. Zimmer:

Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Stable employment, associated benefits and financial independence are difficult to secure for the spouses of the Canadian Forces members who are assuming the domestic role and the responsibility of the home and the children. It is even more difficult for widows to suddenly transition from being a financially dependent spouse to an independent surviving spouse, considering they receive only half of their deceased spouse's pension.

Veterans Affairs Canada awards some widows who are not able to support themselves financial assistance from the War Veterans Allowance. This allowance tops off at $1,273 a month. We are all aware that this amount per month leaves a single individual in a life of poverty.

Minister, what is the government doing to help these people refrain from falling into a life of poverty because of their choice to support the decision of their spouses, our heroes, to defend our country?

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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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