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« Reference on Quebec Secession: a Positive Impact for All »

Posted on May 21, 2015 | No Comments

Dear Readers,

Under the theme “The Reference on Quebec secession – Lessons Learned and Consequences”, the current issue of Revue québécoise de droit constitutionnel published one of my papers, in which I demonstrate that an attempt by the government of Quebec to secede unilaterally would be without legal foundation and unfeasible.

Here is the reference to my contribution :

Stéphane Dion, « Reference on Quebec Secession: a Positive Impact for All », (2014) 6 Revue québécoise de droit constitutionnel 21-37.

You may access my contribution in English, below:

Reference on Quebec Secession a Positive Impact for All

As always, I will be very pleased to read any comments you might have.

Enjoy your read!

Stéphane Dion

Question Period: Copyright Board (May 13th, 2015, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa)

Posted on May 14, 2015 | No Comments

Dear Readers,

On May 13, 2015 in Question Period, I asked the Conservative government why it refuses to allocate sufficient resources to the Copyright Board, thus preventing the Board from accomplishing its important mission.

Please find attached this exchange, in both official languages. As always, I will be very pleased to read any comments you might have.

Enjoy your read!

Stéphane Dion

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Hon. Stéphane Dion (Saint-Laurent—Cartierville, Lib.):

Mr. Speaker, let me say also that 90% of families would receive more with the Liberal plan.

Neglected by the current government, the copyright board cannot fulfill its mission. The average time to render a decision is between two and three years. Only two out of five board seats are filled, and the chair’s position has been vacant for a year. It seems hard for the minister to find a chair who is competent and Conservative enough.

When will the minister give the board resources so that it can render sound and timely decisions?

 

Hon. Peter Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, our government takes great care to ensure that our appointments are of a high quality and have high merit. This is another example of where we will be doing that.

We have been focused on reforming our intellectual property regime. Our recent budget includes changes to extend intellectual property rights for those in the creative classes in Canada. They are very appreciative of those changes, and we are going to ensure they have the fullest protection possible to allow our creative classes to flourish.

Question Period: Francophone Immigration (May 7th, 2015, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa)

Posted on May 8, 2015 | No Comments

Dear Readers,

At Question Period on May 7, 2015, I asked the Minister of Immigration why he does so little to encourage francophone immigration. Please our exchange below. As always, I will be very pleased to read any comments you might have.

Enjoy your read!

Stéphane Dion

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Hon. Stéphane Dion (Saint-Laurent—Cartierville, Lib.):

Mr. Speaker, the commissioner’s report points out that the Liberals’ objective of having 4.4% of francophone immigrants settle outside Quebec by 2008 was pushed back to 2023 by the Conservatives. The Conservatives have shut down regional offices, abolished the destination Canada and the francophone significant benefit programs, and have reallocated $120 million to purposes other than francophone immigration. In short, they have dismantled the francophone immigration promotion programs.

To fix this mess, the minister promised that he would fix the express entry system. When will he do so? Will he keep a promise for once?
Mr. Costas Menegakis (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, as I said earlier, we have been very clear about our goal of 4% for francophone immigration outside of Quebec. Our government has a road map to get there. We are already seeing results from express entry. We have taken note of the commissioner’s other recommendations.

The road map for linguistic duality that our government brought in in 2008 was renewed again for five years in 2013 and provides for over $1.1 billion to promote official languages in minority communities.

Unfortunately, the Liberals say one thing when they stand up to ask questions, but they vote differently when programs like that come to a vote.

A World Price for Carbon: A Necessary Condition for an Effective Global Climate Agreement

Posted on May 8, 2015 | No Comments

Dear readers, The Harvard International Review just published A World Price for Carbon: A Necessary Condition for an Effective Global Climate Agreement. In my presentation, I […]

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Question Period: Armed Forces and Sexual Harassment (May 1st, 2015, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa)

Posted on May 4, 2015 | No Comments

Dear all, At Question Period on May 1st, 2015, I asked the government why Minister of Defense Jason Kenney refuses to fulfill his responsibility in the […]

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Question Period: Intellectual Property Protection (May 1st, 2015, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa)

Posted on May 4, 2015 | No Comments

Dear Readers, At Question Period on May 1st, 2015, I asked the government why the Budget doesn’t provide Canadian music authors and composers with the same […]

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Question Period: Temporary Foreign Worker Program (April 30th, 2015, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa)

Posted on May 3, 2015 | No Comments

Dear Readers, On April 30, 2015, I blamed the Conservative government for its poor handling of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, and voiced my support for […]

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Statement: Journey to Freedom Day

Posted on May 1, 2015 | No Comments

Dear Readers, Under a law adopted unanimously by Parliament, Canadians will hereafter celebrate their fellow Canadians of Vietnamese origin every year on April 30. To mark […]

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Statement – International Dance Day

Posted on April 30, 2015 | No Comments

Dear Readers, On April 29, 2015, I read a statement in the House to mark International Dance Day. I invited my politician colleagues (some of whom […]

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The Right Dose of Party Discipline

Posted on April 28, 2015 | No Comments

discipline_de_parti_eng Dear Readers, On April 9, 2015, in the Quebec National Assembly’s Red Room, I gave a conference on the benefits of a well balanced party […]

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