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Celebrating Canadian Museums Day

Posted on November 21, 2014 | No Comments

Dear all,

I am pleased to share the statement I delivered in the House on November 18, 2014 on the occasion of Canadian Museums Day with you. You can find this text below.

Enjoy your read!

Stéphane Dion

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

Mr. Speaker, today is Canadian Museums Day. This is a day when we celebrate our museums, their importance, and their vital link to our country’s heritage.

We must celebrate our museums, not just for their beauty and artistic richness, for the pleasure derived from visiting them and the emotions they evoke, but also because they are an awakening of our knowledge, an extension of the classroom, a keeper of our memories, both those of Canada and of other cultures, a connection with nature, a driver of tourism, economic development and scientific progress, and so much more.

I encourage my honourable colleagues to meet today with the various museum organizations on the Hill so that we can all become better legislators for Canadian museums.

 

Question Period: Bill C-10 (19 November 2014, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa)

Posted on November 20, 2014 | No Comments

Dear all,

At Question Period on November 19, 2014, I asked the Conservative government to compensate the provinces for the added costs of its bad policies which are inflating jail population despite the crime rate having decreased. I also asked that the insane six-month minimum jail term for possession of marijuana be revoked.

Please find my question and the Minister of Justice’s answer 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, as we have already said, Bill C-10 is an ineffective, ideological grab bag that will simply inflate prison costs and prison populations, especially in provincial prisons, despite falling crime rates. A study conducted by Le Devoir confirms it: in two years, the prison population rose by 10% in Saskatchewan, 11% in Quebec and 18% in Manitoba.

Will the federal government compensate the provinces, which should not have to pay for the Conservatives’ bad decisions, and will it remove the ridiculous six-month minimum sentence for possession of marijuana?

Hon. Peter MacKay (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, as the member knows, I am sure, there is shared jurisdiction with respect to prisons, but let us be frank: it was our government that took the necessary steps to respond to the outcry from the public that we were hearing over very serious offences, including violent sexual offences. That resulted in some mandatory minimum penalties.

I remind the member opposite, contrary to the public view, that his leader and his party have pledged to do away with mandatory minimum sentences when it comes to some serious offences, such as distribution of date rape drugs and child pornography.

Question Period: CBC / Radio-Canada (17 November 2014, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa)

Posted on November 19, 2014 | No Comments

Dear all,

The Conservatives had promised they would maintain or increase support for the CBC. On November 17, 2014, I asked them why they broke their promise.

You will  find our exchange below.

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

Stéphane Dion

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

Mr. Speaker, the Canadians who marched for CBC/Radio-Canada yesterday have every reason to feel betrayed by the Conservatives.

On May 3, 2011, the heritage minister made the following statement: “We have said that we will maintain or increase support for the CBC. That is our platform and we have said that before and we will commit to that.” In 2012, however, the government slashed $115 million from CBC/Radio-Canada’s budget. It sucked the life out of CBC/Radio-Canada.

Why did the Conservatives break yet another promise?

 

Hon. Shelly Glover (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, CPC)

Mr. Speaker, he was actually the one who made cuts when he was minister.

The president of CBC/Radio-Canada had this to say about the weekend’s events: “All of our employees are currently engaged in a transformation process that will enable us to meet the challenges of the new media world that are facing all large broadcasters.”

CBC/Radio-Canada is attracting fewer viewers than before, despite the fact that it is receiving more than $1 billion in direct subsidies from taxpayers each year. The changes to CBC/Radio-Canada are a result of that decrease. It is up to CBC/Radio-Canada to deal with it.

CBC: the Liberal Vision

Posted on November 15, 2014 | No Comments

Dear all, On November 15, 2014, I was invited to the annual convention of the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec to present Justin Trudeau’s and […]

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Question Period: Champlain Bridge (7 November 2014, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa)

Posted on November 10, 2014 | No Comments

Dear friends, It seems that in the face-off around the name of Champlain Bridge, Minister Lebel scored in his own net — as the Rocket would […]

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Question Period: Champlain Bridge (4 November 2014, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa)

Posted on November 6, 2014 | No Comments

Dear friends, On November 4, 2014, I asked the Conservative government why it wants to rename the Champlain Bridge. Please find my question as well as […]

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Question Period: Public Safety (31 October 2014, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa)

Posted on November 4, 2014 | No Comments

Dear friends, On October 31, 2014, I asked the Harper government why 80 individuals who have carried out terrorist activities abroad have not been apprehended as […]

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In memory of Mark Dunn

Posted on October 30, 2014 | No Comments

Dear friends, On October 29, 2014, I rose in the House of Commons to highlight the premature loss of Mark Dunn, distinguished journalist and political advisor. Please […]

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Question Period: 150th Anniversary of the Confederation (27 October 2014, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa)

Posted on October 29, 2014 | No Comments

Dear friends, On October 27, 2014, during Question Period, I asked the government why it is spending so much money to advertise the 150th anniversary of […]

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The Fukushima Shock

Posted on October 27, 2014 | No Comments

Dear Readers, I recently traveled to Japan as member of a study group put together by the Green Cross to gain a better understanding of the […]

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