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Second reading of Bill C-27: First Nations Financial Transparency Act

1st Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 148, Issue 131 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to Bill C-27, the First Nations Financial Transparency Act. This bill expands upon and goes beyond the private member's bill of Kelly Block, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar, Bill C-575 in the last parliament. The goal of this bill is to require First Nation governments to publish their audited, consolidated financial statements annually and to require that…
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Third reading of Bill 45: Budget Implementation Act II

1st Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 148, Issue 131 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: As all honourable senators know, the Assembly of First Nations held its special chiefs assembly across the Ottawa River in Gatineau last week. The chiefs protested on the hill because they were so upset about what is happening with regard to Bill C-45. Division 8 of Bill C-45 makes amendments to the Indian Act in relation to proposed land designations. By removing the double majority requirement, it allows land design…
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Third reading of Bill C-44: An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code and the Employment Insurance Act

1st Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 150, Issue 130 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, I concur with previous speeches on the value of Bill C-44 to address some aspects of the plight of parents of critically ill or missing and murdered children. I congratulate Senator Boisvenu for his important and tireless work in this area and Senator Eaton in her work as the sponsor of Bill C-44. As noted by Senator Eaton, observations were advanced by Senator Cordy and me, which were agreed to b…
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Third reading of S-8: Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act

1st Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 148, Issue 90 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, I rise today at third reading of Bill S-8, the safe drinking water for First Nations act. This bill was referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples on April 25, and since then our committee has heard from 12 non-federal government witnesses representing First Nations and legal associations. As honourable senators know, this is the second version of the First Nations safe drinkin…
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Third Reading of Bill S-6: First Nations Election Act

1st Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 148, Issue 67 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, I rise to speak to third reading of Bill S-6, An Act respecting the election and term of office of chiefs and councillors of certain First Nations and the composition of council of those First Nations. Honourable senators, the sponsor of the bill pointed out its good points a few weeks ago, and I will not focus on those this evening. The critic of the bill spoke last week about some of the issues w…
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