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Third reading of Bill S-215: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sentencing for violent offences against Aboriginal women)

1st Session, 42nd Parliament, Volume 150, Issue 86 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck moved third reading of Bill S-215, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sentencing for violent offences against Aboriginal women). She said: Honourable senators, I rise today to speak as the sponsor at third reading of Bill S-215, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sentencing for violent offences against Aboriginal women). I thank the members of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs for review…
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Motion on Bill S-203: Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins

1st Session, 42nd Parliament, Volume 150, Issue 74 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: I just thought I would say a few words on this hoist motion. Senator Tannas, I really appreciated the comments you made. I've known you for some time, and I know that any research you do is taken from a neutral position. You did bring up some issues that I think very much needed to be taken into account. When we look at a bill, we should be making decisions with respect to the merits of the bill, and there obviously are…
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Third Report of the Aboriginal Peoples Committee (Border Crossing Issues and the Jay Treaty)

1st Session, 42st Parliament, Volume 150, Issue 55 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, I move: That the third report of the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, tabled on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, be adopted and that, pursuant to rule 12-24(1), the Senate request a complete and detailed response from the government, with the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs being identified as minister responsible for responding to the report. She said: Honourable senators…
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On Senator Joyal's Amendment to Bill C-14

1st Session, 42st Parliament, Volume 150, Issue 52 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, I stand here as a woman. I stand here also as an Aboriginal woman. I have been in this chamber for 11 years. I have served as critic for a lot of bills that have affected First Nations people, and I have seen us trample on the rights of those people for a decade. We have ignored their constitutional rights. They have come before us, so I definitely see my role as standing up for minorities. In this…
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Inquiry on the National Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls

2nd Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 149, Issue 153 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck rose pursuant to notice of March 25, 2015: That she will call the attention of the Senate to the National Roundtable on missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls and the Government of Canada's Action Plan to Address Family Violence and Violent Crimes Against Aboriginal Women and Girls. She said: Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to my inquiry into the National Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Abor…
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Budget Implementation Bill No.1 (Second Reading)

1st Session, 42st Parliament, Volume 150, Issue 51 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: I thank my honourable colleague and deputy chair of the committee for bringing that up. As he indicated, we are nearing the end of our study on the Inuit housing situation, and one thing that I would like to add to his comments is that we are not concerned only that the money is well spent and that the money doesn't necessarily get eaten away by administrative costs. The other thing that was brought up very clearly was…
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Amended Bill C-14

1st Session, 42st Parliament, Volume 150, Issue 50 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: I rise tonight to support Bill C-14 as amended. First of all, I would like to make some general comments. Over the last two weeks the debate in the chamber has been extremely intense, most respectful and has involved everybody in the chamber, either those who have gotten up to speak to the bill, asked questions or sat here listening intently to inform their thinking and decision making. Prior to this, I haven't notice…
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On Senator Cowan's Amendment to Bill C-14

1st Session, 42st Parliament, Volume 150, Issue 49 Senator Dyck: I'd like to say a couple of words about this amendment. First of all, I do not think it is an implicit admission of the need for more safeguards. Actually, if you look up the definition of the word "may," in laymen's language it's expressing a possibility. "May" can mean "may, yes," but also mean "may not." That is how I interpret it, that there may be a possibility that additional safeguards are needed. Secondly, I will not s…
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On Senator Jaffer's Subamendment to Bill C-14

1st Session, 42st Parliament, Volume 150, Issue 48 The Hon. the Speaker: Senator Dyck, on debate on the subamendment? Senator Dyck: Yes. This has been an interesting discussion this evening. I think I've got everything straight. Senator Jaffer, you've come up with, as Senator Fraser said, a very creative method of satisfying the requests of people that we don't move too hastily but, at the same time, put within the bill the suggestions that we have at this point in time. It seems to me tha…
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On Senator Joyal's Amendment to Bill C-14 (Third Reading)

1st Session, 42st Parliament, Volume 150, Issue 45 Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, I would like to join the debate on Bill C-14. I rise in support of Senator Joyal's amendment to Bill C-14, medical assistance in dying. First, I would like to acknowledge the work of the members of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs who undertook a comprehensive special joint pre-study of this bill and who have just now completed their committee's study of the bill. I…
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