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Judicial Appointments

Hon. Linda Frum: Everybody agrees that the shortage or delay in appointing judges is the problem here. You don’t need Bill C-75 to correct that problem. Bill C-75 does not correct the problem. The problem is that your government will not appoint judges. Could you explain why not? Hon. Peter Harder (Government Representative in the Senate): I thank the honourable senator for her question. I think it’s a bit hyperbolic to suggest this government has not appointed judges. I do not have…
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SNC-Lavalin

Hon. Linda Frum: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government. On October 17 and November 7, 2018, Mr. Neil Bruce, CEO of SNC-Lavalin, met with Mr. David MacNaughton, Ambassador of Canada in Washington to discuss law enforcement and enforcement of justice issues. That was after the Director of Public Prosecutions refused SNC-Lavalin’s request for a deferred prosecution agreement. Senator Harder, why would a Canadian ambassador be involved in decisions regardi…
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SNC-Lavalin

Hon. Linda Frum: My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. I would like to follow up on my colleague’s question about the meeting on September 17 between the Prime Minister and Attorney General regarding SNC-Lavalin. As it happens, the day after that meeting, lobbyists for SNC-Lavalin met with several people in Ottawa, including Minister Morneau, Minister Carr, the Clerk of the Privy Council and the Deputy Minister of Finance, to discuss, among other things, jus…
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Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Hon. Linda Frum: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government. Senator Harder, in July the Government of Ontario requested $200 million from the Trudeau government to cover the cost of the so-called irregular migrants who poured into our province seeking asylum in response to the Prime Minister’s infamous “Welcome to Canada” tweet. I remind you that 40 per cent of the shelters in Toronto are now occupied by people who have illegally entered Canada. Last week…
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Global Compact for Migration

Hon. Linda Frum: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government. In response to the question from Senator Boehm, you said in reference to the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration that we in this chamber should familiarize ourselves with what is and isn’t in the compact. Here is something that is in the compact. Subsection 33(c) states that the signatories of the compact will: Promote independent, objective and quality reporting of media outl…
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Diplomatic Relations with Iran

Hon. Linda Frum: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. On November 1, while in Jerusalem, Minister Freeland stated there is one condition for the Trudeau government to re-establish diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran. That is the liberty of Maryam Mombeini. When pressed by journalists, her office refused to say if the talks to reopen our embassy in Tehran were still ongoing. This is a surprising response given that las…
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Election Integrity

Hon. Linda Frum: Leader, last week, the government tabled in the other place an answer to an Order Paper question regarding the role Russia played in the 2015 election. The government would not give any detail on such interference for reasons of international affairs. What does the Trudeau government have to hide regarding Russian meddling in the last election? Why not tell Canadians exactly what the Russians did? If they did not do anything, why not say so? Hon. Peter Harder (Gove…
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Detention of Saeed Malekpour in Iran

Hon. Linda Frum: My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. For over 10 years now Saeed Malekpour, a Canadian resident, has been imprisoned in Iran on bogus charges. After a decade of mistreatment, his health has seriously deteriorated and his family fears for his life. What is the Government of Canada doing to secure the release of Mr. Malekpour and provide for his safe return to Canada? Hon. Peter Harder (Government Representative in the Senate): As the honoura…
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Condemnation of Hamas

Hon. Linda Frum: Honourable senators, my question is to the Government Representative in the Senate. On May 16, Prime Minister Trudeau made a statement in which he solely blamed Israel for recent violence at the Israel-Gaza border, and he was silent on the role of Hamas. Hamas acknowledges that 50 of the casualties in the battle at the border were its own terrorists. Additionally, Israel dropped leaflets warning Gazans that their lives would be in danger if they approached the border, and Hamas…
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Iran Negotiations

Hon. Linda Frum: Leader, yesterday you stated that the Government of Canada is not engaging in any discussions regarding diplomatic re-engagement with the Iranian regime until Maryam Mombeini  is allowed to return to her home in Canada. That is admirable, as far as it goes, but for nearly 10 years, Canadian permanent resident Saeed Malekpour  has been held captive on trumped-up charges in Iran’s Evin prison . Will your government extend the same assurances to the family of Saeed Malekpour and ce…
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