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Electoral Reform Survey

Hon. Linda Frum: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Leader, the government's approach to consulting Canadians on electoral reform has taken a turn towards farce. The consensus of our national media is that the online survey, MyDemocracy.ca, which seeks to determine Canadians' individual democracy style, is about as scientific as a People magazine quiz that decides if you're more of a "Samantha" or a "Miranda." Today the Natio…
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Trudeau Foundation

Hon. Linda Frum: I have a question for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. There have been a number of troubling media reports regarding the relationship between the Prime Minister and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. I would like to ask you to set the record straight. When did Prime Minister Justin Trudeau step away from his involvement with the Trudeau Foundation? Hon. Peter Harder (Government Representative in the Senate): I can't give you a precise date, bu…
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Diplomatic Relations with Iran

Hon. Linda Frum: My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Leader, earlier this month when Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion met in Toronto with a group of 60 Iranian-Canadians to hear their views about re-engagement with Iran, the meeting was carefully stacked with pro-regime advocates rather than a representative sample of Iranian-Canadians. Iranian-Canadians include some of the most tragic victims of the Ayatollah's regime and their grim record o…
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China—Protocol During Visit of Chinese Delegation—Right to Protest

Hon. Linda Frum: Leader, it is easy to make things look bright and sunny when you build a wall to hide the bad news. That is exactly what happened last week when a wall was erected in front of the Westin Hotel to hide peaceful democratic Canadian protesters from the view of the Chinese premier and his visiting delegation. And walls are Trumpian, by the way. Leader, can you tell us what role, if any, Global Affairs Canada and/or the department's Chief of Protocol played in si…
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Iran—Justice for Victims of Terrorism

Hon. Linda Frum: Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Recently, Iran publicly chastised Canada over an Ontario Superior Court ruling that awarded Iran's non-diplomatic assets in Canada to victims of terror attacks carried out by the Hamas and Hezbollah terror groups supported by Iran. These victims and their families were able to bring forward their cases in Canada due to the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act, which received…
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Electoral Reform - Referendum

Hon. Linda Frum: My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. It concerns an issue I have previously raised in Question Period, and that is the Liberal government's plans for electoral reform. This past weekend, the Minister of Democratic Institutions told CTV's Question Period that the government would not move forward with changes unless they had broad buy-in from Canadians. Could the Leader of the Government please tell us if this means the Liberal gove…
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Electoral Reform

Hon. Linda Frum (Acting Deputy Leader of the Opposition): My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. The design of Canada's electoral system is fundamental to our democracy. Surely, leader, you would agree that any alteration to a system that fundamentally changes the rules of our democracy requires a legitimate mandate to do so. Instead, and shockingly, the Trudeau Liberal government has stacked the deck by appointing a Liberal-dominated committee empow…
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Designation of IRGC as Terrorist Organization

Hon. Linda Frum: Leader, in December of 2012, the Government of Canada added Iran's Quds Force, the overseas terrorist arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, to the list of terrorist groups under Canada's Criminal Code. This was an important step in recognizing the IRGC's threat to international peace and security. Will the Government of Canada take the next logical step and designate the IRGC as a terrorist entity, in its entirety, under SEMA and under Canada's Crimi…
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Human Rights in Iran—Economic Sanctions

Hon. Linda Frum: My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Leader, sanctions are in place on Iran for a reason. Escalation of Canadian sanctions started in 2003 with the rape, torture and murder of Iranian Canadian photo journalist Zahra Kazemi by Iranian authorities. Iran imprisons, abuses, rapes and tortures innocent journalists, students and political dissidents simply for wanting freedom from tyranny. Iran is a state sponsor of the terrorist organiza…
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Budgetary Deficit

Hon. Linda Frum: Minister, the Parliamentary Budget Officer says that your projected budget deficits are excessive and that you are ". . . inflating by billions of dollars the projected size of their deficits in the coming years." As one example, you're projecting a budgetary deficit of $29.4 billion this current year when the PBO says it will be closer to $20.5 billion. That's an $8.9 billion difference that has not been accounted for. Minister, can you tell us why there is…
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