Interventions in the Senate Chamber RSS (opens in a new window)
Below are all of Senator Colin Deacon's interventions in the Senate Chamber dating back to his appointment in 2018. Interventions in the Senate Chamber includes Senator's statements at the commencement of Senate sittings, speeches on particular bills or motions, as well as questions posed in response to the speeches of other Senators or during question period. Find Senator Deacon's latest interventions, and his voting history below:
Chamber Speech - Bill S-6 (An Act respecting regulatory modernization, Third Reading), June 20th, 2022
In a rapidly evolving world, Canada's regulations need the agility to deal with disruptions and new developments head-on. The current status quo governing regulations impede catalytic market activity, creates unnecessary, cumbersome burdens for Canada's firms, and leaves little opportunity for innovation. In his second speech on the importance of regulatory modernization in Canada, Senator Deacon reiterates the importance of broader consultations from diverse stakeholders and advocates for industry-led standards to complement the regulatory modernization process. Click here to see his full remarks.
Committee of the Whole - Nomination of Privacy Commissioner, June 14th, 2022
In June 2022, the federal government announced the nomination of Mr. Philippe Dufresne as the next Privacy Commissioner of Canada. At his nomination hearing in the Senate, Senator Deacon asked Mr. Dufresne how he intends to fulfill his mandate of balancing the need to protect consumer data rights and Privacy, while enabling globally competitive innovation in Canada. Click here to see his question and Mr. Dufresne's full answer.
Question Period - High Potential Technical Visa, June 14th, 2022
In this Ministerial Question Period, Senator Deacon asks the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship about the government's strategy in leveraging immigration for Canada's innovation sector. Senator Deacon asks about whether the government will simplify the Global Talent Stream and update the Startup Visa program in order to attract the best tech talent to Canada. Click here to see the question and Minister's response.
Chamber Speech - Bill S-233 (An Act to develop a national framework for a Guaranteed Livable Basic Income), June 7th, 2022
Senator Deacon rises in the Chamber to speak on Bill S-233 (An Act to develop a national framework for a Guaranteed Livable Basic Income). He argues the importance of the Bill being studied in Committee, so that we can understand the principles more clearly and uncover the evidence needed to discern if a GLBI in Canada is a good policy.
Question Period - Carbon Sequestration, June 2nd, 2022
In this Ministerial Question Period, Senator Deacon asks Minister Bibeau (Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food) what it will take to see advance soil carbon sequestration in Canada, given its widespread support. Click to see the full question and response from the Minister.
Senator's Statement - Tribute to Senator Howard Wetston, June 2nd 2022
Senator Deacon pays tribute to Senator Howard Wetston, who retired in the Senate on June 3rd, 2022. Click here to see the entire speech.
Senator's Statement - Honouring Senator Dan Christmas, May 17th, 2022
In this Statement, Senator Deacon rises in the Chamber to honour fellow Nova Scotia Senator, Dan Christmas, for being awarded an honorary Doctors of Letters from Cape Breton University this week.
Question Period - COVID-19 Exposure Notification Application, May 4th 2022
The COVID Alert app was a great tool which could have increased contact tracing practices, but unfortunately was a failure. Senator Deacon rises in the Chamber to ask the Government Representative of the Senate why adoption rates of the app was low, what plans the government has for assessing the app and how they will manage the public perception in the future for similar apps.
Chamber Speech - Bill S-233, (An Act Respecting Regulatory Modernization, Second Reading) April 28th, 2022
Senator Deacon rises in the Senate Chamber to speak to Bill S-6 (An Act respecting regulatory modernization), which is an Annual Regulatory Modernization exercise led by the Treasury Board of Canada to identify and remove legislative 'irritants'. Senator Deacon argues that we need to go beyond just identifying irritants in regulation and strategize on how to increase the flexibility and agility of Canada's regulations in an inclusive and principles-based manner. Doing so would be key to advancing innovation, competition and productivity growth in our country.
Senator's Statement - Banking Fees and Stress, April 7th, 2022
A recent poll from Pollara highlighted that majority of Canadian small business owners and consumers believe that bank fees are too high, while more than half felt stressed with their interactions with banks. Senator Deacon rises in the Chamber to talk about this pervasive problem in the financial sector, and how regulatory reforms like Open Banking can be part of the solution. Click to see more of his speech.