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Chamber Speech - Bill C-19 (Budget Implementation Act 2022), June 22nd, 2022
Budget 2022 promises to deliver "targeted and responsible investments to create jobs and prosperity today, and build a stronger economic future for all Canadians." Senator Deacon speaks at third reading to the Budget Implementation Act, stressing the importance of government's role as catalyst for private investment and innovation, the need for greater competition, and regulatory modernization for our collective prosperity. Click to see the full speech.
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.
Op-Ed: "Success of Black entrepreneurship programs hinges on balancing community support with new approaches", The Hill Times
Pervasive systemic barriers have prevented Black entrepreneurs from accessing capital, building and scaling their businesses in Canada. In this opinion piece, Senators Gerba, Deacon and former Senator Oliver opine what it would take to reimagine support programs for Black entrepreneurs in order to accelerate their success in Canada. Click here to see more of the article.
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
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 with 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.