Posts by Senator Betty Unger

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Senator Unger: Senate must address concerns over transgender rights

by Senator Betty Unger

It is very likely that even without an amendment to Bill C-16, the courts will understand gender rights to be belief-based and interpret those rights accordingly. But Parliament needs to make this explicit. The Hill Times May 1, 2017 PARLIAMENT HILL – When the Senate returns from its Easter break, the Senate’s Standing Committee on […]

Government admits marijuana is a “mind-altering” drug.

by Senator Betty Unger

IN HIS OWN WORDS: While doing an on air interview with 630 CHED on April 21, 2017, MP Bill Blair,  Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice noted that marijuana is a mind-altering drug. Yet he still wants to legalize it. Listen here: MP Bill Blair,  Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice points out that science […]

Senator Unger congratulates the Edmonton Oilers on making the playoffs

by Senator Betty Unger

Edmonton Oilers Congratulations on Making the Stanley Cup Playoffs April 12, 2017 Hon. Betty E. Unger:  Honourable senators, on March 28 this year, at approximately 8:38 p.m. Rogers Place in Edmonton was rocked by a roar as the sold-out crowd of 18,347 wildly cheering Edmonton Oilers fans celebrated a long-awaited victory. After 10 disappointing seasons, the Oilers […]

Statement: Federal government decisions are hurting Alberta

by Senator Betty Unger

Honourable Colleagues, My home province of Alberta was the economic engine of Canada for decades, but now is in a severe recession. Through our petroleum industry, Alberta provided good paying jobs for hard working people across the country – which included many fine workers from Atlantic Canada. But all of this changed with the downturn […]

Senator Betty Unger Endorses Andrew Scheer

by Senator Betty Unger

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, March 14, 2017 – Senator Betty Unger from Alberta today announced her support for Andrew Scheer as Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. From Alberta and appointed to the Senate in 2012, Senator Unger was the first woman elected as a senate nominee. “Today, I proudly announce my support for […]

Should the words to our national anthem be changed?

by Senator Betty Unger

The Senate is currently debating a Bill which would change the wording of “O Canada”. If the Bill is passed, the wording of our national anthem will be changed from “in all thy sons command” to “in  all of us command”. Please take a moment to let me know if you support or oppose this change by […]

Concerns over transgender rights must be addressed and corrected

by Senator Betty Unger

SUMMARY: The ongoing debate about gender identity rights has given voice to numerous concerns and anxieties. While no one wants to deny legitimate human rights to trans persons, there are very real questions about the implications of separating sex from gender and enshrining this in law. The two primary concerns center around safety and privacy in […]

Harvard Medical School: Marijuana use can cause psychosis

by Senator Betty Unger

Excerpted from Harvard Medical School’s “Medical marijuana and the mind“ Marijuana exacerbates psychotic symptoms and worsens outcomes in patients already diagnosed with schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders. Several large observational studies also strongly suggest that using marijuana — particularly in the early teenage years — can increase risk of developing psychosis. An often-cited study of […]

Is marijuana harmful to youth? A doctor speaks out.

by Senator Betty Unger

Dr. Harold Kalant is a professor emeritus of the University of Toronto’s department of Pharmacology and toxicology.  He was director of biological and behavioural research at the Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario (now the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health). Since 1959 Kr. Kalant’s research has been largely on alcohol and cannabis. Following is Dr. Kalant’s […]

Green path the wrong one

by Senator Betty Unger

Prime Minister Trudeau’s pot legalization plan bad for the country’s young people Edmonton Sun | January 11, 2017 Sen. Betty Unger, Alberta Senator Last summer the Trudeau government established a task force to study marijuana legalization and regulation. Their mandate was to consult with Canadians about developing a framework for legal access to marijuana (cannabis). […]

Alberta Senator wants to see real change

by Senator Betty Unger

Published: 2017-01-03 Moncton Times & Transcript It was refreshing to read your December 17 editorial, “Reform needed in Red Chamber”. Rarely does one hear about the need for a Triple-E Senate reform these days. Attention has shifted to the elusive topic of Senate “modernization” while awareness of the need for true Senate reform has all but been lost. As a Senator […]

Senator Betty Unger: Legalizing marijuana will harm young people

by Senator Betty Unger

News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 13, 2016 OTTAWA – Senator Betty Unger today commented on the release of the final report of the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, expressing her deep concern over the government’s intention to legalize marijuana. “It is extremely unfortunate that the government did not allow the Task Force to […]

Senate Finance Committee Strengthens Government Tax Bill

by Senator Betty Unger

Ottawa, November 22, 2016 – A Senate-amended tax bill would leave more money in the pockets of middle-income Canadians than the government’s original bill — and it would save the government billions of dollars, members of the Senate Committee on National Finance said Tuesday. Committee members applaud the spirit of the federal government’s Bill C-2, […]

Ontario Senator Bob Runciman reseponds to pipeline opponents

by Senator Betty Unger

At a recent meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications, the Committee heard from a number of witnesses who were opposed to all pipeline development and want oil to stay in the ground. Responding to the witnesses’ comments, Ontario Senator Bob Runciman noted that their position “encourages a lot of anger in Western Canada and in […]

Bill C-2 helps those making $150,000 to $200,000 a year

by Senator Betty Unger

“Do you think that when Canadians went to the polls a year ago, they would have agreed to spend $1.8 billion a year to give a tax break to the wealthiest 35 per cent of the population?” – Senator Larry Smith In the Senate yesterday, Senator Larry Smith made compelling arguments which showed why the […]

Prendre la Mauvaise Route : La Légalisation de la marijuana

by Senator Betty Unger

[ ENGLISH | FRANÇAIS ] RÉPONSE AU DOCUMENT DE TRAVAIL DU GOUVERNEMENT « Vers la légalisation, la réglementation et la restriction de l’accès à la marijuana » Bureau de la sénatrice Betty Unger | 5 octobre 2016 Introduction Au début de l’été, le gouvernement fédéral a publié un document de travail intitulé « Vers la légalisation, […]

Taking the Wrong Road: The Legalization of Marijuana

by Senator Betty Unger

[ ENGLISH | FRANÇAIS ] A response to the federal government’s discussion paper: “Toward the Legalization, Regulation and Restriction of Access to Marijuana.” Office of Senator Betty Unger | October 5, 2016 Introduction Earlier this summer, the federal government released a discussion paper entitled, “Toward the Legalization, Regulation and Restriction of Access to Marijuana”.[1] Coinciding […]

Ten Reasons You Should Support Pipelines

by Senator Betty Unger

Canada is in the midst of a national discussion about crude oil pipeline projects. Here are ten reasons why you should support pipelines: 1. To protect the environment Transporting oil by pipeline is much safer than transporting oil by other methods. Insufficient pipeline capacity has contributed to a surge in moving oil by rail car. […]