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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Non-affiliated not equal to more effective: My response to Senator Black’s decision to leave Conservative caucus

by Senator Betty Unger

Alberta Senator Doug Black’s recent announcement that he has left the Conservative caucus to sit as a non-affiliated Senator is both disappointing and misleading. It implies that Senators who remain members of a political caucus are less effective Senators. Nothing could be further from the truth. Being a member of the Conservative caucus provides me […]

Bill C-14: I cannot support this legislation

by Senator Betty Unger

Honourable Senators, I stand here today as but one voice in this Chamber. My voice is not as loud or as strong as others in this House. Yet behind me stand many, by the thousands, who wish their voices could be heard. I am honoured to be speaking on their behalf. And today, I hope […]

Speech: Amending the Role of Nurse Practitioners

by Senator Betty Unger

Honourable senators, I rise today to move an amendment to Bill C 14 regarding the role of nurse practitioners. Doctors and nurses have worked in a collaborative relationship for generations, but by virtue of their advanced education, doctors have been in charge. My amendment is straightforward; it seeks to affirm the continuation of this symbiotic […]

Speech on Bill C-14: Medical Assistance in Dying

by Senator Betty Unger

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to a bill which I never anticipated would be presented to this chamber. Bill C 14 facing us now is deceptively called medical assistance in dying, yet it has nothing to do with medical assistance. Nothing could be further from the truth. Medical assistance is what palliative care […]

Statement on Forest Fire in Fort McMurray

by Senator Betty Unger

Senator’s Statement on the Forest Fire in Fort McMurray May 4, 2016 Over the past 24 hours, we have all been gripped by the news coming out of Fort McMurray, in northern Alberta. The entire city of  80,000 people has been evacuated in the face of fire raging through a tinder dry forest. It’s the […]

Statement on National Hospice Palliative Care Week

by Senator Betty Unger

Senator’s Statement in the Senate on National Hospice Palliative Care Week May 3, 2016 “Studies and reports are good. Debates and discussions are valuable. But what Canada needs today is not another government committee on palliative care, but a government committed to palliative care.” – Senator Betty Unger Honourable senators, this week is National Hospice Palliative […]

Proposed euthanasia law dodges the difficult questions

by Senator Betty Unger

April 18, 2016 It’s beginning to look like a pattern: Dodge the difficult questions and defer them to the future. The Trudeau government has done it again with its euthanasia legislation. Deceptively named, “Medical assistance in dying” the legislation initially pulls back from the radical suggestions made by the Joint Committee on Physician Assisted Suicide, […]

Euthanasia Legislation Must Comply with Charter to Protect the Vulnerable

by Senator Betty Unger

With the Supreme Court of Canada’s (SCC) June 6 deadline looming, Parliament will soon begin debating its legislative response to the SCC’s decision on physician-assisted dying. And although personal views on this issue vary widely, all parliamentarians will be responsible to ensure that the new legislation complies with the Charter of Rights by conforming to […]

NEWS RELEASE: Safeguards for physician-assisted dying needed

by Senator Betty Unger

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Safeguards for physician-assisted dying must include access to palliative care and protection of conscience rights: Alberta Senator Betty Unger OTTAWA – February 25, 2016 – Alberta Senator Betty Unger today expressed concern that the Report of the Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying did not include appropriate safeguards.  Most notably, the […]

Palliative care must be the priority, not physician-assisted dying

by Senator Betty Unger

“Palliative care should be the priority, not physician-assisted dying. There is something terribly wrong when a government does more to guarantee that the living can die, than to ensure that the dying can live.” Last year, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Criminal Code sections prohibiting physician-assisted suicide violate our Charter rights. After […]

Canadians should have a say in electoral reform

by Senator Betty Unger

Over ten years ago the Law Commission of Canada released a 209-page report recommending changes to our electoral system. While the Liberal government took no action at the time, numerous provinces launched their own reviews to examine the merits of electoral reform. Without exception, the proposals put forward by each province failed to be implemented. […]