Speeches and Statements

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

C-608 – An Act respecting a National Day of the Midwife

by Senator Betty Unger

National Day of the Midwife Mr. Speaker and Honourable Colleagues, today I rise to speak about the health and well-being of pregnant women, infants and children: a topic of great importance to the Government of Canada. As you know, the primary responsibility for the administration and delivery of health care services rest with each province […]

Tribute to the Honourable Noël Kinsella

by Senator Betty Unger

Honourable Senators, I rise today to pay tribute to our former Speaker of the Senate and our former colleague: the Honourable Noël Kinsella. I would like to focus on one topic – about which he had spoken several times and into which he had obviously put a great deal of thought – that being Senate […]

C-266 – An Act to Establish Pope John Paul II Day

by Senator Betty Unger

Pope John Paul II belonged to the whole world, but in a special way, he also belonged to Canadians. He came, not only as the Pope and Head of State for the Vatican, but also as a pastor, brother and humble man. Only 3 years after surviving a near fatal assassination attempt on his life […]

Senate Statement on Poland

by Senator Betty Unger

Today I rise in solidarity with Polish people everywhere, celebrating on June 4, 2014 the 25th anniversary, of the beginning of the end, of communism in Poland. In 1989, the Solidarity movement led by charismatic leader Lech Walesa and aided by four other key figures who were the spiritual and intellectual forces, won the first […]

Commemoration of the Persons Case

by Senator Betty Unger

Honourable Senators, I recently had the pleasure of attending the 2013 Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case. This award pays tribute to a group of women from my home province of Alberta, who brought about the Persons Case, known collectively, as the Famous Five. These women truly exhibited the spirit for which […]

C-52 – Amending the Canadian Transportation Act

by Senator Betty Unger

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak in support of Bill C-52, the fair rail freight service act, which proposes amendments to the Canada Transportation Act concerning rail freight service. I will first begin with some background. Bill C-52 emerged from the Rail Freight Service Review, which our Conservative government launched in 2008 to conduct […]

Canadian Nurses Foundation

by Senator Betty Unger

Honourable senators, on Thursday, May 2, I was honoured to be a guest at the 2013 Nightingale Gala held by the Canadian Nurses Foundation, the CNF, at the Ottawa Convention Centre. In terms of galas, this third annual event truly qualified. From the 500-plus distinguished patrons and guests to the beautifully decorated room and the […]

Parliamentary Reform

by Senator Betty Unger

Honourable senators, before we take leave of this place for the Christmas break, I wish to speak briefly on an issue that is of great importance to me, that being the irresistible cause of Senate reform. A clear majority of Canadians, when asked if they want to elect future senators, has always said “yes.” Most […]

Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipients

by Senator Betty Unger

Honourable senators, I rise today to report that on September 17 it was my great pleasure to join with Alberta Lieutenant Governor Donald Ethell at Government House in Edmonton to present Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals to 30 exceptional Canadians. It was a beautiful fall day, made all the more so by the Lieutenant […]

Tribute to the late Honourable Peter Lougheed

by Senator Betty Unger

Honourable senators, I rise today to pay tribute to a great Albertan and a great Canadian: the Honourable Peter Lougheed, a former Alberta premier. The outpouring of sadness, affection and admiration we have witnessed in Alberta and across Canada since his passing earlier this month is a testament to the extraordinary accomplishments and exemplary character […]

Accidents caused by the use of mobile device headphones

by Senator Betty Unger

Honourable senators, I rise to draw your attention to a disturbing trend among young people today across North America. More and more young pedestrians, wearing headphones attached to the newest mobile devices, are becoming victims in serious train and motor vehicle accidents. Because of the rising popularity of mobile devices using headphones, the statistics are […]