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Senator Betty Unger calls on government to extend deadline for Canada Summer Jobs program funding applications

by Senator Betty Unger

NEWS RELEASE EDMONTON, January 17, 2018 – Alberta Senator Betty Unger is calling on the federal government to extend the February 2nd deadline for the Canada Summer Jobs program funding applications, saying that the government has created confusion and uncertainty over who qualifies for funding. Summer Jobs program funding was previously made available to all […]

Fourteen Albertans to receive a Senate 150th Medal in recognition of significant contributions made to their communities

by Senator Betty Unger

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OTTAWA, October 19, 2017 – Fourteen Albertans have been selected to receive the Senate of Canada’s 150th Commemorative Medal in recognition of their significant contributions to their communities.  Recipients were chosen from nominations submitted to Senator Betty Unger from Albertans during the summer-long nomination process. “I was delighted to receive […]

The Senate was independent long before Trudeau’s partisan changes came along

by Senator David Tkachuk

Prevailing opinion is that, through the “new” and “revolutionary” Senate appointment process, the Senate will finally be able to function “as it was intended.” There is nothing new about this type of appointment process. In 2012, for instance, then-prime minister Stephen Harper established an advisory committee for vice-regal appointments. Nor is it revolutionary. It is […]

Questions but no answers from the government on Energy East

by Senator Betty Unger

Today I asked the Leader of the Government in the Senate two specific questions about the cancellation of the Energy East project, on behalf of Albertans and all Canadians. Unfortunately, I received no real answers.  Hon. Betty Unger: My question for the Leader of the Government in the Senate also concerns today’s cancellation of the […]

Senator Unger’s Statement on the Edmonton Terrorist Attack

by Senator Betty Unger

Honourable colleagues, it was shocking and heart-wrenching to hear about the terrorist attack that took place in Edmonton on Saturday night. Around 8:15 pm, fans were at Commonwealth Stadium cheering on our Edmonton Eskimos when a man driving a car crashed through traffic barricades, deliberately striking Police Constable Mike Chernyk than smashing into his police […]

Legalized Marijuana: Challenges facing the state of Colorado

by Senator Betty Unger

The following 19-minute documentary takes a look at some of the challenges facing the state of Colorado subsequent to the legalization of marijuana. I encourage you to find time to watch it, as we would do well to consider the experience of those who have traveled down this road already. From the video: “The crime […]

Senator Unger calls on public for Canada 150 nominations

by David Feil

Cochrane Times | July 25, 2017 As part of the sesquicentennial, the Senate of Canada is issuing commemorative medals to over 1,200 Canadians who have made outstanding contributions to their home town, province and the country as a whole. “It’s a medal with which we would like to honour people we have never honoured before,” […]

Senate of Canada 150 Medal Nominations

by Senator Betty Unger

Senate of Canada 150 Medal Recommendation for Nomination Senator Betty Unger is welcoming recommendations of outstanding Albertans to receive the Senate of Canada 150 medal. The medal celebrates the sesquicentennial anniversary of the first sitting of the Senate on November 6, 1867. The medal was created to mark this important occasion and to give an […]

NEWS RELEASE: Liberal Government’s Representative in the Senate agrees to ask government to revisit decision to close Vegreville Case Processing Centre

by Senator Betty Unger

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 8, 2017 Liberal Government’s Representative in the Senate agrees to ask government to revisit decision to close Vegreville Case Processing Centre OTTAWA – In Question Period in the Senate today, the Liberal Government’s Representative in the Senate, Senator Harder, agreed to ask the government to revisit its decision to […]

Making the lives of others richer through volunteering

by Senator Betty Unger

Senator Unger’s Statement on the Annual Grande Prairie “Leaders of Tomorrow” and Volunteer Appreciation luncheon Fellow Senators, before returning to Ottawa earlier this month, I had the distinct pleasure of attending the Annual “Leaders of Tomorrow” and Volunteer Appreciation luncheon in Grande Prairie located in the mighty Peace River District of Alberta. Organized by the Grande […]

Vegreville Immigration Case Processing Centre

by Senator Betty Unger

Vegreville Case Processing Centre Hon. Betty Unger: My question is for the Government Representative in the Senate. Senator Harder, when Prime Minister Trudeau visited Edmonton on May 20, he was met by a group of protesters concerned about the closures of the Vegreville immigration centre. Vegreville is a culturally diverse and vibrant community. The most […]

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 […]