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RESPONSE TO THE MESSAGE FROM THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, MOTION FOR CONCURRENCE ON BILL C-45

Honourable senators,

I rise to add a few more comments to this very important debate before our vote on the message from the house. I was very disappointed at the message regarding the number of amendments that were rejected. I know the talking points say of 45 amendments, this many were accepted, but really, the vast majority of the amendments that the government accepted were their own technical amendments that were introduced by Senator Dean at committee.

If the third reading debate is any indication of the kind of sloppiness that we will continue to see, the final technical amendment that Senator Mitchell moved in the chamber had an error. Had Senator Seidman not pointed out this error, a missing ‘‘s’’ in a word — because it is all about the exactness of our language — and the punctuation mark, had we not included and corrected them, would have potentially excluded our chamber from being part of the review and reporting process.

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