Perspectives — September 25 – 27, 2018

Last week, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice, appeared before the Senate Question Period. The Senate Conservative Caucus took this opportunity to raise critical questions about the impending legalization of marijuana, set for October 17. Last month, the government ... Full Article

Perspectives — September 18 – 20, 2018

The Senate resumed sitting last week, and our strong Conservative team in the Senate took the opportunity to ask the government serious questions. Marijuana is set to become legal in Canada in less than four weeks. Last spring, the Senate studied the implications of legalization (Bill C-45); ... Full Article

Perspectives — June 18 – 21, 2018

As the session comes to an end in the Senate, I wish to reflect on the dedicated work that has taken place over the past few months. Our strong Conservative team has done diligent work reviewing the legislation brought before us. We remain concerned that the Trudeau government is not ready for ... Full Article

Statement by Senator Larry W. Smith

June 21, 2018 – Senator Larry W. Smith, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate made the following statement on National Indigenous Peoples Day: Today, Canadians should take the time to celebrate the outstanding contributions of our First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. On this very ... Full Article


Last week, Bill C-45, the government legislation proposed to legalize marijuana in Canada, passed in the Senate. Despite the passage of the bill, many significant concerns remain. In the face of a government that wanted legalization of marijuana passed quickly to hit their July 1 target date, ... Full Article

Cannabis Bill: Concerns with Respect to Regulations

Hon. Larry W. Smith (Leader of the Opposition): I’d like to spend a few minutes. I studied regulations in the last few days, and I thought I could give some feedback that would be helpful for our whole group in terms of framing present and future bills. Honourable senators, I wish to speak ... Full Article

Welcome to the Honourable Senator Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia

Hon. Larry W. Smith (Leader of the Opposition): Honourable senators, I would also like to offer some words to welcome our new colleague in the Senate of Canada, the Honourable Senator Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia. On behalf of all Conservative senators, I extend congratulations to the senator on his ... Full Article