Written Questions Tabled in the Senate Chamber by Senator Downe
Media Releases and Communications

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)/Radio-Canada

  • Senator to introduce amendments to strengthen the Broadcasting Act, December 14, 2020

  • “They abandoned the field”: PEI senator calls for accountability for the CBC’s cancellation of local television news during pandemic, October 6, 2020

  • Correspondence with the CRTC to prevent future cancellation of CBC local news and to enforce existing broadcasting regulations, March 27, 2020

  • Letter to Chair of CRTC asking the CRTC to enforce the commitment CBC made at the time of their licence renewal and restore the dinner time
    newscast on PEI, March 19th 2020

Atlantic Canada
  • Confusion on Federal Bridge Toll Policy, June 1, 2017

  • Gordie Howe, Confederation and Champlain: one of these bridges is not like the other, June 1, 2017

  • Charlottetown Senator Supports Prime Minister's Concern Over Expensive Confederation Bridge Tolls, January 25, 2017

  • Prime Minister Expresses Concern Over Bridge Tolls, January 25, 2017

  • Atlantic Federal Government Job Losses are Ottawa's Gain, September 22, 2015

  • PEI Federal Government Job Losses are Ottawa's Gain, September 16, 2015
Tax Evasion
  • The Best Media Coverage the Canada Revenue Agency Can Buy, November 9, 2017

  • CRA - Same Old Spin, November 7, 2017

  • $47 billion in unpaid taxes, March 6, 2017

  • Special Committee to advise CRA on Tax Gap, April 12, 2016

  • Senator Introduces Fairness for All Canadian Taxpayers Act (FACT Act), April 4, 2016

  • Overseas Tax Evasion: Fairness can only come from The FACTs, May 19, 2015

  • FACT Act: Bill S-226 Requires Transparency from Canada Revenue Agency, May 13, 2015

  • Budget 2015: Overseas Tax Evasion Acknowledged, April 22, 2015

  • Fairness for All Canadian Taxpayers Act (FACT Act) Senator's FACT Act would shine light on scale & cost of overseas tax evasion, April 2, 2015

  • Time for Parliamentary Budget Officer to Exercise Mandate Regarding Tax Gap, November 25, 2014

  • Charlottetown Senator Writes Minister of National Revenue Urging Leadership on Fight Against Overseas Tax Evasion, September 22, 2014

  • Auditor General of Canada – Report on Overseas Tax Evasion, November 26, 2013

  • Time for Premiers to Demand Canada Revenue Agency Accountability on Overseas Tax Evasion, June 17, 2013

  • Update: Overseas Tax Evasion and the Parliamentary Budget Officer The Saga Continues, June 13, 2013

  • G8 Summit and Overseas Tax Evasion: Where Does Canada Stand on the World Stage?, June 12, 2013

  • Charlottetown Senator Calls on Interim Parliamentary Budget Officer To Continue Efforts to have CRA Disclose Information, May 8, 2013

  • Charlottetown Senator's Response to House of Commons Finance Committee Report: Tax Evasion and Tax Havens, May 6, 2013

  • News Release: "We don't know how much evasion there is until we go after it." Finance Minster Jim Flaherty, March 26, 2013

  • Budget 2013: Cuts to Canada Revenue Agency Casts Doubt on Government's Commitment to Address Overseas Tax Evasion, March 25, 2013

  • Global National – "Billions of dollars stowed in tax havens: A Liberal senator is lobbying for the federal government to address tax havens in tomorrow's budget" (Reporter: Shirlee Engel), March 20, 2013

  • Update on Overseas Tax Evasion: Interview on Interview on "The Todd Veinotte Show" (News 95.7 Halifax, News 88.9 Saint John, News 91.9 Moncton),
    March 8, 2013

  • Downe Writes to Minister Shea Urging Cooperation with Parliamentary Budget Office, March 8, 2013

  • Parliamentary Budget Officer: Canada Revenue Agency is Failing to Provide Requested Information, March 6, 2013
Foreign Affairs
Issues of Interest to Canadians
  • Senators Downe and Hubley to Vote Against Bill C-51, May 20, 2015

  • "Are you now, or have you ever been . . .?" Bill C-520 in the Senate, December 10, 2014

  • Afghanistan memorial vigil commemoration ceremony Remarks Given by Senator Percy Downe, Charlottetown Memorial Hall, Confederation Centre of the Arts, October 9, 2014

  • Demutualization of Insurance Companies Concern for Islanders, June 13, 2014

  • Motion to Call Upon Members of the House of Commons to Invite the Auditor General to Conduct a Comprehensive Audit of Expenses, May 6, 2014

  • Opinion Piece: Accountability & transparency for the whole of Parliament, March 25, 2014

  • Green Party Leader Shows Leadership on Accountability, March 3, 2014

  • House of Commons Should Follow Lead of Senate: Party Leaders Urged to Move Motion, February 26, 2014

  • Charlottetown Senator Calling on House of Commons to join the Senate in having Auditor General Audit Expenses of MPs, February 24, 2014

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