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At a glance
December 1, 2017

While senators’ duties are mainly as legislators within Parliament, their work also takes them far beyond. Learn more about some of their activities.

Thursday, November 9 — Senator Grant Mitchell speaks in the Red Chamber to participants of the Teachers Institute, a program for educators to learn about Canada's Parliamentary democracy.

Thursday, November 9 — Senator Nancy Greene Raine hosts an informal meeting on outdoor recreation in Canada between parliamentarians and leaders of both the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association, as well as their provincial and territorial equivalents.

Friday, November 10 — Senator Claudette Tardif meets with Franco-Albertans awarded the Senate of Canada 150 Commemorative Medal (French only) for their service to the community.

Friday, November 10 — Senator Diane Bellemare pays tribute to Major-General Terry Liston, a distinguished veteran from Outremont, during a Remembrance Day ceremony held at the Outremont Park Cenotaph.

Saturday, November 11 — Senator Claudette Tardif attends a Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cité Francophone in Edmonton, honouring Franco-Albertan, Métis and First Nations fallen soldiers.

Monday, November 13 — Senator Victor Oh speaks to students from an organizational behaviour course at McMaster University about his journey to a position of leadership, lessons he learned along the way and leadership development programs for students offered by the government. The event was part of the SENgage outreach program.

Tuesday, November 14 — Senator Larry W. Smith meets with local recipients of the Senate of Canada 150 Commemorative Medal in Hudson, Quebec.

Wednesday, November 15: Senators Thanh Hai Ngo, Kim Pate and Vernon White meet with civics students to discuss social and environmental issues during Youth Ottawa’s 2017 Youth Action Showcase at Ottawa’s city hall.

Friday, November 17 — Senator Peter Harder participates in the Canada-UK colloquium in London, where he led a discussion with Baroness Jay, from the House of Lords, about the role of the second chamber.

Friday, November 17 — Senator Denise Batters receives the Difference Maker national award for her work in the areas of mental health and suicide prevention from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health at their End Stigma award ceremony in Montreal.

Friday, November 17 — Senator Yonah Martin speaks to two grade 11 political affairs classes from Heritage Woods Secondary School in Port Moody, B.C. The visit is part of the SENgage outreach program to schools across Canada.

Monday, November 20 — Senator Marilou McPhedran speaks at the book launch for "Canada's Constitutional Democracy: The 150th Anniversary Celebration" on Parliament Hill, hosted with the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law and LexisNexis.

Wednesday, November 22 — Senator Percy E. Downe talks diplomacy at an event organized by Embassy Connections Canada with ambassadors from Brazil, Zambia, Yemen, Serbia and Moldova.

Wednesday, November 22 — Senators Judith Seidman and Joan Fraser meet with McGill University students in the Senate Chamber as part of the Women in House event. The yearly initiative invites female undergraduate students to shadow parlementarians and learn firsthand about politics, with the objective of creating a more gender-balanced Parliament in future years.

Wednesday, November 22 — Senator Peter Harder meets with Bill Karsten (left) and Berry Vrbanovic (right) to discuss how the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Senate can work together to help build Canada’s future.


Wednesday, November 22 — Senator Chantal Petitclerc invites 10 and 11 year-old students from the École des Cépages de Gatineau to the Senate to talk about the role of the Red Chamber, and some of the issues she gets to work on as a senator. The event was part of the SENgage outreach program.


Friday, November 24 — Senator Francis Lankin speaks to students and faculty at Huron University College in London, Ontario. Her talk on the history and role of the Senate was organized as part of the SENgage outreach program.


Other events that senators participated in:

  • Saturday, November 4 — Senator Claudette Tardif spoke at the Soirée d'accueil des nouveaux arrivants francophones, organized by the Centre d’Accueil et d’établissement Alberta-Nord in Edmonton.
  • Tuesday, November 14 — Senator Kim Pate met with students from a fourth-year Public Policy Analysis class at the University of Windsor to talk about the policy-making process. The event was part of the SENgage outreach program.
  • Tuesday, November 14 — Senator Art Eggleton spoke to Political Science students at McMaster University about the Senate’s role and how it contributes to the legislative process, as part of the SENgage outreach program.
  • Wednesday, November 15 — Senator Michael L. Macdonald guest lectured students from a third-year political science course on NAFTA and Canada-US relations at the University of Western Ontario. The event was part of the SENgage outreach program.
  • Friday, November 17 — Senator Mobina S.B. Jaffer was awarded the Women of the Decade in Public Life & Social Change award from the All Ladies League and Women Economic Forum.
  • Monday, November 20 — Senator Nancy Greene Raine was a guest speaker at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, discussing food law and policy, in addition to her bill to prohibit the marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children under 17.
  • Tuesday, November 21 — Senator Paul McIntyre engaged in an in-depth discussion with students at the University of Ottawa’s School of Political Studies about the Senate’s role in the debate over the Medical Assistance in Dying Act, as part of the SENgage
  • Thursday, November 23 — Senator Yonah Martin hosted the “Spirit of Change” classical music concert, which aims to promote the culture and values of European countries in Canada. The concert took place on Parliament Hill and was organized in collaboration with the Delegation of the European Union to Canada and the embassies of Bulgaria, Germany, Latvia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.