While senators’ duties are mainly as legislators within Parliament, their work also takes them far beyond. Learn more about some of their activities.
Wednesday, January 10 — Senator Marilou McPhedran takes part in the #FemParl conference on women's political participation during a recent mission to Thailand for meetings with civil society leaders and Thai officials on gender equality. Photo provided by the United Nations Development Programme Asia Pacific.
Thursday, January 18 — Senator Michael L. MacDonald meets with members of the University of Lethbridge’s History Club and Political Science Club. Earlier, he spoke to a history class about the Senate’s pre-Confederation roots and his personal perspective on the early history of his hometown, Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, as part of a SENgage event.
Thursday, January 25 — Senator Kim Pate meets with the students of Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School, a school for First Nations youth from the Sioux Lookout district run by the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council. Senator Pate supported the students' quest for a dedicated living centre and spoke about the Senate's connection to Indigenous peoples for this SENgage event.
Friday, January 26 — Senator Peter Harder speaks to the 300 participants in the University of Ottawa’s 2018 model Parliament in the House of Commons Chamber. For this SENgage event, he spoke about his long career as a public servant and the values that have driven his service as a deputy minister and now, as a senator.
Tuesday, February 6 — Senator Leo Housakos is joined by a group of senators as he hosts a reception for military and first responders following his second reading speech on Bill C-211. Senator Housakos is the Senate sponsor of the bill, which aims to create a federal framework for treating post-traumatic stress disorder.
Wednesday, February 7 — Senator Jim Munson spends time with students from Blue Sky School during a visit to the upper chamber and tells them stories of his previous work in faraway lands and his journey to the Senate.
Wednesday, February 7 — Senator Percy E. Downe meets with graduate student representative Ashley McKibbon from the University of Prince Edward Island, along with Peyton Veitch and Sarah Trower from the Canadian Federation of Students to discuss improving accessibility to post-secondary education.
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