While senators’ duties are mainly as legislators in Parliament, their work also takes them far beyond, both physically and virtually. Learn more about some of their activities.
Friday, March 26, 2021 – Senator Kim Pate meets with Brock University’s Law Plus program students to discuss her path to the Senate, including her law education, volunteerism and career promoting minority legal rights and prison reform.
Monday, March 29, 2021 – Senator Brian Francis speaks at Ice Walk, an event highlighting the advantages a fixed link has brought to his birthplace, Lennox Island First Nation. Before the construction of a causeway-bridge in 1973, members of the Mi'kmaq community had to make a dangerous and sometimes deadly passage on foot across open sea ice to reach the island community off the northwest coast of Prince Edward Island. (Photo credit: Patricia Bourque)
Monday, March 29, 2021 – Senator Ratna Omidvar, as the keynote speaker at the Employment Equity Partnership Roundtable, talks about the importance of data in driving a more inclusive Canada.
Monday, March 29, 2021 – Senator Josée Forest-Niesing acts as moderator during a debate on Bill S-209, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Regulation Adapting the Canada Elections Act for the Purposes of a Referendum (voting age) with French first-language and French second-language students. The event was organized by French for the Future, a not-for-profit organization that supports high school students on their path towards bilingualism, as a part of its Ottawa Local Forum.
Thursday, April 1, 2021 – Senator Julie Miville-Dechêne speaks with students from the Val-d’Or campus of Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue about her work in the Senate of Canada, about women in politics and about the relationship between politicians and the media.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 – Senator Peter Harder engages with international politics students at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus. He shared experiences and insights he’s gained during a 43-year career in the public service and in Canadian politics.
Thursday, April 1, 2021 – Senator Rosa Galvez participates as one of three experts invited to the first global citizenship forum held in French organized by the United Nations Association in Canada. Youth from across Canada discussed the themes of development and international cooperation and how they can make communities more sustainable and inclusive.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 – Senator Mobina S.B. Jaffer speaks with political science students at Simon Fraser University as a proud SFU alumna and an experienced B.C. senator. Their discussion touched on various topics including Bill C-7, an Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying).
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 – Senator Yuen Pau Woo delivers a presentation via Zoom to students from Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs on the topic of “What is China to Canada?”
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 – Senator Raymonde Saint-Germain and Parliamentary Affairs Advisor Étienne Arnoux Hébert meet with students from the School of Applied Policy at Université de Sherbrooke during a career-day event to explain the work of senators and staffers on Parliament Hill.
Thursday, April 8, 2021 – Senator Paula Simons speaks with Grade 9 students at Parkland Composite High School in Edson, Alberta, about her role as a senator.
Friday, April 9, 2021 – Senator Tony Loffreda takes part in a town hall organized by Play On! that included hockey legends Theo Fleury, Kevin Lowe and Paul Coffey. Play On!, a national street-hockey tournament that was held in 37 Canadian communities across the country between 2007 and 2018, is hoping to build support and sponsorship in order to revive the annual event.