The Canadian Arctic sees some of the country’s harshest conditions, but Senator Dennis Glen Patterson feels right at home there. As a senator for Nunavut, he strives to advance the interests of northern Canadians to ensure the region and its people are vigorously represented in Parliament. He is the former chair of the Special Senate Committee on the Arctic and was a member of three other committees in the 42nd Parliament. This is a typical day in the life of Senator Patterson.
When he’s not running from meeting to meeting, Senator Robert Black can be found speaking with youth about the role of the Senate or hitting the books to improve his French skills. Despite the long days, the committed family man calls it a “privilege” to work in the Red Chamber. This is a typical day in the life of Senator Robert Black.
She has won Paralympic gold medals in front of cheering crowds but Senator Chantal Petitclerc now savours her victories in the relative calm of the Red Chamber. The hard-working mother and former chair of the Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology usually starts her busy days with a cup of coffee in her office at 6:30 a.m. Welcome to a typical day in the life of Senator Petitclerc.
As Senate Liberal Leader and international vice-president of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Senator Joseph A. Day says there just aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything he wants to. He wouldn’t have it any other way — this marathon runner and 18-year veteran of the Senate lives for the hustle and bustle of the Red Chamber. Welcome to a typical day in the life of Senator Day.
“There’s a real sense of accomplishment,” says Senator Yonah Martin about any given day in her role in the Upper Chamber. Following a 21-year teaching career in secondary and middle schools in British Columbia, Senator Martin is deputy leader of the Opposition in the Senate and a proud champion of Korean War veterans. This is a typical day in the life of Senator Martin.
Pianist, actor, director, composer and… senator. A renowned leader and accomplished artist, Senator René Cormier has been working for nearly 40 years to ensure that arts and culture are better integrated in every aspect of Acadian and Canadian society. He continues to stand up for the arts, language and human rights in his role in the Red Chamber. This is a typical day in the life of Senator Cormier.