Note to readers: The Honourable Grant Mitchell retired from the Senate of Canada in April 2020. Learn more about his work in Parliament.
Who inspired you to get involved in public life?
My parents, Peter Lougheed (former Alberta Premier), and my grade 11 Social Studies teacher.
What do you think are the biggest public policy issues facing Canada today?
Climate change and its implications to our future and economy.
Why should more Canadians care about what happens in the Senate?
The Senate can bring a less partisan review of issues to supplement and complement the work of the House of Commons.
What legislative or committee work are you most proud of participating in to date?
My first major vote as a senator was to support same sex marriage and I remain very proud to have participated in that change. I use that as motivation to carry on with the work I’ve been doing in support of transgender rights.
What is a hidden gem in your region that more Canadians need to know about?
Edmonton River Valley parks and any of the many festivals that make Edmonton a great festival city.
The Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump museum in southern Alberta is remarkable as well in its setting, architecture and moving explanation and illustration of indigenous peoples’ history in that region.
6. Can you name a guilty pleasure song / album that always makes you smile and why?
Nearly anything by Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans is sure to bring a smile to my face.
What is the last book you read or movie you saw which you recommended to someone else and why?
I saw The Martian and really enjoyed how it shows the triumph of human determination and science over adversity.
What sports team (amateur/professional) do you support?
Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Eskimos, for sure!
Why are you proud to be Canadian?
I’m really proud of the diversity and acceptance that we reflect in our society. Canada is a beacon of justice, fairness and acceptance to people all over the world.