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April 17, 2019

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

Thursday, March 14, 2019 – Senator Patricia Bovey speaks with Engineering students at the University of Manitoba. Senator Bovey spoke about autonomous vehicles, the Arctic and cold weather testing as part of a SENgage youth outreach event.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 – Senator Tony Dean visits the University of Guelph to take part in two SENgage events. The first event was a guest lecture on public policy and ethics for a political science class. The second event was a public talk on the policy and procedure behind Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, which Senator Dean sponsored in the Senate.

Saturday, March 23, 2019 – Senator Colin Deacon participates in a SENgage event with Masters in Technology, Entrepreneurship & Innovation students at the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Senator Deacon had an engaging and thoughtful discussion with students in Dr. Stephen Jones’ (pictured centre) Technology, Strategy and Productivity course.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 – Senator Peter Harder receives a warm welcome to Prince Edward Island from Senator Brian Francis and students at Mount Stewart Consolidated School, who sang the national anthem in Mi’kmaq and danced a traditional song to the rhythm of the drums.

Thursday, March 28, 2019 – Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard speaks to nearly 300 students at Dartmouth High School as part of a SENgage event in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She spoke about her role as a senator and the issues and projects she is working on in the Senate.

Saturday, March 30, 2019 – Senator Paula Simons speaks about social media and mental health at the Reboot conference on mental health and technology at the University of Alberta, organized by jack.org. Senator Simons is pictured here with some of the conference organizers.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – Senator Lucie Moncion visits a class at King’s College at the University of Western Ontario. Senator Moncion spoke to Sociology students about the Senate’s role in the legislative process as part of a SENgage youth outreach event.

Thursday, April 4, 2019 – The Daughters of the Vote gathered in the Senate Chamber to learn more about the Upper House of the Canadian Parliament during a discussion with Speaker George J. Furey and senators Donna Dasko, Larry W. Smith and Joseph A. Day. About twenty of the young leaders delivered moving and eloquent speeches on topics such as mental health, food security, and the inequalities faced by minorities. Many senators wanted to be there to hear what they had to say and to meet with these young women from across the country. 

Thursday, April 4, 2019 – Speaker George J. Furey welcomes delegates from the Daughters of the Vote program to the Senate of Canada. This group of inspiring young women from across the country travelled to Ottawa to represent their communities and share their vision for Canada.


Monday, April 8, 2019 – Senator Percy Downe is re-elected to the board of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank & International Monetary Fund during their annual meeting attended by more than 150 parliamentarians from about 100 countries. Keynote speakers at this year’s meeting in Washington DC included Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde (left) and Interim President of the World Bank Group Kristalina Georgieva (right). As moderator of the special session with the IMF and World Bank Group leadership, Senator Downe had the opportunity to ask Madame Lagarde about overseas tax evasion and the cost of corruption on countries, and Madame Georgieva about the efforts of the World Bank to increase youth employment.  

Monday, April 8, 2019 – Senators Stan Kutcher and Kim Pate speak about their diverse experiences as mental health leaders at the Conference Board of Canada’s Mental Health in the Capital 2019 event in Ottawa.