“The Senate must be an independent House, having a free action of its own, for it is only valuable as being a regulating body, calmly considering the legislation initiated by the popular branch, and preventing any hasty or ill considered legislation.”
– Sir John A. Macdonald
Why We Are Here
Meaningful, informed, open discussion – is there anything more important to the maintenance of a democratic society?
That’s what this site is about. An opportunity to share informed opinion and engage in a conversation about some of the pressing matters of our day.
I view my role as a Senator as providing informed, considered and independent perspective on current issues. I will speak from an Albertan perspective, and also as an independent Senator – which further frees me to do this job.
I am not subject to party discipline or approved policy directions, which creates a wonderful opportunity. The opportunity is to approach issues with an open mind and no pre-determined agenda – and to engage with you in an on-going conversation.
After all, that’s how we have always done it in Canada. We are a nation built, not by wars or conquest, but through a series of conversations.
By Senator Elaine McCoy Globe and Mail May 31, 2019 The Senate’s fundamental job is to review legislation while respecting its regions. In that sense, it is a unique part of Canadian Parliament. The Senate is a built-in safety valve to protect regional interests...
By Senator Elaine McCoy Policy Options April 12, 2019 Le projet de loi C-48 trahit les promesses de la Confédération, car le gouvernement fédéral semble faire peu d’efforts pour trouver un compromis. En tant que membre du Sénat, je sais que les Canadiens ont été des...