Senator McCoy’s Op-Eds  have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s and Policy Options, among other publications. Read the senator’s take on public policies, governance, and issues important to Canadians.


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The Senate should do its job – and oppose the tanker ban

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 … Read More

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Le projet de loi C-48 divise la population canadienne

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 … Read More

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Bill C-48 divides Canadians and betrays the promise of Confederation

By Senator Elaine McCoy Vancouver Sun Mach 29, 2019 As senators, we have heard from thousands of Canadians for and against Bill C-69, an act that promises the modernization of the National Energy Board and … Read More

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Canadians not convinced current Senate has made a difference

By Senator Elaine McCoy Policy Options September 14, 2018 A new poll shows that Canadians want an independent, representative second chamber. Will the Senate fulfill that expectation? The latest Senate report card from the people … Read More

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The Senate Doesn’t Delay Legislation. The House Of Commons Does

By Senator Elaine McCoy HuffPost January 16, 2018 Everyone knows the Senate delays government legislation, don’t we? Well, no we don’t. In fact, the House of Commons tends to take almost three times as long … Read More

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Senate delays are just another urban myth

Instead of focusing on the myth that the Senate routinely delays government legislation, we should look at how it performs its constitutional duties. Everyone knows that the Senate delays government legislation — don’t we? Well, … Read More

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Speeches by Senator McCoy in the Senate Chamber

Read or listen to a selection of Senator McCoy’s speeches in the Senate chamber.

Aboriginal Affairs

AUDIOPDF

Alberta

Honourable Dan Hays
Audio  PDF

Horsman, Jim
Audio  PDF

Maiden Speech
Audio  PDF

Persons Case
Audio  PDF

Anglophone Judges

Audio   PDF

Anti-Union Bill

Audio   PDF (Speech 1)
Audio   PDF (Speech 2)
Audio   PDF (Speech 3)

Climate Change
Maiden Speech
Audio   PDF

Consumer Products Safety

Audio   PDF

Institutions

A Citizen’s Stake in the Rights of Parliament
Audio   PDF

Citizen Protections
Audio    PDF

Canada Elections Act
Audio    PDF

Drug Policy

Cannabis
Audio    PDF
     
Cannabis
Audio    PDF

Environmental Regulation

Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement
Audio    PDF

Canadian Environmental Assesment Act
Audio    PDF

Navigable Waters Protection Act
Audio    PDF

Biofuels
Audio    PDF

Financial Institutions

National Securities Commission 
Audio    PDF

National Securities Commission
Audio    PDF

CMHC Bank Bailout
Audio   PDF

Income Trusts

Audio   PDF

Progressive Choices

Independent Senator Atkins
Audio   PDF

What Kind of Canada
Audio   PDF

Senate and Other Democratic Institutions

An Effective Senate
PDF (Modernization)
Audio   PDF

Senate Expenses
Audio   PDF  (Committee Study)
Audio   PDF  (Abuse of Powers)
Audio   PDF  (Brazeau Amendment)
Audio   PDF  (Policy Changes)
Audio   PDF  (Harb)

Anti-Union Bill
Audio   PDF  (Speech 1)
Audio   PDF  (Speech 2)
Audio   PDF (Speech 3)

Overriding Minority Views   
Audio   PDF

Stifling Debate 
Audio   PDF

Independent Senators
Audio   PDF