SACPA Session - Reforming the Canadian Senate?

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The Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs (SACPA) presents a session with Independent Senator Grant Mitchell as he discusses the changing Senate and possible reform.

Reforming the Canadian Senate?

Date:              Thursday, October 12, 2017
Time:              12 - 1:30 p.m. (30 minutes each for presentation, lunch and Q & A)
Location:        Country Kitchen Catering (Lower level of The Keg) 1715 Mayor Magrath Dr. S
Cost:               $14 (includes lunch) or $2 (includes coffee/tea) RSVP is not necessary                                                   

The Senate is going through a period of remarkable change as the institution aims to become more independent, transparent, accountable and less partisan. A significant part of this modernization process has involved the establishment of a new, non-partisan, merit-based process to advise on Senate appointments. Furthermore, the Government has created a Representative Team in the Senate, consisting of three Independent Senators, to ensure Senate business can be effectively coordinated in Parliament.

These measures have catalyzed changes that will have an historic impact on how the Senate functions, improve its capacity to serve Canadians, and help restore public confidence. The speaker will share his perspective on the changing dynamics in the Senate of Canada and outline his role as Government Liaison.

Speaker:         Senator Grant Mitchell

Senator Grant Mitchell is proud to represent Alberta as an Independent Senator. He has had careers in the public service, business and politics in Alberta, and was called to the Senate in 2005. He received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science from the University of Alberta in 1973, a Master of Arts in Political Studies from Queen’s University in 1976 and a Chartered Financial Analyst title in 1983. He worked for the Government of Alberta from 1976 until 1979 and then became an executive for the Principal Group until 1986.

From 1994 until 1998, Senator Mitchell was leader of the Alberta Liberal Party and leader of Alberta’s official opposition. He was a member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly for the riding of Edmonton McClung and served his constituents with dedication and diligence from 1986 to 1998. Senator Mitchell later worked as an investment advisor and taught graduate level courses at the University of Calgary and Edmonton.

Senator Mitchell was appointed to the position of Government Liaison in the Senate in May 2016. As Government Liaison, he is one of three members of the Government Representative Team in the Senate, responsible for helping guide government legislation through the Upper Chamber whilst advocating for a transparent and accountable Senate that works for Canadians. He is an advocate for Senate modernization, and takes a proactive role in contributing to Senate reform.

Moderator:   Heather Oxman

For more information on the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs, visit the SACPA website.


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