Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals):
Colleagues, welcome home.
Honourable colleagues, after what I hope was a restful summer, here we are with a new senator among us. On behalf of the independent Liberal senators, I welcome Senator Julie Miville-Dechêne, who represents the senatorial division of Inkerman, Quebec.
As other senators have mentioned, Senator Miville-Dechêne began her career in journalism, a career that would take her across Canada and the United States for 25 years. She then became the first woman ombudsman of Radio-Canada before being appointed chair of the Quebec government’s Conseil du statut de la femme.
In 2016, she served as the Quebec representative in the Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO and the Quebec government envoy for human rights and freedoms.
Over the weekend, the Canadian Press published an interview with the new senator, which I had the occasion to review, in which she outlined her priorities here in the Senate. Given her past work, it should surprise no one that the issues she identified directly affect women. This is a reflection of the time she has spent advocating for women both here and around the world.
Senator Miville-Dechêne achieved much in her previous roles, and I have no doubt that she will push forward with the same diligence and passion as she embarks on the next stage of her professional life here in the Senate.
Senator Miville-Dechêne, you are surrounded by senators who work hard on behalf of Canadians from coast to coast to coast and beyond. We strive to deliver the best possible results for our provinces and our country, as well as for this institution, considering the role it plays in the Parliament of Canada.
Once again, the Independent Senate Liberals welcome you to the Senate and wish you the best of luck in your duties. My colleagues and I look forward to working with you.