Hon. Joseph A. Day (Leader of the Senate Liberals):
Honourable senators, let me thank Senator Woo and Senator Saint-Germain for giving a full description of our new senators. I’ll merely warmly welcome them on behalf of the independent Liberals and provide an abridged version of our welcome.
Your resumés are very impressive. Senator Dasko, representing the province of Ontario, is a sociologist, a pollster and well-regarded speaker and commentator on major areas of public policy. She led the way in incorporating public opinion into policy discussions. As co-founder and past national chair of Equal Voice, she has worked tirelessly to the goal of electing more women to public office in this country as we just heard from Senator Woo.
Senator Dalphond, who represents the senatorial division of De Lorimier in Quebec, is a lawyer, professor and former Appeal Court justice. He has dedicated many years to the education of others, mainly young lawyers and judges. As I already mentioned, he is a professor who teaches domestic and international arbitration at the Faculty of Law of the Université de Montréal.
Senators, both of you have accomplished much throughout your careers thus far, and I believe you will add your own unique perspectives and experiences here in the Senate as you take up matters on behalf of your various constituents. You will find throughout this chamber many dedicated and hard-working colleagues, senators who want what is best for their provinces and their country, as well as for this institution and the role it plays in Canada’s Parliament. Each of us will be pleased to work with you on various matters that you undertake.
On behalf of the Independent Senate Liberals, we welcome you both to the Senate of Canada. My colleagues and I look forward to working with you.