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Open Caucus

In the spring of 2014, the Senate Liberals began our Open Caucus initiative. The goal of these meetings is to foster nonpartisan discussion on issues facing our country. We invite all parliamentarians as well as the public to take part in the discussion with a panel of experts on any given topic, and focus informing ourselves and others on matters that are important to Canadians.


Open Caucus Themes

  • February 8, 2017—Charities and Government: Modernizing the Relationship

    In the spring of 2014, the Senate Liberals opened our Caucus doors to Canadians. Through our Open Caucus initiative we are learning, discussing and debating issues of national importance.  This effort is hosted by the Senate Liberal Caucus but is intended to be non-partisan. All parliamentarians will be invited, as well as members of the press and the general public.

    On February 8th, we invited you to join us in a discussion on the issues faced by the charitable, non-profit, and social enterprise sectors in Canada. Organizations that have community based goals provide valuable services ranging from research, to providing assistance for the disenfranchised, operating schools, running hospitals, and more. Despite the important contributions that charities provide to society charitable giving has hit a ten year low, illustrating that the charitable sector faces a number of challenges in achieving their mandates. To address this important topic we invited a panel of witnesses to discuss what role the Government of Canada can play in facilitating the continued significance and growth of organizations which provide a fundamental socially minded role in Canadian society.

    Witnesses included:

    • Brian Emmett: Chief Economist at Imagine Canada
    • Elizabeth McIsaac: President of Maytree
    • Bob Wyatt: Executive Director of Muttart Foundation
    • Ellen Martin: Co-Founder & COO of SoJo
    • Carl Juneau: Member of the Board of Directors for the Pemsel Case Foundation
    • Leah Eustace: Chair of AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada


    This meeting will took place:
    Wednesday February 8th, 2017
    9:15 am – 11:15 am
    Room 160S, Centre Block


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