Canada 2020 Studio Series: Towards an Independent Senate

The Prime Minister’s decision in 2016 to appoint entirely non-partisan senators marked the greatest institutional reform the Senate has seen since Confederation. Since then, there has been a sea change in the makeup of the Canadian Senate.

With the emergence of the Independent Senators Group (ISG) and, more recently the Canadian Senators Group (CSG), the Red Chamber has implemented structural changes that continue to transform its role within Canadian Parliament. These changes greatly impact the work of the House of Commons, and legislation that shapes Canada. With these steps towards independence and modernization, the Senate as we know it will no longer exist.

What will it take for an independent Senate to succeed, and how can it better serve and satisfy Canadians?

To help map out the path ahead, Canada 2020 is pleased to welcome back to our studio Senators Raymonde Saint-Germain and Yuen Pau Woo, facilitators of the ISG, to continue the discussion on progress towards Senate independence, what it means for our parliamentary democracy, and how it will function differently with Canada’s new minority government.

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Featured Participants

  • Hon. Raymonde Saint-Germain
    Canadian Senator. Deputy Facilitator, Independent Senators Group Bio
  • Hon. Yuen Pau Woo
    Canadian Senator. Facilitator, Independent Senators Group. Bio

VenueCanada 2020 Studio, 35 O'Connor Street, Suite 302, Ottawa, Ontario K1P5M4 CA