The Senate of Canada is home to 105 strong, principled Canadians who are appointed and asked to provide “sober, second thought” on legislation sent to them by the House of Commons. Here is the current composition:
|Independent Senators Group||52|
|Conservative party Senators||31|
|Liberal party Senators||10|
If it is reasonable to assume that the Vacant Seats will be filled shortly, a total of 53 votes will be required to #KillBillC69, or send it back to the House for a significant rewrite. If all 31 Senate Conservatives vote against Bill C-69, another 22 votes are required from the other Senators to turn back this poorly written legislation and help save Canada’s resource sector.
We believe there are at least 25 such Senators who could very likely support our campaign to reject Bill C-69. Based on their professional and personal life experience, what they’ve said about this and other legislation, what they’ve told Suits and Boots supporters in the first part of our campaign, and what we know of their views of the resource sector, environmental and regulatory issues, it is reasonable to believe these Senators possibly could side with the thousands of Suits and Boots supporters across Canada who oppose this legislation.
Please call these Senators. Please write them. Please tell them your personal story – tell them how you, your family , your friends, your business and your community are hurt by the current stalemate in resource development in Canada. And ask them to consider your point of view when they examine Bill C-69. Ask them to #KillBillC69 or send it back for a significant rewrite that addresses Our Ten Reasons to #KillBillC69.
These are all good people. They are principled, smart and care deeply about our country. We will reveal 2 or 3 each week until Christmas. Please take a minute to reach out to them and spread the word.
As of today, here’s our Senate Bill C-69 scorecard:
Senator Lynn Beyak
Senator Patrick Brazeau
Senator Diane Griffin
- Senator Diane Griffin is a former city councillor from Stratford, PEI – where there are no political parties. She’s fiercely independent and has made it clear she plans on voting as an independent. She’s a winner of the Governor General’s Conservation Award, and brings a clear-headed and pragmatic approach to the balance between responsible resource development and environmental protection (something that’s clearly missing in C-69).
Senator Brian Francis
- Senator Brian Francis is a Mi’kmaq leader, Chief of the Abegweit First Nation, who comes from a fishing family and is an accomplished “Boot” – the first Aboriginal person in PEI to receive his inter-provincial red seal trade certificate as a journeyman carpenter. His work on the ground in the resource sector and his public sector experience in resource development gives this newly minted Senator a deep and real understanding of what’s at stake in our battle.
Senator Mike Duffy
- Senator Mike Duffy is a well-known former journalist who fought through a long, painful and very public battle in public, in the Senate and in the courts to clear his name on charges of claiming improper expenses– and he won. This is not a Senator who is going to be pushed around – in August of 2017 he filed a lawsuit against the Senate and the RCMP seeking damages – and as a former Ottawa journalist, he’ll know all there is to need to know about how poorly this legislation is drafted.
Senator Percy Downe
- Senator Percy Downe is clearly a strong-willed and independent Senator – even though he’s registered as a Liberal. He’s exceptionally grounded. He wrote a letter to the Prime Minister in May this year saying essentially that gender equality is all fair and well in the Senate – women are just under 50% – and there are enough lawyers, journalists, academics and business people in the Senate. But he called for more farmers, fishers or low-ranking military personnel – saying “untapped expertise” from across the country is required to broaden the diversity of the Senate. “The PM and others often say diversity is our strength, but we want to make sure snobbery is not our weakness,” he wrote. This sounds like one of us, for sure.
Senator Paula Simons
- Appointed October 3, 2018. National Newspaper Award-winning journalist and editorial board member with The Edmonton Journal
- Has written on public transit, finances, Supreme Court rulings, int. trade, arts, health. Her colleagues say “she has given a voice to the voiceless and held the powerful accountable.”
- Says she hopes to bring her experience analyzing and critiquing government policies and “the same objectivity” to the Senate.
- “I will be looking at every piece of legislation and giving it the kind of analysis that I would have done in the newsroom to make sure that the consequences of that legislation would be the best ones possible for all Canadians, but especially for Albertans.”
- “I will be a passionate advocate for Edmonton and Alberta…I will be sitting as an Independent Senator, not as a Liberal independent Senator. I won’t be voting Party lines.”.
Senator Pamela Wallin
- Saskatchewan Senator appointed in 2008 by PM Stephen Harper; previously appointed Canada’s consul general in New York City by PM Jean Chretien. Sits as an Independent Senator.
- Wide ranging career as journalist, diplomat, entrepreneur with a focus on politics and foreign policy
- Member of the Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce, which issued October 2018 report “Canada: Still Open for Business?”
- Report recommendation #2: “The federal government act immediately to implement measures that would encourage companies to continue to invest in Canada, such as reducing the corporate income tax rate and temporarily allowing the full and immediate deduction of capital expenditures.
- Report recommendation #3: “The federal government take action to improve Canada’s regulatory regime, aiming to balance competing interests and ensure project completion.”
- Report recommendation #5: “The federal government should, on an urgent basis, improve Canada’s trade infrastructure, with particular focus on bottlenecks within Canada’s gateway transportation networks, including rails, pipelines, roads and port infrastructure.”