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What is the Senate?

The Senate is the Upper House in Canada’s Parliament. Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, famously called it a chamber of sober second thought but it is much more than that. It is a source of ideas, inspiration and legislation in its own right.

Parliament’s 105 senators scrutinize legislation, suggest improvements and fix mistakes. In a two-chamber Parliament, the Senate acts as a check on the power of the prime minister and cabinet. Any bill must pass both houses — the Senate and the House of Commons — before it can become law.


Senate committees scrutinize proposed legislation, examine government spending plans and investigate matters of importance to Canadians. Senators do this work through regular meetings where they hear directly from Canadians, who appear before the committee as witnesses to share their expertise and experiences.

I am on the Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology (SOCI), as well as on the Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration (CIBA).
For more information about SOCI and CIBA, see below.



SOCI’s mandate is to examine legislation and to study issues related to cultural affairs and the arts, social and labour matters, health and welfare, pensions and housing.  It is also responsible for considering fitness and amateur sport, employment and immigration, consumer affairs and youth affairs.


CIBA’S mandate is to consider all matters of a financial or administrative nature relating to the internal management of the Senate. It reviews and authorizes the budget applications of committees and sets guidelines and policies on items such as senators’ office management and financial matters.


Watch my latest interventions here, or read them below! 

Interventions in the Chamber

(interventions listed below)

QUESTION PERIOD — Children's Healthcare

Hon. Rosemary Moodie The question I have today is for the Government Representative in the Senate. Senator Gold, the crisis in pediatric hospitals has reached a new and worrying height. Earlier this week, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, CHEO, had to call in the Canadian Red Cross to support patient care during this extraordinarily difficult respiratory infection season. An important underlying contributor to this acute crisis is the fact that our pediatric health…
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Honourable senators, I rise in celebration of Canada’s children and National Child Day, taking place this Sunday, November 20. National Child Day is a celebration of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was adopted by the UN on November 20, 1989. By signing that convention, we committed here in Canada to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential through the respect of their rights. Unfortunately, as we celebrate National Child Day, our pediatric…
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QUESTION PERIOD — Pediatric Health Care

Hon. Rosemary Moodie This question is for the Government Representative. Senator Gold, as you know, there is a crisis in pediatric health centres across the country. Last Friday at the Hospital for Sick Children, half of the children were in ICU on ventilators, and this spike of respiratory illnesses has prevented surgeries, cancelled emergency room access and flooded intensive care wards. Halifax’s IWK Health Centre set a record a week ago with the highest number of seriously ill patients…
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Speech - Bill S-251 (Banning corporal punishment of kids in Canada)

Honourable senators, one of the central roles of our Senate is being a voice for the voiceless and representing the groups who lack meaningful representation in our political discourse. Bill S-251 fits well within this mission on three fronts. It simultaneously addresses, first, a long-standing concern within Canadian communities; second, a Call to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report; and third, it’s an important step towards fulfilling all international human righ…
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Statement on International Safe Abortion Day

Honourable senators, I address you on behalf of the Canadian Association of Parliamentarians for Population Development, or CAPPD — a multi-party group of parliamentarians committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights for all — of which I am a proud member. Today, on International Safe Abortion Day, this group recognizes the tireless efforts of health care providers and community organizations, across Canada and around the world, who work to support access to…
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Speech - Budget Implementation Bill, 2022, No. 1

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to the budget implementation act. A few weeks ago, I was honoured to be invited to give a keynote address at a conference led by Campaign 2000, a leading group in the fight against child poverty. I remarked then that when I was first appointed to the Senate in December of 2018, I could have never imagined the societal upheavals that would follow soon after: the murder of George Floyd, the rising prominence and the reaction to the Black…
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Question Period - National Housing Strategy

Hon. Rosemary Moodie Honourable senators, my question is for the Government Representative in the Senate. Senator Gold, on May 18 and May 19, Canada underwent a review by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. During the review, Canada was asked about what it is doing to protect children from homelessness and housing insecurity. In response, our delegation spoke about the National Housing Strategy. However, stakeholders such as UNICEF and the Women’s Nationa…
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SENATORS’ STATEMENTS — UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Honourable senators, on May 17 and 18, Canada’s performance on children’s rights was reviewed by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, which monitors the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This convention is an invaluable human rights treaty that secures a list of rights for all children and youth and has become the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history, with good reason. It has made a transformative impact on children’…
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SENATORS’ STATEMENTS — The Late Honourable Josée Forest-Niesing

Honourable senators, I rise today to pay tribute to my friend, colleague and office neighbour, the Honourable Senator Josée Forest-Niesing. For all of us, Senator Forest-Niesing represented kindness and elegance in manner and approach. She led with her keen intellect and brilliance as an orator, shining her light on all of us. She was a gentle force and a strong voice within the Senate, and her passing has been a great loss for our institution and for Canada. When I was appoint…
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QUESTION PERIOD — Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Hon. Rosemary Moodie Welcome, Minister Gould. In my question today, I would like to focus on child poverty. You have the mandate, minister, for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through the delivery of Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy. As you are currently reviewing income supports for low-income families and children, what opportunities do you see now to improve the supports for these families?   Hon. Karina Gould, P.C., M.P., Mini…
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