New Senators—Congratulations on AppointmentsPublished on 16 November 2016 Hansard and Statements by Senator Elizabeth Hubley (retired)
Hon. Elizabeth Hubley (Acting Leader of the Senate Liberals):
Honourable senators, it is a pleasure to rise on behalf of the Senate Liberal caucus to welcome our newest senators to the chamber. Senator Day, our leader, wanted to welcome you personally, and I know he will have a few words after all the new senators have arrived. He had to leave Ottawa late this morning to represent the Senate at a NATO parliamentary meeting, so it is now my pleasure to greet you on behalf of our caucus.
All of us in this chamber look forward to working with you. Each of you brings a wealth of experience and knowledge that I know will enrich the quality of the work we do here. You are joining the Senate at an exciting time in its long history. We are working collectively to reassess how we can best do our work. It is a tremendous challenge and opportunity to reimagine how one of our founding political institutions should function in the years ahead.
I believe that the real opportunity each of us is given when we come to the Senate is to make a difference through the actual work we do for Canadians. It is an extraordinary privilege to be here, a chance to take our life experience and apply it to the advanced issues of public policy to truly benefit Canadians.
I know very well that it can be a bit overwhelming at the beginning, but you will find there are many people who are ready and happy to help, from the wonderful Senate staff, and to, I’m sure, every senator in the chamber.
Once again, welcome to the Senate of Canada. I hope you will find your time here as satisfying and as exciting as I have.