Mamadosewin (meeting place, walking together)

Progressive Senate Group Press Release

Progressive Senate Group Press Release

Progressive Senate Group Press Release

Published on 14 November 2019 News & Photos by Senator Joseph Day, Lillian Eva Dyck, Terry Mercer

Ottawa, November 14, 2019 – The Progressive Senate Group (the Progressives) was formally established today as a parliamentary group in the upper chamber. The name reflects the new group’s progressive approach to governance, aiming to restore balance in the evolving Senate.

The Progressive Senate Group is made up of like-minded individuals with different backgrounds, strong convictions and often differing opinions. Members are inspired by the Algonquin word, “Mamidosewin,” which means meeting place and walking together.

While senators are free to champion their individual goals, the Progressives recognize the value of working together with a shared purpose. Applying their experience, knowledge and accumulated expertise, they will work together in the chamber of sober second thought to advance progressive views, including walking together with Indigenous peoples in advancing reconciliation.

Votes will not be whipped; every vote is a free vote. Members will also be free to participate in political activities outside the Senate, including being members of any political party, as allowed by the Senate Ethics Rules.

The members of the Progressives currently are: Senators Jane Cordy (NS), Dennis Dawson (QC), Joseph Day (NB), Percy Downe (PEI), Lillian Dyck (SK), Serge Joyal (QC), Sandra Lovelace Nicholas (NB), Terry Mercer (NS), and Jim Munson (ON).

Quotes:

“We have always been progressive, independent senators and now our group truly reflects that fact. We will continue to build on our experiences and knowledge, coming together to debate new ideas and policies that reflect our shared progressive values.”

  • Senator Joseph Day, Interim Leader of the Progressive Senate Group

“We are embracing the future while remaining true to our shared principles and ideals. We are independent, we are inclusive, and we are always ready to welcome other independent senators who share our progressive values.”

  • Senator Terry Mercer, Interim Deputy Leader of the Progressive Senate Group

“One of the founding principles of the Progressive Senate Group is the commitment to advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and upholding Indigenous rights. As a First Nation Cree senator, I am excited and proud to be a member of a parliamentary group that is openly committed to working together and walking together with First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.”

  • Senator Lillian Eva Dyck, Member of the Progressive Senate Group

For more information, please contact:

Caitlin Gropp
Office of the Honourable Joseph A. Day
Interim Leader of the Progressive Senate Group
613-943-4600

Melanie Nicholson
Office of the Honourable Joseph A. Day
Interim Leader of the Progressive Senate Group
613-995-4280