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Committees and Parliamentary Diplomacy


Committees are at the core of the Senate’s work. Here, Senators are able to study specific social, political and economic issues, hear from witnesses and experts, and deliberate in a focused environment. Committees produce reports that give in depth information based on testimonies and research that help inform legislative deliberation and voting.

You can learn more about the committees I am a member of below:

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Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

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Friendship Groups

An important part of my job is staying connected with my community and partnering with local friendship groups and advocacy organizations. This helps me ensure that I am accurately representing and advocating for the needs of all Nova Scotians. Currently, I am member of the following friendship groups:

  • Canada-Korea Interparliamentary Friendship Group
  • Canada-CARICOM Friendship Group
  • Canada-Ukraine Friendship Group
  • Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association
  • Canada-China Legislative Association
  • Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association
  • Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Group
  • Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
  • Canada-Turkey Friendship Group

I was also the Head of the Canadian Delegation to the 29th Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) You can learn more about the role of friendship groups in parliamentary affairs here.

Advocacy Groups

I am also the co-chair of two non-partisan advocacy groups focused on providing parliamentarians with the knowledge needed for informed decision-making. Currently, I am the co-chair of:

  • Senators for Climate Solutions (co-chaired alongside Senator Mary Coyle)
  • The All-Party Mental Health Caucus (co-chaired alongside Dr. Brendan Hanley, M.P.)