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Grant Mitchell

The Hon. Grant  Mitchell, B.A., M.A., C.F.A. Senator Grant Mitchell has had careers in the public service, business and politics in Alberta. He was appointed by former Prime Minister Paul Martin in March, 2005.

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Gender Imbalance in the Judiciary

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Statement made on 07 June 2012 by Senator Joan Fraser

Hon. Joan Fraser:

Honourable senators, what a lovely opening the leader has just given me. My question is about the persistent and very thick glass ceiling that seems to affect the appointment of women as judges in this country.

We are stuck solid at 27 per cent — 27 per cent last year; 27 per cent since April 1, 2007. This seems strange given that 40 per cent of the members of law societies in Canada are women. In April, the President of the Canadian Bar Association said:

With more women than ever in the profession, the judiciary should more accurately represent Canada's — and the legal profession's — gender balance and diversity. . . . Surely there are more women who are qualified to be appointed to the Bench.

Can the leader tell us, please, what the government plans to do to rectify this imbalance?

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Recent Statements from Liberal Senators

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10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator Lillian Eva Dyck | Honourable senators, I would like to say a few words about this motion. I am definitely in support of it. The idea of a First Nations education act is critically important to the welfare of First Nations across Canada, and especially to our young people.

Income Inequality

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette | What does the government intend to do to learn from the financial crisis, reduce wealth inequality, and follow the lead of other jurisdictions that have started to rein in compensation that has nothing to do with the productivity of the people who earn the average salary of a Canadian in half a day?

Broadcast of Senate Proceedings

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator Grant Mitchelll | What is the leader's personal opinion about televising the Senate?

National Pharmacare

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator Art Eggleton | That was supported unanimously in the Senate, so I take it, senator, that you would be willing to now advance this idea to the government.

National Pharmacare

10 Apr, 2014 | By Senator James Cowan | My question is: Will this government put National Pharmacare on the agenda?
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