Debates of the Senate  
1st Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 148, Issue 180
  Tuesday, June 25, 2013
 
Question to Senator McCoy on Inquiry into The Senate
Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Would the honourable senator accept a question?

Senator McCoy: Yes.

Senator Dyck: The honourable senator is always very clear in her comments and has a great deal of common sense. She has accurately described our current situation.

My first question was going to be if I can borrow the honourable senator's cue cards, but she has already offered to give them to us. I actually have a PowerPoint on what a senator does, and I would be willing to share that, as well.

The question I have, though, is that, with the current scenario, does the honourable senator not think that the general public is confusing the Senate itself that is, the parliamentary function of the Senate with senators? What is happening with some individual senators is different than the parliamentary function, so the general public is not distinguishing the actions of individual senators, which might be termed administrative as opposed to our parliamentary function.

In those discussions, we should indicate that the Senate itself serves an important function. Sometimes individual senators may behave in a way that detracts from that, but the value of the Senate itself is still there and important.

Senator McCoy: Yes, I think that is an important distinction. As well, I thank you, Senator Dyck, for your behaviour, your standing in your community, holding your head up high, disagreeing with behaviour of that nature and saying that you and your colleagues are taking steps to improve our governance. We will be forever rolling forward to ensure that we catch such defalcations; that will make the difference.

It happens in all organizations. It happens in large organizations. We must adopt the best practices as they have been evolving; indeed, they have been evolving in the last 10 or 15 years, and I think we are just catching up on that score.

 

For full text of Senator McCoy's speech: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/Sen/Chamber/411/Debates/180db_2013-06-25-e.htm#58