In The Senate
Examining and revising legislation, investigating national issues and representing regional, provincial and minority interests – these are important functions in a modern democracy. They are also the duties of Canada’s Senate. Senators represent, investigate, deliberate and legislate.
For over 140 years senators have been working on behalf of all Canadians, in both official languages, to perform their role in providing an effective national parliament.
Today, Canada’s Senate consists of 105 senators from a wide variety of backgrounds and from every province and territory. Its membership is about one-third the size of that of the House of Commons, and it operates at about one-fifth of the cost. Senators consult in their home provinces and throughout Canada and then gather in Ottawa in order to make their contribution to Canada’s governance.