The Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments (IABSA) is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, including an online system that allows Canadians to apply for Senate appointments. The new website also provides more detailed information about the IABSA and the Senate appointments process.
The Senate of Canada plays a fundamental role in the legislative process, providing sober, second thought complementary to the elected House of Commons. The Senate also plays a key role in the representation of regions and minorities.
Why did the Government introduce a new, independent Senate appointment process? During the election campaign in 2015, we made a commitment to create a new, non-partisan, merit based process for Senate appointments in order to end the partisan nature of the Senate, which has affected its reputation and effectiveness over the years. While recognizing the good work of many past and current senators, Canadians have been clear that the Senate needs to change. It's a promise made, and a promise kept.
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, and the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, will make an announcement regarding the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians.
The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the protection of the public and the need to uphold the rights and freedoms of individual Canadians. The National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP) is a crucial step to meet this commitment.
The Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Dominic LeBlanc, today introduced legislation to create the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP). The legislation was developed in close collaboration with the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale.
I've had the pleasure of working with APEX for quite a while in different contexts, as a deputy head, as deputy clerk, and clerk. APEX has played an important role in the conversation about workplace well-being. In many ways, you were the trailblazers, those of you that are veterans. The work that was done by APEX about the health and well-being of executives really was the breakthrough work in many areas of workplace well-being, the surveys, the conferences, the workshops opened a conversation about workplace well-being, about stress, about work habits, about work organization, and many, many other aspects which is now propagated to the broader public service, and the quarter million men and women who serve in it.
The Government of Canada will keep its commitment to give Canadians a stronger and more representative voice in future elections. Canada is better when its government works for everyone – including women, young people, Indigenous Peoples, and new Canadians.