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QUESTION PERIOD - Hon. Karina Gould, P.C., M.P., Minister of Democratic Institutions

Senate Reform

Hon. Serge Joyal: Madam Minister, my question is in relation to reform of the Senate. Your predecessor had a specific mandate in her mandate letter in relation to the reform of the Senate. What is your specific responsibility? Besides the appointment process that the Prime Minister has put into place, what are the other priorities that you would like to consider as being part of your realization?

Hon. Karina Gould, P.C., M.P., Minister of Democratic Institutions: Thank you, Senator Joyal, for your question.

With regard to Senate reform, that's an overarching task in my mandate letter. Of course, the Prime Minister has made it very clear, and I am following his instructions, that with regard to how the Senate operates and organizes itself is something that must be decided and deliberated upon within this chamber, and we look forward to receiving the results of that.

I know very good work is being done by the Senate Modernization Committee, and I look forward to working with you on that and to continuing to engage in a productive manner.