Having a well-paying and stimulating job is a major concern for everyone. Unfortunately, many people are unable to find work. In Canada, many more people are looking for work than there are jobs to fill. Achieving full employment means creating the right economic conditions so that all those who want to work can find productive meaningful jobs. That is also the best way to ensure long-term prosperity for all. As a senator, I want to help start a national conversation on the best practices for job creation.
As an economist, I am fundamentally concerned about economic policies. Specifically, I am interested in macroeconomics, labour economics and income security. At a time when globalization and technology are significantly changing how we live, new policies are needed to help people adapt to the changes more quickly. As a senator, I plan to take up the challenge with the interests of the Quebecers I represent and all Canadians in mind.
Canadians are calling for a less partisan, more transparent and more accountable Senate than in the past. It is therefore paramount that the Senate of Canada modernize its practices, rules and policies to deliver an upper house that is independent of political parties in providing sober second thought on legislation proposed by the lower house, to ensure that federal legislation protects the interests of minorities and provinces. As an independent senator from Quebec, I have made Senate modernization a priority.