Home Page Election 2019 News Opinion Foreign Policy Politics Policy Legislation Lobbying Hill Life & People Hill Climbers Heard On The Hill Calendar Archives Classifieds
Hill Times Events Inside Ottawa Directory Hill Times Store Hill Times Careers The Wire Report The Lobby Monitor Parliament Now
Subscribe Free Trial Reuse & Permissions Advertising
Log In
Hill Life & People

‘I don’t celebrate Black History Month, I celebrate Black history 12 months of the year’: Sen. Bernard on her fight for equality

By David Lochead      

After sitting as a Senator for more than three years, Wanda Thomas Bernard says she is more determined than ever to continue fighting for causes like social justice, diversity, and inclusion.

Sen. Wanda Thomas Bernard, pictured speaking at a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women event in Nova Scotia on Dec. 6, 2019, says she lives Black history and integrates it into all of her work. Photograph courtesy of the office of Wanda Thomas Bernard

On a snowy day in 2018, Independent Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard boarded a Parliament Hill shuttle bus in front of the Victoria Building, heading to Centre Block. She said the Senators getting on the bus before her boarded with no issues, but the driver stopped Sen. Bernard to ask for identification that she was a Senator. Recalling that it was a frigid day, she said she had to remove multiple layers of clothing—her coat, her blazer, and her shawl—to unveil the pin identifying her as a Senator. While Sen. Bernard was peeling off these layers of clothing, she said other Senators were walking by without being asked for identification, some even acknowledging Sen. Bernard as they passed by saying “excuse me, Senator Bernard.”

Explore, analyze, understand
Inside 2020 Books – Inside Ottawa and Inside Canada
Get both Inside Canada pocket books for a special price.

Get the book
Inside Ottawa Directory – 2020 Edition
The handy reference guide includes: riding profiles, MPs by province, MP contact details, both Hill and constituency and more.

Get the book
You Might Be From Canada If…
You Might Be From Canada If . . . is a delightful, illustrated romp through this country as it celebrates its 150th birthday.

Get the book
Related Policy Briefings
Privacy and Security in the Digital Age
Short and informative analyses on policy challenges that bring background and recommendations to policymakers, journalists and the general public.

Read policy briefing

Politics This Morning

Get the latest news from The Hill Times

Politics This Morning


Your email has been added. An email has been sent to your address, please click the link inside of it to confirm your subscription.

Trudeau’s penchant for political appointees shows lack of appreciation for ambassadors’ work: former senior diplomat

News|By Neil Moss
'[Trudeau] neglects the fact that you need experience and competent people,' says Guy Saint-Jacques, a former Canadian ambassador to China from 2012 to 2016.

A look at rookie MP Sloan’s underdog leadership campaign

Team Sloan is led by former Scheer staffer Paula Iturri, and includes Ashley Brown as tour director and Daniel Paolini, who’s currently a member of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party executive.

Wernick’s warning of political violence reflects increasing polarization, say politicos, experts

There’s been a normalization of hateful language online, says terrorism expert Jessica Davis, who noted a ‘Trudeau effect’ in the extreme animosity voiced by some online.

Prison watchdog has ‘grave’ concerns that CSC rates Indigenous, Black inmates as higher risk

Disproportionate number of Black and Indigenous offenders placed in higher security institutions by the CSC 'doesn’t add up,' says Sen. Bernard.

More nuanced, test-focused approach needed to reopen Canada-U.S. border, say experts

News|By Neil Moss
A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has called for Canada and the United States to 'immediately craft a comprehensive framework for phased reopening of the border.'

Canada, host countries should bolster efforts to mitigate COVID-19 spread in ‘displaced communities,’ says refugee advocacy group

News|By Beatrice Paez
'It is hard to imagine a crisis—even one half its dimension—where the international community had done so little to rally together,' says Refugees International.

Ex-Liberal MPs running in next election eagerly await start of nomination process

News|By Abbas Rana
The Liberal Party is consulting MPs and grassroots members to determine rules for candidate nominations in held and unheld ridings for the next election, says spokesman Braeden Caley.

Too soon to say if StatsCan will bring in more racialized researchers, says official; ‘we’re just building those relationships’

News|By Palak Mangat
In July 2019, the agency established the Centre for Indigenous Statistics and Partnerships. It also employs 11 Indigenous liaison advisors to help it collect data on Indigenous people in Canada.

Opposition MPs decry lack of transparency around government’s COVID-19 advertising spending

News|By Mike Lapointe
Just over $48.5-million was added to the Privy Council Office’s budget for 'communications and marketing (COVID-19)' in the most recent round of supplementary estimates, which were passed by Parliament on June 17.
Your group subscription includes premium access to Politics This Morning briefing.