Independent Senator Mobin Jaffer (British Columbia) told The Hill Times last week that she “felt silenced” when she wasn’t able to take part in the Senate’s emergency debate on racism on June 18 in the Senate Chamber. This is pretty strong stuff, considering she’s been an influential player who has made a life-long commitment to anti-racism work and has led discussions at the Senate Human Rights Committee on representation in the federal public service and pushed to create a Senate diversity committee. But she was stuck in British Columbia and still under travel restrictions, and only 33 Senators, excluding the Senate Speaker, are allowed in the Senate right now.
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