Black Canadians have made unprecedented inroads in politics in recent years. They can now boast of greater representation in all levels of government. With greater representation comes a greater voice for all Black Canadians, to combat anti-Black racism and push for equity in our country. As we seek to build on our progress and consolidate our gains, it is important to ensure the Black Caucus has stable and enduring leadership.
The Parliamentary Black Caucus is pleased to
announce that Senator Rosemary Moodie (ON) has been unanimously selected as the caucus’s Senate Co-Chair. As a senator, Senator Moodie will be able to continue to serve should Parliament be dissolved for an election, allowing the caucus to continue its work on behalf of Black communities.
Senator Moodie was appointed to the Senate in December 2018. She is a pediatrician, and a champion for women and girls. Since her appointment she has been actively involved in combatting anti-Black racism and pushing for greater diversity in our institutions. She is Chair of the Advisory Working Group on Diversity and Inclusion Training in the Senate, and Chair of the African Canadian Senators Group. In June of 2020, she launched an emergency debate in the Senate on racism in response to the deaths of Regis Korchinski-Paquet and George Floyd, as well as the many other instances of violent racism during the pandemic.
Senator Moodie will join M.P Greg Fergus who continues to serve as co-chair, representing the House of Commons.
On her selection Senator Moodie Said: “The Parliamentary Black Caucus has had a meaningful impact on our politics. We can and must continue to push for change and inclusion. I am thankful for this opportunity to continue our work and look forward to partnering with all Black Parliamentarians and our allies to promote the interest of Black Canadians in Ottawa.”
In celebrating Senator Moodie, MP Fergus said “Congratulations, Senator Moodie! This is an important step for the Parliamentary Black Caucus. We have achieved so much together, and this new governance structure will help strengthen our work, as we continue to advocate for Black communities across the country.”