Hon. Michael MacDonald, a member of the Canadian Senate from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia recently addressed a group of about 250 students at St. Patrick's Catholic High School. The visit was arranged by teacher Blake Morrison, who took part in a week-long Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy in Ottawa last November.
"We were very excited when Senator MacDonald accepted our invitation to speak to students here at St. Patrick's," says Mr. Morrison. "It's not every day students get to meet a member of the Canadian Senate and ask questions."
The students, from Grades 10 through 12, were selected because of their interest in politics. They asked a number of questions, ranging from free trade to Canada's relations with the United States to the national debt.
Senator MacDonald told students it was his first visit to Sarnia and that he was very pleased to accept their invitation to visit the school.
He was appointed to the Senate by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The Senator is a businessman in Nova Scotia and had formerly served as vice president of the Conservative Party of Canada.
"It is a privilege to serve in the Canadian Senate," he told the students. "It never dawned on me that I would ever be a senator; but, all of a sudden I found myself there."
In the photos (top left) Senator MacDonald speaks to students at St. Patrick's Catholic High School; and (above right) the Senator poses with Mr. Morrison and students.