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Lesbian Feminist Named To Canada's Senate
by Ben Thompson 365Gay.com Ottawa Bureau

Posted: March 24, 2005  9:01 pm ET



(Ottawa)  Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin appointed Nancy Ruth to the Senate on Thursday. She becomes the second out member of the Senate. The other is Liberal Laurier LaPierre.   

 She was among nine new Senators named to the Upper Chamber Thursday.

Senators in Canada are appointed by the Prime Minister in power and serve until they are 75.  The Senate, known as 'the chamber of sober second thought' has little power but can send non monetary bills back to the Commons with suggested revisions. 

Ruth, 63, will sit as a Progressive Conservative - the old party that joined with the Alliance to form the Conservatives. 

She has been a longtime supporter of Egale, Canada's national LGBT civil rights organization and has won a series of prestigious awards, both on the national and international scene. 

She was awarded the South African Women for Women Friendship Award in 2004; the Government of Ontario’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Human Rights in 1998; and became a Member of the Order of Canada in 1994. 

Ruth has also been instrumental in co-founding organizations that work for women’s social change in Canada like the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, the Canadian Women’s Foundation, Toronto’s The Linden School, The Women’s Future Fund and the Charter of Rights Coalition.

In addition she has sat on the Board of Directors of the Economic Council of Canada, The Canadian Center for Arms Control, The Canada-USA Fulbright Foundation and the International Institute of Concern for Public Health, among others.

Ruth twice ran for the Ontario legislature from Toronto and lost.  

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