(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
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
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.