Senator Elaine McCoy was appointed to the Senate of Canada by the Rt.
Hon. Paul Martin on March 24, 2005. Senator McCoy is a lawyer and former Alberta
cabinet minister with thirty years professional experience in regulation and
policy development in both the private and public sectors.
Senator McCoy was born in Brandon, Manitoba and moved to Alberta at an early
age. After completing a BA and LLB at the University of Alberta, Senator McCoy
pursued a career in law as senior legal counsel for the Alberta Energy and
Utilities Board and as counsel for TransAlta.
Senator McCoy was asked by former Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed to run in
Calgary West as his replacement upon his retirement from provincial politics.
Senator McCoy won the seat in 1986. She was named to cabinet as Minister of
Consumer and Corporate Affairs and Minister responsible for Women’s Issues by
Don Getty. As Minister, Senator McCoy was responsible for creating the Insurance
Council of Alberta and restructuring the Alberta Securities Commission, and for
introducing a variety of new policies to protect consumers and to recognize
foreign credentials. Senator McCoy was appointed as Alberta’s Minister of Labour
and Minister responsible for human rights in 1989 where she was responsible for
Alberta’s personnel administration office. She set up an Alberta Human Rights
commission inquiry which was responsible for investigating and eliminating
supremacist activity in the province. Senator McCoy was also keen to shed light
on violence against women and spearheaded the Lake Louise Declaration which was
Alberta’s first action plan designed to fight violence against women. Upon
Premier Getty’s retirement, Senator McCoy ran for the leadership of the
Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta against Ralph Klein.
Elaine McCoy is an important part of Calgary’s environmental and charitable
communities. She is President of the Macleod Institute which is known for its
expertise on program evaluations and environmental management. While at the
Macleod Institute, she authored the influential Bow Corridor Regional Mobility
Strategy. Elaine McCoy is a past President of the Sir Winston Churchill Society
and currently Vice Chair of Climate Change Central, a multi stakeholder
organization designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Alberta.
Since being appointed to the Senate, Senator McCoy has been an influential
voice for the role of the individual Senator, for effective Senate reform, for
an inclusive federation and the role of Alberta in Canada. Senator McCoy broke
new ground with her website,
as the only member of the Senate of Canada who regularly blogs on her
experiences in Ottawa and the political issues of the day. Elaine McCoy sits as
a Progressive Conservative Senator which ensures her independence and
acknowledges her political heritage.