Independent (Progressive Conservative)
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, www.albertasenator.ca 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.
Personal Website: http://www.albertasenator.ca/ ( N.B. This site is not a part of the parliamentary Internet site )