Veronica Carrozzi

Parliamentary Affairs Advisor

Veronica has worked for the Senate of Canada since 1999. She is responsible for the overall management of the Senator’s office. She’s up to date on current events and the political agenda to ensure that Senator Boyer is properly briefed and advised on all issues of significance to her role. Veronica feels the Senate is an exciting place and truly values the work being done here.

Veronica.Carrozzi@sen.parl.gc.ca

Rod Leggett

Parliamentary Affairs Advisor

After teaching political science in Quebec’s CEGEP system and working with the federal government, Rod joined Senator Boyer’s team in April 2019. Rod has master’s degrees in Religious Studies and Political Studies and is currently working on a PhD at the University of Ottawa. Rod advises Senator Boyer on policy and legislative matters and manages the office’s external communications. When he’s not at work, Rod can be found under a pile of books or writing songs with his band The Harvestmen.

Rod.Leggett@sen.parl.gc.ca

Métis Bear

Bear Witness to #JordansPrinciple

Métis Bear accompanies Senator Boyer on her travels, meetings and formal events with the goal of advancing reconciliation between all bears and people.

He celebrates his birthday on May 10 or “Bear Witness Day.” On that date, Canadians are encouraged to bear witness to Jordan’s Principle—named in memory of Jordan River Anderson, a First Nations child from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba—by bringing their teddy bears to daycare, school or work in order to host a “bear birthday party” and to post photos with the hashtag #JordansPrinciple.

Jordan’s Principle aims to ensure that First Nations children across Canada are given access to public health and social services in a way that is reflective of their distinct cultural needs, takes full account of the historical disadvantage linked to colonization, and without experiencing any service denials, delays or disruptions because they are First Nations.

Although the child-first principle has been widely acclaimed, there have been many gaps in its implementation. The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered the federal government to fully implement Jordan's Principle on May 10, 2016.