His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins was received at the Parliament of CanadaWednesday, March 21, 2012
The Speaker of the Senate, the Honourable Noël Kinsella, and the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Honourable Andrew Scheer, M.P., received His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, at a luncheon in the Senate on 15 March 2012. The luncheon was in honour of his recent elevation to the College of Cardinals. About 30 other guests were present, including His Eminence Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte, Archbishop of Montreal, as well as seven other Bishops from
The day before the luncheon, the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, invited Cardinal Collins to a private meeting in the Office of the Prime Minister.
In his brief speech at the Senate luncheon, Cardinal Collins observed the importance of the contributions to the common good that are made by elected members of government and the public service. He pointed out how faith communities and volunteer organizations also strengthen and enrich society. Following the luncheon, Cardinal Collins and Cardinal Turcotte were presented to the Senate as it began its business of the day.
All the members of the Permanent Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) had been invited to the luncheon in the Senate, in addition to the Most Reverend