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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:41 pm    Post subject: Conservative Senator Bob Runciman to retire Reply with quote

( the cpc caucus continues to shrink as a couple more senators turn 75 this year and have to retire , Runciman was one of the senators I personally liked the most )

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Bob Runciman retires from Senate on Wednesday

Former MPP served in Ontario legislature for nearly 29 years

News Aug 08, 2017 St. Lawrence News|

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Bob Runciman's last day in the Senate is Wednesday, Aug. 9. Runciman turns 75 this week. He has served in the Upper Chamber for more than seven-and-a-half years following a run of nearly 29 years as an MPP representing the Brockville area. - Tim Ruhnke/Metroland

Bob Runciman has not decided what comes next.

The senator and long-time Progressive Conservative MPP for the Leeds and Grenville area leaves the Upper Chamber this week. He was appointed to the Senate by then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Jan. 2010. Runciman's last day is Wednesday, Aug. 9, just before his 75th birthday.

In his 71/2 years in the Upper Chamber, he has chaired two committees, including the Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee for the last five-plus years. “It was a great honour to chair the Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee, which traditionally has been one of the busiest on Parliament Hill,” Runciman stated in a release issued Tuesday. “And it was a real honour to have the opportunity to work on that committee with people such as Serge Joyal and George Baker, whom I’ve admired for years.”

During his time as chair, the committee dealt with a number of significant pieces of legislation – a rewriting of the law relating to prostitution, changes to the law governing accused who are found not criminally responsible due to mental illness, major changes to federal election law, the enactment of a federal victims’ bill of rights, and the passage of a law to deal with physician-assisted suicide, along with dozens of other pieces of legislation.

Runciman to host event shortly after he retires from Senate

“It was always interesting and frequently emotional, but our committee always got the job done,” Runciman said. “A highlight for me was the release of our report on court delays in June of this year. That was the result of extensive study and I think it can have a real impact if governments listen to what we said.”

In addition, Runciman sponsored 12 bills that went on to become law, including three of his own. The most recent was an amendment to the Customs Act to streamline reporting procedures for boaters entering or re-entering Canadian waters.

Runciman said he has two big disappointments: the failure to move toward an elected Senate and the failure of his efforts to convince officials to provide appropriate treatment for inmates in the federal prison system who are suffering from serious mental illness, such as the late Ashley Smith.

“I had success at the provincial level as Ontario’s correctional minister, but in Ottawa, it’s been like banging my head against the wall.”

Runciman is adamant he is not retiring. “There are many areas of public policy where I think I can make a contribution and I intend to do so,” he said.

Canadian senators are required to retire at age 75.

Runciman, who had served in the Ontario legislature for more than 28 years when he was appointed to the Senate, will host the Afternoon in the Islands fundraiser for MPP Steve Clark at Glen House Resort on Saturday, Aug. 19.


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August 9, 2017 6:54 pm

Senator Bob Runciman steps down after more than 40 years of political life

By Darryn Davis Global News

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A municipal councillor, provincial cabinet minister and senator — all positions held by Bob Runciman who's now retiring from public life.

Senator Bob Runciman says his interest in politics began as a child when it was a regular part of family conversation.

“My dad was the editor of the Brockville paper and so it was a common topic around the dinner table.”

Runciman’s first shot at politics was municipally when he was only 21 years old.

“I got my butt kicked, but it was a good learning experience so I moved on from there.”

He would go on to hold municipal office from 1972 until 1981 when he switched to provincial politics.

He spent much of his early career in opposition until the provincial Tories swept into power in 1995 under the leadership of Mike Harris and the “Common Sense Revolution.”

Runciman held many roles including solicitor general and minister for correctional services.

It was during that time, he changed how provincial corrections dealt with inmates with mental health issues by establishing a 100-bed secure treatment unit in Brockville.

“It’s been a fantastic success in turning lives around and dealing in an appropriate way with people who suffer mental illness and getting them off the streets and out of the jails.”

When appointed Senator in 2010, Runciman attempted to introduce the program at the federal level but with less success.

He’s filed a freedom of information request to learn about Corrections Canada’s decision-making process that led to a one-bed pilot project. Something, Runciman says, was doomed to fail.

“We had a nurse stabbed — I think the most dangerous patient in Canada, so-called patient, inmate, was placed as the pilot project.”

Delays on the freedom of information request have pushed the release of those documents past Runciman’s time as a senator.
But he’s not letting the issue disappear.

“Kim Pate who was appointed to the Senate earlier this year, she has agreed to resubmit those questions and carry on on my behalf.”

Brockville’s mayor says Runciman was instrumental in helping the city recover from a devastating blow.

Runciman was part of an economic roundtable when four major employers closed their plants or shed workers representing almost 4,000 jobs lost.

“We took a lesson from that actually when Proctor and Gamble was announced, said Brockville Mayor Dave Henderson. “And we said, ‘You know, things happen.’ We have great things happen all the time. We have bad things happen but the real lesson was pull yourself up — get going.”

During his tenure in the Senate, Runciman’s been involved with a report addressing court delays, and a change to the customs act eliminating the need for boaters to check in at customs unless they anchor or land.

As for what’s next, Runciman says the dust will have to settle a little bit as he makes his transition from public life to private life, and before he makes any long-term plans or commitments.

“I want to have a few weeks to get my head together, and then look at what might lie ahead, and then my wife and I will make those decisions in the not-so-distant future,” he said.

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