P.E.I. Senator Percy Downe.
Senator Percy Downe likes Trudeau's advisory board of three members from the federal level, two from provinces
A P.E.I. senator says he likes the new rules around senate appointments.
The Justin Trudeau government is setting up a five-member advisory board to fill the empty seats in the Senate with independent senators.
“I think it’s a good thing. It will allow more diversity, I hope, in appointments,’’ said Senator Percy Downe.
The advisory board will consist of three members from the federal level and two ad-hoc members from the provinces. The board will pick candidates based on public criteria and no constitutional amendments will be necessary to make it happen.
The candidates will need to have a record of achievement and public service, show integrity, be non-partisan and understand the role of the Senate.
Downe said former prime minister Stephen Harper made some good choices when it came to the Senate, such as appointing former Irving Oil counsel John Wallace in New Brunswick.
“But he made some terrible appointments, all of which we all know about, which have all been in the news. (The new rules) will improve that and that will be helpful.’’