P.E.I. senator likes new rules around Senate appointments

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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.’’

Organizations: Irving Oil

Geographic location: P.E.I., New Brunswick

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  • Thomas Folkestone
    December 14, 2015 - 09:35

    If the Senator thinks it is a good idea, and if current sitting Senators are confident they were appointed based on merit, then will ALL sitting Senators step down, and re-apply for their positions?

    December 14, 2015 - 09:13

    Percy, if that had been the way to choose Senators, you might not have the cushy job you have today.If the Senate is allowed to exist, senators must be elected, not given the job because they are friends of someone.

  • de udder guy
    December 14, 2015 - 08:35

    Why wouldn't he like it, he is a died-in-the wool bagman who already got appointed to a cash for life position. Why would he care what they do?

  • hmatt
    December 14, 2015 - 07:21

    Chretien gave him his job at a very young age. And, I have always wondered what the qualifications were for his appointment.

  • david
    December 13, 2015 - 22:52

    Good thing for Downe these rules were not in place when Chretien appointed him to the senate. I doubt being Chretien's official coat holder would qualify anyone to be come senator under these new rules.

  • martin
    December 13, 2015 - 21:28

    What a crock does Mr. Downe think they won't be liberals.They should be elected and most of these senators would not have a job, including the ones from PEI.Better still abandon this group.

  • Hawkins
    December 13, 2015 - 15:00

    Seeing as old Percy had his Senate seat handed to him on a silver platter, with absolutely no input from Islanders, nor any concern as to his qualifications, I wonder if he will resign his seat so we can appoint someone else? And that goes for our other three political appointees. Maybe we will get more for our money than "National Fiddling Week".

  • Joe Doe
    December 13, 2015 - 13:45

    Abolish this disfunctioal house.