Justin Trudeau names seven new senators, none from P.E.I.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

The prime minister has appointed seven new senators to fill vacancies in Manitoba, Quebec and Ontario.

However, Justin Trudeau did not name a replacement for retired P.E.I. senator Catherine Callbeck.

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The roster includes Justice Murray Sinclair, who led the Truth and Reconciliation commission, Paralympian Chantal Petitclerc and the long-time civil servant who headed Justin Trudeau's transition team when the Liberals took power last November.

That man, Peter Harder, will also become the government's representative in the Senate.

The names were recommended by an advisory board set up by the government in January.

The seven appointments bring the number of vacancies in the Senate down to 17 and the government has said they will all be filled this year.

“The government is today taking further concrete steps to follow through on its commitment to reform the senate, restore public trust, and bring an end to partisanship in the appointments process," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Former prime minister Stephen Harper hadn't appointed a new senator since 2013, the year the upper chamber found itself mired in a spending scandal.

Callbeck retired from the senate in July 2014. Mike Duffy, a second P.E.I. senator, has not been sitting in the senate.  Duffy is facing charges of fraud, breach of trust, bribery, frauds on the government related to inappropriate Senate expenses.

That leaves two P.E.I. senators representing the province, Libbe Hubley and Percy Downe.

“The government is today taking further concrete steps to follow through on its commitment to reform the senate, restore public trust, and bring an end to partisanship in the appointments process," said Trudeau.

 

Organizations: Reconciliation commission

Geographic location: Manitoba, Quebec, Ontario

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  • Fed up
    March 18, 2016 - 23:16

    Trudeau probably doesn't know where PEI is....we don't have power to get his picture in Vogue or something equivalent ...

  • Linda A
    March 18, 2016 - 22:31

    All of you voted for him!

  • Laurent Beaulieu
    March 18, 2016 - 17:47

    Unfortunately the Guardian failed to explain that the PM started as announced some months ago with 3 provinces who needed Senators and then will proceed with the rest, there are quite a few seats to fill. PEI will get new Senators because of vacancy. As for the cheap comments about the Senate it is sad to see so much Civic Illiteracy amongst the readership on this matter.

  • Garth Staples
    March 18, 2016 - 17:41

    Trudeau Jr the Reformer. LOL!

  • de udder guy
    March 18, 2016 - 16:44

    Glad to see he is using different criteria from his predecessors. Ha ha, ok, yes I am kidding.

  • Angus
    March 18, 2016 - 13:43

    I know I'm risking censorship here, but I'll say it anyway. More feeders at the trough? Because it's 2016!

  • Waste of money
    March 18, 2016 - 13:36

    Good waste of money anyway.........what do they actually do....really besides be political hacks..

  • don
    March 18, 2016 - 12:27

    well por ghiz he will not be a senitor lol. but wade just shows how much jt cares for PEI. LOL LOL. LOVE IT.

  • James Wolfe
    March 18, 2016 - 11:16

    'André Pratte, an award-winning editorial writer and federalist thinker from Quebec;' Just dreadful.... What a joke. “Quebecers have always known how to push a bit further each day without going too far. What the ideologues criticize as an inability to make up their minds is really the central characteristic of our genius, the secret of our survival as a nation. Those who love Quebec should be proud of this sage ambivalence.” Andre Pratte La Presse.