Next P.E.I. senator should be Acadien

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Editor: After reading the Weekend Thoughts on the editorial page (July 12, 2014), I was very dismayed to see that Mayor Basil Stewart is a front-runner for the Senate replacement after Ms. Callbeck retires. Not that Mayor Stewart is unqualified, but there are many others that also should considered. As it is the 150th anniversary of the country’s founding conference, I became curious about the history of the senators that have represented P.E.I. since Confederation.

I am suggesting the next appointment for the Senate from P.E.I. be someone from the Acadien population and here is the reason why.  According to Wikipedia, 37 senator including the current ones have been appointed since 1873 when P.E.I. joined Confederation.

Of those 37, only one Acadien has ever been appointed and he was Joseph-Octave Arsenault who served from Feb. 18, 1895, until his death at home in Abram-Village on Dec. 14, 1897, according to Wikipedia.

As it has been more than 100 years since an Acadien sat in the Senate, it is time the elected representatives spoke up and corrected this injustice so our francophone community members don’t have to wait another 100 years.

Strong consideration should be given to an Acadien woman.  

There have only been five women appointed to the Senate and none were from the francophone community.

Gary W. Bannister,


Geographic location: P.E.I., Abram-Village, Charlottetown

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