Liberals announces ‘merit-based’ selection process for Senate
Promising to choose candidates based on their merit, the Liberal government has announced a plan to create an advisory body that will make recommendations about nominees. Making this announcement in Ottawa, Democratic minister Maryam Monsef said that changes are part of Prime Minister Trudeau’s commitment to end partisanship in the senate. The five member advisory board will have one federal chair, two permanent members and two adhoc members chosen from the provinces. The minister said that the candidates will be chosen based on their merit that include their service to the community, the public or their chose field of expertise. Currently there are 22 vacancies in the senate.