Prime Minister announces intention to recommend the appointment of nine new Senators
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that he will recommend, to the Governor General, the appointment of nine new, independent Senators to fill vacancies in the Senate for British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
In doing so, the Government is today taking further concrete steps to follow through on its commitment to improve the appointments process, and to restore public trust in a reformed Senate.
The individuals being recommended today for appointment to the Senate were chosen using the Government of Canada’s new merit-based process – which is designed to help ensure that the Senate is independent, reflective of Canada’s diversity, and best able to tackle the broad range of challenges and opportunities facing the country.
Under the new process, the following people are being recommended for appointment to the Senate:
- Yuen Pau Woo (British Columbia)
- Patricia Bovey (Manitoba)
- Harvey Max Chochinov (Manitoba)
- Marilou McPhedran (Manitoba)
- René Cormier (New Brunswick)
- Nancy Hartling (New Brunswick)
- Wanda Thomas Bernard (Nova Scotia)
- Daniel Christmas (Nova Scotia)
- Diane Griffin (Prince Edward Island)
Announcements about further appointments to the Senate will be made in the near future. Additional information on the first cycle of the permanent process will be made public when the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments completes its report to the Prime Minister later this year.
“It is a privilege to be putting forward the names of nine new senators to the Governor General who have been selected using a new merit-based and open process. It is part of our ongoing efforts to make the Senate more modern and independent and ensure that its members have the depth of knowledge and experience to best serve Canadians.”
– Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada