The government began working on its promise to create a more independent Senate by appointing 7 new members to the upper chamber. The appointments were based on the recommendations of an arms-length advisory board created by the Liberal government.
Here are the new members of the Canadian Senate:
Chantal Petitclerc – former paralympian
Andre Pratte – former editor-in-chief of La Presse
Peter Harder – former federal public servant and head of the Trudeau transition team
Frances Lankin – former NDP cabinet minister and MPP in Ontario
Ratna Omidvar – chair of Lifeline Syria
Raymonde Gagne – former president of Universite Saint-Boniface
Justice Murray Sinclair – first Aboriginal judge in Manitoba and chief commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Peter Harder was named government representative in the Senate. It will be his job to steer government legislation through the Senate.
The conservatives criticized the appointments. They maintain the new process does nothing to make the appointment of senators more democratic.