The push by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reestablish the Senate and set up its benches with independent senators continued today when he appointed four more senators and filled all the vacancies in the Red Room.
But despite his promise to appoint non-party parties, two of Wednesday's senators have a liberal background. One actually ran like a liberal, and lost, in the 2011 federal election. Another is the former Liberal Prime Minister.
The Senate had no full complement of 105 members for more than eight years, partly because former Prime Minister Stephen Harper refused to appoint new senators during an expense scandal. Trudeau, on the other hand, relied on an independent consultation process and board that moved slowly.
In the announcement, the Prime Minister's Office recorded the four new Senate appointments: Former Liberal Prime Minister Pat Punk Duncan; Margaret Anderson, a public servant born in the northern territories; Nova Scotia Mental Health Specialist Stanley Cochter; And Jamaica, born in Ontario, neonatologist, Rosemary Moody.
Cochter stood as the liberal candidate riding the Halifax, but lost to Nazi Party candidate Megan Leslie.
"The four new independent senators bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience that will benefit parliament and Canada, and they know what it means to serve and dedicate their careers to influencing the lives of others, working with them on issues that are most important to Canadians," Trondo said in a statement.
After these appointments, Trudot will be called almost half – 49 out of 105 – of all sitting senators.
The number of women and senators born in independent identification also increased considerably under Trudu. Women now represent 47% of the room. The number of local senators has doubled to 10.
As is commonly accepted, Trudo's appointment will be presented as unrecognized or independent members of the Senate and not as members of one of the party coalition – as part of the Prime Minister's explicit commitment to liquidate the Chamber of Deputies over time.
The group of independent senators, the lobby that includes most of Trudo's tests, is now the largest bloc in the Senate. While in independent independence many of the prime ministers voted along the liberal lines of government. But because they were free from party discipline, the independent senators were more active
According to the biographies provided by the Prime Minister's Office, Duncan served as Yukon's first prime minister on the territory between 2000 and 2002. It was involved in reaching land claims agreements with the first nations on the ground and transferring some powers from the federal government to the territory. She said she had "a deep understanding of territorial and federal legislative processes."
Cochter is described as a renowned expert on the mental health of adolescents and leads in the field of mental health research, support, guidance and policy development. He is Sun Life's financial director for adolescent mental health at Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
His biography does not mention his liberal partisan past.
Moody is a neurologist, clinical teacher and professor of pediatrics affiliated with SickKids and the University of Toronto. Moody has a communal pediatric practice that serves the Rixdale-Atovikok neighborhoods and the Princeton Avenue / Finch.
Anderson is Inuvialuk who has been a public servant with the Northwest Territories government for more than 20 years, working with communities and indigenous peoples throughout the territory. She was the director of justice and the police there.