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Governor General appoints five independent senators

Friday, July 30, 2021 @ 3:04 PM | By John Chunn


The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on July 29 announced that Canada’s new Governor General, Mary Simon, appointed the following individuals as independent senators to fill vacancies across Canada:

  • David Arnot, for Saskatchewan
  • Michèle Audette, for Quebec
  • Amina Gerba, for Quebec
  • Clément Gignac, for Quebec
  • Karen Sorensen, for Alberta

According to the PMO’s press release, all new senators were recommended by the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments, and chosen using the merit-based process open to all Canadians. This process ensures senators are independent, reflect Canada’s diversity and are able to tackle the broad range of challenges and opportunities facing the country.

“I am pleased to welcome Parliament’s newest independent senators. Their combined experience, perspectives and dedication to serving Canadians will further strengthen the Senate and help shape our country’s future. I look forward to working with them, and all senators, as we take steps toward our recovery and to building back a more resilient and inclusive Canada for everyone,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the news release. 

With the July 29 announcement, there have been 60 independent appointments to the Senate made on the advice of Trudeau.