Acting Minister of Democratic Institutions announces appointments to the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments
“I would like to thank these distinguished Canadians for accepting to serve on the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments. The Government is committed to making the Senate more independent and the Prime Minister looks forward to receiving your recommendations to fill Senate vacancies.”
‑ The Honourable Scott Brison, Acting Minister of Democratic Institutions
There are currently 12 vacancies in the Senate: Alberta (1), Newfoundland and Labrador (1), Northwest Territories (1), Nova Scotia (2), Ontario (2), Prince Edward Island (1), Quebec (2), Saskatchewan (1) and Yukon (1). Four more vacancies are anticipated later in 2018.
Under the Canadian Constitution, the power to appoint Senators rests with the Governor General and, by constitutional convention, this power is exercised on the advice of the Prime Minister.
Federal members are appointed to the Independent Advisory Board for terms of two years. Provincial and territorial members are appointed for one-year terms. Terms can be renewed.
For further information (media only):
Office of the Minister of Democratic Institutions
Privy Council Office
For enquiries to the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments, please visit http://www1.canada.ca/en/contact/questions_senate.html.
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