Senate appointments

I’ve learned of some of the names that are on the Prime Minister’s short-list of potential senators. The PM is expected to name 17 or 18 senators within the next 7 days (according to the latest timetable).

In British Columbia, I’ve heard that olympian Nancy Greene is being considered by the PM.  A gold-medal-winning skier from the 1968 Grenoble olympics, the Prime Minister would be happy to name a Canadian champion to the senate that would underscore Canada’s role in welcoming the world to the Olympics in Vancouver in 2010. It is not yet known if Greene would accept the appointment.

Also in British Columbia, the Prime Minister is said to be looking at making an aboriginal appointment to the senate. Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos First Nations is said to be a name that is on the PM’s short list. Louie is an aboriginal leader who emphasizes increased self-reliance and a shift in responsibility for the way in which first nations communities deal with the state.

In Prince Edward Island, I’ve heard that the Prime Minister may be looking to a former Premier to sit in the senate. Pat Binns is currently the ambassador to Ireland and so, I’ve heard that the PM will look back further to find a senator. James Lee was the Progressive Conservative Premier from 1981-1986. PM Chretien named former PEI Premier Catherine Callbeck to the Senate in 1997, so now that a Senate seat is open to Harper in PEI, I’ve heard that the PM is considering Lee.

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  • Bryan Cowell

    Chief Louie is a good pick I think. Looking forward to the rest of the list. Thanks Stephen!

  • JosefK

    Thanks for the update. Kind of keep mum about Quebec… :-).

  • BCVoiceOfReason

    Chief Louie would be an awesome senator. It's a bit dangerous as he is a real catalyst for bootstrapping the First Nations to join the mainstream as equals and he would be missed on the ground. Sure would be nice to see a debate on aborginal entitlements between AFN's head Fontaine and Senator Clarence Louie.

  • Liz J

    Whoever gets the nod for the Senate we can be sure Stephen Harper will have given a great deal of thought and consideration to those he chooses. As he said on his interview with Steve McKinnon, CTV, this evening he has no choice but to appoint Senators, he has tried for the past three years to get the provinces to move on the issue to no avail. If he doesn't appoint the coalition if it gets power will.

    At the end of the interview our very clever PM, a class act all around,got in a very good shot, saying when he leaves politics he will not sit around writing memoirs about how everybody did him wrong.

    It's not good for Canada to have a stacked Senate in favour of one Party. All fair minded people in this democracy can agree on that. He has to work with what he has not what he would prefer. I'm sure I heard Judy Washawhatshername of the NDP saying appointing Senators as undemocratic. What? Where's she been?
    Looks like the NDP are feeling a little left out in the cold of late. Jack's little putsch has flopped?

  • Liz J

    Think it was Steve Murphy, NOT Steve McKinnon who was interviewing our PM!!

  • sor

    Chief Louie would be a wonderful choice but I don't think he would accept.

  • Michael Fox

    Regardless of who he appoints, I hope he leaves the Saskatchewan seat open, with a promise to appoint the winner of next year's Senate election there.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    Agreed

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    There's a balance though. I might want to see the PM appoint a bunch of partisans he trusts completely only for the reason that he would trust them to resign and stand for election as soon as possible.

  • Ron

    If the names you propose are indeed on the list, it will bode well for the future of the Senate. I have no doubt all 18 will be accomplished individuals with much to offer – I am willing to bet a bundle no one will be a party hack whose only claim to faim is raising money or running elections – that is the Liberal way of doing things.

  • DBeaulne

    What? Where's my name? When is an average work-a-day guy like me going to get a chance to bring middle-class common sense to this chamber?

  • real conservative

    Some good names here. I assume that most of these people would have good public appeal from their respective parts of the country, as in 3E's.

  • Roll Tide

    http://scottdiatribe.canflag.com/2008/12/02/the-opposition-accord/

    If you read the “Coalition Accord”, it mentions that , “Government to act as a partner with Canadians and Quebecers.”

    Why do the Liberal and NDP not recognise Quebecers as Canadians?.

    I wish to hear from Liberals especially.

  • Jema54

    I hope he appoints Kate from SDA, in Sask. Since she was the major force behind the sucess of Mr. Wall, I am sure he and his MP’s would agree with this appointment.

  • http://mark-peters.blogspot.com mark peters

    Clarence Louie is a FINE choice.

    Put the proverbial knife in the grievance-culture ribs, and twist….

  • Liz J

    Hoping the PM gives a nod to retired Major Lew McKenzie. He would be a very good choice for all the right reasons.

  • stephen ottridge

    Harper should consider some not so famous people too like myself. here are my qualifications.

    1. I'm coming up to 67 years of age so I would be out after just 8 years.

    2. Science degree in mathematics and physics, so I'm not a lawyer.

    3. I worked in the information technology business for almost 20 years.

    4. I now actively work in the Financial Industry

    5. I lived and worked in Africa for 3 years so I have third world experience

    6 Family man married for 42 years with two grown children

    7 Active campaign worker for Conservative Party in Vancouver Quadra

    8 I put myself forward as a candidate for the Reform Party back in the 1990s.

    9 Finally I even like flying on Air Canada

  • Warwick

    I think I should get the job.

    Qualifications: I can warm a seat at great public expense and vote strictly on party lines when told.

    There are no other qualifications necessary.

  • Ronald

    Eventually, this will all settle down. At least fill the seats with individuls who know that when the time arrives, they will have to be nominated by their respective peers for the job. Otherwise, should the abomidable happen, at least Jack and Lizzie and/or the Bloc will not be included. What more can I say? Is this not what the Liberals did for eons? There is nothing illegal or immoral about these appointments, nothing at all. Did you expect the PM to appoint other than staunch Conservatives. The choices are his alone.
    Well done Mr. Prime Minister.

  • Randy

    “The first step, he says, is all about leadership. He prides himself on being “a stay-home chief who looks after the potholes in his own backyard” and wastes no time “running around fighting 100-year-old battles.” – Clarence Louie

    I’m sold!

  • AtlanticJim

    Like flying on Air Annoyingly Superior Attitude? That alone rules you out sir……… ;)

    But seriously, I agree, people along the lines you describe are exactly what the Senate needs.

  • http://therightitswhereitsat.blogspot.com/ The Right

    Any thoughts on who are considered to be the senators from Quebec?

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca Stephen Taylor

    Yes, I'll post those soon

  • Anonymous

    Is Tasha one of them?
    And if so, how can we help push that rescuer through? In American football terms, could you Coach Taylor call a play and tell us what that is so our star wide reciever can get the TD?
    And if we can get you into the endzone, happy to help.
    Thanks!

  • Phil Hauser

    I think that this is another place where Harper could extend the olive branch. For three years he has been working with a senate stacked against him. Why not muddy the waters a little and get a few dippers in ther? Certainly not all the vacancies but a few would be a nice touch while saying no to the liberals who have too much dominance here now. For example, Ed Broadbent and Stephen Lewis at least Ed shares more in common with average Canadians than the likes of David Smith or that hack who was always in Mexico and never sitting in his seat. You could count on these two guys to do committee work and show up and I think there are other dippers too that could be a meaningful addition.

    No one who voted for Chretien and Trudeau en masse can complain about the apointments even if every one is a Tory backbencher from rural Alberta. No matter how partisan they are it is nothing compared to the senate we have today. There is no hope until reform comes. Let's face it the idea of the senate when it came about is not functional today.

    Parliament can work just fine. If we are going to have proportional representation (which I loathe) this is the place to do it – in the red chamber have the commons and parliament as it is but have them beholden to a senate chamber that they must get on side.

  • http://searchingforliberty.blogspot.com/ Rob H.

    ..the most pressing question, Stephen, is will the Prime Minister appoint outside of party lines? Will be see respectable Liberal or even NDP supporters be appointed? Unless that is a visible outcome of the Senate selection process, we will have serious problems at election time.. which could be very, very quick..

  • PizzaMan

    Michel Rivard, Long time Party supporter, employee, candidate, organizer. Ex-MNA in Quebec, ex-Candidate for the Canadian Alliance, Ex mayor of Beauport. He is from the Quebec city Area where are seats are. He should be THE obvious choice for Quebec Senator, and would do a great job.

  • Liz J

    Will the PM do the seat filling before Christmas so the media and Opposition can chew on it over Christmas turkey?
    The suspense must be killing them.

  • Gabby in QC

    André Pratte?

    Alain Dubuc?

    André Bachand?

    Too bad Marie-Josée Drouin now resides in the States.

  • http://demochoice.org/dcballot.php?poll=CanSenator vote for Senate!

    Vote on some of these people in this handy poll. http://demochoice.org/dcballot.php?poll=CanSenator

  • DR

    Mike Duffy has been shilling for the Tories for years. Time to give him his cushy seat and make way on CTV for an actual journalist.

  • http://erielookingproductions.info Stephen Michael Kellat

    Would appointing Ezra Levant be too audacious?

  • Anonymous

    No, but there is no Alberta vacancy for our hero.

  • Anonymous

    Monday, Dec. 22, 2008: Senators to be appointed. Senator Kheiriddin and Senator Louie, one can only hope… and cheer!

    “But with 18 vacancies, and with his minority government facing the constant threat of being toppled by a vote of the opposition parties, Harper now plans to fill the vacancies in an announcement expected Monday.”
    SOURCE

  • Jema54

    Not at all Michael Kellat, Ezra , Mark Steyn and Kate would all be excellent choices – a great Yukon pick would be Paul Rogan – author of the Canadian Firearms magazine – fully bilingual and very intelligent. Paul is a businessman and a long time Conservative/Reform/ Alliance supporter.

  • AddledRight

    It's time to set Alberta free! Free from obligation to make payment to others, free to vote in responsible, accountable representation, free to ammend or create laws to hold society safe from criminals, free to sanction terrorism and its supporters, free to initiate research in technological advancement (self-funded by its industries).

    Anybody want to come along too?

  • AddledRight

    It's time to set Alberta free! Free from obligation to make payment to others, free to vote in responsible, accountable representation, free to ammend or create laws to hold society safe from criminals, free to sanction terrorism and its supporters, free to initiate research in technological advancement (self-funded by its industries).

    Anybody want to come along too?

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    Searched for the information on this theme, and only here I found it. Sure would be nice to see a debate on aborginal entitlements between AFN’s head Fontaine and Senator Clarence Louie.

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    Thanks for the information! If the names you propose are indeed on the list, it will bode well for the future of the Senate. I have no doubt all 18 will be accomplished individuals with much to offer – I am willing to bet a bundle no one will be a party hack whose only claim to faim is raising money or running elections – that is the Liberal way of doing things.