2 new independent senators sworn in
So far, 70 senators have been appointed under the new process.
Two Indigenous leaders from Atlantic Canada took their seats in the Red Chamber after being sworn in as independent senators at the outset of the fall sitting.
- Senator Paul Prosper represents Nova Scotia.
- Senator Judy White represents Newfoundland and Labrador.
Senator Prosper was Regional Chief for the Assembly of First Nations representing the Mi’kmaw Chiefs of Nova Scotia after having served as Chief of Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation from 2013 to 2020. His work has been primarily devoted to advocating for the rights of Mi’kmaw people.
“Senator Prosper has extensive experience in Aboriginal legal issues from research, litigation and negotiation perspectives. His background and experience makes him a welcome addition to the Senate,” said Senator Marc Gold, the Government Representative in the Senate. “We look forward to working with you.”
Senator White, a Mi’kmaw member of the Flat Bay Band, completed a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie Law School with an emphasis on Aboriginal Law. She has been recognized for her work in advancing gender equality, including efforts to elect and support women at all levels of political office.
“Senator White has extensive board and governance experience and has served many agencies in various capacities. She has been the Assistant Deputy Minister of Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Senator Gold. “The Senate is fortunate to benefit from your knowledge and experience.”
The new senators were appointed on the recommendation of an independent advisory board with a mandate to provide merit-based recommendations for Senate appointments. So far, 70 independent senators have been appointed under the new process.