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Old Liberal ties ‘do not disqualify’ Canadians from Independent Senate spots: PCO

By Peter Mazereeuw      

New Senator Pierre Dalphond worked for the Liberal Party in the early 1990s, but says he has no interest in a Red Chamber beholden to the government or any party.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau moved early in his first term to create an arms-length advisory board to help him pick Senators who won't be a part of his Liberal caucus. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is willing to appoint Canadians who worked for the Liberal Party to the Senate if they can convince his appointment board they are nonpartisan, according to the Privy Council Office, and one of his newest appointees has done just that. Mr. Trudeau (Papineau, Que.) named Pierre Dalphond to the Senate on June 6, just in time for the third-reading vote in the Senate on the government’s cannabis legalization bill, C-45. Sen. Dalphond was active in

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