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Next PM to quicken or quell Senator independence, with nearly a quarter set to retire next Parliament

By Samantha Wright Allen      

The numbers mean the next Parliament could be a turning point for Senate reform, says Sen. Tony Dean, but ‘there’s no scenario where it’s a slam dunk for anybody.’

If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wins another term, he’ll be able to further enshrine his approach to appointments with 24 Senators scheduled to retire in the next four years. But Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer could also easily stem that tide if he forms government. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Canada’s next prime minister could appoint at least 24 new Senators, giving the country’s future leader the power to solidify the new approach to appointing Senators ushered in by the Liberals, or revert back to the old patronage system.

Samantha Wright Allen

Samantha Wright Allen is a reporter for The Hill Times.
- swallen@hilltimes.com


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