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NEWS RELEASE · 6th January 2012
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the appointments of JoAnne Buth, Norman Doyle, Ghislain Maltais, Dr. Asha Seth, Betty Unger and Vernon White to the Senate. This marks the first time a female elected Senator – Betty Unger – has been appointed to the Senate, as well as the first time two elected Senators will be sitting at once – Mrs. Unger and Bert Brown. The Prime Minister also announced the intention to appoint Jean-Guy Dagenais.

“I am pleased to announce the addition of seven remarkable Canadians to the Senate of Canada,” said Prime Minister Harper. “All appointees have distinguished themselves in their fields of endeavour and in their service to fellow citizens.”

JoAnne Buth fills a vacancy in Manitoba, Norman Doyle a vacancy in Newfoundland and Labrador, Ghislain Maltais a vacancy in Quebec, Dr. Asha Seth a vacancy in Ontario, Betty Unger a vacancy in Alberta, and Vernon White a vacancy in Ontario. Jean-Guy Dagenais will fill a vacancy in Quebec.

All new appointees have pledged to support the Government in its efforts to make the Senate more democratic and accountable, including legislation to limit the term lengths of senators and encouraging the provinces and territories to hold elections for Senate nominees. The new appointees also look forward to working towards a strong economic recovery and safer communities across the country.

“I look forward to working with these talented individuals in Parliament,” added the Prime Minister. “Their skills and experience will be of great value as our Government works on making this country as prosperous, safe and strong as it can be.”