Senate AppointmentsPublished on 28 September 2017 Hansard and Statements by Senator Percy Downe
Hon. Percy E. Downe:
As you know, Senator Harder, there is a Senate vacancy in Prince Edward Island with the retirement of our colleague and friend Senator Hubley. I have been asked if the same appointment procedure is going to be used as was used last time when we had our colleague Senator Griffin join us.
Just to be clear, in the case of Prince Edward Island, are the same five individuals on the panel? And if you don’t know, I would appreciate if you could confirm that next week.
We obviously have highly qualified individuals in Prince Edward Island interested in serving the Senate, but we seem to have a few gaps within the Senate itself that the Prime Minister has often used to fill through Senate appointments, gaps in Parliament overall. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think we have any full-time farmers. I don’t think we have any full-time fishers, men or women, and I may be wrong. I’m not sure we have veterans any longer. All those categories are available in Prince Edward Island. Will they be given extra consideration by the appointments committee?