So, a quick rundown on our new “non-partisan” senators…
- Peter Harder — led Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s transition team, worked closely with Gerald Butts and the senior campaign team
- Ratna Omidvar — donated $1000 to Trudeau’s leadership campaign, and $1000 to the Liberals in 2012.
- Raymonde Gagné — Liberal donor who gave $100 and $84.59 in October 2008.
- Murray Sinclair — dozens of anti-Conservative tweets during the election
- Frances Lankin — donated $350 to the NDP in 2015, former Bob Rae cabinet minister, worked closely with Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government in Ontario
- André Pratte — La Presse columnist highly critical of Stephen Harper
- Chantal Petitclerc — Paralympian and the only appointment without any obvious partisan ties
I’m not terribly surprised by this, or the fact that Justin Trudeau is mysteriously unavailable for a press conference today.
— Susan Delacourt (@SusanDelacourt) March 18, 2016
Nor am I surprised that, besides the obvious Peter Harder, the mainstream media has completely neglected to mention the other partisan ties from this group.
Instead, we get more boasting about the “non-partisan, merit-based process” from the Globe and Mail.
During last year’s federal election, Mr. Trudeau promised to create a “non-partisan, merit-based process” to appoint new senators. To come up with a pool of qualified candidates from which to make final choices, Mr. Trudeau created an independent advisory board chaired by Huguette Labelle, a former federal deputy minister and former chancellor of the University of Ottawa.
Globe and Mail, March 18, 2016)
What a remarkable coincidence that this non-partisan process recommended a group of Liberal donors, supporters, and anti-Conservative thinkers.