So we have seven new senators and they are all non-partisan types appointed by an open and transparent process, right?
No, not at all as I’ll show in this commentary. Most of these Senators are demonstrably partisan, have well documented left wing views, sometimes donations. There was nothing open or transparent about how they were appointed.
It’s not just me saying this, not just Conservatives, not just the NDP but anyone who remembers what Liberals promised when they asked Canadians to make Justin Prime Minister who several times said, any new process would be open, transparent and non-partisan.
The Senate was a hot topic during the election and most will recall the many times he said a variation of this about what he would do with it:
“We will reform the way we appoint senators by creating a new non-partisan, merit based broad and diverse process to advise the PM on appointments.”
But, that’s not what happened here. These Senators were chosen and appointed by him. He issued a news release and that is that, they are in the Senate.
He didn’t consult widely with Canadians. Both Conservatives and New democrats tell me he didn’t consult with other parties in Parliament. But he did speak to his special handpicked committee of eminent Canadians that none of us heard from.
The reality is this group of Senators looks like every group of Senators I’ve seen appointed in the dozen or so years I’ve been reporting and following this sort of thing.
There’s the judge, the bureaucrat, the athlete, the former politician, the journalist, all that’s missing is the professor! Change the names, maybe the party affiliations, and this looks like Stephen Harper’s appointments and Paul Martin’s appointments and Jean Chretien’s appointments.
Despite using his “arms length panel” to select Senators, Justin’s list is full of people with all the correct left wing views.
He’s Prime Minister so it’s his prerogative to appoint Senators but his repeated claims that he would do it differently, that he would be open, transparent and non-partisan simply aren’t true and I think it’s important to point that out as we see once again, when it comes to the Senate, we get the same old same old.