March 18, 2016

Trudeau appoints 7 new Senators: Open? Transparent? Non-partisan? Not even close

Brian LilleyArchive

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.

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commented 2016-03-28 21:27:45 -0400
MaryAnn Kenney totally agree ….trou deau ’s idea of running a country is a billy graham type campaign and BRILCREAM. supply ….oh and dragging a little blonde rag doll wanna be .around with him in the hope that she can screw up more than he can ….
commented 2016-03-21 13:43:05 -0400
RON CHRISTENSEN what a total sick moron you are. Go take your medications now and sit quietly in the basement.
commented 2016-03-21 12:41:06 -0400

Harper is the only PM I can remember who did not stack the senate on the way out the door.he started the process of neglecting the senate out of existence.u idiots just blew it and the swindling will now continue.
commented 2016-03-20 17:49:32 -0400
Who cares as long as the senate has enough senators to achieve royal assent. We don’t need any contards holding up legislation.
commented 2016-03-20 17:47:56 -0400
Steven Harper the god damn lying asshole appointed 58 of them. Then he turned the senate into a bingo hall designed to generate money for the CPC. Lying cons are paying the price bow for ten years of lying coservaties.
commented 2016-03-20 12:29:23 -0400
Liebranos lie! Nothing more to say!
commented 2016-03-20 11:41:37 -0400
Murray Sinclair. What a weasel! These Lefty’s have zero morals. He derided Harper do badly, yet, it was Harper that brought about the Truth and Reconciliation and appointed him, not Chretien, or Martin, or PET. Harper resolved more land claims than any other PM. He made reparations for the Residential Schools, he tried to fix the education etc etc. So just how on earth does this ingrate come to the mindset of deriding him and painting him as a Hitler? It boggles the mind!

To mislead the public in an election campaign is a form of Public Mischief – a chargeable offense!
commented 2016-03-19 19:12:03 -0400
Yeah, I saw that loopy ad the other day. The first thing that came to mind is a popular Middle East insult between Islamic sects.
It seems a variation of “monkeydog,” suggesting the recipient is the result of a monkey-dog union.
Hence “puppymonkeybaby.” Kind of unusual for a sugary drink, don’t you think?
commented 2016-03-19 17:42:06 -0400
yesterday during the ncaa hoops .. they ran a mountain dew commercial maybe 300-400 times (it was a lot) but every time i saw it, our esteemed pm came to mind……puppymonkeybaby. puppymonkeybaby..
commented 2016-03-19 17:22:44 -0400
cbc…“real name” ministry of propaganda under the byline of sub journalist aaron wherry, ex macleans sub journalist, think that these appointees are independent..
commented 2016-03-19 15:54:44 -0400
And who would BL’s selection list include? This entire process needs to be turned over to the Provinces/Territories with each given 10/11 Senators each like in the US. The smallest and biggest have the same voting power. Does anyone else have a better idea?, a more workable solution?
commented 2016-03-19 15:49:32 -0400
Junior is a construct of the MSM and the Liberal Propaganda Ministry (see CBC).
They constrained Harper. Now, they enable Junior’s incompetence, shallowness and hypocriscy.
There is hope, the internet has changed the game and the general public is getting wise to the hijinks of the MSM. We shall see…..
commented 2016-03-19 15:30:34 -0400
MaryAnn, the ‘Caps Lock’ button might be pressed accidentally. It is on the left side of the keyboard just above the shift key.
commented 2016-03-19 13:37:32 -0400
WOW every day gets harder and harder to believe what has been and will be done to us as canadians by this POT SMOKING SELFIE PRINCE !!! i still say that JUSTINE absolutely NEEDS to submit to a drug test………SERIOUSLY THO…… need a drug test to drive a truck FFS……but not to run our country ( INTO THE GROUND )…….. I ABSOLUTELY REFUSE TO CALL THIS CLOWN …..PRIME MINISTER !! as you can tell i did NOT vote liberal and NEVER would . What the FUCK has he done so far except fly all over the world to take selfies…..NOTHING OF ANY VALUE TO REAL CANADIANS…..UNLESS YOU ARE A MUSLIM RAPEFUGEE . GET THE FUCK BACK HERE AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT HOMELESS CANADIANS……O BUT IN JUSTINS WORLD…. THERE AREN’T ANY ABSOLUTELY SHAMEFUL JUSTIN…..SHAMEFUL !!!!!!!
commented 2016-03-19 13:06:30 -0400
commented 2016-03-19 12:56:55 -0400
“Trudeau did indeed appoint a committee to advise him and they did just that. "
The optimal words here are “Trudeau appointed a committee”. He appointed people that shared his world view to suggest possible Senators for him to appoint. What could go wrong with this scenario? I’m getting dizzy just trying to follow the spin.
commented 2016-03-19 11:31:17 -0400
Eileen McRae compares the Prime Minister to an emperor, which seems a fitting caution if the PM seems to take to much power to himself or his office. On the other hand, the Prime Minister is the head of elected representatives in Canada and should exercise his authority as such as a counterpoint to the Crown, to the appointed judiciary, and to bureaucrats. After all, as a democracy the people rightly choose our government.
Should Mr. Harper have filled the senate seats before leaving office? He knew the senate would not be reformed during his term or in the foreseeable future, so someone was eventually going to fill the senate. In the general scheme of things Harper saw that he and his party had run their course, so his decision to leave the seats to be filled by his successor was probably a very democratic choice.
commented 2016-03-19 10:27:25 -0400
Some here are blaming Mr. Harper for not filling the vacant seats during the last months of his mandate. Think, people! How would that have played out in the press while an election was taking place? I am afraid his hands were tied and he did the only thing he could have done – leave the seats empty.

As for Emperor Justpoleon, he is continuing to show his blatant hypocrisy! He rules by divine decree much like the old emperors of Rome did. “These are who I want, so let it be so!” And, the media party STILL does not get it! They prostate themselves at the feet of their divine emperor.
commented 2016-03-19 09:25:21 -0400
Okay Junior, get back into the classroom, go up to the blackboard, get a piece of chalk and write 1,000 times “I shall not lie.”.
commented 2016-03-19 07:56:47 -0400
NDP SUCKS commented 12 hours ago
Andrew, who is this Dussault character?

They fk around with spelling – Paris family tied into France government to finance Quebec’s existence until the “rest of Canada” too France financing’s place.

Now Canada taxpayers get financially raped to prop up a society of lazy, unionized and corrupt french rubes that can’t speak proper french.

Dussault / Dassault – are tied to Demarais (the local Quebec rubes from Sudbury) that have controlled Canada for over 60 years.
commented 2016-03-19 01:56:58 -0400
Senators are appointed by the Governor General, but in practice it is “on the advice of the Prime Minister.” This fundamental aspect has not changed in a century and a half and cannot be changed without the apparently impossible change to the constitution that would require agreement of seven provinces with 50% of the population.

Trudeau did indeed appoint a committee to advise him and they did just that. I am not on the committee either so he did not ask my advice. Perhaps like some other posters on here I should stick my tongue out and say ‘liar, liar, pants on fire’. Although he did not actually lie about it.
commented 2016-03-19 00:15:13 -0400
This man has no ethics, one can never trust a liar and or someone who charges false expenses!

Put all the signals and bad habits together and you know we’ve got a Liar and a Thief running our Government!
commented 2016-03-19 00:12:46 -0400
There you have it keep this clip and every clip of him lying -then you can run them together in a carousel of lies – like Journalists’ do now with Obama – they have strings of clips with Obama telling lie after lie!

We must have quite a few video clips like that now by Trudeau? Just show his campaign clips and you’ve go Lies!
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau the truth is he is a Liar!
commented 2016-03-18 23:21:30 -0400
Trudeau is a weasel and I liar … everything about hims says I LIE …. what an excuse for a PM. I will be embarrassed for the next four years, at least.
commented 2016-03-18 22:35:32 -0400
As other’s have said, Harper should get his ass kicked for leaving those seats empty like he did, that was plain stupid IMO.
commented 2016-03-18 21:51:46 -0400
Every empty seat will be filled through the back door – this is one issue about Harper that truly pisses me off – he blew this one badly.
commented 2016-03-18 21:05:34 -0400
The only thing open about Justin Trudeau is his Arseole, this is always open to anyone. I imagine he prefers Muslims or possibly Wynne, with her Boxing Glove on. A little Fisty Cuffs, eh Justin..

Were any of these new Senators Muslims? Be careful Justin, your new friends do not appreciate being left out.
commented 2016-03-18 21:04:45 -0400
Egil said, “We know Trudeau lies but Harper prepared the appointments for him by not filling the Senate with his people.”

So, Egil, which is the worse “sin”, leaving the Senate seats open or breaking your promise to be transparent and filling those seats with partisan Senators against your word?
commented 2016-03-18 21:01:59 -0400
PETER NETTERVILLE said ‘It is just so hard to believe that Justin Trudeau lied!’
NOOOO say it isn’t true Peter. Justin Trudeau lied? I can’t believe it, this has ruined my day.
I might never be the same again.
I think I have always stated that he was such an honest man and always told the truth even when it hurt him.
I don’t think I have ever thought that he is a two faced liar and a POS.
I think I have further stated that he is highly educated and was a highly respected teacher and camp councillor and river guide.
But now I find out that he lied, what’s next? He is a buffoon? He is an empty shirt with nice hair?
Where will it end, where will it end!
Peter don’t tell me that Gerald Butthead – I mean Butts, is also a POS liar, that would be too much I tell you – too much.
commented 2016-03-18 20:48:02 -0400
It’s absolutely tragic that Stephen Harper didn’t fill the Senate vacancies before Trudeau took over as PM. Trudeau could have been held to account in the Senate, but now he will fill every vacant seat with as many liberals and other assorted leftists/socialists/warmists as it takes to ram through every piece of destructive legislation that Butts can think up over the indefinite term they will be in power after they rig the voting system in Canada.