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Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau’s first crop of Se­nate ap­pointees in­cludes lead­ing so­cial jus­tice ad­vo­cates in the fields of im­mi­gra­tion, sport and dis­abil­ity, and In­dige­nous truth and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion. Four of the seven March ap­pointees are women. Two are peo­ple of colour or are of In­dige­nous back­grounds.

The sen­a­tors in­clude Ratna Omid­var (pic­tured), the found­ing ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Global Diver­sity Ex­change at the school of man­age­ment at Toronto’s Ry­er­son Univer­sity. Also ap­pointed are Frances Lankin, a for­mer On­tario NDP cab­i­net min­is­ter and na­tional se­cu­rity ex­pert; Chan­tal Petit­clerc, a Par­a­lympic gold medal­ist and Ray­monde Gagné, is for­mer pres­i­dent of Univer­sité de Saint-Boni­face in Win­nipeg. Mur­ray Sin­clair, a re­tired Man­i­toba judge who was head of the Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sion was also ap­pointed. The other sen­a­tors are Peter Harder, who led Trudeau’s tran­si­tion team, and An­dré Pratte, an ed­i­to­rial writer at Mon­treal’s La Presse.

Canada’s pro­por­tion of fe­male sen­a­tors stands at 38 per­cent, or 31 of 81 sen­a­tors.

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