TRUDEAU GAINS CURRENCY WITH WOMEN
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.