Harper appoints five new senators

Third time in a year he has added members to Senate

Parliament may be suspended, but that hasn’t stopped Prime Minister Stephen Harper from shaking up the Senate. Harper has named five new senators, giving the Conservatives 51 members in the Senate, two more than the Liberals. This will give them the power to exercise greater control over newly formed Senate committees. Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said on Friday the new appointments are committed to the government’s crime legislation. The new senators are: Bob Runciman, Vim Kochar, Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, Elizabeth Marshall, and Rose-May Poirier.

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