New Senate group forms to push regional interests in a fractured Parliament
OTTAWA — Eleven Canadian senators are forming a new caucus that aims to make sure regional issues get their due in the upper chamber.
A statement from the newly christened Canadian Senators Group says it was founded to make sure the will of the majority in the Senate does not always trump regional interests.
Regional representation is a growing concern on Parliament Hill after last month’s federal election returned the Liberals with a minority government in the House of Commons but without a single seat in either Alberta or Saskatchewan.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been trying to make the Senate less partisan by appointing senators as independents, rather than as members of the Liberal caucus.
Six members of the new group were appointed as Conservatives by former prime minister Stephen Harper, but only two were still sitting as Conservatives prior to today.
The other nine members were all part of the so-called Independent Senators Group.
The Canadian Press