Minister of State (Democratic Reform)

Minister of State (Democratic Reform)

October 30, 2009 14:15 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Alberta on Senate Selection Bill

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 30, 2009) - The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State for Democratic Reform, congratulates Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach and his Government for taking steps to ensure Senate nominee elections continues on in Alberta.

"Our government believes Senators should be chosen by Canadians," said Fletcher. "While we continue to move forward with Senate reform I congratulate the Alberta government for acknowledging the importance of involving Canadians in the Senate selection process."

Earlier this week the Alberta government introduced legislation that would extend existing Senatorial selection legislation to allow for Senate nominee elections to occur after the current expiry date and would create a new expiry of December 31, 2016. Current legislation would see the Senate selection process expire on December 31, 2010.

"Prime Minister Stephen Harper has already appointed a Senator selected by Albertans and will continue to appoint Senators chosen through democratic provincial selection processes," said Fletcher. "I look forward to working with Alberta and other provinces that are moving towards a more democratic Senate."

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