In a recent announcement made on Friday afternoon, Prime Minister Stephen Harper nominated Senator Claude Carignan to become the new Leader of the Government in the Senate, filling the vacant seat left by Senator Marjory LeBreton. During the announcement, PM Harper stated that Mr. Carignan understands the Government’s determination to reform the Senate by introducing term limits and provincial and territorial elections. He mentioned in a written statement that “I am confident that Senator Carignan has the experience, dedication and respect required to increase transparency and accountability in the Senate.”
Mr. Carignan was chosen by Mr. Harper to represent the region of Mille Isles in Quebec back in August of 2009. He holds a law degree and is a graduate degree in administrative law with an experience of working as a lawyer since 1988. Mr. Carignan’s biography on the website for the Senate of Canada also reveals that he worked as Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate since May, 2011.
Mr. Carignan mentioned in an e-mailed statement to the press that he is looking forward to work with all Senators in order to carefully contemplate legislation, alleging support the government’s reform agenda. He stated that “Canadians expect an effective and accountable Senate and that is what I will endeavour to provide in my new role as Leader of the Government in the Senate.” Mr. Carignan is also a member of the Senate committee on internal economy that recently conducted a series of controversial audits into Senators’ expense claims.
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