Whitehorse Daily Star

Call for new Yukon senator continues

The search for a new Yukon senator continues after just under a year of the seat’s vacancy.

By Palak Mangat on July 16, 2018

The search for a new Yukon senator continues after just under a year of the seat’s vacancy.

In a notice sent out from the Advisory Board of Senate Appointments through the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce late last week, Canadians were encouraged to apply for the Red Chamber position.

Applications are kept on file for about two years by the board, which makes recommendations to the prime minister for appointments.

The Yukon’s last senator, Conservative Dan Lang, announced in June 2017 that he would be retiring from his duties as of Aug. 15 of that year.

Appointed by former prime minister Stephen Harper, Lang, a one-time territorial Conservative cabinet minister, did not have to retire until 2023.

However, after splitting more than 25 years of public office between the territory and Ottawa, Lang said it was time to step away and spend time with his family.

Applications are accepted at any time, but the Yukon board is encouraging those interested to apply by Aug. 8. It will then conduct a final review later in the month.

Applicants can also be nominated through the Senate’s site, and fluency in both English and French are encouraged.

The Senate acts as a secondary body to the House of Commons in Parliament that reviews bills before they are passed.

Senate work is most often carried out through committees of about about 12 to 15 senators, which allow for public hearings from interested citizens.

During his time, Lang served on the committees related to finance, energy and the environment, and chaired the committee on national security and defence under former prime minister Stephen Harper.

Currently, each of the three territories holds one seat each in the senate.

Ontario and Quebec lead the way with 24 seats each, while the Northwest Territories also has a vacancy for one senator.

Comments (10)

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Miles Klondike on Jul 21, 2018 at 6:31 pm

I want to apply so I can give back to Yukon people.

Will ensure drug use is a health issue and not a crime. Will get more immigrants up to the Yukon. Will designate Dawson City as the end of the road. Will ensure more languages are available in schools to recognize first nations and people from the Philippines and other parts of the world.

I will ensure local training and local hire is back. Will also reduce taxes for seniors and young families and open up cheap land close to town.
I will push a simple but fair agenda.

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Wilf Carter on Jul 19, 2018 at 3:21 pm

Who would want the job? You do nothing of value because Trudeau does not listen anyway. I think there are some interests from what I hear but not any of the Trudeau table. Oh I forgot there are no liberal senators any more just independent that do what they are told.

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Allan Foster on Jul 18, 2018 at 1:18 pm

PFFFFT - Nobody is "calling for a new Yukon Senator"
We're doing quite nicely without one.
The rest of Canada would as well.

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Garrioch's Reliable Source on Jul 17, 2018 at 12:55 pm

Isn't Justin Trudeau already the de facto Yukon Senator ?

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ProScience Greenie on Jul 17, 2018 at 12:35 pm

Small correction drum - should read 'old boys and girls club'.

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AL on Jul 16, 2018 at 10:17 pm

Given the past appointments by this damn government you can bet two things: it won't be a male and it won't be someone who is an anglophone!

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drum on Jul 16, 2018 at 9:19 pm

Larry is old and has done his time. He does not seem to be doing anything for the Yukon in Ottawa. It will be a good Liberal supporter (old boys club) or Trudeau will ignore suggestions and appoint another unknown Francophone just like he did for the Commissioner of the Yukon.

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Darrell Drugstore's smartest neighbour on Jul 16, 2018 at 5:11 pm

The RHINOCEROS PARTY always promised to have a lottery for Senate seats as a way of reducing taxes.
Wish they they were still around - they'd get my vote and I'd be first in line for a Senate Lottery ticket.

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north_of_60 on Jul 16, 2018 at 4:17 pm

I suspect that T2 will appoint Larry the day after the election is called.

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ProScience Greenie on Jul 16, 2018 at 3:30 pm

How about simply selecting a random voter from the list and make them our Senator. Would be just as good as any past senator.

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