For the second time in less than a week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named new, non-partisan senators to the Upper House.
The list includes Gwen Boniface, the first woman to run the OPP. Boniface and the five other appointees who will represent Ontario in the Senate.
Last week Trudeau named nine non-partisan senators, bringing him closer to his goal of transforming the Senate.
In a release, current Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Vince Hawkes congratulated Boniface on her appointment.
“During her lengthy career with the OPP and subsequent international career, Gwen has always proven herself to be an effective leader and a caring police executive. Her skills and background make her an excellent choice to serve in a revitalized, independent Senate,” said Hawkes.
Boniface started her career with the OPP as a Constable and retired after 30 years as Commissioner in 2006. She was the first woman to serve as OPP Commissioner.
After retiring from the OPP, Boniface served for three years in Ireland as the Deputy Chief Inspector of the Garda Síochána Inspectorate, an oversight mechanism established for An Garda Síochána, Ireland’s national police service. She subsequently served as the Transnational Organized Crime Expert with the United Nations Police Division, New York, where she was tasked with addressing organized crime in conflict and post-conflict countries, particularly West Africa.
Boniface is currently the Deputy Executive Director of the International Association of Chiefs of Police
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The other appointees include former Ontario cabinet secretary Tony Dean; Kim Pate, executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies; federal court judge Howard Wetston; former Scotiabank vice chairman Sarabjit Marwah; and Lucie Moncion, president and chief executive officer of the Alliance des caisses populaires de l’Ontario.
Trudeau isn’t done yet, six more Senators will appointed shortly to represent Quebec. When Trudeau is finished independent senators will hold a plurality of 44 seats, outnumbering the Conservatives’ 40 and the independent Liberals’ 21.
It will be the first time senators with no partisan affiliation hold the majority.