Trudeau appoints former heads of Canadian Medical Association, federal public service to Senate – CBC

These two appointments reduce the number of vacancies in the Senate from 17 to 15

Sep 26, 2022

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed a high-profile surgeon and the former head of Canada’s public service to the Senate.

“I am pleased to welcome Flordeliz Osler and Ian Shugart as Parliament’s newest independent senators,” Trudeau said in a statement issued Monday.

“I am confident that their dedication, unique perspectives and stellar careers will help them best serve Canadians from all walks of life.”

Osler is an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba and a former president of the Canadian Medical Association.

Shugart is the former Clerk of the Privy Council. The clerk is Canada’s most senior federal civil servant; the person holding the office leads the federal public service and serves as both secretary to cabinet and deputy minister to the prime minister.

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