Today’s appointment of 4 exceptional Canadians means for the first time in years, the Senate is full. Our plan for reform cut down on partisanship, appointing independent Senators – and talented people across the country have answered the call to serve. https://t.co/to8Cllkbu4
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) December 12, 2018
For the first time the Senator for the Northwest Territories is a woman, indigenous and politically non-affiliated.
Margaret Dawn Anderson who grew up in Tuktoyaktuk, is the new independent senator for the NWT.
According to yesterday’s announcement from the Prime Minister’s Office, Ms. Anderson is currently working as a Policy Analyst intern with the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation to prepare her defence for the Community Governance Project. In this role, she has participated in Inuvialuit self-government negotiations between the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, the Government of the Northwest Territories, and the Government of Canada.
Anderson is also joined by former Yukon Liberal Premier Pat Duncan. Yukon and the NWT seats in the Red Chamber had been vacant for over a year.