The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the appointment of the Honourable George Furey as the new Speaker of the Senate of Canada:
“I am pleased to announce that the Honourable George Furey has been appointed to the role of Speaker of the Senate of Canada.
“Senator Furey brings a wealth of experience to the Upper Chamber that will help to restore this proud Canadian institution, allowing it to focus more effectively on the priorities Canadians are facing today.
“Canadians must have confidence that their democratic institutions will respond to their needs. I believe that Senator Furey will promote respectful, productive deliberations among Senators and ensure strong accountability to Canadians.
“Senator Furey will also preside over the Senate as it undergoes an important change to become a more independent, less partisan chamber. As announced today, we are standing by our commitment and creating a new, non-partisan, merit-based process that will advise me on Senate appointments. Today we begin restoring the trust of Canadians in this public institution.
“I congratulate Senator Furey on this appointment and look forward to working with him and all Senators to build a more open and accountable government and an even stronger Canada.”