Ottawa – The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that the Governor General appointed Colin Deacon as an independent Senator to fill a vacancy in Nova Scotia.
Mr. Deacon has led a distinguished career as an entrepreneur and business leader. His leadership in promoting technology start-ups and businesses has helped create new jobs and opportunities for people across Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada. He is a board member and Vice Chair of the Kids Brain Health Network and serves on the board of the Halifax Assistance Fund, which helps those in need in his community.
Mr. Deacon was recommended by the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments and chosen using the merit-based process open to all Canadians. This process ensures Senators are independent, reflect Canada’s diversity, and are able to tackle the broad range of challenges and opportunities facing the country.
“It is my pleasure to welcome Colin Deacon as Parliament’s newest independent Senator. His experience as an entrepreneur and his commitment to serving those in need make him a great choice to represent the people of Nova Scotia. I look forward to working with him to make a difference in the lives of Canadians.”
—The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
- There have been 37 appointments to the Senate made on the advice of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
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- Once appointed by the Governor General and summoned to the Senate, the new Senators join their peers to examine and revise legislation, investigate national issues, and represent regional, provincial, and minority interests –important functions in a modern democracy.
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