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Senate tally keeps on mounting

There is seemingly no end to the number of Senate appointments Prime Minister Jean Chrétien seeks to make before the 2004 announced date of his resignation. In December 2002 he appointed another three unelected Senators, bringing the total number of his appointees to 72.

The table below shows the number of Senators appointed by Prime Ministers since 1867, the year of Confederation.

No. of Senate appts.
Jean Chrétien 72
Kim Campbell 0
Brian Mulroney 57
John Turner 3
Joseph Clark 11
Pierre Trudeau 81
Lester Pearson 39
John Diefenbaker 37
Louis Saint-Laurent 55
Richard Bennett 33
Mackenzie King 103
Arthur Meighen 15
Robert Borden 62
Wilfrid Laurier 81
Charles Tupper 1
Mackenzie Bowell 13
John Thompson 5
Joseph Abbott 6
Alexander MacKenzie 16
John A Macdonald 91

Figures as of 31 December 2002

Readers are encouraged to contact their Members of Parliament on this subject by accessing the List of Members on this site.


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