Canada's second elected senator
sworn in Politics Watch ® News Services
October 16, 2007, updated 1:30 p.m.
|Prime Minister Stephen Harper looks on
during Conservative Senator Bert Brown's swearing-in
ceremony on Tuesday.
(Photo Courtesy Parliamentary Press Gallery Pool/Reuters)
OTTAWA (PoliticsWatch.com) —
Conservative Bert Brown was officially sworn in as Canada's
second elected senator on Tuesday.
Brown, a Calgary businessman, had won two symbolic elections
in 1998 and in 2004 to be the province of Alberta's Senate
However, his election was ignored by Liberal prime ministers and
Brown wasn't appointed to the Senate until April of this year by
Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Brown said in a statement that his appointment represented a "genuine commitment to democratic reform of the Senate" by the prime minister.
"I can think of no one more deserving of a seat in our Upper House,"
the prime minister said in a statement. "As the only sitting Senator endorsed by voters, he will be a powerful voice for reform from the inside."
Brown joins the late Stan Waters as the only two men to have
been appointed to Canada's Senate after winning an election.
Waters was elected as Reformer in a Senate election in Alberta in
1989 and was later appointed to the Senate by then prime minister Brian
Mulroney in 1990. Waters died a little more than a year after
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