Wetaskiwin MP Blaine Calkins, chair of the Conservative party’s Alberta caucus, was pleased to officially welcome Senator Doug Black into caucus this week.
“This marks the third elected Albertan senator that has been appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Harper. Along with Senators Bert Brown and Betty Unger, Senator Black was chosen by the people of Alberta to represent Albertans in the Senate” said Calkins.
“Alberta now has more elected Senators sitting in Ottawa than any other province in the country and our caucus is very proud of that accomplishment”
All new appointees have pledged to support the government in its efforts to make the Senate more democratic and accountable, including legislation to limit the term lengths of senators and encouraging the provinces and territories to hold a democratic process to select nominees for appointment to the senate. Senator Black was selected by the people of Alberta in the senate consultation process last spring.