Trudeau announces the change of Senate positions

Trudeau announces the change of Senate positions


Dec. 6, 2019

Global Korean Post


The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau announced that Peter Harder, Government Representative in the Senate, and Grant Mitchell, Government Liaison in the Senate, will be stepping down from their positions.


In April 2016, Senator Harder was the first independent Senator appointed under the merit-based selection process open to Canadians. During his time as Government Representative, he maintained a strong focus on non-partisan collaboration, and worked tirelessly to advance the government’s legislative agenda in the Senate. Senator Harder will step down from this role on December 31st 2019, and his replacement will be named in due course.


Senator Mitchell was appointed to the Senate in 2005 after a distinguished career in public service, business, and politics in Alberta. He became Government Liaison in the Senate in May 2016, and has made important contributions to Senate reform. Senator Mitchell will continue as Government Liaison until a replacement is named for Senator Harder.

Thanks to the work of Senator Harder and Senator Mitchell – alongside the former Legislative Deputy, Senator Diane Bellemare – the Senate is in a stronger position than ever to serve Canadians from coast to coast to coast. All three Senators will continue to sit in the Upper House, and to be a strong voice for their regions – Ontario, Alberta, and Quebec – and for all Canadians.

The Government Representative in the Senate, the Government Liaison in the Senate, and the Legislative Deputy to the Government Representative make up the Government Representative Office. This team promotes a vision of an  independent, accountable, and transparent Senate.