The Prime Minister announces the appointment of senators

2023 July 6

Paul Prosper and Judy White have dedicated their careers to advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples, and I know they will be important voices for their communities, their regions, and all Canadians in the Senate. I am pleased to welcome them as Parliament’s newest independent senators and look forward to continue working with all senators as we build a better future for everyone.

The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that the Governor General, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, appointed the following individuals as independent senators to fill vacancies in the Senate:

  • Paul Prosper, for Nova Scotia
  • Judy White, for Newfoundland and Labrador

Paul Prosper is a Mi’kmaq lawyer with more than 25 years of experience in Indigenous legal issues. He has been a lifelong advocate for the rights of Indigenous Peoples, including in his roles as Chief of the Paqtnkek (Afton) Mi’kmaw Nation and Assembly of First Nations’ (AFN) Regional Chief for Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.

A Mi’kmaq from Flat Bay Band in Newfoundland and Labrador, Judy White is a King’s Counsel lawyer with an extensive career in human rights, Indigenous governance, and legislative matters. She most recently served as Director General within Indigenous Services Canada.

These new senators were recommended by the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments and chosen using a merit-based process open to all Canadians. Introduced in 2016, 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.