Statement from Progressive Conservative Acadian Affairs critic Chris d’Entremont on the appointment of Dr. Stan Kutcher

December 13, 2018 at 2:53 pm

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Progressive Conservative Acadian Affairs critic Chris d’Entremont is disappointed the Trudeau Liberals have abandoned the practice of appointing an Acadian senator for Nova Scotia.

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister named mental health advocate Stan Kutcher to the senate, ending the longstanding tradition of appointing a Nova Scotian Acadian senator that stretches back to Sir Wilfred Laurier, who was Prime Minister from 1896 to 1911.

“Professor Kutcher will bring a wealth of experience in mental health to the Red Chamber,” d’Entremont said. “But, he cannot speak from the perspective of a Nova Scotian Acadian. To silence those voices in the Senate is inexcusable and a slap in the face to the thousands of Acadians who call Nova Scotia home.”

d’Entremont said he hopes the Prime Minister acts with more sensitivity the next time he fills vacancies in the Senate.