There will be a new Peace River North MLA after next spring’s BC Provincial Election…
That’s because the area officially got a new Federal Senator today… [asset|aid=746|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=292c90ad569591382c3855b0d5988642-Senator Slick_1_Pub.mp3]
BC Energy Minister and Peace River North MLA, Richard Neufeld is one of 18 new senators appointed today, by Prime Minister Stephen Harper… Mr. Neufeld says he welcomes the challenge, to do something more for the area… [asset|aid=747|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=292c90ad569591382c3855b0d5988642-Senator Slick_2_Pub.mp3]
As for his position as MLA, Richard will resign and the seat will sit vacant until the May provincial election. The Premier will also designate a new person to take over Richard’s responsibilities as Minister of Energy Mines and Petroleum Resources.
Mr. Neufeld is one of three BC residents on the Prime Minister’s apppointment list, which also includes CTV’S highly popular veteran broadcast journalist, Mike Duffy. Seven of the new senators come from Atlantic Canada, four from Quebec, two from Ontario and one each, from Saskatchewan and the Yukon.
Mr. Harper’s decision to fill the seats with appointments is a controversial one, given his long-standing desire for an elected Senate. However, the Prime Minister says all today’s appointees favor senate reform, including his proposal to reduce the current 45-year term… which carries a mandatory retirement age at 75… to just eight years.