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In less than three years, the Senate of Canada has been significantly renewed — largely as a result of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to fill vacancies with candidates proposed by an independent advisory board. Although those chosen for the first seven such appointments in March 2016 were selected by the advisory board, candidates since then have come from pools of interested Canadians who submitted an application. With 52 members, the Independent Senators Group (ISG) now has a slight majority of the currently filled Senate seats (see table 1).

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