Nancy Hartling, René Cormier named province's newest senators
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau names 2 New Brunswickers among 9 new senators across country
New Brunswick's first senators appointed under a new non-partisan process are Nancy Hartling and René Cormier.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement Thursday, naming nine new senators across the country.
Nancy Hartling spent 34 years running the non-profit group Support to Single Parents in Moncton
She retired in the spring, but now will be back at work in the Senate, sitting as an independent.
"I think I'm a really good collaborator," she said. "And I work a lot by consensus. I'm a good listener and I think I can carefully consider all sides of things."
Cormier's background is in theatre as head of the Theatre Populaire de l'Acadie in Caraquet and with the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
He says that experience will bring something important to the Senate.
Cormier is also the president of the Societé Nationale de l'Acadie.
Under the new selection process, Cormier and Hartling applied and were vetted by an independent committee, which then sent a short list of potential nominees to the prime minister for the final selection.
With files from Jacques Poitras