Senate appointments today?
One more Senate vacancy opened up this morning because long-time Liberal senator Jerry Grafstein turned 75 yesterday. That means that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has five vacancies to fill, and in so doing, he would boost the Conservatives' numbers to 51 seats in the Senate, compared to 49 for the Liberals.
There's also another interesting statistic at work here. When he does name the five new Conservative senators, Harper will have more appointees sitting in the red chamber than Chretien appointees. That's right. There will be 33 appointed senators from Harper; 32 from Jean Chretien. Now, it should be noted that Chretien tended to appoint people in their late 60s and early 70s, so they would only serve a few years before mandatory retirement, and therefore, many of Chretien's senators have come and gone.
Nonetheless, it means that in two important ways, the red chamber is on its way to becoming blue.