PM Harper appoints 5 new senators

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has appointed five new senators to sit in the Upper Chamber, including one chosen by voters in Alberta.

Harper made the announcement in a press release Friday afternoon.

The new senators are:

Denise Batters, a Regina lawyer and mental-health expert whose late husband, former MP Dave Batters, committed suicide.

Lynn Beyak, a small business owner from Dryden, Ont., with experience in real estate, insurance and tourism.

Doug Black, a Calgary lawyer, as well as vice-chair and senior counsel of the law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP.

Victor Oh, a Mississauga, Ont., entrepreneur and president of Wyford Holdings, a property development and management business.

David Wells, a St. John's executive who most recently served as deputy CEO of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board.

Black was selected by voters in Alberta in a Senate consultation process last spring.

"I look forward to working with these talented individuals in Parliament," Harper said in the news release.

"Their collective experience and dedication are most welcome as our Government continues to work on addressing the needs and expectations of Canadians from coast to coast to coast."

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