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Local woman applying for Senate consideration


New Glasgow’s Tammy MacLaren wants to be a senator.

MacLaren, who championed the cause to have insulin pumps for youth paid for by the province and has been helping with the campaign to have the Highway 104 twinned between New Glasgow and Antigonish said she heard someone talking on television about the change in selection of senators which has opened it up for average citizens in Canada to apply.

She took a look at the application and decided to go for it.

She said the application process was about nine pages long and required three reference letters.

She was asked questions like if she was part of a political party or if she’d contributed to any. She said she hopes they are looking for people without political ties.

An independent panel will choose the two Nova Scotians to potentially represent the province in the Senate, while the prime minister is responsible for the final selection. The application deadline was Thursday.

MacLaren believes her experience campaigning for causes she believes in as well as volunteering in the community make her well qualified for the job.

She believes honesty, integrity and hard work are all characteristics that Canadians want in senators and that’s something she believes she can bring to the table along with the ability to ask the right questions and a bit of common sense.

“I think I can bring a lot of qualities and a bit of fresh air to the senate.”

She’s unsure of how long the selection process takes but said she believes there’s an interview process for those who make it that far. She hopes that two good senators are chosen and would love it if she had the opportunity.

“I know I would do it to the best of my ability,” she said. “They wouldn’t be disappointed.”

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