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Buth accepts Senate appointment

The Canola Council of Canada is looking for a new president as JoAnne Buth heads for Ottawa to sit as a member of Canada’s Senate.

Buth was one of seven Senate appointments announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper Jan. 7. She fills the seat previously held by Sharon Carstairs as one of Manitoba’s representatives in the Senate.

Buth replaced Barb Isman as president of the Winnipeg-based canola organization in 2007, having previously served as the council’s vice-president.

Before joining the council, Buth had worked as a manager and weed management specialist at the soils and crops branch of Manitoba’s Agriculture Department.

Buth came to the ag field with a B.Sc. in biology from the University of Winnipeg and an M.Sc. in entomology from the University of Manitoba.

Harper’s office said the new appointees, have “pledged to support the government in its efforts to make the Senate more democratic and accountable, including legislation to limit the term lengths of senators and encouraging the provinces and territories to hold elections for Senate nominees.”

The six other senators named include:

Norman Doyle, a Newfoundland businessman and former Progressive Conservative MP (1997-2008);

Ghislain Maltais, a former Quebec MNA (1983-94) and director of the federal Conservative Party in Quebec since 2009;

Asha Seth, a Toronto obstetrician and gynecologist who founded the NIMDAC Foundation, a fundraising organization for health-related charities;

Alberta’s elected senator-in-waiting, Edmonton nurse Betty Unger, a founder of nursing services company Medico Mobile and a defeated Canadian Alliance candidate (2000);

Vernon White, a former Ottawa police chief and RCMP assistant commissioner; and

Jean-Guy Dagenais, a former Surete du Quebec officer, president of the Association des policieres et policiers provinciaux du Quebec and defeated Conservative candidate (2011).

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