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Vernon White leaving Senate

White was appointed to the Senate of Canada, representing the province of Ontario in February 2012.
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Former Ottawa police chief and current senator Vernon White announced he is leaving the Senate.

Current senator and former Ottawa police chief Vernon White is leaving the Senate effective Oct. 2. 

He confirmed the news to CityNews Ottawa on Sept. 29. 

White was appointed to the Senate of Canada, representing the province of Ontario in February 2012. He is presently a member of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP).

White also served as the chief of police for the Durham Region, and spent five years as the chief of the Ottawa Police Service. 

The former Ottawa police chief told The Sam Laprade Show on Sept. 29 that he planned on serving anywhere from six to nine years when he was first appointed to the Senate of Canada. 

White, 63, was eligible to serve in the Senate until 2034, when he turns 75. 

"COVID slowed down my transition, but I never expected to serve until 75," he said. 

White said he plans to take some time, rest "his head" for a bit before he starts his new adventure, whatever that may be. 

His next adventure, he added, won't be as the next police chief of Ottawa, a job he said brought him joy. 

"I hope they are able to select a strong police chief, because the service needs strong leadership," he said. 

He said he is most proud of having a piece of legislation passed to make pre cursors to Fentanyl illegal. 

"It passed in a matter of weeks," he said. "That's a great piece of work."

Listen to the full interview with Senator Vernon White below: 

 

 

 

 





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