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By IBTimes Staff Reporter | January 28, 2013 4:16 AM PST

Prime Minister Stephen Harper Friday appointed five new senators, including one elected by voters in Alberta last April.

 While appointing the five senators to sit in the Upper Chamber, the prime minister hailed the appointees as remarkable Canadians who have distinguished themselves in their respective pursuits.

 "I am pleased to announce the addition of five more notable Canadians to the Senate of Canada," said Harper. "All appointees are remarkable Canadians who have distinguished themselves in their respective pursuits."

 The five new Senators

 Denise Batters, a Regina lawyer and mental-health advocate filled a vacancy in Saskatchewan.

 Lynn Beyak, a small business owner from Dryden, Ontario filled a vacancy in the Ontario.

 Victor Oh a Mississauga, Ontario entrepreneur and president of Wyford Holdings, filled a vacancy in Ontario.

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

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

While thanking the people of Alberta, Senator Doug Black last April promised to be a strong voice for the interest of Alberta, and after officially being appointed as senators to sit in the Upper Chamber, all the five senators pledged support to the government in its efforts to make the Senate more democratic and accountable.

 "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," said the prime minister in a press release Friday.

 "I look forward to working with these talented individuals in Parliament."

Senators are formally appointed by the governor general on the advice of the prime minister, and will return for sittings Tuesday, CBC News reported.

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