Owen Parkhouse, from Morel, P.E.I., campaigns door to door in his bid to become a senator from the Island, in Charlottetown on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016. (Photo: Andrew Vaughan/CP)Last month, an independent advisory board opened up the application process to anyone who thinks they might be a good fit for one of the 20 current and upcoming vacancies in seven provinces, including one in P.E.I. Parkhouse, a 51-year-old veteran of the Canadian Forces and a former president of the P.E.I. Home and School Federation, says he was hoping to gather more signatures by now, but many people have been inviting him in to sit at the kitchen table and talk politics for a while. Don Desserud, a political scientist at the University of Prince Edward Island, says while there won't be an election, support from the public can't hurt Parkhouse's application. While the panel will recommend an appointment, a final decision will be made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
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