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08/30/2017 10:43 EDT | Updated 08/30/2017 12:30 EDT

David Adams Richards, Award-Winning N.B. Writer, Named To Senate By Trudeau

He'll represent New Brunswick in the upper chamber.

David Adams Richards is shown in Toronto in this file photo.
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David Adams Richards is shown in Toronto in this file photo.

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says an acclaimed writer will fill a Senate vacancy in New Brunswick.

David Adams Richards was appointed as part of a new merit-based appointment process the prime minister put in place last year.

There are eight remaining vacancies in the 105-seat chamber.

Richards, 66, is an award-winning writer who has won accolades for both fiction and non-fiction.

Trudeau says the novelist, essayist, screenwriter and poet has created a body of work that has shown a commitment to the Miramichi River valley in New Brunswick.

Richards was formally appointed by Gov. Gen. David Johnston and will sit as an independent.

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