Some big news out of Ottawa Thursday night, as a Sudbury woman, who has practiced law in the city for 20 years, has been named by the Prime Minister as a new senator.

Josee Forest-Neising says she is proud to be Franco-Ontarian and to have recently discovered her Métis heritage. 

Her biography says she has passionately defended and promoted access to justice in both official languages throughout her career. In addition, she has been on numerous boards of directors, including the Art Gallery of Sudbury, the Carrefour Francophone de Sudbury, and the University of Sudbury.

The Canadian Press reports tonight that Elections Canada records show Forest-Niesing previously donated thousands of dollars to the Liberal party and that she also contributed to Trudeau's campaign for the Liberal leadership in 2013.

Senate announcement for Josée Forest-Niesing