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List of current Senators of Canada

The Senate Chamber, located in the Centre Block of Parliament Hill

Contents

  • Current senators 1
  • Standings 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4

This is a list of current members of the Senate of Canada (French: Le Sénat du Canada), the upper house of the Canadian Parliament. Unlike the Members of Parliament in the House of Commons, the 105 senators are appointed by the Governor General on the advice of the prime minister.[1] Senators originally held their seats for life; however, under the British North America Act, 1965, members may not sit in the Senate after reaching the age of 75. Prime ministers normally choose members of their own parties to be senators, though they sometimes nominate independents or members of opposing parties.

Seats are allocated on a regional basis, each of the four major regions receives 24 seats, and the remainder of the available seats being assigned to smaller regions. The four major regions are Ontario, Quebec, the Maritime provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island), and the Western provinces (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan). The seats for Newfoundland and Labrador, the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut are assigned apart from these regional divisions.[2] The province of Quebec has 24 Senate divisions that are constitutionally mandated. In all other provinces, a Senate division is strictly an optional designation of the senator's own choosing, and has no real constitutional or legal standing. A senator who does not choose a special senate division is considered a senator for the province at large.[2] The distribution of seats has been criticized for not being proportional per region. For example, Ontario has 40 percent of Canada's population but only 24 seats, while the smaller Atlantic provinces have a combined 30,[3] and British Columbia, the third most populous province, only has six seats.[4]

Currently, there are 83 senators and 22 vacancies. There are 31 women in the Senate.[5] The Conservative Party currently holds 47 seats, a majority of sitting senators. Active senators have been appointed on the advice of five different prime ministers: Stephen Harper, Paul Martin, Jean Chrétien, Brian Mulroney and Pierre Trudeau. Anne Cools is the longest-serving current senator; she was appointed on the advice of Pierre Trudeau in 1984.

Current senators

Name Party Province (Division) Date appointed Appointed on the advice of Mandatory retirement Title & notes
Housakos, LeoLeo Housakos Conservative Quebec
(Wellington)
Jan 8, 2009[6] Harper Jan 10, 2043 Speaker
Eaton, NicoleNicole Eaton Conservative Ontario
(Caledon)
Jan 2, 2009[6] Harper Jan 21, 2020 Speaker Pro Tempore
Carignan, ClaudeClaude Carignan Conservative Quebec
(Mille Isles)
Aug 27, 2009[7] Harper Dec 4, 2039 Government Leader
Cowan, JimJim Cowan Liberal Nova Scotia Mar 24, 2005[8] Martin Jan 22, 2017 Opposition Leader
Martin, YonahYonah Martin Conservative British Columbia
(Vancouver)
Jan 2, 2009[6] Harper Apr 11, 2040 Government Deputy Leader
Fraser, JoanJoan Fraser Liberal Quebec
(De Lorimier)
Sep 17, 1998[9] Chrétien Oct 12, 2019 Opposition Deputy Leader
Marshall, ElizabethElizabeth Marshall Conservative Newfoundland and Labrador Jan 29, 2010[10] Harper Sep 7, 2026 Government Whip
Munson, JimJim Munson Liberal Ontario
(Ottawa/Rideau Canal)
Dec 10, 2003[11] Chrétien Jul 24, 2021 Opposition Whip
Andreychuk, RaynellRaynell Andreychuk Conservative Saskatchewan Mar 11, 1993 Mulroney Aug 14, 2019
Ataullahjan, SalmaSalma Ataullahjan Conservative Ontario
(Toronto)
Jul 9, 2010[12] Harper Apr 29, 2027
Baker, GeorgeGeorge Baker Liberal Newfoundland and Labrador Mar 26, 2002[13] Chrétien Sep 4, 2017
Batters, DeniseDenise Batters Conservative Saskatchewan Jan 25, 2013[14] Harper Jun 18, 2045
Bellemare, DianeDiane Bellemare Conservative Quebec
(Alma)
Sep 6, 2012[15] Harper Oct 13, 2024
Beyak, LynnLynn Beyak Conservative Ontario Jan 25, 2013[14] Harper Feb 18, 2024
Black, DougDoug Black Conservative Alberta Jan 25, 2013[14] Harper May 10, 2027
Boisvenu, Pierre-HuguesPierre-Hugues Boisvenu Independent Quebec
La Salle)
Jan 29, 2010[10] Harper Feb 12, 2024
Brazeau, PatrickPatrick Brazeau Independent Quebec
(Repentigny)
Jan 8, 2009[6] Harper Nov 11, 2049 Suspended without pay for part of the 41st Parliament.
Campbell, Larry W.Larry W. Campbell Liberal British Columbia Aug 2, 2005[16] Martin Feb 28, 2023
Chaput, MariaMaria Chaput Liberal Manitoba Dec 12, 2002[17] Chrétien May 7, 2017
Cools, Anne C.Anne C. Cools Independent Ontario
(Toronto Centre-York)
Jan 13, 1984 Trudeau, P.E. Aug 12, 2018
Cordy, Jane MarieJane Marie Cordy Liberal Nova Scotia Jun 9, 2000[18] Chrétien Jul 2, 2025
Dagenais, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Dagenais Conservative Quebec
(Victoria)
Jan 17, 2012[19] Harper Feb 2, 2025
Dawson, DennisDennis Dawson Liberal Quebec
(Lauzon)
Aug 2, 2005[16] Martin Sep 28, 2024
Day, Joseph A.Joseph A. Day Liberal New Brunswick
(Saint John-Kennebecasis)
Oct 4, 2001[20] Chrétien Jan 24, 2020
Demers, JacquesJacques Demers Conservative Quebec
(Rigaud)
Aug 27, 2009[7] Harper Aug 25, 2019
Downe, Percy E.Percy E. Downe Liberal Prince Edward Island
(Charlottetown)
Jun 26, 2003[21] Chrétien Jul 8, 2029
Doyle, NormanNorman Doyle Conservative Newfoundland and Labrador Jan 6, 2012[19] Harper Nov 11, 2020
Duffy, MichaelMichael Duffy Independent Prince Edward Island
(Cavendish)
Jan 2, 2009[6] Harper May 27, 2021 Suspended without pay for part of the 41st Parliament.
Dyck, Lillian EvaLillian Eva Dyck Liberal Saskatchewan Mar 24, 2005[8] Martin Aug 24, 2020
Eggleton, ArtArt Eggleton Liberal Ontario Mar 24, 2005[16] Martin Sep 29, 2018
Enverga, Tobias C.Tobias C. Enverga Conservative Ontario Sep 6, 2012[15] Harper Dec 2, 2030
Frum, LindaLinda Frum Conservative Ontario Aug 27, 2009[7] Harper Jan 13, 2038
Furey, GeorgeGeorge Furey Liberal Newfoundland and Labrador Aug 11, 1999[22] Chrétien May 12, 2023
Gerstein, IrvingIrving Gerstein Conservative Ontario
(Toronto)
Jan 2, 2009[6] Harper Feb 10, 2016
Greene, StephenStephen Greene Conservative Nova Scotia
(Halifax)
Jan 2, 2009[6] Harper Dec 8, 2024
Raine, Nancy GreeneNancy Greene Raine Conservative British Columbia
(Sun Peaks)
Jan 2, 2009[6] Harper May 11, 2018
Hervieux-Payette, CélineCéline Hervieux-Payette Liberal Quebec
(Bedford)
Mar 21, 1995 Chrétien Apr 22, 2016
Hubley, LibbeLibbe Hubley Liberal Prince Edward Island Mar 8, 2001[23] Chrétien Sep 8, 2017
Jaffer, Mobina S.B.Mobina S.B. Jaffer Liberal British Columbia Jun 13, 2001[24] Chrétien Aug 20, 2024
Johnson, Janis G.Janis G. Johnson Conservative Manitoba
(Winnipeg - Interlake)
Sep 27, 1990 Mulroney Apr 27, 2021
Joyal, SergeSerge Joyal Liberal Quebec
(Kennebec)
Nov 26, 1997[25] Chrétien Feb 1, 2020
Kenny, ColinColin Kenny Liberal Ontario
(Rideau)
Jun 29, 1984 Trudeau, P.E. Dec 10, 2018
Lang, Hector DanielHector Daniel Lang Conservative Yukon
(Whitehorse)
Jan 2, 2009[6] Harper Apr 3, 2023
Lovelace Nicholas, Sandra M.Sandra M. Lovelace Nicholas Liberal New Brunswick Sep 21, 2005[16] Martin Apr 15, 2023
MacDonald, Michael L.Michael L. MacDonald Conservative Nova Scotia
(Dartmouth)
Jan 2, 2009[6] Harper May 4, 2030
Maltais, GhislainGhislain Maltais Conservative Quebec
(Shawinigan)
Jan 6, 2012[19] Harper Apr 22, 2019
Manning, FabianFabian Manning Conservative Newfoundland and Labrador May 25, 2011[26] Harper May 21, 2039
Massicotte, Paul J.Paul J. Massicotte Liberal Quebec
(De Lanaudière)
Jun 26, 2003[21] Chrétien Sep 10, 2026
McCoy, ElaineElaine McCoy Independent Progressive Conservative Alberta Mar 24, 2005[8] Martin Mar 7, 2021
McInnis, TomTom McInnis Conservative Nova Scotia Sep 6, 2012[15] Harper Apr 9, 2020
McIntyre, PaulPaul McIntyre Conservative New Brunswick Sep 6, 2012[15] Harper Nov 2, 2019
Mercer, Terry M.Terry M. Mercer Liberal Nova Scotia
(Northend Halifax)
Nov 7, 2003[11] Chrétien May 6, 2022
Merchant, PanaPana Merchant Liberal Saskatchewan Dec 12, 2002[17] Chrétien Apr 2, 2018
Meredith, DonDon Meredith Independent Ontario Dec 18, 2010[27] Harper Jul 13, 2039
Mitchell, GrantGrant Mitchell Liberal Alberta Mar 24, 2005[8] Martin Jul 19, 2026
Mockler, PercyPercy Mockler Conservative New Brunswick
(Saint-Léonard)
Jan 2, 2009[6] Harper Apr 14, 2024
Moore, Wilfred P.Wilfred P. Moore Liberal Nova Scotia
(Stanhope St./South Shore)
Sep 26, 1996[28] Chrétien Jan 14, 2017
Nancy Ruth Conservative Ontario
(Cluny)
Mar 24, 2005[8] Martin Jan 6, 2017
Neufeld, RichardRichard Neufeld Conservative British Columbia (Charlie Lake) Jan 2, 2009[6] Harper Nov 6, 2019
Ngo, Thanh HaiThanh Hai Ngo Conservative Ontario Sep 6, 2012[15] Harper Jan 3, 2022
Ogilvie, KelvinKelvin Ogilvie Conservative Nova Scotia Aug 27, 2009[7] Harper Nov 6, 2017
Oh, VictorVictor Oh Conservative Ontario Jan 25, 2013[14] Harper Jun 10, 2024
Patterson, DennisDennis Patterson Conservative Nunavut Aug 27, 2009[7] Harper Dec 30, 2023
Plett, DonDon Plett Conservative Manitoba Aug 27, 2009[7] Harper May 14, 2025
Poirier, Rose-MayRose-May Poirier Conservative New Brunswick Feb 28, 2010[10] Harper Mar 2, 2029
Ringuette, PierrettePierrette Ringuette Liberal New Brunswick Dec 12, 2002[17] Chrétien Dec 31, 2030
Rivard, MichelMichel Rivard Conservative Quebec
(The Laurentides)
Jan 2, 2009[6] Harper Aug 7, 2016
Runciman, BobBob Runciman Conservative Ontario Jan 29, 2010[10] Harper Aug 10, 2017
Seidman, JudithJudith Seidman Conservative Quebec
(De la Durantaye)
Aug 27, 2009[7] Harper Sep 1, 2025
Sibbeston, Nick G.Nick G. Sibbeston Liberal Northwest Territories Sep 2, 1999[22] Chrétien Nov 21, 2018
Smith, David P.David P. Smith Liberal Ontario
(Cobourg)
Jun 25, 2002[29] Chrétien May 16, 2016
Smith, LarryLarry Smith Conservative Quebec
(Saurel)
May 25, 2011[30] Harper Apr 28, 2026
Stewart-Olsen, CarolynCarolyn Stewart-Olsen Conservative New Brunswick Aug 27, 2009[7] Harper Jul 27, 2021
Tannas, ScottScott Tannas Conservative Alberta Mar 25, 2013[31] Harper Feb 25, 2037
Tardif, ClaudetteClaudette Tardif Liberal Alberta Mar 24, 2005[8] Martin Jul 27, 2023
  Tkachuk, DavidDavid Tkachuk Conservative Saskatchewan Jun 8, 1993 Mulroney Feb 18, 2020
Unger, BettyBetty Unger Conservative Alberta Jan 6, 2012[19] Harper Aug 8, 2018
Verner, JoséeJosée Verner Conservative Quebec
(Montarville)
Jun 13, 2011[32] Harper Dec 30, 2034
Wallace, John D.John D. Wallace Conservative New Brunswick
(Rothesay)
Jan 2, 2009[6] Harper Mar 26, 2024
Wallin, PamelaPamela Wallin Independent Saskatchewan
(Kuroki Beach)
Jan 2, 2009[6] Harper Apr 10, 2028 Suspended without pay for part of the 41st Parliament.
Watt, CharlieCharlie Watt Liberal Quebec
(Inkerman)
Jan 16, 1984 Trudeau, P.E. Jun 29, 2019
Wells, DavidDavid Wells Conservative Newfoundland and Labrador Jan 25, 2013[14] Harper Feb 28, 2037
White, VernonVernon White Conservative Ontario Feb 20, 2012[33] Harper Feb 21, 2034

^Quebec is the only province with Senate divisions that are constitutionally mandated. In all other provinces, a Senate division is strictly an optional designation of the senator's own choosing, and has no real constitutional or legal standing. A senator who does not choose a special senate division is considered a senator for the province at large.[2]

^ * These three senators were suspended during the 41st Parliament and removed from the Conservative caucus. While suspended, they were unpaid and unable to debate or vote in the Senate. Their suspensions ended upon dissolution of the 41st Parliament on August 2, 2015.

^ ‡ On January 29, 2014, Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau announced all Liberal senators were removed from the Liberal parliamentary caucus, and asked to sit as independents;[34] however, the senators retained their party membership, and still refer to themselves as Liberals.[35]

Standings

The distribution of senators by party and by province is as follows:[36]

Seating plan of the Canadian Senate
Province or Territory Senators
Con. Lib. Ind. Vacant Total
Alberta 3 2 1 0 6
British Columbia 3 2 0 1 6
Manitoba 2 1 0 3 6
New Brunswick 5 3 0 2 10
Newfoundland and Labrador 4 2 0 0 6
Northwest Territories 0 1 0 0 1
Nova Scotia 4 4 0 2 10
Nunavut 1 0 0 0 1
Ontario 11 4 2 7 24
Prince Edward Island 0 2 1 1 4
Quebec 10 6 2 6 24
Saskatchewan 3 2 1 0 6
Yukon 1 0 0 0 1
Total 47 29 7 22 105

See also

References

  1. ^ Makarenko, Jay (June 1, 2007). "The Canadian Senate: Role, Powers & Operation". MapleLeafWeb. Retrieved November 24, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c "A Legislative and Historical Overview of the Senate of Canada". Parliament of Canada. May 2001. Retrieved November 24, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Western premiers urge further Senate reform".  
  4. ^ Knox, Jack (November 27, 2008). "Barack hasn't called, so I'm aiming for Canadian Senate seat".  
  5. ^ "Women in the Senate". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Journals of the Senate, January 26, 2009.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Journals of the Senate, September 15, 2009.
  8. ^ a b c d e f Journals of the Senate, April 12, 2005.
  9. ^ Journals of the Senate, September 22, 1998.
  10. ^ a b c d Journals of the Senate, March 3, 2010.
  11. ^ a b Journals of the Senate, February 2, 2004.
  12. ^ Journals of the Senate, July 12, 2010.
  13. ^ Journals of the Senate, April 16, 2002.
  14. ^ a b c d e Journals of the Senate, February 5, 2013.
  15. ^ a b c d e Journals of the Senate, September 25, 2012.
  16. ^ a b c d Journals of the Senate, September 28, 2005.
  17. ^ a b c Journals of the Senate, February 4, 2003.
  18. ^ Journals of the Senate, June 13, 2000.
  19. ^ a b c d Senators in Alphabetical Order, Senate of Canada.
  20. ^ Journals of the Senate, October 16, 2001.
  21. ^ a b Journals of the Senate, September 16, 2003.
  22. ^ a b Journals of the Senate, September 7, 1999.
  23. ^ Journals of the Senate, March 13, 2001.
  24. ^ Journals of the Senate, September 18, 2001.
  25. ^ Journals of the Senate, December 2, 1997.
  26. ^ Journals of the Senate, June 7, 2011.
  27. ^ Journals of the Senate, February 1, 2011.
  28. ^ Journals of the Senate, September 22, 1996.
  29. ^ Journals of the Senate, September 30, 2002.
  30. ^ Journals of the Senate, June 2, 2011.
  31. ^ Journals of the Senate, April 16, 2013.
  32. ^ Journals of the Senate, June 14, 2011.
  33. ^ Journals of the Senate, February 28, 2012.
  34. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/justin-trudeau-removes-senators-from-liberal-caucus-1.2515273
  35. ^ "Trudeau’s expulsion catches Liberal senators by surprise". Globe and Mail. January 29, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  36. ^ . The Senate of Canada http://sen.parl.gc.ca/portal/canada-senators-e.htm. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
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