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Peter Stollery

The Hon.
Peter Alan Stollery
Senator for Bloor and Yonge (Toronto), Ontario
In office
July 2, 1981 – November 29, 2010
Appointed by Pierre Trudeau
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Spadina
In office
Preceded by Sylvester Perry Ryan
Succeeded by Dan Heap
Personal details
Born (1935-11-29) November 29, 1935
Toronto, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Political party Liberal
Committees Chair, Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs
Chair, Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Portfolio Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Communications (1980-1981)
Parliamentary Secretary to the Secretary of State of Canada (1980-1981)
Peter Alan Stollery

(born November 29, 1935) is a former Canadian politician and businessman.


  • Background 1
  • Career in Parliament 2
  • Controversy 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


An old Yorkville family, the Stollerys owned a famous furnishings store named Stollery's, which opened in 1901 in downtown Toronto. Peter Stollery, the founder’s grandson, worked on and off at the haberdashery for 24 years, first as a furnishings’ man and eventually as a manager from 1965 to 1968 after his father, Alan Stollery, died suddenly. His attachment to these roots explain his later designation in the Canadian Senate as Senator for "Bloor and Yonge", the intersection at which the store is located.

Before entering public life, Stollery also worked as a teacher in Algeria and travel writer for Maclean's. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a Member of the National Liberal Club in London.

Career in Parliament

Stollery was elected to the Canadian House of Commons as a Liberal candidate in the 1972 election for Spadina riding in Toronto defeating incumbent MP Perry Ryan who had left the Liberals and crossed the floor to the Progressive Conservatives. He was re-elected in the 1974, 1979 and 1980 elections. He served for a time as chairman of the Liberal Caucus (1976–1978), and as parliamentary secretary to the Secretary of State and to the Minister of Communications (1980–1981).

In 1981, Stollery was appointed to the Canadian Senate on the recommendation of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Trudeau wanted to open Stollery's Spadina riding so his aide James Coutts could be elected to Parliament in a by-election.[1] The voters rebelled, and in the subsequent by-election Coutts was defeated in what had been a safe Liberal seat by Dan Heap of the New Democratic Party. He retired from the Senate on November 29, 2010 upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75, at which point he had served in Parliament for over 38 years, including more than 29 years in the Senate.

In the Senate, Stollery served on several committees. His deep-seated interest in international affairs and humanitarian aid have led him to take part in numerous overseas delegations and to assume the position of Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs (1999–2005).[2] He continued to serve on the committee as Vice-Chair until his retirement from the Senate. He has been involved with the Canada-Europe Interparliamentary Union.


On May 29, 2006 during a session of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence, Stollery criticized Hamid Karzai, then President of Afghanistan. Although Karzai was democratically elected, Stollery implied that Karzai's ascent to power was due to US influence.[3] He argued that Canadian troops could be better used to help “create a democratic society in Afghanistan”.[4]

In September 2006, Stollery added that the limited presence of Canadian troops on the African continent was a result of military officials believing it was not as "sexy" as helping the U.S. by fighting in Afghanistan. He was subsequently criticized by Liberal Senator Roméo Dallaire, who called Stollery's comments "scandalous language." Dallaire stated that "Nothing is sexy in war. The whole concept of war is perverse, and the reason we're in one area and not another is because political decisions have been taken."[5][6]


  1. ^ By-election in Spadina to Tories’ advantage, Trudeau tells Commons, by Marina Strauss, The Globe and Mail, July 4, 1981.
  2. ^ Out of their depth in Africa, by Carol Goar, Toronto Star, February 23, 2007.
  3. ^ Senator calls Afghan president Karzai a 'stooge' by Mike Blanchfield, CanWest News Service (reprinted by the Saskatchewan Star Phoenix), May 30, 2006.
  4. ^ Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence, May 29, 2006.
  5. ^ Senator slams sparse Canadian military presence in Africa, CBC News, September 26, 2006.
  6. ^ Africa not 'sexy' enough for military: senator, Canadian Press (reprinted by CTV News), September 27, 2006.

External links

  • Peter Stollery – Parliament of Canada biography
  • Stollerys.
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