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Current Canadian senators


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This is a list of current members of the Senate of 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. 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. 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.

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, and British Columbia, the third most populous province, only has six seats.





Senate reform is a recurring issue in Canadian politics. One of the systems most often proposed is the Triple-E Senate (Triple-E stands for equal, elected, and effective), which would re-align the seats, make senators elected, and give them more powers. Alberta is the only province that holds Senate nominee elections, although Saskatchewan plans to hold their own as well. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is an advocate of an elected Senate, and originally said that he would not appoint any new senators until there is reform.[6] In his first two years as prime minister, he appointed two. One of his appointments was Bert Brown, who was one of Alberta's elected nominees and is the second unofficially elected senator in Canadian history after Stan Waters in 1990.

Currently, there are 88 senators and 17 vacancies. There are 35 women in the Senate. The Conservative Party currently holds 52 seats, a majority (ignoring vacancies). 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.

Key

  Speaker of the Senate (Pierre Claude Nolin)
 
  Leader of the Government in the Senate (Claude Carignan)
 
  Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Jim Cowan)
  Deputy Leader of the Government
(Yonah Martin)
  Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Joan Fraser)
 
  Government Whip (Elizabeth Marshall)
  Opposition Whip (Jim Munson)

NamePartyProvince (Division)Date appointedAppointed on
the advice of
Mandatory retirement
 Andreychuk, RaynellRaynell AndreychukConservativeSaskatchewanMarch 11, 1993MulroneyAugust 14, 2019
 Ataullahjan, SalmaSalma AtaullahjanConservativeOntario (Toronto)July 9, 2010HarperApril 29, 2027
 Baker, GeorgeGeorge BakerLiberal (Senate caucus)‡Newfoundland and LabradorMarch 26, 2002ChrétienSeptember 4, 2017
 Batters, DeniseDenise BattersConservativeSaskatchewanJanuary 25, 2013HarperJune 18, 2045
 Bellemare, DianeDiane BellemareConservativeQuebec (Alma)September 6, 2012HarperOctober 13, 2024
 Beyak, LynnLynn BeyakConservativeOntarioJanuary 25, 2013HarperFebruary 18, 2024
 Black, DougDoug BlackConservativeAlbertaJanuary 25, 2013HarperMay 10, 2027
 Boisvenu, Pierre-HuguesPierre-Hugues BoisvenuConservativeQuebec (La Salle)January 29, 2010HarperFebruary 12, 2024
 Brazeau, PatrickPatrick Brazeau*IndependentQuebec (Repentigny)January 8, 2009HarperNovember 11, 2049
 Campbell, Larry W.Larry W. CampbellLiberal (Senate caucus)‡British ColumbiaAugust 2, 2005MartinFebruary 28, 2023
 Carignan, ClaudeClaude CarignanConservativeQuebec (Mille Isles)August 27, 2009HarperDecember 4, 2039
 Chaput, MariaMaria ChaputLiberal (Senate caucus)‡ManitobaDecember 12, 2002ChrétienMay 7, 2017
 Charette-Poulin, MarieMarie Charette-PoulinLiberal (Senate caucus)‡Ontario (Northern Ontario)September 21, 1995ChrétienJune 21, 2020
 Cools, Anne C.Anne C. CoolsIndependentOntario (Toronto Centre-York)January 13, 1984TrudeauAugust 12, 2018
 Cordy, Jane MarieJane Marie CordyLiberal (Senate caucus)‡Nova ScotiaJune 9, 2000ChrétienJuly 2, 2025
 Cowan, JimJim CowanLiberal (Senate caucus)‡Nova ScotiaMarch 24, 2005MartinJanuary 22, 2017
 Dagenais, Jean-GuyJean-Guy DagenaisConservativeQuebec (Victoria)January 17, 2012HarperFebruary 2, 2025
 Dawson, DennisDennis DawsonLiberal (Senate caucus)‡Quebec (Lauzon)August 2, 2005MartinSeptember 28, 2024
 Day, Joseph A.Joseph A. DayLiberal (Senate caucus)‡New Brunswick (Saint John-Kennebecasis)October 4, 2001ChrétienJanuary 24, 2020
 Demers, JacquesJacques DemersConservativeQuebec (Rigaud)August 27, 2009HarperAugust 25, 2019
 Downe, Percy E.Percy E. DowneLiberal (Senate caucus)‡Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown)June 26, 2003ChrétienJuly 8, 2029
 Doyle, NormanNorman DoyleConservativeNewfoundland and LabradorJanuary 6, 2012HarperNovember 11, 2020
 Duffy, MichaelMichael Duffy*IndependentPrince Edward Island (Cavendish)January 2, 2009HarperMay 27, 2021
 Dyck, Lillian EvaLillian Eva DyckLiberal (Senate caucus)‡SaskatchewanMarch 24, 2005MartinAugust 24, 2020
 Eaton, NicoleNicole EatonConservativeOntario (Caledon)January 2, 2009HarperJanuary 21, 2020
 Eggleton, ArtArt EggletonLiberal (Senate caucus)‡OntarioMarch 24, 2005MartinSeptember 29, 2018
 Enverga, Tobias C.Tobias C. EnvergaConservativeOntarioSeptember 6, 2012HarperDecember 2, 2030
 Fortin-Duplessis, SuzanneSuzanne Fortin-DuplessisConservativeQuebec (Rougemont)January 14, 2009HarperJune 20, 2015
 Fraser, JoanJoan FraserLiberal (Senate caucus)‡Quebec (De Lorimier)September 17, 1998ChrétienOctober 12, 2019
 Frum, LindaLinda FrumConservativeOntarioAugust 27, 2009HarperJanuary 13, 2038
 Furey, GeorgeGeorge FureyLiberal (Senate caucus)‡Newfoundland and LabradorAugust 11, 1999ChrétienMay 12, 2023
 Gerstein, IrvingIrving GersteinConservativeOntario (Toronto)January 2, 2009HarperFebruary 10, 2016
 Greene, StephenStephen GreeneConservativeNova Scotia (Halifax)January 2, 2009HarperDecember 8, 2024
 Raine, Nancy GreeneNancy Greene RaineConservativeBritish Columbia (Sun Peaks)January 2, 2009HarperMay 11, 2018
 Hervieux-Payette, CélineCéline Hervieux-PayetteLiberal (Senate caucus)‡Quebec (Bedford)March 21, 1995ChrétienApril 22, 2016
 Housakos, LeoLeo HousakosConservativeQuebec (Wellington)January 8, 2009HarperJanuary 10, 2043
 Hubley, LibbeLibbe HubleyLiberal (Senate caucus)‡Prince Edward IslandMarch 8, 2001ChrétienSeptember 8, 2017
 Jaffer, Mobina S.B.Mobina S.B. JafferLiberal (Senate caucus)‡British ColumbiaJune 13, 2001ChrétienAugust 20, 2024
 Johnson, Janis G.Janis G. JohnsonConservativeManitoba (Winnipeg - Interlake)September 27, 1990MulroneyApril 27, 2021
 Joyal, SergeSerge JoyalLiberal (Senate caucus)‡Quebec (Kennebec)November 26, 1997ChrétienFebruary 1, 2020
 Kenny, ColinColin KennyLiberal (Senate caucus)‡Ontario (Rideau)June 29, 1984TrudeauDecember 10, 2018
 Lang, Hector DanielHector Daniel LangConservativeYukon (Whitehorse)January 2, 2009HarperApril 3, 2023
 LeBreton, MarjoryMarjory LeBretonConservativeOntarioJune 18, 1993MulroneyJuly 4, 2015
 Lovelace Nicholas, Sandra M.Sandra M. Lovelace NicholasLiberal (Senate caucus)‡New BrunswickSeptember 21, 2005MartinApril 15, 2023
 MacDonald, Michael L.Michael L. MacDonaldConservativeNova Scotia (Dartmouth)January 2, 2009HarperMay 4, 2030
 Maltais, GhislainGhislain MaltaisConservativeQuebec (Shawinigan)January 6, 2012HarperApril 22, 2019
 Manning, FabianFabian ManningConservativeNewfoundland and LabradorMay 25, 2011HarperMay 21, 2039
 Marshall, ElizabethElizabeth MarshallConservativeNewfoundland and LabradorJanuary 29, 2010HarperSeptember 7, 2026
 Martin, YonahYonah MartinConservativeBritish Columbia (Vancouver)January 2, 2009HarperApril 11, 2040
 Massicotte, Paul J.Paul J. MassicotteLiberal (Senate caucus)‡Quebec (De Lanaudière)June 26, 2003ChrétienSeptember 10, 2026
 McCoy, ElaineElaine McCoyIndependent Progressive ConservativeAlbertaMarch 24, 2005MartinMarch 7, 2021
 McInnis, TomTom McInnisConservativeNova ScotiaSeptember 6, 2012HarperApril 9, 2020
 McIntyre, PaulPaul McIntyreConservativeNew BrunswickSeptember 6, 2012HarperNovember 2, 2019
 Mercer, Terry M.Terry M. MercerLiberal (Senate caucus)‡Nova Scotia (Northend Halifax)November 7, 2003ChrétienMay 6, 2022
 Merchant, PanaPana MerchantLiberal (Senate caucus)‡SaskatchewanDecember 12, 2002ChrétienApril 2, 2018
 Don MeredithDon MeredithConservativeOntarioDecember 18, 2010HarperJuly 13, 2039
 Mitchell, GrantGrant MitchellLiberal (Senate caucus)‡AlbertaMarch 24, 2005MartinJuly 19, 2026
 Mockler, PercyPercy MocklerConservativeNew Brunswick (Saint-Léonard)January 2, 2009HarperApril 14, 2024
 Moore, Wilfred P.Wilfred P. MooreLiberal (Senate caucus)‡Nova Scotia (Stanhope St./South Shore)September 26, 1996ChrétienJanuary 14, 2017
 Munson, JimJim MunsonLiberal (Senate caucus)‡Ontario (Ottawa/Rideau Canal)December 10, 2003ChrétienJuly 24, 2021
 Nancy RuthConservativeOntario (Cluny)March 24, 2005MartinJanuary 6, 2017
 Neufeld, RichardRichard NeufeldConservativeBritish Columbia (Charlie Lake)January 2, 2009HarperNovember 6, 2019
 Ngo, Thanh HaiThanh Hai NgoConservativeOntarioSeptember 6, 2012HarperJanuary 3, 2022
  Nolin, Pierre ClaudePierre Claude NolinConservativeQuebec (De Salaberry)June 18, 1993MulroneyOctober 30, 2025
 Ogilvie, KelvinKelvin OgilvieConservativeNova ScotiaAugust 27, 2009HarperNovember 6, 2017
 Oh, VictorVictor OhConservativeOntarioJanuary 25, 2013HarperJune 10, 2024
 Patterson, DennisDennis PattersonConservativeNunavutAugust 27, 2009HarperDecember 30, 2023
 Plett, DonDon PlettConservativeManitobaAugust 27, 2009HarperMay 14, 2025
 Poirier, Rose-MayRose-May PoirierConservativeNew BrunswickFebruary 28, 2010HarperMarch 2, 2029
 Ringuette, PierrettePierrette RinguetteLiberal (Senate caucus)‡New BrunswickDecember 12, 2002ChrétienDecember 31, 2030
 Rivard, MichelMichel RivardConservativeQuebec (The Laurentides)January 2, 2009HarperAugust 7, 2016
 Rivest, Jean-ClaudeJean-Claude RivestIndependentQuebec (Stadacona)March 11, 1993MulroneyJanuary 27, 2018
 Runciman, BobBob RuncimanConservativeOntarioJanuary 29, 2010HarperAugust 10, 2017
 Seidman, JudithJudith SeidmanConservativeQuebec (De la Durantaye)August 27, 2009HarperSeptember 1, 2025
 Sibbeston, Nick G.Nick G. SibbestonLiberal (Senate caucus)‡Northwest TerritoriesSeptember 2, 1999ChrétienNovember 21, 2018
 Smith, David P.David P. SmithLiberal (Senate caucus)‡Ontario (Cobourg)June 25, 2002ChrétienMay 16, 2016
 Smith, LarryLarry SmithConservativeQuebec (Saurel)May 25, 2011HarperApril 28, 2026
 Stewart-Olsen, CarolynCarolyn Stewart-OlsenConservativeNew BrunswickAugust 27, 2009HarperJuly 27, 2021
 Tannas, ScottScott TannasConservativeAlbertaMarch 25, 2013HarperFebruary 25, 2037
 Tardif, ClaudetteClaudette TardifLiberal (Senate caucus)‡AlbertaMarch 24, 2005MartinJuly 27, 2023
  Tkachuk, DavidDavid TkachukConservativeSaskatchewanJune 8, 1993MulroneyFebruary 18, 2020
 Unger, BettyBetty UngerConservativeAlbertaJanuary 6, 2012HarperAugust 8, 2018
 Verner, JoséeJosée VernerConservativeQuebec (Montarville)June 13, 2011HarperDecember 30, 2034
 Wallace, John D.John D. WallaceConservativeNew Brunswick (Rothesay)January 2, 2009HarperMarch 26, 2024
 Wallin, PamelaPamela Wallin*IndependentSaskatchewan (Kuroki Beach)January 2, 2009HarperApril 10, 2028
 Watt, CharlieCharlie WattLiberal (Senate caucus)‡Quebec (Inkerman)January 16, 1984TrudeauJune 29, 2019
 Wells, DavidDavid WellsConservativeNewfoundland and LabradorJanuary 25, 2013HarperFebruary 28, 2037
 White, VernonVernon WhiteConservativeOntarioFebruary 20, 2012HarperFebruary 21, 2034

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