List of British Columbia senators

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This is a list of past and present Canadian senators from the province of British Columbia.

Under the British Columbia Terms of Union, 1871, the province was originally represented by three Senators. The Constitution Act of 1915 increased British Columbia by three seats, to its current number of six.

The Constitution Act of 1915 also amended Section 26 of the Constitution Act of 1867 to add a fourth regional division, called the Western Provinces, made up of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, to allow two Senators to be appointed on a regional basis.

Current[edit]

Name Party Division1 Date appointed Appointed by2 Mandatory retirement
     Larry Campbell Liberal British Columbia August 2, 2005 Martin February 28, 2023
     Nancy Greene Raine Conservative Thompson-Okanagan-Kootenay January 2, 2009 Harper May 11, 2018
     Mobina Jaffer Liberal British Columbia June 13, 2001 Chrétien August 20, 2024
     Yonah Martin Conservative British Columbia January 2, 2009 Harper April 11, 2040
     Richard Neufeld Conservative British Columbia January 2, 2009 Harper November 16, 2019

Notes:

1 Senators are appointed to represent British Columbia. Each senator may choose to designate a geographic area within the province as his or her division.
2 Senators are appointed by the Governor-General of Canada on the recommendation of the prime minister.

Historical[edit]

Name Party Division1 Date appointed Appointed by Retired
     Jack Austin Liberal Vancouver South August 19, 1975 Trudeau March 2, 2007
     George Henry Barnard Progressive Conservative Victoria October 23, 1917 Borden November 8, 1945
     Nancy Bell Liberal Nanaimo-Malaspina October 7, 1970 Trudeau November 29, 1989
     Hewitt Bostock Liberal Kamloops June 6, 1904 Laurier April 28, 1930
     Patricia Carney Conservative British Columbia August 30, 1990 Mulroney January 31, 2008
     Robert Carrall Conservative British Columbia December 13, 1871 Macdonald September 19, 1879
     Clement Francis Cornwall Conservative Ashcroft December 13, 1871 Macdonald July 1, 1881
  Sanford Johnston Crowe Liberal-Unionist Burrard December 1, 1921 Meighen August 23, 1931
     John Wallace de Beque Farris Liberal Vancouver South January 9, 1937 King February 25, 1970
     Ross Fitzpatrick Liberal Okanagan-Similkameen March 6, 1998 Chrétien February 4, 2008
     Robert Francis Green Conservative Kootenay October 3, 1921 Meighen October 5, 1946
     Nancy Hodges Liberal Victoria November 5, 1953 St. Laurent June 12, 1965
     James Horace King Liberal Kootenay East June 7, 1930 King July 14, 1955
     Arthur Laing Liberal Vancouver South September 1, 1972 Trudeau February 12, 1975
     Edward M. Lawson Independent Vancouver October 7, 1970 Trudeau September 24, 2004
     William John Macdonald Conservative Victoria December 13, 1871 Macdonald April 13, 1915
     Ian Alistair Mackenzie Independent Liberal Vancouver Centre January 19, 1948 King September 2, 1949
     Norman MacKenzie Independent Liberal University-Point Grey February 24, 1966 Pearson January 5, 1969
     Leonard Marchand Liberal Kamloops-Cariboo June 29, 1984 Trudeau March 1, 1998
     Charles McDonald Liberal British Columbia December 30, 1935 King October 6, 1936
     Gerry McGeer Liberal Vancouver-Burrard June 9, 1945 King August 11, 1947
     Thomas Robert McInnes Independent Ashcroft December 24, 1881 Macdonald November 18, 1897
     Stanley McKeen Liberal Vancouver January 27, 1947 King December 1, 1966
     Alexander Duncan McRae Conservative Vancouver September 4, 1931 Bennett June 26, 1946
     Hugh Nelson Liberal-Conservative Barkerville December 12, 1879 Macdonald March 1, 1887
     John Lang Nichol Liberal Lion's Gate February 24, 1966 Pearson April 19, 1973
     Ray Perrault Liberal North Shore-Burnaby October 5, 1973 Trudeau February 6, 2001
     Albert Planta Conservative Nanaimo June 26, 1917 Borden December 11, 1935
     James Reid Liberal-Conservative Cariboo October 8, 1888 Macdonald May 3, 1904
     Thomas Reid Liberal New Westminster September 7, 1949 St. Laurent October 14, 1967
     George Riley Liberal Victoria March 22, 1906 Laurier January 19, 1916
     Lytton Shatford Conservative Vancouver June 26, 1917 Borden November 8, 1920
     Sydney John Smith Liberal Kamloops January 3, 1957 St. Laurent December 31, 1968
     Gerry St. Germain Conservative Langley-Pemberton-Whistler June 23, 1993 Mulroney November 6, 2012
     James Davis Taylor Conservative New Westminster October 23, 1917 Borden May 11, 1941
     William Templeman Liberal New Westminster November 18, 1897 Laurier February 16, 1906
     James Gray Turgeon Liberal Cariboo January 27, 1947 King February 14, 1964
     George Van Roggen Liberal Vancouver-Points Grey November 4, 1971 Trudeau June 8, 1992
     Guy Williams Liberal Richmond December 9, 1971 Trudeau October 7, 1982

Notes:

1 Senators are appointed to represent British Columbia. Each senator may choose to designate a geographic area within the province as his or her division.
2 Senators are appointed by the Governor-General of Canada on the recommendation of the prime minister.

Western provinces regional senators[edit]

Senators listed, were appointed to represent the Western Provinces under section 26 of the Constitution Act. This clause has only been used once before to appoint two extra senators to represent four regional Senate divisions: Ontario, Quebec, The Maritimes and the Western Provinces.

As vacancies open up among the normal members of the Senate, they are automatically filled by the regional Senators. Regional Senators may also appoint themselves to a senate division in any province of their choosing in their region.

Name Party3 Division1 Date appointed Appointed by2 Mandatory retirement
     Janis Johnson Conservative Winnipeg-Interlake September 27, 1990 Mulroney April 27, 2021
     Eric Berntson Progressive Conservative Saskatchewan September 27, 1990 Mulroney February 27, 2001

Notes:

1 Senators are appointed to represent a region. Each senator may choose to designate a geographic area within their region as his or her division.
2 Senators are appointed by the Governor-General of Canada on the recommendation of the prime minister.
3 Party listed was the last party of which the Senator was a member.

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