List of Manitoba senators

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

Manitoba can be represented by up to six senators, but this was not always the case. Stipulated in the Manitoba Act of 1870, the province was first represented by two senators, then to increase incrementally based on population, when the population reached 75,000 it would then be represented by a maximum of four senators. The Constitution Act of 1915 added two more senate seats for Manitoba bringing the total to 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 senators[edit]

Name Party1 Division2 Date appointed Appointed by3 Mandatory retirement
     JoAnne Buth Conservative Manitoba January 6, 2012 Harper May 23, 2029
     Maria Chaput Liberal Manitoba December 12, 2002 Chrétien May 7, 2017
     Janis Johnson4 Conservative Winnipeg-Interlake
Manitoba5
September 27, 1990 Mulroney April 27, 2021
     Don Plett Conservative Landmark August 27, 2009 Harper May 14, 2025

Notes:

1 Party listed is the Senator's current party.
2 Senators are appointed to represent Manitoba. Each senator may choose to designate a geographic area within Manitoba as his or her division.
3 Senators are appointed by the Governor-General of Canada on the recommendation of the prime minister.
4 Johnson was appointed as one of two senators under section 26 of the Constitution Act to represent the Western provinces, under the regional expansion clause that saw the Senate increase from 104 to 112 members.
5 Division designated as Winnipeg-Interlake from September 27, 1990 to March 29, 2009 and Manitoba from March 30, 2009 to the present.

Historical[edit]

Name Party 1 Division2 Date appointed Appointed by3 End of Term
     Arthur-Lucien Beaubien Liberal Provencher January 29, 1940 King February 1, 1969
     Aimé Bénard Conservative St. Boniface September 3, 1917 Borden January 8, 1938
     Thomas-Alfred Bernier Conservative St. Boniface October 27, 1892 Abbott December 30, 1908
     Charles Arkoll Boulton Liberal-Conservative Marquette December 10, 1889 MacDonald May 15, 1899
     George Bradbury Conservative Selkirk December 17, 1917 Borden September 6, 1925
     Sharon Carstairs Liberal Manitoba September 15, 1994 Chrétien October 17, 2011
     Noé Chevrier Liberal Winnipeg January 18, 1909 Laurier October 9, 1911
     Thomas Crerar Liberal Churchill April 18, 1945 King May 31, 1966
     John Caswell Davis Liberal Winnipeg January 25, 1949 St. Laurent October 25, 1953
     Ron Duhamel Liberal Manitoba January 15, 2002 Chrétien September 30, 2002
     Douglas Everett Independent Liberal Fort Rouge November 8, 1966 Pearson January 20, 1994
     Robert Forke Liberal-Progressive Brandon December 30, 1929 King February 2, 1934
     Marc-Amable Girard Liberal St. Boniface December 13, 1871 MacDonald September 12, 1892
     Joseph-Philippe Guay Liberal St. Boniface March 23, 1978 Trudeau October 4, 1990
     James Campbell Haig Progressive Conservative River Heights June 15, 1962 Diefenbaker December 29, 1977
     John Thomas Haig Progressive Conservative Winnipeg August 14, 1935 Richard Bennett January 17, 1962
     John Power Howden Liberal St. Boniface April 18, 1945 King November 4, 1959
     Olive Lillian Irvine Progressive Conservative Lisgar January 14, 1960 Diefenbaker November 1, 1969
     Duncan Jessiman Progressive Conservative Manitoba May 26, 1993 Mulroney June 5, 1998
     John Nesbitt Kirchhoffer Conservative Selkirk December 16, 1892 Thompson December 22, 1914
     Richard Kroft Liberal Manitoba June 11, 1998 Chrétien September 24, 2004
     Alphonse Larivière Conservative Provencher October 23, 1911 Borden September 1, 1917
     Lendrum McMeans Conservative Winnipeg July 26, 1917 Borden September 13, 1941
     William Craig McNamara Liberal Winnipeg October 7, 1970 Trudeau August 8, 1979
     Gildas Molgat Liberal St. Rose October 7, 1970 Trudeau February 28, 2001
     John Patrick Molloy Liberal Provencher October 6, 1925 King March 16, 1948
     Henry Mullins Conservative Marquette August 14, 1935 Bennett September 5, 1950
     Nathan Nurgitz Progressive Conservative Winnipeg North October 3, 1979 Clark February 9, 1993
     Dufferin Roblin Progressive Conservative Red River March 23, 1978 Trudeau June 17, 1992
     Frederick Laurence Schaffner Conservative Souris October 23, 1917 Borden May 22, 1935
     John Christian Schultz Liberal-Conservative Manitoba September 23, 1882 MacDonald July 1, 1888
     William Sharpe Conservative Manitou February 10, 1916 Borden April 19, 1942
     Mira Spivak Independent Manitoba November 17, 1986 Mulroney July 12, 2009
     Terry Stratton Conservative Red River March 25, 1993 Mulroney March 16, 2013
     John Sutherland Independent Conservative Kildonan December 13, 1871 MacDonald April 13, 1899
     Gunnar Thorvaldson Progressive Conservative Winnipeg South January 29, 1958 Diefenbaker August 2, 1969
     William Michael Wall Liberal Winnipeg July 28, 1955 St. Laurent July 7, 1962
     Robert Watson Liberal Portage la Prairie January 29, 1900 Laurier May 19, 1929
     Finlay McNaughton Young Liberal Killarney January 30, 1900 Laurier February 15, 1916
     Paul Yuzyk Progressive Conservative Fort Garry February 4, 1963 Diefenbaker July 9, 1986
     Rod Zimmer Liberal Winnipeg August 2, 2005 Martin August 6, 2013

Notes:

1 Party listed was the last party of which the Senator was a member.
2 Senators are appointed to represent Manitoba. Each senator may choose to designate a geographic area within Manitoba as his or her division.
3 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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