List of senators in the 39th Parliament of Canada

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This is a list of members of the Canadian Senate in the 39th Parliament of Canada.

At dissolution on September 7, 2008 there were 15 vacancies in the Senate: three each in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Quebec; two in Ontario; and each one in Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Yukon.[1] The resignation of Michael Fortier on September 7, 2008 subsequently created a 16th vacancy (4th in Quebec) on September 8.

The province of Quebec has 24 Senate divisions which 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 designated a senator for the province at large.

Names in bold indicate senators that served in the 28th Canadian Ministry.[2]

List of senators[edit]

Senators at the beginning of the 39th Parliament[edit]

Name Party Province (Division) Date appointed Appointed by Left office Reason
     Willie Adams Liberal Nunavut April 5, 1977 Trudeau incumbent
     Raynell Andreychuk Conservative Saskatchewan March 11, 1993 Mulroney incumbent
     W. David Angus Conservative Québec (Alma) June 10, 1993 Mulroney incumbent
     Norman Atkins Progressive Conservative Ontario (Markham) July 2, 1986 Mulroney incumbent
     Jack Austin Liberal British Columbia (Vancouver South) August 19, 1975 Trudeau March 2, 2007 Retirement
     Lise Bacon Liberal Québec (De la Durantaye) September 15, 1994 Chrétien incumbent
     George Baker Liberal Newfoundland and Labrador March 26, 2002 Chrétien incumbent
     Tommy Banks Liberal Alberta (Edmonton) April 7, 2000 Chrétien incumbent
     Marisa Ferretti Barth Liberal Québec (Repentigny) September 23, 1997 Chrétien April 28, 2006 Retirement
     Michel Biron Liberal Québec (Mille Isles) October 4, 2001 Chrétien incumbent
     John G. Bryden Liberal New Brunswick November 23, 1994 Chrétien incumbent
     John MacLellan Buchanan Conservative Nova Scotia (Halifax) September 12, 1990 Mulroney April 22, 2006 Retirement
     Catherine Callbeck Liberal Prince Edward Island September 23, 1997 Chrétien incumbent
     Larry Campbell Liberal British Columbia (Vancouver) August 2, 2005 Martin incumbent
     Patricia Carney Conservative British Columbia August 30, 1990 Mulroney January 31, 2008 Resignation
     Sharon Carstairs Liberal Manitoba September 15, 1994 Chrétien incumbent
     Andrée Champagne Conservative Quebec (Grandville) August 2, 2005 Martin incumbent
     Maria Chaput Liberal Manitoba December 12, 2002 Chrétien incumbent
     Ione Jean Christensen Liberal Yukon September 2, 1999 Chrétien December 31, 2006 Resignation
     Ethel M. Cochrane Conservative Newfoundland and Labrador November 17, 1986 Mulroney incumbent
     Gerald J. Comeau Conservative Nova Scotia August 30, 1990 Mulroney incumbent
     Joan Cook Liberal Newfoundland and Labrador March 6, 1998 Chrétien incumbent
     Anne Claire Cools Conservative Ontario (Toronto-Centre-York) January 13, 1984 Trudeau incumbent
     Eymard Georges Corbin Liberal New Brunswick (Grand-Sault) July 9, 1984 Turner incumbent
     Jane Marie Cordy Liberal Nova Scotia June 9, 2000 Chrétien incumbent
     Jim Cowan Liberal Nova Scotia (Halifax) March 24, 2005 Martin incumbent
     Roméo Dallaire Liberal Quebec (Gulf) March 24, 2005 Martin incumbent
     Dennis Dawson Liberal Quebec (Lauzon) August 2, 2005 Martin incumbent
     Joseph A. Day Liberal New Brunswick (Saint John-Kennebecasis) October 4, 2001 Chrétien incumbent
     Pierre De Bané Liberal Québec (De la Vallière) June 29, 1984 Trudeau incumbent
     Consiglio Di Nino Conservative Ontario August 30, 1990 Mulroney incumbent
     Percy Downe Liberal Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown) June 26, 2003 Chrétien incumbent
     Lillian Dyck New Democratic Party Saskatchewan (North Battleford) March 24, 2005 Martin incumbent
     Art Eggleton Liberal Ontario (Toronto) March 24, 2005 Martin incumbent
     John Trevor Eyton Conservative Ontario September 23, 1990 Mulroney incumbent
     Joyce Fairbairn Liberal Alberta (Lethbridge) June 29, 1984 Trudeau incumbent
     D. Ross Fitzpatrick Liberal British Columbia (Okanagan-Similkameen) March 6, 1998 Chrétien February 4, 2008 Retirement
     Michael Forrestall Conservative Nova Scotia (Dartmouth/Eastern Shore) September 27, 1990 Mulroney June 8, 2006 Death
     Francis Fox Liberal Québec (Rigaud) August 29, 2005 Martin incumbent
     Joan Fraser Liberal Québec (De Lorimier) September 17, 1998 Chrétien incumbent
     George Furey Liberal Newfoundland and Labrador August 11, 1999 Chrétien incumbent
     Aurélien Gill Liberal Québec (Wellington) September 17, 1998 Chrétien August 26, 2008 Retirement
     Yoine Goldstein Liberal Québec (Rigaud) August 29, 2005 Martin incumbent
     Jerry Grafstein Liberal Ontario (Metro Toronto) January 13, 1984 Trudeau incumbent
     Leonard Joe Gustafson Conservative Saskatchewan May 26, 1993 Mulroney incumbent
     Mac Harb Liberal Ontario September 9, 2003 Chrétien incumbent
     Daniel Philip Hays3 Liberal Alberta (Calgary) June 29, 1984 Trudeau June 30, 2007 Resignation
     Céline Hervieux-Payette4 Liberal Québec (Bedford) March 21, 1995 Chrétien incumbent
     Libbe Hubley Liberal Prince Edward Island March 8, 2001 Chrétien incumbent
     Mobina Jaffer Liberal British Columbia June 13, 2001 Chrétien incumbent
     Janis Gudrun Johnson Conservative Manitoba (Winnipeg - Interlake) September 27, 1990 Mulroney incumbent
     Serge Joyal Liberal Québec (Kennebec) November 26, 1997 Chrétien incumbent
     Colin Kenny Liberal Ontario (Rideau) June 29, 1984 Trudeau incumbent
     Wilbert Joseph Keon Conservative Ontario (Ottawa) September 27, 1990 Mulroney incumbent
     Noël A. Kinsella Conservative New Brunswick (Fredericton-York-Sunbury) September 12, 1990 Mulroney incumbent
     Michael J. L. Kirby Liberal Nova Scotia (South Shore) January 13, 1984 Trudeau October 31, 2006 Resignation
     Jean Lapointe Liberal Québec (Saurel) June 13, 2001 Chrétien incumbent
     Raymond Lavigne Liberal Québec (Montarville) March 26, 2002 Chrétien incumbent
     Marjory LeBreton Conservative Ontario June 18, 1993 Mulroney incumbent
     Rose-Marie Losier-Cool Liberal New Brunswick (Tracadie) March 21, 1995 Chrétien incumbent
     Sandra Lovelace Nicholas Liberal New Brunswick September 21, 2005 Martin incumbent
     Shirley Maheu Liberal Québec (Rougemont) February 1, 1996 Chrétien February 1, 2006 Death
     Francis William Mahovlich Liberal Ontario June 11, 1998 Chrétien incumbent
     Paul J. Massicotte Liberal Québec (De Lanaudière) June 26, 2003 Chrétien incumbent
     Elaine McCoy Progressive Conservative Alberta (Calgary) March 24, 2005 Martin incumbent
     Michael Arthur Meighen Conservative Ontario (St. Marys) September 27, 1990 Mulroney February 6, 2012 Resignation
     Terry M. Mercer Liberal Nova Scotia (Northend Halifax) November 7, 2003 Chrétien incumbent
     Pana Merchant Liberal Saskatchewan December 12, 2002 Chrétien incumbent
     Lorna Ann Milne Liberal Ontario (Peel County) September 22, 1995 Chrétien incumbent
     Grant Mitchell Liberal Alberta (Edmonton) March 24, 2005 Martin incumbent
     Wilfred P. Moore Liberal Nova Scotia (Stanhope St./Bluenose) September 26, 1996 Chrétien incumbent
     Jim Munson Liberal Ontario (Ottawa/Rideau Canal) December 10, 2003 Chrétien incumbent
     Lowell Murray Progressive Conservative Ontario (Pakenham) September 13, 1979 Clark incumbent
     Pierre Claude Nolin Conservative Québec (De Salaberry) June 18, 1993 Mulroney incumbent
     Donald H. Oliver Conservative Nova Scotia September 7, 1990 Mulroney incumbent
     Lucie Pépin Liberal Québec (Shawinigan) April 8, 1997 Chrétien incumbent
     Robert Peterson Liberal Saskatchewan (Regina) March 24, 2005 Martin incumbent
     Gerard Phalen Liberal Nova Scotia October 4, 2001 Chrétien incumbent
     Peter Michael Pitfield Independent Ontario (Ottawa-Vanier) December 22, 1982 Trudeau incumbent
     Madeleine Plamondon Independent Québec (The Laurentides) September 9, 2003 Chrétien September 21, 2006 Retirement
     Marie-Paule Poulin Liberal Ontario September 22, 1995 Chrétien incumbent
     Vivienne Poy Liberal Ontario (Toronto) September 17, 1998 Chrétien incumbent
     Marcel Prud'homme Independent Québec (La Salle) May 26, 1993 Mulroney incumbent
     Pierrette Ringuette Liberal New Brunswick December 12, 2002 Chrétien incumbent
     Jean-Claude Rivest Independent Québec (Stadacona) March 11, 1993 Mulroney incumbent
     Fernand Robichaud Liberal New Brunswick (Saint Louis de Kent) September 23, 1997 Chrétien incumbent
     William H. Rompkey Liberal Newfoundland and Labrador (North West River) September 22, 1995 Chrétien incumbent
     Nancy Ruth Progressive Conservative Ontario (Toronto) March 24, 2005 Martin incumbent
     Hugh Segal Conservative Ontario (Kingston) August 2, 2005 Martin incumbent
     Nick Sibbeston Liberal Northwest Territories September 2, 1999 Chrétien incumbent
     David Paul Smith Liberal Ontario (Cobourg) June 25, 2002 Chrétien incumbent
     Mira Spivak Independent Manitoba (Manitoba) November 17, 1986 Mulroney incumbent
     Gerry St. Germain Conservative British Columbia (Langley-Pemberton-Whistler) June 23, 1993 Mulroney incumbent
     Peter Alan Stollery Liberal Ontario (Bloor & Yonge/Toronto) July 2, 1981 Trudeau incumbent
     Terrance Richard Stratton Conservative Manitoba (Red River) March 25, 1993 Mulroney incumbent
     Claudette Tardif Liberal Alberta (Edmonton) March 24, 2005 Martin incumbent
     David Tkachuk Conservative Saskatchewan June 8, 1993 Mulroney incumbent
     Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Liberal New Brunswick September 9, 2003 Chrétien incumbent
     Charlie Watt Liberal Québec (Inkerman) January 16, 1984 Trudeau incumbent
     Rod Zimmer Liberal Manitoba (Winnipeg) August 2, 2005 Martin incumbent

Senators appointed during the 39th Parliament[edit]

[3] Name Party Province (Division) Date appointed Appointed by On the Advice of Left office Reason
     Bert Brown6 Conservative Alberta July 10, 2007 Jean Harper incumbent
     Michael Fortier7 Conservative Quebec (Rougemont) February 27, 2006 Jean Harper September 8, 2008 resigned
  • Senators in bold were cabinet ministers during the 39th Parliament

3 Senator Hays served as Leader of the Opposition in the Senate until 18 January 2007.

4 Senator Hervieux-Payette was appointed as Leader of the Opposition in the Senate on 18 January 2007.

6 Appointed from the list of elected Senators in waiting.

7 Appointed after the election but prior to the official start of the 39th Parliament.

Left Senate during the 39th Parliament[edit]

Date Name Party Province Details
     February 1, 2006 Shirley Maheu1 Liberal Quebec Died
     April 22, 2006 John Buchanan Conservative Nova Scotia Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
     April 28, 2006 Marisa Ferretti Barth Liberal Quebec Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
     June 8, 2006 Michael Forrestall Conservative Nova Scotia Died
     September 21, 2006 Madeleine Plamondon Independent Quebec Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
     October 31, 2006 Michael Kirby Liberal Nova Scotia Resigned to move on to new challenges
     December 31, 2006 Ione Jean Christensen Liberal Yukon Resigned to assist her ailing husband
     March 2, 2007 Jack Austin Liberal British Columbia Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
     June 30, 2007 Daniel Philip Hays Liberal Alberta Resigned
     January 31, 2008 Pat Carney Conservative British Columbia Resigned
     February 4, 2008 Ross Fitzpatrick Liberal British Columbia Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
     August 26, 2008 Aurelien Gill Liberal Quebec Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
     September 8, 2008 Michael Fortier Conservative Quebec Resigned to run in 2008 election.

1 Died after the election but prior to the official start of the 39th Parliament.

Changes in party affiliation during the 39th Parliament[edit]

Date Name Party (subsequent) Party (previous) Details
     March 29, 2006 Nancy Ruth1 Conservative Progressive Conservative Appointed after the two parties merged, she originally listed her affiliation as Progressive Conservative
     June 8, 2006 Raymond Lavigne Liberal without caucus Liberal Suspended from the caucus for allegedly spending Senate funds for personal use.[4] After being remove he continued to sit as a Liberal without caucus.[5]
     October 31, 2006 Lillian Dyck Independent NDP New Democrat Dyck originally listed her official affiliation as NDP, but when this was not recognized by the party she changed her affiliation
     June 22, 2007 Anne Cools Conservative without caucus Conservative Removed from caucus for speaking out against the budget[6]
     December 13, 2007 Anne Cools Non-aligned Conservative without caucus Changed to non-aligned in the standings[6]

1 Changed after the election but prior to the official start of the 39th Parliament.

Party standings since election[edit]

The party standings have changed as follows since the election preceding the 39th Parliament:

Number of members
per party by date[7]
2006 2007 2008
Jan 23 Feb 1 Feb 27 Mar 29 Apr 22 Apr 28 Jun 8 Sep 21 Oct 31 Dec 31 Mar 2 Jun 22 Jun 30 Jul 10 Dec 13 Jan 31 Feb 4 Aug 26 Sep 8
     Liberal 67 66 65 64 63 62 61 60 59 58
     Conservative 23 24 25 24 23 22 23 22 21
     Independent 5 4
     Progressive Conservative 4 3
     NDP 1 0
     Independent NDP 0 1
     Non-aligned 0 1
     Conservative without caucus 0 1 0
     Liberal without caucus 0 1
vacant 5 6 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 12 13 14 15 16

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parliament of Canada. Party Standings (1974 to Date)". 
  2. ^ "Senators members of the Ministry". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 2011-05-24. 
  3. ^ "Senators: 40th Parliament of Canada". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  4. ^ "Liberal Senator Lavigne kicked out of caucus". CTV News. June 9, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Raymond Lavigne federal political experience". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  6. ^ a b "Anne Cools Federal Political Experience". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  7. ^ "Party Standings in the Senate". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 2007-08-18.