List of senators in the 40th Parliament of Canada

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This is a list of members of the Canadian Senate in the 40th Parliament of Canada.

At dissolution on March 28, 2011, there were three vacancies in the Senate: two in Quebec, and one in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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 in the 28th Canadian Ministry.[1]

Incumbencies are as of February 2012, in the 41st Parliament.

List of senators[edit]

[2] Name Party Province (Division) Date appointed Appointed by1 Left office Reason
     Willie Adams Liberal Nunavut April 5, 1977 Trudeau June 22, 2009 Retirement
     Andreychuk, RaynellRaynell Andreychuk Conservative Saskatchewan March 11, 1993 Mulroney Incumbent
     Angus, W. DavidW. David Angus Conservative Québec (Alma) June 10, 1993 Mulroney Incumbent
     Ataullahjan, SalmaSalma Ataullahjan Conservative Ontario July 9, 2010 Harper Incumbent
     Atkins, NormanNorman Atkins Progressive Conservative Ontario (Markham) July 2, 1986 Mulroney June 27, 2009 Retirement
     Bacon, LiseLise Bacon Liberal Québec (De la Durantaye) September 15, 1994 Chrétien August 25, 2009 Retirement
     Baker, GeorgeGeorge Baker Liberal Newfoundland and Labrador March 26, 2002 Chrétien Incumbent
     Banks, TommyTommy Banks Liberal Alberta (Edmonton) April 7, 2000 Chrétien December 17, 2011 Retirement
     Biron, MichelMichel Biron Liberal Québec (Mille Isles) October 4, 2001 Chrétien March 16, 2009 Retirement
     Boisvenu, Pierre-HuguesPierre-Hugues Boisvenu Conservative Québec (La Salle) January 29, 2010 Harper Incumbent
     Braley, DavidDavid Braley Conservative Ontario May 20, 2010 Harper Incumbent
     Brazeau, PatrickPatrick Brazeau Conservative Québec (Repentigny) January 8, 2009 Harper Incumbent
     Brown, BertBert Brown Conservative Alberta July 10, 2007 Harper Incumbent
     Bryden, John G.John G. Bryden Liberal New Brunswick November 23, 1994 Chrétien October 31, 2009 Resignation
     Callbeck, CatherineCatherine Callbeck Liberal Prince Edward Island September 23, 1997 Chrétien Incumbent
     Campbell, LarryLarry Campbell Liberal British Columbia (Vancouver) August 2, 2005 Martin Incumbent
     Carignan, ClaudeClaude Carignan Conservative Québec (Mille Isles) August 27, 2009 Harper Incumbent
     Carstairs, SharonSharon Carstairs Liberal Manitoba September 15, 1994 Chrétien October 17, 2011 Resignation
     Champagne, AndréeAndrée Champagne Conservative Québec (Grandville) August 2, 2005 Martin Incumbent
     Chaput, MariaMaria Chaput Liberal Manitoba December 12, 2002 Chrétien Incumbent
     Cochrane, EthelEthel Cochrane Conservative Newfoundland and Labrador November 17, 1986 Mulroney Incumbent
     Comeau, Gerald J.Gerald J. Comeau Conservative Nova Scotia August 30, 1990 Mulroney Incumbent
     Cook, JoanJoan Cook Liberal Newfoundland and Labrador March 6, 1998 Chrétien October 6, 2009 Retirement
     Cools, AnneAnne Cools Non-aligned Ontario (Toronto-Centre-York) January 13, 1984 Trudeau Incumbent
     Corbin, Eymard GeorgesEymard Georges Corbin Liberal New Brunswick (Grand-Sault) July 9, 1984 Turner August 2, 2009 Retirement
     Cordy, JaneJane Cordy Liberal Nova Scotia June 9, 2000 Chrétien Incumbent
     Cowan, JimJim Cowan Liberal Nova Scotia (Halifax) March 24, 2005 Martin Incumbent
     Dallaire, RoméoRoméo Dallaire Liberal Québec (Gulf) March 24, 2005 Martin Incumbent
     Dawson, DennisDennis Dawson Liberal Québec (Lauzon) August 2, 2005 Martin Incumbent
     Day, Joseph A.Joseph A. Day Liberal New Brunswick (Saint John-Kennebecasis) October 4, 2001 Chrétien Incumbent
     De Bané, PierrePierre De Bané Liberal Québec (De la Vallière) June 29, 1984 Trudeau Incumbent
     Demers, JacquesJacques Demers Conservative Québec (Rigaud) August 27, 2009 Harper Incumbent
     Dickson, FredFred Dickson Conservative Nova Scotia (Halifax) January 2, 2009 Harper February 9, 2012 Death
     Di Nino, ConsiglioConsiglio Di Nino Conservative Ontario August 30, 1990 Mulroney Incumbent
     Downe, PercyPercy Downe Liberal Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown) June 26, 2003 Chrétien Incumbent
     Duffy, MikeMike Duffy Conservative Prince Edward Island (Cavendish) January 2, 2009 Harper Incumbent
     Dyck, LillianLillian Dyck Independent NDP Saskatchewan (North Battleford) March 24, 2005 Martin Incumbent
     Eaton, NicoleNicole Eaton Conservative Ontario (Caledon) January 2, 2009 Harper Incumbent
     Eggleton, ArtArt Eggleton Liberal Ontario (Toronto) March 24, 2005 Martin Incumbent
     Eyton, TrevorTrevor Eyton Conservative Ontario September 23, 1990 Mulroney July 12, 2009 Retirement
     Fairbairn, JoyceJoyce Fairbairn Liberal Alberta (Lethbridge) June 29, 1984 Trudeau Incumbent
     Finley, DougDoug Finley Conservative Ontario August 27, 2009 Harper May 11, 2013 Death
     Fortin-Duplessis, SuzanneSuzanne Fortin-Duplessis Conservative Québec (Rougemont) January 14, 2009 Harper Incumbent
     Fox, FrancisFrancis Fox Liberal Québec (Victoria) August 29, 2005 Martin December 2, 2011 Resignation
     Fraser, JoanJoan Fraser Liberal Québec (De Lorimier) September 17, 1998 Chrétien Incumbent
     Frum, LindaLinda Frum Conservative Ontario August 27, 2009 Harper Incumbent
     Furey, GeorgeGeorge Furey Liberal Newfoundland and Labrador August 11, 1999 Chrétien Incumbent
     Gerstein, IrvingIrving Gerstein Conservative Ontario (Toronto) January 2, 2009 Harper Incumbent
     Greene, StephenStephen Greene Conservative Nova Scotia (Halifax - The Citadel) January 2, 2009 Harper Incumbent
     Goldstein, YoineYoine Goldstein Liberal Québec (Rigaud) August 29, 2005 Martin May 11, 2009 Retirement
     Grafstein, JerryJerry Grafstein Liberal Ontario (Metro Toronto) January 13, 1984 Trudeau January 2, 2010 Retirement
     Gustafson, LeonardLeonard Gustafson Conservative Saskatchewan May 26, 1993 Mulroney November 10, 2008 Retirement
     Harb, MacMac Harb Liberal Ontario September 9, 2003 Chrétien Incumbent
     Hervieux-Payette, CélineCéline Hervieux-Payette Liberal Québec (Bedford) March 21, 1995 Chrétien Incumbent
     Housakos, LeoLeo Housakos Conservative Québec (Wellington) January 8, 2009 Harper Incumbent
     Hubley, ElizabethElizabeth Hubley Liberal Prince Edward Island March 8, 2001 Chrétien Incumbent
     Jaffer, MobinaMobina Jaffer Liberal British Columbia June 13, 2001 Chrétien Incumbent
     Johnson, JanisJanis Johnson Conservative Manitoba (Winnipeg - Interlake) September 27, 1990 Mulroney Incumbent
     Joyal, SergeSerge Joyal Liberal Québec (Kennebec) November 26, 1997 Chrétien Incumbent
     Kenny, ColinColin Kenny Liberal Ontario (Rideau) June 29, 1984 Trudeau Incumbent
     Keon, Wilbert J.Wilbert J. Keon Conservative Ontario (Ottawa) September 27, 1990 Mulroney May 17, 2010 Retirement
     Kinsella, NoëlNoël Kinsella Conservative New Brunswick (Fredericton-York-Sunbury) September 12, 1990 Mulroney November 27, 2014 Retirement
     Kochhar, VimVim Kochhar Conservative Ontario January 29, 2010 Harper September 21, 2011 Retirement
     Lang, DanielDaniel Lang Conservative Yukon (Whitehorse) January 2, 2009 Harper Incumbent
     Lapointe, JeanJean Lapointe Liberal Québec (Saurel) June 13, 2001 Chrétien December 6, 2010 Retirement
     Lavigne, RaymondRaymond Lavigne Liberal without caucus[3] Québec (Montarville) March 26, 2002 Chrétien March 21, 2011 Resignation
     LeBreton, MarjoryMarjory LeBreton Conservative Ontario June 18, 1993 Mulroney Incumbent
     Losier-Cool, Rose-MarieRose-Marie Losier-Cool Liberal New Brunswick (Tracadie) March 21, 1995 Chrétien Incumbent
     Lovelace Nicholas, SandraSandra Lovelace Nicholas Liberal New Brunswick September 21, 2005 Martin Incumbent
     MacDonald, Michael L.Michael L. MacDonald Conservative Nova Scotia (Dartmouth) January 2, 2009 Harper Incumbent
     Mahovlich, FrankFrank Mahovlich Liberal Ontario June 11, 1998 Chrétien Incumbent
     Manning, FabianFabian Manning Conservative Newfoundland and Labrador January 2, 2009 Harper March 28, 2011 Resignation
     Marshall, ElizabethElizabeth Marshall Conservative Newfoundland and Labrador January 29, 2010 Harper Incumbent
     Martin, YonahYonah Martin Conservative British Columbia (Vancouver) January 2, 2009 Harper Incumbent
     Massicotte, Paul J.Paul J. Massicotte Liberal Québec (De Lanaudière) June 26, 2003 Chrétien Incumbent
     McCoy, ElaineElaine McCoy Progressive Conservative Alberta (Calgary) March 24, 2005 Martin Incumbent
     Meighen, MichaelMichael Meighen Conservative Ontario (St. Marys) September 27, 1990 Mulroney February 6, 2012 Resignation
     Mercer, TerryTerry Mercer Liberal Nova Scotia (Northend Halifax) November 7, 2003 Chrétien Incumbent
     Merchant, PanaPana Merchant Liberal Saskatchewan December 12, 2002 Chrétien Incumbent
     Meredith, DonDon Meredith Conservative Ontario December 20, 2010 Harper Incumbent
     Milne, LornaLorna Milne Liberal Ontario (Peel County) September 22, 1995 Chrétien December 13, 2009 Retirement
     Mitchell, GrantGrant Mitchell Liberal Alberta (Edmonton) March 24, 2005 Martin Incumbent
     Mockler, PercyPercy Mockler Conservative New Brunswick (St. Leonard) January 2, 2009 Harper Incumbent
     Moore, Wilfred P.Wilfred P. Moore Liberal Nova Scotia (Stanhope St./Bluenose) September 26, 1996 Chrétien Incumbent
     Munson, JimJim Munson Liberal Ontario (Ottawa/Rideau Canal) December 10, 2003 Chrétien Incumbent
     Murray, LowellLowell Murray Progressive Conservative Ontario (Pakenham) September 13, 1979 Clark September 26, 2011 Retirement
     Nancy Ruth, Nancy Ruth Conservative Ontario (Toronto) March 24, 2005 Martin Incumbent
     Neufeld, RichardRichard Neufeld Conservative British Columbia (Charlie Lake) January 2, 2009 Harper Incumbent
     Nolin, Pierre ClaudePierre Claude Nolin Conservative Québec (De Salaberry) June 18, 1993 Mulroney Incumbent
     Ogilvie, KelvinKelvin Ogilvie Conservative Nova Scotia (Annapolis Valley - Hants) August 27, 2009 Harper Incumbent
     Oliver, DonaldDonald Oliver Conservative Nova Scotia (South Shore) September 7, 1990 Mulroney Incumbent
     Patterson, DennisDennis Patterson Conservative Nunavut August 27, 2009 Harper Incumbent
     Pépin, LucieLucie Pépin Liberal Québec (Shawinigan) April 8, 1997 Chrétien September 7, 2011 Retirement
     Peterson, RobertRobert Peterson Liberal Saskatchewan (Regina) March 24, 2005 Martin Incumbent
     Phalen, GerardGerard Phalen Liberal Nova Scotia October 4, 2001 Chrétien March 28, 2009 Retirement
     Pitfield, MichaelMichael Pitfield Independent Ontario (Ottawa-Vanier) December 22, 1982 Trudeau June 1, 2010 Resignation
     Plett, DonDon Plett Conservative Manitoba (Landmark) August 27, 2009 Harper Incumbent
     Poirier, Rose-MayRose-May Poirier Conservative New Brunswick (Saint-Louis-de-Kent) February 28, 2010 Harper Incumbent
     Poulin, Marie-P.Marie-P. Poulin Liberal Ontario September 22, 1995 Chrétien Incumbent
     Poy, VivienneVivienne Poy Liberal Ontario (Toronto) September 17, 1998 Chrétien Incumbent
     Prud'homme, MarcelMarcel Prud'homme Independent Québec (La Salle) May 26, 1993 Mulroney November 30, 2009 Retirement
     Raine, Nancy GreeneNancy Greene Raine Conservative British Columbia (Sun Peaks) January 2, 2009 Harper Incumbent
     Ringuette, PierrettePierrette Ringuette Liberal New Brunswick December 12, 2002 Chrétien Incumbent
     Rivard, MichelMichel Rivard Conservative Québec (The Laurentides) January 2, 2009 Harper Incumbent
     Rivest, Jean-ClaudeJean-Claude Rivest Independent Québec (Stadacona) March 11, 1993 Mulroney Incumbent
     Robichaud, FernandFernand Robichaud Liberal New Brunswick (Saint Louis de Kent) September 23, 1997 Chrétien December 2, 2014 Retirement
     Rompkey, WilliamWilliam Rompkey Liberal Newfoundland and Labrador (North West River) September 22, 1995 Chrétien May 13, 2011 Retirement
     Runciman, BobBob Runciman Conservative Ontario January 29, 2010 Harper Incumbent
     Segal, HughHugh Segal Conservative Ontario (Kingston) August 2, 2005 Martin Incumbent
     Seidman, JudithJudith Seidman Conservative Québec (De la Durantaye) August 27, 2009 Harper Incumbent
     Sibbeston, NickNick Sibbeston Liberal Northwest Territories September 2, 1999 Chrétien Incumbent
     Smith, David P.David P. Smith Liberal Ontario (Cobourg) June 25, 2002 Chrétien Incumbent
     Smith, LarryLarry Smith Conservative Quebec (Saurel) December 20, 2010 Harper March 25, 2011 Resignation
     Spivak, MiraMira Spivak Independent Manitoba November 17, 1986 Mulroney July 12, 2009 Retirement
     Stewart Olsen, CarolynCarolyn Stewart Olsen Conservative New Brunswick August 27, 2009 Harper Incumbent
     St. Germain, GerryGerry St. Germain Conservative British Columbia (Langley-Pemberton-Whistler) June 23, 1993 Mulroney Incumbent
     Stollery, Peter AlanPeter Alan Stollery Liberal Ontario (Bloor & Yonge/Toronto) July 2, 1981 Trudeau November 29, 2010 Retirement
     Stratton, TerryTerry Stratton Conservative Manitoba (Red River) March 25, 1993 Mulroney March 16, 2013 Retirement
     Tardif, ClaudetteClaudette Tardif Liberal Alberta (Edmonton) March 24, 2005 Martin Incumbent
     Tkachuk, DavidDavid Tkachuk Conservative Saskatchewan June 8, 1993 Mulroney Incumbent
     Trenholme Counsell, MarilynMarilyn Trenholme Counsell Liberal New Brunswick September 9, 2003 Chrétien October 22, 2008 Retirement
     Wallace, John D.John D. Wallace Conservative New Brunswick (Rothesay) January 2, 2009 Harper Incumbent
     Wallin, PamelaPamela Wallin Conservative Saskatchewan (Kuroki Beach) January 2, 2009 Harper Incumbent
     Watt, CharlieCharlie Watt Liberal Québec (Inkerman) January 16, 1984 Trudeau Incumbent
     Zimmer, RodRod Zimmer Liberal Manitoba (Winnipeg) August 2, 2005 Martin Incumbent

Changes in membership during the 40th Parliament[edit]

Senators appointed during the 40th Parliament[edit]

Date Name Party Province (Division) Details Notes
     January 2, 2009 Dickson, FredFred Dickson Conservative Nova Scotia (Halifax)
     January 2, 2009 Duffy, MikeMike Duffy Conservative Prince Edward Island (Cavendish)
     January 2, 2009 Eaton, NicoleNicole Eaton Conservative Ontario (Caledon)
     January 2, 2009 Gerstein, IrvingIrving Gerstein Conservative Ontario (Toronto)
     January 2, 2009 Greene, StephenStephen Greene Conservative Nova Scotia (Halifax — The Citadel)
     January 2, 2009 Lang, DanielDaniel Lang Conservative Yukon (Whitehorse)
     January 2, 2009 MacDonald, Michael L.Michael L. MacDonald Conservative Nova Scotia (Dartmouth)
     January 2, 2009 Manning, FabianFabian Manning Conservative Newfoundland and Labrador
     January 2, 2009 Martin, YonahYonah Martin Conservative British Columbia (Vancouver)
     January 2, 2009 Mockler, PercyPercy Mockler Conservative New Brunswick (St. Leonard)
     January 2, 2009 Neufeld, RichardRichard Neufeld Conservative British Columbia (Charlie Lake)
     January 2, 2009 Rivard, MichelMichel Rivard Conservative Québec (The Laurentides)
     January 2, 2009 Raine, Nancy GreeneNancy Greene Raine Conservative British Columbia (Sun Peaks)
     January 2, 2009 Wallace, John D.John D. Wallace Conservative New Brunswick (Rothesay)
     January 2, 2009 Wallin, PamelaPamela Wallin Conservative Saskatchewan (Kuroki Beach)
     January 8, 2009 Brazeau, PatrickPatrick Brazeau Conservative Québec (Repentigny)
     January 8, 2009 Housakos, LeoLeo Housakos Conservative Québec (Wellington)
     January 14, 2009 Fortin-Duplessis, SuzanneSuzanne Fortin-Duplessis Conservative Québec (Rougemont)
     August 27, 2009 Carignan, ClaudeClaude Carignan Conservative Québec (Mille Isles)
     August 27, 2009 Demers, JacquesJacques Demers Conservative Québec (Rigaud)
     August 27, 2009 Finley, DougDoug Finley Conservative Ontario
     August 27, 2009 Frum, LindaLinda Frum Conservative Ontario
     August 27, 2009 Ogilvie, KelvinKelvin Ogilvie Conservative Nova Scotia (Annapolis Valley - Hants)
     August 27, 2009 Patterson, DennisDennis Patterson Conservative Nunavut
     August 27, 2009 Plett, DonDon Plett Conservative Manitoba (Landmark)
     August 27, 2009 Seidman, JudithJudith Seidman Conservative Québec (De la Durantaye)
     August 27, 2009 Stewart Olsen, CarolynCarolyn Stewart Olsen Conservative New Brunswick
     January 29, 2010 Boisvenu, Pierre-HuguesPierre-Hugues Boisvenu Conservative Québec (La Salle)
     January 29, 2010 Kochhar, VimVim Kochhar Conservative Ontario
     January 29, 2010 Marshall, ElizabethElizabeth Marshall Conservative Newfoundland and Labrador
     January 29, 2010 Runciman, BobBob Runciman Conservative Ontario
     February 28, 2010 Poirier, Rose-MayRose-May Poirier Conservative New Brunswick (Saint-Louis-de-Kent)
     May 20, 2010 Braley, DavidDavid Braley Conservative Ontario
     July 9, 2010 Ataullahjan, SalmaSalma Ataullahjan Conservative Ontario
     December 20, 2010 Meredith, DonDon Meredith Conservative Ontario
     December 20, 2010 Smith, LarryLarry Smith Conservative Quebec (Saurel)

Left Senate during the 40th Parliament[edit]

Date Name Party Province (Division) Details Notes
     October 22, 2008 Counsell, Marilyn TrenholmeMarilyn Trenholme Counsell Liberal New Brunswick Reached mandatory retirement age of 75 A
     November 10, 2008 Gustafson, LeonardLeonard Gustafson Conservative Saskatchewan Reached mandatory retirement age of 75 B
     March 6, 2009 Biron, MichelMichel Biron Liberal Québec (Mille Isles) Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
     March 28, 2009 Phalen, GerardGerard Phalen Liberal Nova Scotia Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
     May 11, 2009 Goldstein, YoineYoine Goldstein Liberal Québec (Rigaud) Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
     June 22, 2009 Adams, WillieWillie Adams Liberal Nunavut Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
     June 27, 2009 Atkins, NormanNorman Atkins Progressive Conservative Ontario (Markham) Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
     July 12, 2009 Spivak, MiraMira Spivak Independent Manitoba Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
     July 12, 2009 Eyton, TrevorTrevor Eyton Conservative Ontario Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
     August 2, 2009 Corbin, EymardEymard Corbin Liberal New Brunswick (Grand-Sault) Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
     August 25, 2009 Bacon, LiseLise Bacon Liberal Québec (De la Durantaye) Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
     October 6, 2009 Cook, JoanJoan Cook Liberal Newfoundland and Labrador Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
     October 31, 2009 Bryden, John G.John G. Bryden Liberal New Brunswick Resigned
     November 30, 2009 Prud'homme, MarcelMarcel Prud'homme Independent Québec (The Laurentides) Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
     December 13, 2009 Milne, LornaLorna Milne Liberal Ontario (Peel County) Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
     January 2, 2010 Grafstein, JerryJerry Grafstein Liberal Ontario (Metro Toronto) Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
     May 17, 2010 Keon, WilbertWilbert Keon Conservative Ontario (Ottawa) Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
     June 29, 2010 Pitfield, MichaelMichael Pitfield Independent Ontario (Ottawa-Vanier) Resigned
     November 29, 2010 Stollery, PeterPeter Stollery Liberal Ontario (Bloor & Yonge/Toronto) Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
     December 6, 2010 Lapointe, JeanJean Lapointe Liberal Québec (Saurel) Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
     March 21, 2011 Lavigne, RaymondRaymond Lavigne Independent Liberal Québec (Montarville) Resigned
     March 25, 2011 Smith, LarryLarry Smith Conservative Québec (Saurel) Resigned D
     March 28, 2011 Manning, FabianFabian Manning Conservative Newfoundland and Labrador Resigned CD

Changes in party affiliation during the 40th Parliament[edit]

Date Name Party (subsequent) Party (previous) Details
     January 15, 2009 Dyck, LillianLillian Dyck Liberal Independent NDP Joined the Liberal caucus
     July 8, 2010 Cools, AnneAnne Cools Independent Non-aligned Switched affiliation to Independent

Notes[edit]

^A Left the Senate after the 39th Parliament was dissolved but before the writs were returned for the 40th Parliament.
^B Left the Senate after the writs were returned for the 40th Parliament but before the first sitting of the first session.
^C Left the Senate after the 40th Parliament was dessolved but before the writs were returned for the 41st Parliament.
^D Was later re-appointed.

Party standings since the election[edit]

The party standings changed as follows from the election of the 40th Parliament on October 14, 2008 to its dissolution on March 28, 2011:

Changes to party standings during the 40th Parliament of Canada[4]
October 14, 2008 to January 2, 2010
Affiliation 2008 2009
Oct 14 Oct 22 Nov 10 Jan 2 Jan 8 Jan 14 Jan 15 Mar 16 Mar 28 May 11 Jun 22 Jun 27 Jul 12 Aug 2 Aug 25 Aug 27 Oct 6 Oct 31 Nov 30 Dec 13
     Liberal 58 57 58 57 56 55 54 53 52 51 50 49
     Conservative 21 20 35 37 38 37 46
     Independent 4 3 2
     Progressive Conservative 3 2
     Liberal without caucus1 1
     Non-aligned 1
     Independent NDP 1 0
Total members 89 88 87 102 104 105 104 103 102 101 100 98 97 96 105 104 103 102 101
Vacant 16 17 18 3 1 0 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
Government Majority -47 -46 -47 -32 -30 -29 -28 -27 -26 -25 -24 -23 -22 -13 -12 -11 -10 -9
January 2, 2010 to March 28, 2011
Affiliation 2010 2011
Jan 2 Jan 29 Feb 28 May 17 May 20 Jun 1 Jul 8 Jul 9 Nov 29 Dec 6 Dec 20 Mar 21 Mar 25 Mar 28
     Conservative 46 50 51 50 51 52 54 53 52
     Liberal 48 47 46
     Independent 2 1 2
     Progressive Conservative 2
     Liberal without caucus1 1 0
     Non-aligned 1 0
Total members 100 104 105 104 105 104 105 104 103 105 104 103 102
Vacant 5 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 0 1 2 3
Government Majority -8 -4 -3 -4 -3 -2 -1 0 1 3 4 3 2
  1. Raymond Lavigne was identified as a Liberal in official Senate standings, but was not a part of the Liberal caucus.[3] Lavigne was barred from performing legislative duties as a Senator due to the criminal charges against him[5] and resigned shortly after being convicted of fraud.[6]

Honorary Senators[edit]

Henrietta Muir Edwards
Nellie McClung
Louise McKinney
Emily Murphy
Irene Parlby

The Senate of Canada posthumously awarded the title of Honorary Senator during the 40th Parliament to five pioneering women known as The Famous Five.[7] The motion was introduced to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the landmark court challenge that allowed women to hold seats in the Senate of Canada.[7]

The Motion to recognize the women was introduced by Conservative senator Ethel Cochrane and seconded by Consiglio Di Nino. After debate, the motion passed without opposition.[8] This was the first time in the history of the Senate of Canada that the title of honorary Senator was awarded to anyone.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Senators members of the Ministry". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 2011-05-24. 
  2. ^ "Senators: 40th Parliament of Canada". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  3. ^ a b "Raymond Lavigne federal political experience". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  4. ^ "Party Standings in the Senate". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved December 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ Altha Raj (November 1, 2009). "Senator, facing criminal raps, still has run of Parliament Hill". Ottawa Sun. 
  6. ^ "Lavigne resigns from Senate after fraud conviction". CTV.ca. March 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c "'Famous 5' named honorary senators". CBC News. October 10, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Motion to Recognize "Famous Five" as Honorary Senators Adopted". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Senate of Canada. October 8, 2009. 

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