Nicole Eaton

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The Honourable
Nicole Eaton
Senator for Ontario
Assumed office
January 2, 2009
Appointed by Stephen Harper
Personal details
Born (1945-01-21) January 21, 1945 (age 69)
Political party Conservative

Nicole Marie Eaton (born January 21, 1945) is a Canadian politician and a Conservative member of the Canadian Senate. She is the daughter of Edmond Jacques Courtois[1] and sister of Canada Post Chairman Marc Courtois. Recognizing her role as a fundraiser for the Conservative party, she was appointed on the advice of Stephen Harper to the Senate on December 22, 2008, her term starting on January 2, 2009.[2] A member of the Eaton family through her marriage to Thor Eaton, she was a trustee of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) from 1983 to 1989 and a director of the ROM Foundation from 1996 to 2002.[3]

In 2011 Eaton called Canada's national symbol, the beaver, a "dentally defective rat", and suggested that the polar bear should replace it in Canadian iconography.[4] She gained further notoriety in 2012 by leading the Conservative government's charge in the Senate against environmental charities, making unsubstantiated accusations that the charities are involved in "influence peddling" and "political manipulation".[5]


  1. ^ "Nicole Eaton: The philanthropist who rattles charities". Retrieved 2012-06-08.  "The Globe and Mail", 3 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Senators - Detailed Information". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 2008-12-23. [dead link]
  3. ^ "ROM - Our History - The Eaton Family". Retrieved 2008-12-23. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Nicole Eaton, Canadian Senator, New National Symbol Should Be A Polar Bear." The Canadian Press, 27 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Nicole Eaton: The philanthropist who rattles charities." "The Globe and Mail", 3 June 2012.