|Senator from Alberta|
July 10, 2007 – March 22, 2013
March 22, 1938 |
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Brown farmed in Kathyrn, Alberta, from 1969 to 1999, after which they sold their family farm. After retiring from the Senate of Canada in March 2013, he returned to land development consulting. He attended Mount Royal College and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Civil Engineering. He is married to Alice Taylor (1965) and has one child.
Campaign for a Triple E Senate
Brown is the only person to run in all three of Canada's elected senatorial elections. In 1989 and 2004 he ran under the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party. In 1998 he ran under the Reform Party of Alberta, losing to Stan Waters. He was elected as a senator-in-waiting in 1998 and re-elected in 2004. Brown is the only person ever to be elected to a second term as senator-in-waiting.
He has been campaigning for an elected Canadian Senate for over 23 years. He is the founder and chair of the Canadian Committee for a Triple-E Senate. The definitive symbol for the cause, he has been documented in countless Hansard transcripts in provincial legislatures across the country, as well as the federal Parliament and Senate.
He first gained fame for his cause when he used his tractor to plow "Triple E Senate or Else" into his neighbour's two-mile long field.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised to advise the Governor General to appoint Brown to the next available Senate seat from Alberta, according to comments made in the House of Commons April 18, 2007. The announcement came after long-serving Senator Dan Hays announced his intent to vacate his seat in the Senate at the end of June 2007.
Brown was appointed to the Canadian Senate on July 10, 2007. Brown served five and a half years until mandatory retirement.
Brown became the second person in Canadian history, after Stan Waters, to be appointed to his Senate seat following a provincial senator-in-waiting election. Brown chose to run with the Conservative Party of Canada caucus (federal party), even though he ran under the Progressive Conservative banner (provincial party counterpart), in the Alberta Senate election.
On his 75th birthday, March 22, 2013, Brown retired from the Senate as per Senate rules.
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- "Centennial Medal Recipients A - G". Alberta Government. Retrieved 2007-07-17.