Gerald Comeau

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The Honourable
Gerald J. Comeau
PC
Senator for Nova Scotia
In office
August 30, 1990 – November 30, 2013
Appointed by Brian Mulroney
MP for West Nova
In office
September 4, 1984 – November 21, 1988
Preceded by Coline Campbell
Succeeded by Coline Campbell
Personal details
Born (1946-02-01) February 1, 1946 (age 71)
Meteghan Station, Nova Scotia
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Aurore

Gerald J. Comeau, PC, (born February 1, 1946) is a retired Canadian Senator and politician.

Early life[edit]

Born in Meteghan Station, Nova Scotia, Comeau is an accountant by training. Comeau received his B.Comm and his B.Ed from the Université de Moncton.

Comeau is a member of Nova Scotia's Acadian minority.

Political career[edit]

He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons as part of the Progressive Conservative (PC) landslide win in the 1984 election. The Member of Parliament for South West Nova, Nova Scotia, Comeau was a government backbencher throughout his term and was defeated in the 1988 election due in part to the unpopularity of the Canada–United States Free Trade Agreement in Atlantic Canada.

In 1990, Comeau was appointed to the Senate by Governor General Ray Hnatyshyn, on the advice of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. He sat as a Progressive Conservative until February 2004. He has been a Conservative Party senator since the merger of the PC Party into that party. He served as Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate from February 23, 2006, to May 24, 2011.

On January 19, 2013, Governor-General David Johnston, on the advice of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, appointed Comeau to the Queen's Privy Council for Canada.

Comeau retired from the Senate on November 30, 2013 - seven years before reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gerald Comeau announces early retirement from Senate". CBC News. December 12, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2013.