James Kelleher

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The Honourable
James Kelleher
Member of the Senate of Canada (for Ontario)
In office
September 23, 1990 – October 2, 2005
Appointed by Brian Mulroney
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Sault Ste. Marie
In office
Preceded by Ron Irwin
Succeeded by Steve Butland
Personal details
Born October 2, 1930
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Died June 1, 2013 (aged 82)
Toronto, Ontario
Political party Progressive Conservative
Residence Toronto, Ontario
Occupation lawyer
Cabinet Minister for International Trade (1984-1986)
Solicitor General of Canada (1986-1988)

James Francis "Jim" Kelleher, PC, QC (October 2, 1930 – June 1, 2013) was a Canadian politician and retired Senator.

Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario,[1] he received a B.A. degree in 1952 from Queen's University and a LL.B. degree in 1956 from Osgoode Hall Law School. Kelleher was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1984 election as the Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

He was appointed Minister of International Trade in the first Cabinet of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. In 1986, he became Solicitor General of Canada as the result of a cabinet shuffle, and remained so until his defeat in the 1988 election.

On September 23, 1990, Kelleher was appointed to the Canadian Senate on Mulroney's recommendation.[2] He retired from the upper house upon his seventy-fifth birthday, October 2, 2005, due to the Senate's mandatory retirement rules.

He died of heart problems in 2013.[3]


  1. ^ "James Kelleher Video | Interviews". Ovguide.com. 2005-10-02. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  2. ^ "List of senators in the 34th Parliament of Canada: Information from". Answers.com. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  3. ^ nurun.com. "James Kelleher served city and nation | Local | News". Sault Star. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 

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