James S. "Jim" Cowan, Q.C.
|Senator for Nova Scotia|
March 24, 2005
|Appointed by||Paul Martin|
January 22, 1942 |
Halifax, Nova Scotia
|Children||Robert, David, Peter and Suzanne|
|Alma mater||Dalhousie University
London School of Economics
|Committees||Standing Committee of Selection, Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry|
|Portfolio||Leader of the Opposition in the Senate|
James S. "Jim" Cowan (born January 22, 1942) is a Canadian lawyer and Senator from Nova Scotia. He was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Paul Martin on March 24, 2005. He represents the Liberal Party of Canada (though not in its Parliamentary caucus). A lawyer, Cowan has been a partner at the legal firm of Stewart McKelvey since 1967.
On November 3, 2008 he became the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.
On January 29, 2014, Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau announced all Liberal Senators, including Cowan, were removed from the Liberal caucus, and would continue sitting as Independents. According to Cowan, the Senators will still refer to themselves as Liberals even if they are no longer members of the parliamentary Liberal caucus.
- "Halifax lawyer seeking N.S. Liberal leadership". The Globe and Mail, November 2, 1985.
- "New N.S. Liberal leader expects to get ammunition from Ottawa". The Globe and Mail, February 24, 1986.
- "Trudeau’s expulsion catches Liberal senators by surprise". Globe and Mail. January 29, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
- Cowan, Mrs. Gordon (1966–1967), Notes on the Rettie family of Truro, Nova Scotia, Dalhousie University Archives, File MS-2-173, SF Box 14, Folder 7, retrieved September 14, 2013
|Leader of the Opposition in the Senate of Canada
2008 - present
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