John D. Wallace
John D. Wallace
|Senator for New Brunswick|
January 2, 2009 – February 1, 2017
|Nominated by||Stephen Harper|
|Appointed by||Michaëlle Jean|
March 26, 1949 |
|Political party||Independent Senators Group|
|Conservative (until 2015)|
Early life and career
Wallace was born in Toronto and raised and educated in New Brunswick.
Wallace practiced law in Saint John, New Brunswick where he was a partner in the law firms of Palmer, O’Connell, Leger, Turnbull and Turnbull and Stewart McKelvey before leaving private practice to serve as Corporate Counsel for Irving Oil Limited for 17 years.
On November 18, 2015, Wallace announced that he was leaving the Conservative caucus because of irreconcilable differences between himself and party leadership over the role of partisanship in the Senate, citing the 2014 Supreme Court Reference that declared that the Fathers of Confederation wanted the Senate to be "thoroughly independent."
Wallace announced on December 13, 2016, that he was retiring from the Senate effective February 1, 2017, just over seven years prior to reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75, as he promised when he was appointed that he would only serve eight years in the Upper House. None of the other 17 senators appointed with Wallace in January 2009 who made the same pledge, have announced plans to step down. 
- "Senator John Wallace quits Conservative caucus - New Brunswick senator will sit as an Independent, citing 'irreconcilable' differences for leaving Tory caucus". CBC News. November 18, 2015. Retrieved November 18, 2015.
- John D. Wallace. "Wallace Letter of Resignation" (PDF). Retrieved February 1, 2017.