John Michael Macdonald

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The Hon.
John Michael Macdonald
Senator for Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
In office
June 24, 1960 – June 20, 1997
Appointed by John Diefenbaker
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for Cape Breton North
In office
Preceded by Alexander O'Handley
Succeeded by Tom McKeough
Personal details
Born (1906-05-03)May 3, 1906
North Sydney, Nova Scotia
Died June 20, 1997(1997-06-20) (aged 91)
Political party Progressive Conservative
Other political
Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Party
Relations Joseph Macdonald, father
Portfolio Opposition Whip in the Senate (1963-1979 & 1980-1984)
Government Whip in the Senate (1979-1980)

John Michael Macdonald (May 3, 1906 – June 20, 1997) was a Canadian politician.

Born in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, the son of Joseph Macdonald and Theresa MacDonald,[1] he was educated at St. Francis Xavier University and Dalhousie University. He was called to the Nova Scotia bar in 1945. He practised law with his father and with Ronald J. Macdonald. During World War II, Macdonald served with the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and with the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps.[1]

He ran unsuccessfully as the National Government candidate (the label used by the Conservative Party/Progressive Conservative Party during those elections) for the Canadian House of Commons in the riding of Cape Breton North and Victoria in the 1940 election and 1945 election. In 1956, he was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly, representing the electoral district of Cape Breton North.[2]

Summoned to the Senate of Canada in 1960 representing the senatorial division of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, a Progressive Conservative, he was twice Opposition Whip in the Senate (1963–1979 and 1980–1984) and was Government Whip in the Senate (1979–1980).

Macdonald died in North Sydney, Nova Scotia in 1997;[3] at the time of his death, he was the last senator to serve in the senate past the age of 75, and one of the last senators appointed for life serving in the Senate (Orville Howard Phillips was the last senator with a lifetime appointment. He resigned in 1999).[4]


  1. ^ a b McDonell, JK Lords of the North (1997) ISBN 1-896182-71-2
  2. ^ Elections Nova Scotia, Complete Results and Statistics (October 30, 1956). Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  3. ^ "John Macdonald: Diefenbaker senator last on life appointment". The Globe and Mail. June 23, 1997. 
  4. ^ "Last "life" senator retires". CBC News. March 24, 1999. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 

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