List of Nova Scotia senators

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This is a list of past and present Canadian Senators from Nova Scotia.

During the Quebec Conference of 1864, Nova Scotia was guaranteed ten Senate seats, but because Prince Edward Island stalled for equal representation in the upper house, Nova Scotia was awarded two of Prince Edward Island's Senate seats, until 1873 when Prince Edward Island gave in and joined confederation Nova Scotia dropped to 10 seats. The province kept its extra seats until the first two Senators ended their term after 1873, they were not replaced.

Current senators[edit]

Name Party Division1 Date appointed Appointed by2 Mandatory retirement
  Wanda Thomas Bernard Non-affiliated (ISG) Nova Scotia November 10, 2016 Trudeau, J. August 1, 2028
  Daniel Christmas Non-affiliated (ISG) Nova Scotia December 6, 2016 Trudeau, J. September 10, 2031
  Jane Cordy Liberal Nova Scotia June 9, 2000 Chrétien July 2, 2025
  Stephen Greene Independent Reform Halifax – The Citadel January 2, 2009 Harper December 8, 2024
  Michael L. MacDonald Conservative Cape Breton January 2, 2009 Harper May 4, 2030
  McInnis, TomTom McInnis Conservative Nova Scotia September 6, 2012 Harper April 9, 2020
  Terry Mercer Liberal Northend Halifax November 7, 2003 Chrétien May 6, 2022
  Kelvin Ogilvie Conservative Annapolis Valley – Hants August 27, 2009 Harper November 6, 2017

Notes:

1 Senators are appointed to represent Nova Scotia. Each senator may choose to designate a geographic area within the province as his or her division.
2 Senators are appointed by the Governor-General of Canada on the recommendation of the prime minister.
3 Division designated as Chester from 1996 to 1999 and as Stanhope St. / South Shore since 1999.

Historical[edit]

Name Party Division1 Date appointed Appointed by2 End of term
  William Johnston Almon Liberal-Conservative Halifax April 15, 1879 Macdonald February 18, 1901
  John Hawkins Anderson Liberal Nova Scotia October 23, 1867 Royal Proclamation December 24, 1870
  Thomas Dickson Archibald Liberal-Conservative North Sydney October 23, 1867 Royal Proclamation October 18, 1890
  Augustus Irvine Barrow Liberal Halifax-Dartmouth May 8, 1974 Trudeau, P. E. February 15, 1988
  Adam Carr Bell Conservative Pictou October 23, 1911 Borden October 30, 1912
  Caleb Rand Bill Liberal-Conservative North Sydney October 23, 1867 Royal Proclamation February 1, 1872
  Thomas Reuben Black Liberal Amherst June 10, 1904 Laurier September 14, 1905
  Frederick Murray Blois Progressive Conservative Colchester-Hants January 14, 1960 Diefenbaker October 12, 1976
  Bernie Boudreau Liberal Nova Scotia October 4, 1999 Chrétien October 26, 2000
  John George Bourinot Liberal-Conservative Nova Scotia October 23, 1867 Royal Proclamation January 21, 1884
  John MacLellan Buchanan Conservative Nova Scotia (Halifax) September 12, 1990 Mulroney April 22, 2006
  Mary Alice Butts Liberal Nova Scotia September 23, 1997 Chrétien August 15, 1999
  Thomas Cantley Conservative New Glasgow July 20, 1935 Bennett February 24, 1945
  James William Carmichael Liberal Nova Scotia December 31, 1898 Laurier April 24, 1903
  Charles Edward Church Liberal Lunenburg February 28, 1902 Laurier January 3, 1906
  Ezra Churchill Liberal-Conservative Nova Scotia February 3, 1871 Macdonald May 8, 1874
  Ambroise-Hilaire Comeau Liberal Digby County January 15, 1907 Laurier August 25, 1911
  Gerald J. Comeau Conservative Nova Scotia August 30, 1990 Mulroney November 30, 2013
  Joseph Willie Comeau Liberal Clare December 1, 1948 St. Laurent January 10, 1966
  Harold Joseph Connolly Liberal Halifax North July 28, 1955 St. Laurent May 14, 1979
  Jim Cowan Liberal Nova Scotia March 24, 2005 Martin January 22, 2017
  Ernest G. Cottreau Liberal South Western Nova May 8, 1974 Trudeau, P. E. January 28, 1989
  Adam Brown Crosby Conservative Halifax January 20, 1917 Borden March 10, 1921
  Nathaniel Curry Conservative Amherst November 20, 1912 Borden October 23, 1931
  Rufus Curry Liberal Nova Scotia March 12, 1903 Laurier March 30, 1905
  William Dennis Independent Conservative Halifax November 20, 1912 Borden July 11, 1920
  William Henry Dennis Conservative Halifax February 3, 1932 Bennett January 18, 1954
  Robert Barry Dickey Conservative Amherst October 23, 1867 Royal Proclamation July 14, 1903
  Fred Dickson Conservative Halifax January 2, 2009 Harper February 9, 2012
  Richard Donahoe Progressive Conservative Halifax September 13, 1979 Clark September 27, 1984
  William Duff Liberal Lunenburg February 28, 1936 King April 25, 1953
  Edward Matthew Farrell Liberal Liverpool January 12, 1910 Laurier August 6, 1931
  John Michael William Curphey Forrestall Conservative Nova Scotia (Dartmouth/Eastern Shore) September 27, 1990 Mulroney June 9, 2006
  Edward Lavin Girroir Conservative Antigonish November 20, 1912 Borden May 8, 1932
  Alasdair Bernard Graham Liberal The Highlands April 27, 1972 Trudeau, P. E. May 21, 2004
  Robert Patterson Grant Liberal Pictou February 2, 1877 Mackenzie November 13, 1892
  Paul Lacombe Hatfield Liberal Yarmouth October 7, 1926 King January 28, 1935
  Charles G. Hawkins Liberal Milford-Hants May 2, 1950 St. Laurent August 14, 1958
  Henry Davies Hicks Liberal The Annapolis Valley April 27, 1972 Trudeau, P. E. March 5, 1990
  John Holmes Conservative Nova Scotia October 23, 1867 Royal Proclamation June 3, 1876
  Gordon Benjamin Isnor Liberal Halifax-Dartmouth May 2, 1950 St. Laurent March 17, 1973
  Henry Kaulback Conservative Lunenburg March 27, 1872 Macdonald January 8, 1896
  Edward Kenny Conservative Nova Scotia October 23, 1867 Royal Proclamation April 11, 1876
  John James Kinley Liberal Queens-Lunenburg April 18, 1945 King June 12, 1971
  Michael J. L. Kirby Liberal Nova Scotia (South Shore) January 13, 1984 Trudeau, P. E. October 31, 2006
  John Locke Liberal Nova Scotia October 23, 1867 Royal Proclamation December 12, 1873
  Hance James Logan Liberal Cumberland February 5, 1929 King December 26, 1944
  John Lovitt Liberal Yarmouth December 18, 1896 Laurier April 13, 1908
  Finlay MacDonald Progressive Conservative Halifax December 21, 1984 Mulroney January 4, 1998
  John Alexander Macdonald Conservative Richmond West-Cape Breton March 2, 1932 Bennett June 11, 1945
  John Michael Macdonald Progressive Conservative Cape Breton June 24, 1960 Diefenbaker June 20, 1997
  Allan MacEachen Liberal Highlands-Canso June 29, 1984 Trudeau, P. E. July 6, 1996
  Alexander MacFarlane Conservative Wallace October 10, 1870 Macdonald December 14, 1898
  David MacKeen Conservative Cape Breton February 21, 1896 Bowell October 15, 1915
  Donald MacLennan Liberal Margaree Forks January 29, 1940 King October 19, 1953
  Peter Francis Martin Conservative Halifax December 5, 1921 Meighen May 2, 1935
  John McCormick Conservative Sydney Mines September 21, 1921 Meighen February 21, 1936
  Jonathan McCully Liberal Nova Scotia October 23, 1867 Royal Proclamation September 28, 1870
  John Alexander McDonald Liberal King's April 18, 1945 King April 16, 1962
  William McDonald Conservative Cape Breton May 12, 1884 Macdonald July 4, 1916
  James Drummond McGregor Liberal New Glasgow April 24, 1903 Laurier October 1, 1910
  Thomas McKay Liberal-Conservative Colchester December 24, 1881 Macdonald January 13, 1912
  William McKay Conservative Cape Breton November 20, 1912 Borden November 8, 1915
  Archibald McLelan Liberal-Conservative Londonderry June 21, 1869 Macdonald May 20, 1881
  John Stewart McLennan Conservative Sydney February 10, 1916 Borden September 15, 1939
  William Miller Liberal-Conservative Richmond October 23, 1867 Royal Proclamation February 23, 1912
  Wilfred P. Moore Liberal Chester
Stanhope St. / South Shore3
September 26, 1996 Chrétien January 14, 2017
  Robert Muir Progressive Conservative Cape Breton-The Sydneys March 26, 1979 Trudeau, P. E. November 10, 1994
  Margaret Norrie Liberal Colchester-Cumberland April 27, 1972 Trudeau, P. E. October 16, 1980
  Jeremiah Northup Liberal Halifax October 10, 1870 Macdonald April 10, 1879
  Clement O'Leary Progressive Conservative Antigonish-Guysborough September 25, 1962 Diefenbaker June 12, 1969
  Donald H. Oliver Conservative South Shore September 7, 1990 Mulroney November 16, 2013
  Gerard Phalen Liberal Nova Scotia October 4, 2001 Chrétien March 28, 2009
  Lawrence Geoffrey Power Liberal Halifax February 2, 1877 Mackenzie September 12, 1921
  Clarence Primrose Liberal-Conservative Pictou November 28, 1892 Abbott December 2, 1902
  Felix Patrick Quinn Conservative Bedford-Halifax July 20, 1935 Bennett March 28, 1961
  Edgar Nelson Rhodes Conservative Amherst July 20, 1935 Bennett March 15, 1942
  John William Ritchie Conservative Nova Scotia October 23, 1867 Royal Proclamation September 28, 1870
  Wishart McLea Robertson Liberal Shelburne February 19, 1943 King December 24, 1965
  Jean-Louis Philippe Robicheau Conservative Digby-Clare July 20, 1935 Bennett March 1, 1948
  William Roche Liberal Halifax January 12, 1910 Laurier October 19, 1925
  William Ross Liberal Victoria May 18, 1905 Laurier March 17, 1912
  William Benjamin Ross Conservative Middleton November 20, 1912 Borden January 10, 1929
  Calvin Woodrow Ruck Liberal Nova Scotia June 11, 1998 Chrétien September 4, 2000
  Donald Smith Liberal Queens-Shelburne July 28, 1955 St. Laurent July 7, 1980
  George Isaac Smith Progressive Conservative Colchester August 7, 1975 Trudeau, P. E. December 19, 1982
  John Stanfield Conservative Colchester February 17, 1921 Meighen January 22, 1934
  John Benjamin Stewart Liberal Antigonish-Guysborough January 13, 1984 Trudeau, P. E. November 19, 1999
  Charles Elliott Tanner Conservative Pictou January 20, 1917 Borden January 13, 1946
  Edward Joseph Thériault Liberal Nova Scotia April 20, 1968 Trudeau, P. E. December 20, 1968
  Earl Wallace Urquhart Liberal Inverness-Richmond February 24, 1966 Pearson August 17, 1971
  Frank Corbett Welch Progressive Conservative King's September 25, 1962 Diefenbaker July 14, 1975
  Benjamin Wier Liberal Nova Scotia October 23, 1867 Royal Proclamation April 14, 1868

Notes:

1 Senators are appointed to represent Nova Scotia. Each senator may choose to designate a geographic area within Nova Scotia as his or her division.
2 Senators are appointed by the Governor-General of Canada on the recommendation of the prime minister. Senators appointed by royal proclamation were appointed at the Senate's founding directly by Queen Victoria.

Maritimes regional senators[edit]

Senators listed were appointed to represent the Maritimes under section 26 of the Constitution Act. This clause has only been used once before to appoint two extra senators to represent four regional Senate divisions: Ontario, Quebec, the Maritimes and the Western Provinces.

As vacancies open up among the normal members of the Senate, they are automatically filled by the regional senators. Regional senators may also designate themselves to a senate division in any province of their choosing in their region.

Name Party1 Division2 Date appointed Appointed by3 Date shifted to provincial Province shifted to Provincial seat vacated by End of Term
  Michael Forrestall Conservative Dartmouth/Eastern Shore, NS September 27, 1990 Mulroney November 10, 1994 Nova Scotia Robert Muir June 9, 2006
  James W. Ross Progressive Conservative Maritimes divisional September 27, 1990 Mulroney April 26, 1991 New Brunswick Richard Hatfield May 25, 1993

Notes:

1 Party listed was the last party of which the senator was a member.
2 Senators are appointed to represent their region. Each senator may choose to designate a geographic area within their region as his or her division.
3 Senators are appointed by the Governor-General of Canada on the recommendation of the prime minister.

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