List of senators in the 39th Parliament of Canada

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This is a list of members of the Senate of Canada in the 39th Parliament of Canada.

At dissolution on September 7, 2008 there were 15 vacancies in the Senate: three each in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Quebec; two in Ontario; and each one in Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Yukon.[1] The resignation of Michael Fortier on September 7, 2008 subsequently created a 16th vacancy (4th in Quebec) on September 8.

The province of Quebec has 24 Senate divisions which are constitutionally mandated. In all other provinces, a Senate division is strictly an optional designation of the senator's own choosing, and has no real constitutional or legal standing. A senator who does not choose a special senate division is designated a senator for the province at large.

Names in bold indicate senators that served in the 28th Canadian Ministry.[2]

List of senators[edit]

Senators at the beginning of the 39th Parliament[edit]

Name Party Province (Division) Date appointed Appointed by Left office Reason
  Willie Adams Liberal Nunavut April 5, 1977 Trudeau June 22, 2009 Retirement
  Raynell Andreychuk Conservative Saskatchewan March 11, 1993 Mulroney Incumbent
  W. David Angus Conservative Québec (Alma) June 10, 1993 Mulroney July 21, 2012 Retirement
  Norman Atkins Progressive Conservative Ontario (Markham) July 2, 1986 Mulroney June 27, 2009 Retirement
  Jack Austin Liberal British Columbia (Vancouver South) August 19, 1975 Trudeau March 2, 2007 Retirement
  Lise Bacon Liberal Québec (De la Durantaye) September 15, 1994 Chrétien August 25, 2009 Retirement
  George Baker Liberal Newfoundland and Labrador March 26, 2002 Chrétien Incumbent
  Tommy Banks Liberal Alberta (Edmonton) April 7, 2000 Chrétien December 17, 2011 Retirement
  Marisa Ferretti Barth Liberal Québec (Repentigny) September 23, 1997 Chrétien April 28, 2006 Retirement
  Michel Biron Liberal Québec (Mille Isles) October 4, 2001 Chrétien March 16, 2009 Retirement
  John G. Bryden Liberal New Brunswick November 23, 1994 Chrétien October 31, 2009 Resignation
  John MacLellan Buchanan Conservative Nova Scotia (Halifax) September 12, 1990 Mulroney April 22, 2006 Retirement
  Catherine Callbeck Liberal Prince Edward Island September 23, 1997 Chrétien July 25, 2014 Retirement
  Larry Campbell Liberal British Columbia (Vancouver) August 2, 2005 Martin Incumbent
  Patricia Carney Conservative British Columbia August 30, 1990 Mulroney January 31, 2008 Resignation
  Sharon Carstairs Liberal Manitoba September 15, 1994 Chrétien October 17, 2011 Resignation
  Andrée Champagne Conservative Quebec (Grandville) August 2, 2005 Martin July 17, 2014 Retirement
  Maria Chaput Liberal Manitoba December 12, 2002 Chrétien March 1, 2016 Resignation
  Ione Jean Christensen Liberal Yukon September 2, 1999 Chrétien December 31, 2006 Resignation
  Ethel M. Cochrane Conservative Newfoundland and Labrador November 17, 1986 Mulroney September 23, 2012 Retirement
  Gerald J. Comeau Conservative Nova Scotia August 30, 1990 Mulroney November 30, 2013 Resignation
  Joan Cook Liberal Newfoundland and Labrador March 6, 1998 Chrétien October 6, 2009 Retirement
  Anne Claire Cools Conservative Ontario (Toronto-Centre-York) January 13, 1984 Trudeau Incumbent
  Eymard Georges Corbin Liberal New Brunswick (Grand-Sault) July 9, 1984 Turner August 2, 2009 Retirement
  Jane Marie Cordy Liberal Nova Scotia June 9, 2000 Chrétien Incumbent
  Jim Cowan Liberal Nova Scotia (Halifax) March 24, 2005 Martin January 22, 2017 Retirement
  Roméo Dallaire Liberal Quebec (Gulf) March 24, 2005 Martin June 17, 2014 Resignation
  Dennis Dawson Liberal Quebec (Lauzon) August 2, 2005 Martin Incumbent
  Joseph A. Day Liberal New Brunswick (Saint John-Kennebecasis) October 4, 2001 Chrétien Incumbent
  Pierre de Bané Liberal Québec (De la Vallière) June 29, 1984 Trudeau August 2, 2013 Retirement
  Consiglio Di Nino Conservative Ontario August 30, 1990 Mulroney June 30, 2012 Resignation
  Percy Downe Liberal Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown) June 26, 2003 Chrétien Incumbent
  Lillian Dyck New Democratic Party Saskatchewan (North Battleford) March 24, 2005 Martin Incumbent
  Art Eggleton Liberal Ontario (Toronto) March 24, 2005 Martin Incumbent
  John Trevor Eyton Conservative Ontario September 23, 1990 Mulroney July 12, 2009 Retirement
  Joyce Fairbairn Liberal Alberta (Lethbridge) June 29, 1984 Trudeau January 18, 2013 Resignation
  D. Ross Fitzpatrick Liberal British Columbia (Okanagan-Similkameen) March 6, 1998 Chrétien February 4, 2008 Retirement
  Michael Forrestall Conservative Nova Scotia (Dartmouth/Eastern Shore) September 27, 1990 Mulroney June 8, 2006 Death
  Francis Fox Liberal Québec (Rigaud) August 29, 2005 Martin December 2, 2011 Resignation
  Joan Fraser Liberal Québec (De Lorimier) September 17, 1998 Chrétien Incumbent
  George Furey Liberal Newfoundland and Labrador August 11, 1999 Chrétien Incumbent
  Aurélien Gill Liberal Québec (Wellington) September 17, 1998 Chrétien August 26, 2008 Retirement
  Yoine Goldstein Liberal Québec (Rigaud) August 29, 2005 Martin May 11, 2009 Retirement
  Jerry Grafstein Liberal Ontario (Metro Toronto) January 13, 1984 Trudeau January 2, 2010 Retirement
  Leonard Joe Gustafson Conservative Saskatchewan May 26, 1993 Mulroney November 10, 2008 Retirement
  Mac Harb Liberal Ontario September 9, 2003 Chrétien August 26, 2013 Resignation
  Daniel Philip Hays3 Liberal Alberta (Calgary) June 29, 1984 Trudeau June 30, 2007 Resignation
  Céline Hervieux-Payette4 Liberal Québec (Bedford) March 21, 1995 Chrétien April 22, 2016 Retirement
  Libbe Hubley Liberal Prince Edward Island March 8, 2001 Chrétien Incumbent
  Mobina Jaffer Liberal British Columbia June 13, 2001 Chrétien Incumbent
  Janis Gudrun Johnson Conservative Manitoba (Winnipeg - Interlake) September 27, 1990 Mulroney September 27, 2016 Resignation
  Serge Joyal Liberal Québec (Kennebec) November 26, 1997 Chrétien Incumbent
  Colin Kenny Liberal Ontario (Rideau) June 29, 1984 Trudeau Incumbent
  Wilbert Joseph Keon Conservative Ontario (Ottawa) September 27, 1990 Mulroney May 17, 2010 Retirement
  Noël A. Kinsella Conservative New Brunswick (Fredericton-York-Sunbury) September 12, 1990 Mulroney November 27, 2014 Retirement
  Michael J. L. Kirby Liberal Nova Scotia (South Shore) January 13, 1984 Trudeau October 31, 2006 Resignation
  Jean Lapointe Liberal Québec (Saurel) June 13, 2001 Chrétien December 6, 2010 Retirement
  Raymond Lavigne Liberal Québec (Montarville) March 26, 2002 Chrétien March 21, 2011 Resignation
  Marjory LeBreton Conservative Ontario June 18, 1993 Mulroney July 4, 2015 Retirement
  Rose-Marie Losier-Cool Liberal New Brunswick (Tracadie) March 21, 1995 Chrétien June 18, 2012 Retirement
  Sandra Lovelace Nicholas Liberal New Brunswick September 21, 2005 Martin Incumbent
  Shirley Maheu Liberal Québec (Rougemont) February 1, 1996 Chrétien February 1, 2006 Death
  Francis William Mahovlich Liberal Ontario June 11, 1998 Chrétien January 10, 2013 Retirement
  Paul J. Massicotte Liberal Québec (De Lanaudière) June 26, 2003 Chrétien Incumbent
  Elaine McCoy Progressive Conservative Alberta (Calgary) March 24, 2005 Martin Incumbent
  Michael Arthur Meighen Conservative Ontario (St. Marys) September 27, 1990 Mulroney February 6, 2012 Resignation
  Terry M. Mercer Liberal Nova Scotia (Northend Halifax) November 7, 2003 Chrétien Incumbent
  Pana Merchant Liberal Saskatchewan December 12, 2002 Chrétien Incumbent
  Lorna Ann Milne Liberal Ontario (Peel County) September 22, 1995 Chrétien December 13, 2009 Retirement
  Grant Mitchell Liberal Alberta (Edmonton) March 24, 2005 Martin Incumbent
  Wilfred P. Moore Liberal Nova Scotia (Stanhope St./Bluenose) September 26, 1996 Chrétien January 14, 2017 Retirement
  Jim Munson Liberal Ontario (Ottawa/Rideau Canal) December 10, 2003 Chrétien Incumbent
  Lowell Murray Progressive Conservative Ontario (Pakenham) September 13, 1979 Clark September 26, 2011 Retirement
  Pierre Claude Nolin Conservative Québec (De Salaberry) June 18, 1993 Mulroney April 23, 2015 Death
  Donald H. Oliver Conservative Nova Scotia September 7, 1990 Mulroney November 16, 2013 Retirement
  Lucie Pépin Liberal Québec (Shawinigan) April 8, 1997 Chrétien September 7, 2011 Retirement
  Robert Peterson Liberal Saskatchewan (Regina) March 24, 2005 Martin October 19, 2012 Retirement
  Gerard Phalen Liberal Nova Scotia October 4, 2001 Chrétien March 28, 2009 Retirement
  Peter Michael Pitfield Independent Ontario (Ottawa-Vanier) December 22, 1982 Trudeau June 1, 2010 Resignation
  Madeleine Plamondon Independent Québec (The Laurentides) September 9, 2003 Chrétien September 21, 2006 Retirement
  Marie-Paule Poulin Liberal Ontario September 22, 1995 Chrétien April 17, 2015 Resignation
  Vivienne Poy Liberal Ontario (Toronto) September 17, 1998 Chrétien September 17, 2012 Resignation
  Marcel Prud'homme Independent Québec (La Salle) May 26, 1993 Mulroney November 30, 2009 Retirement
  Pierrette Ringuette Liberal New Brunswick December 12, 2002 Chrétien Incumbent
  Jean-Claude Rivest Independent Québec (Stadacona) March 11, 1993 Mulroney January 31, 2015 Resignation
  Fernand Robichaud Liberal New Brunswick (Saint Louis de Kent) September 23, 1997 Chrétien December 2, 2014 Retirement
  William H. Rompkey Liberal Newfoundland and Labrador (North West River) September 22, 1995 Chrétien May 13, 2011 Retirement
  Nancy Ruth Progressive Conservative Ontario (Toronto) March 24, 2005 Martin January 6, 2017 Retirement
  Hugh Segal Conservative Ontario (Kingston) August 2, 2005 Martin June 15, 2014 Resignation
  Nick Sibbeston Liberal Northwest Territories September 2, 1999 Chrétien Incumbent
  David Paul Smith Liberal Ontario (Cobourg) June 25, 2002 Chrétien May 16, 2016 Retirement
  Mira Spivak Independent Manitoba (Manitoba) November 17, 1986 Mulroney July 12, 2009 Retirement
  Gerry St. Germain Conservative British Columbia (Langley-Pemberton-Whistler) June 23, 1993 Mulroney November 6, 2012 Retirement
  Peter Alan Stollery Liberal Ontario (Bloor & Yonge/Toronto) July 2, 1981 Trudeau November 29, 2010 Retirement
  Terrance Richard Stratton Conservative Manitoba (Red River) March 25, 1993 Mulroney March 16, 2013 Retirement
  Claudette Tardif Liberal Alberta (Edmonton) March 24, 2005 Martin Incumbent
  David Tkachuk Conservative Saskatchewan June 8, 1993 Mulroney Incumbent
  Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Liberal New Brunswick September 9, 2003 Chrétien October 22, 2008 Retirement
  Charlie Watt Liberal Québec (Inkerman) January 16, 1984 Trudeau Incumbent
  Rod Zimmer Liberal Manitoba (Winnipeg) August 2, 2005 Martin August 2, 2013 Resignation

Senators appointed during the 39th Parliament[edit]

[3] Name Party Province (Division) Date appointed Appointed by On the Advice of Left office Reason
  Bert Brown6 Conservative Alberta July 10, 2007 Jean Harper March 22, 2013 Retirement
  Michael Fortier7 Conservative Quebec (Rougemont) February 27, 2006 Jean Harper September 8, 2008 Resignation
  • Senators in bold were cabinet ministers during the 39th Parliament

3 Senator Hays served as Leader of the Opposition in the Senate until 18 January 2007.

4 Senator Hervieux-Payette was appointed as Leader of the Opposition in the Senate on 18 January 2007.

6 Appointed from the list of elected Senators in waiting.

7 Appointed after the election but prior to the official start of the 39th Parliament.

Left Senate during the 39th Parliament[edit]

Date Name Party Province Details
  February 1, 2006 Shirley Maheu1 Liberal Quebec Died
  April 22, 2006 John Buchanan Conservative Nova Scotia Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
  April 28, 2006 Marisa Ferretti Barth Liberal Quebec Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
  June 8, 2006 Michael Forrestall Conservative Nova Scotia Died
  September 21, 2006 Madeleine Plamondon Independent Quebec Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
  October 31, 2006 Michael Kirby Liberal Nova Scotia Resigned to move on to new challenges
  December 31, 2006 Ione Jean Christensen Liberal Yukon Resigned to assist her ailing husband
  March 2, 2007 Jack Austin Liberal British Columbia Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
  June 30, 2007 Daniel Philip Hays Liberal Alberta Resigned
  January 31, 2008 Pat Carney Conservative British Columbia Resigned
  February 4, 2008 Ross Fitzpatrick Liberal British Columbia Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
  August 26, 2008 Aurelien Gill Liberal Quebec Reached mandatory retirement age of 75
  September 8, 2008 Michael Fortier Conservative Quebec Resigned to run in 2008 election.

1 Died after the election but prior to the official start of the 39th Parliament.

Changes in party affiliation during the 39th Parliament[edit]

Date Name Party (subsequent) Party (previous) Details
  March 29, 2006 Nancy Ruth1 Conservative Progressive Conservative Appointed after the two parties merged, she originally listed her affiliation as Progressive Conservative
  June 8, 2006 Raymond Lavigne Liberal without caucus Liberal Suspended from the caucus for allegedly spending Senate funds for personal use.[4] After being remove he continued to sit as a Liberal without caucus.[5]
  October 31, 2006 Lillian Dyck Independent NDP New Democrat Dyck originally listed her official affiliation as NDP, but when this was not recognized by the party she changed her affiliation
  June 22, 2007 Anne Cools Conservative without caucus Conservative Removed from caucus for speaking out against the budget[6]
  December 13, 2007 Anne Cools Non-aligned Conservative without caucus Changed to non-aligned in the standings[6]

1 Changed after the election but prior to the official start of the 39th Parliament.

Party standings since election[edit]

The party standings have changed as follows since the election preceding the 39th Parliament:

Number of members
per party by date[7]
2006 2007 2008
Jan 23 Feb 1 Feb 27 Mar 29 Apr 22 Apr 28 Jun 8 Sep 21 Oct 31 Dec 31 Mar 2 Jun 22 Jun 30 Jul 10 Dec 13 Jan 31 Feb 4 Aug 26 Sep 8
  Liberal 67 66 65 64 63 62 61 60 59 58
  Conservative 23 24 25 24 23 22 23 22 21
  Independent 5 4
  Progressive Conservative 4 3
  NDP 1 0
  Independent NDP 0 1
  Non-aligned 0 1
  Conservative without caucus 0 1 0
  Liberal without caucus 0 1
vacant 5 6 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 12 13 14 15 16

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parliament of Canada. Party Standings (1974 to Date)". 
  2. ^ "Senators members of the Ministry". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 2011-05-24. 
  3. ^ "Senators: 40th Parliament of Canada". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  4. ^ "Liberal Senator Lavigne kicked out of caucus". CTV News. June 9, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Raymond Lavigne federal political experience". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  6. ^ a b "Anne Cools Federal Political Experience". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  7. ^ "Party Standings in the Senate". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 2007-08-18.