Pana Merchant

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The Honourable
Pana Merchant
Senator for Saskatchewan
In office
December 12, 2002 – March 31, 2017
Nominated by Jean Chrétien
Appointed by Adrienne Clarkson
Personal details
Born Pana Papas Merchant
(1943-04-02) April 2, 1943 (age 74)
Nationality Canadian
Political party Senate Liberal Caucus
Other political
Liberal (until 2014)
Spouse(s) Anthony Merchant
Children 3
Residence Saskatchewan
Alma mater University of Saskatchewan
University of Regina
Occupation Senator
Profession teacher, businessperson

Pana Pappas Merchant (born April 2, 1943) is a Liberal Senator from the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. She has held the position since her appointment to the Senate by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien in 2002.[1]

On January 29, 2014, Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau announced all Liberal Senators, including Merchant, were removed from the Liberal caucus, and would continue sitting as Independents.[2] The Senators refer to themselves as the Senate Liberal Caucus even though they are no longer members of the parliamentary Liberal caucus.[3]

Senator Pana announced her resignation from the Senate on March 31, 2017, approximately a year ahead of her mandatory retirement date.[4]


  1. ^ "Pana Merchant". Senator Biography. Senate of Canada. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
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  3. ^ "Trudeau’s expulsion catches Liberal senators by surprise". Globe and Mail. January 29, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Debates of the Senate of Canada". The Speaker of the Senate. 30 March 2017. 

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