Richard Donahoe

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The Hon.
Richard Alphonsus Donahoe
Senator for Halifax, Nova Scotia
In office
Appointed by Joe Clark
Personal details
Born (1909-09-27)September 27, 1909
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Died April 25, 2000(2000-04-25) (aged 90)
Political party Progressive Conservative

Richard Alphonsus Donahoe, Q.C., K.S.G. (September 27, 1909 – April 25, 2000) was a Canadian lawyer and politician.

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the son of James Donahoe and Rebecca Duggan, he was educated at Dalhousie University and set up practice in Halifax. In 1936, he married Mary Boyd. Donahoe ran unsuccessfully for the House of Commons of Canada as the National Government candidate in the riding of Halifax in 1940 federal election. In 1951, he was elected an alderman on the Halifax City Council. He was elected mayor in 1952 and was acclaimed in 1953 and 1954.

He was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in a 1954 by-election held after the death of Angus L. Macdonald and was re-elected four times in 1956, 1960, 1963 and 1967. He was the Attorney General and Minister of Public Health in the cabinets of Robert Stanfield and George Isaac Smith. Donahoe helped implement the Medical Insurance Program in Nova Scotia. He was defeated when he ran for reelection in 1970 and returned to his law practice.

In 1979, he was summoned to the Senate of Canada representing the senatorial division of Halifax, Nova Scotia. A Progressive Conservative, he served until his mandatory retirement at the age of 75 in 1984.

In 1969, Pope Paul VI made him a Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great.

His sons, Terry Donahoe, and Art Donahoe were Nova Scotia politicians.

He was president of the Canadian Curling Association from 1955 to 1956.


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