Linda Frum

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Linda Frum
Senator for Ontario
Assumed office
August 27, 2009
Nominated by Stephen Harper
Appointed by Michaëlle Jean
Personal details
Born (1963-01-13) January 13, 1963 (age 56)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Howard Sokolowski
Relations David Frum, brother
Children 3
Parents Barbara Frum
Murray Frum
Occupation Senator, author, journalist

Linda Frum (born January 13, 1963) is a Canadian author and journalist, and a Conservative member of the Senate of Canada since 2009.

Life and career

Frum was born in Toronto, Ontario, the daughter of Barbara Frum, a journalist, and Murray Frum, a real estate developer. Her brother David Frum is a political author and journalist, and was a speech writer for George W. Bush and helped coin the phrase "Axis of Evil".[1] Another brother, Matthew Frum, was adopted and is of aboriginal ancestry.[2] Frum attended Havergal College and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University, Montreal in 1984.

She has authored two books, and edited a third. The two she wrote are: Linda Frum's Guide to Canadian Universities (1987, with an updated edition published in 1990) and Barbara Frum: A Daughter's Memoir (1996). Frum is a former contributing editor to Maclean's, and was a columnist with the National Post from 1998 to 2002 and again from 2006 to 2007. In 1996 she won a Gemini Award for Best Social-Political Documentary Program for the film Ms. Conceptions.[3] In June 2010, she received an Honorary Doctorate from Yeshiva University.

She has served as a volunteer for many community organizations. She is a member of the Board of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.[4] She is an honorary patron of the Jerusalem Foundation.[5] In 2006, she was chair of the Women's Division of the United Jewish Appeal. She is a past board member of Mount Sinai Hospital, Upper Canada College, The Bishop Strachan School, the Art Gallery of Ontario Foundation, Soulpepper Theatre, and the Ontario Arts Council.

Currently she is co-chair of the United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto 2018 Campaign.[6]

Frum lives in Toronto with her husband Howard Sokolowski,[7] a real estate developer and former co-owner of the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, and her three children. In 2006, she and her husband received the Human Relations Award from the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews.

In 2012, Minister Jason Kenney appointed Senator Frum Co-Chair of the Advisory Council for the 2013 Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research.[8] In 2013, Minister Ambrose appointed Frum to sit on a task force to promote the participation of women on corporate boards. In December 2013, Frum and her husband co-chaired the Jewish National Fund's Negev Dinner in honour of Prime Minister Harper. The dinner set records for both attendance and fundraising: 4,000 people attended and $5.7m was raised for the Stephen J. Harper Bird Sanctuary Visitor and Education Centre in Hula Valley, Israel.[9]

She has a Conservative affiliation and represents Ontario. She served as Chair of the Conservative Senate Caucus from 2015 to 2017.


  1. ^ "Barbara Frum | Jewish Women's Archive". Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  2. ^ Oppenheimer, Mark. "The Prodigal Frum | The Nation". ISSN 0027-8378. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  3. ^ "Senators - Detailed Information". 2013-05-08. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  4. ^ "Board of Directors | UJA Federation of Greater Toronto". Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  5. ^ "Canada". Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  6. ^ "Board of Directors | UJA Federation of Greater Toronto". Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  7. ^ Stephenson, Dan. "The Shotgun: Linda Frum Sokolowski, a new Senator, already drives liberals crazy". Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  8. ^ "Minister Kenney Announces Advisory Council Members for International Task Force on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research | CIJA". Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  9. ^ "JNF Toronto Negev Dinner 2013 - KKL JNF – Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael – Jewish National Fund". Retrieved 2018-11-09.
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