List of Manitoba senators

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This is a list of past and present Canadian senators from the province of Manitoba.

Manitoba can be represented by up to six senators, but this was not always the case. Stipulated in the Manitoba Act of 1870, the province was first represented by two senators, then to increase incrementally based on population, when the population reached 75,000 it would then be represented by a maximum of four senators. The Constitution Act of 1915 added two more senate seats for Manitoba bringing the total to six.

The Constitution Act of 1915 also amended Section 26 of the Constitution Act of 1867 to add a fourth regional division, called the Western provinces, made up of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, to allow two senators to be appointed on a regional basis.

Current senators

Name Party1 Division2 Date appointed Appointed by3 On the advice of Mandatory retirement
  Bovey, PatriciaPatricia Bovey Non-affiliated (ISG) Manitoba November 10, 2016 Johnston J. Trudeau May 15, 2023
  Gagné, RaymondeRaymonde Gagné Non-affiliated (ISG) Manitoba April 1, 2016 Johnston J. Trudeau January 7, 2031
  McPhedran, MarilouMarilou McPhedran Non-affiliated (ISG) Manitoba November 10, 2016 Johnston J. Trudeau July 22, 2026
  Plett, DonDon Plett Conservative Landmark August 27, 2009 Jean Harper May 14, 2025
  Sinclair, MurrayMurray Sinclair Non-affiliated (ISG) Manitoba April 1, 2016 Johnston J. Trudeau January 24, 2026

Notes:

1 Party listed is the Senator's current party.
2 Senators are appointed to represent Manitoba. Each senator may choose to designate a geographic area within Manitoba as his or her division.
3 Senators are appointed by the Governor-General of Canada on the recommendation of the prime minister.

Historical

Name Party 1 Division2 Date appointed Appointed by3 End of Term
  Arthur-Lucien Beaubien Liberal Provencher January 29, 1940 King February 1, 1969
  Aimé Bénard Conservative St. Boniface September 3, 1917 Borden January 8, 1938
  Thomas-Alfred Bernier Conservative St. Boniface October 27, 1892 Abbott December 30, 1908
  JoAnne Buth Conservative Manitoba January 6, 2012 Harper August 10, 2014
  Charles Arkoll Boulton Liberal-Conservative Marquette December 10, 1889 Macdonald May 15, 1899
  George Bradbury Conservative Selkirk December 17, 1917 Borden September 6, 1925
  Sharon Carstairs Liberal Manitoba September 15, 1994 Chrétien October 17, 2011
  Maria Chaput Liberal Manitoba December 12, 2002 Chrétien March 1, 2016
  Noé Chevrier Liberal Winnipeg January 18, 1909 Laurier October 9, 1911
  Thomas Crerar Liberal Churchill April 18, 1945 King May 31, 1966
  John Caswell Davis Liberal Winnipeg January 25, 1949 St. Laurent October 25, 1953
  Ron Duhamel Liberal Manitoba January 15, 2002 Chrétien September 30, 2002
  Douglas Everett Independent Liberal Fort Rouge November 8, 1966 Pearson January 20, 1994
  Robert Forke Liberal-Progressive Brandon December 30, 1929 King February 2, 1934
  Marc-Amable Girard Liberal St. Boniface December 13, 1871 Macdonald September 12, 1892
  Joseph-Philippe Guay Liberal St. Boniface March 23, 1978 Trudeau, P. E. October 4, 1990
  James Campbell Haig Progressive Conservative River Heights June 15, 1962 Diefenbaker December 29, 1977
  John Thomas Haig Progressive Conservative Winnipeg August 14, 1935 Richard Bennett January 17, 1962
  John Power Howden Liberal St. Boniface April 18, 1945 King November 4, 1959
  Olive Lillian Irvine Progressive Conservative Lisgar January 14, 1960 Diefenbaker November 1, 1969
  Duncan Jessiman Progressive Conservative Manitoba May 26, 1993 Mulroney June 5, 1998
  Janis Johnson4 Conservative Winnipeg-Interlake
Manitoba5
September 27, 1990 Mulroney September 27, 2016
  John Nesbitt Kirchhoffer Conservative Selkirk December 16, 1892 Thompson December 22, 1914
  Richard Kroft Liberal Manitoba June 11, 1998 Chrétien September 24, 2004
  Alphonse Larivière Conservative Provencher October 23, 1911 Borden September 1, 1917
  Lendrum McMeans Conservative Winnipeg July 26, 1917 Borden September 13, 1941
  William Craig McNamara Liberal Winnipeg October 7, 1970 Trudeau, P. E. August 8, 1979
  Gildas Molgat Liberal St. Rose October 7, 1970 Trudeau, P. E. February 28, 2001
  John Patrick Molloy Liberal Provencher October 6, 1925 King March 16, 1948
  Henry Mullins Conservative Marquette August 14, 1935 Bennett September 5, 1950
  Nathan Nurgitz Progressive Conservative Winnipeg North October 3, 1979 Clark February 9, 1993
  Dufferin Roblin Progressive Conservative Red River March 23, 1978 Trudeau, P. E. June 17, 1992
  Frederick Laurence Schaffner Conservative Souris October 23, 1917 Borden May 22, 1935
  John Christian Schultz Liberal-Conservative Manitoba September 23, 1882 Macdonald July 1, 1888
  William Sharpe Conservative Manitou February 10, 1916 Borden April 19, 1942
  Mira Spivak Independent Manitoba November 17, 1986 Mulroney July 12, 2009
  Terry Stratton Conservative Red River March 25, 1993 Mulroney March 16, 2013
  John Sutherland Independent Conservative Kildonan December 13, 1871 Macdonald April 13, 1899
  Gunnar Thorvaldson Progressive Conservative Winnipeg South January 29, 1958 Diefenbaker August 2, 1969
  William Michael Wall Liberal Winnipeg July 28, 1955 St. Laurent July 7, 1962
  Robert Watson Liberal Portage la Prairie January 29, 1900 Laurier May 19, 1929
  Finlay McNaughton Young Liberal Killarney January 30, 1900 Laurier February 15, 1916
  Paul Yuzyk Progressive Conservative Fort Garry February 4, 1963 Diefenbaker July 9, 1986
  Rod Zimmer Liberal Winnipeg August 2, 2005 Martin August 6, 2013

Notes:

1 Party listed was the last party of which the Senator was a member.
2 Senators are appointed to represent Manitoba. Each senator may choose to designate a geographic area within Manitoba as his or her division.
3 Senators are appointed by the Governor-General of Canada on the recommendation of the prime minister.
4 Johnson was appointed as one of two senators under section 26 of the Constitution Act to represent the Western provinces, under the regional expansion clause that saw the Senate increase from 104 to 112 members.
5 Division designated as Winnipeg-Interlake from September 27, 1990 to March 29, 2009 and Manitoba from March 30, 2009 to the present.

Western provinces regional senators

Senators listed were appointed to represent the Western Provinces 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
  Janis Johnson Conservative Winnipeg-Interlake September 27, 1990 Mulroney October 4, 1990 Manitoba Joseph-Philippe Guay September 27, 2016
  Eric Berntson Progressive Conservative Saskatchewan September 27, 1990 Mulroney January 26, 1991 Saskatchewan David Steuart February 27, 2001

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.

See also

External links

  • Current Senators List Parliament Website
  • A Legislative and Historical Overview of the Canadian Senate
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