Nicole Eaton

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Nicole Eaton
Senator from Ontario
Assumed office
January 2, 2009
Nominated by Stephen Harper
Appointed by Michaëlle Jean
Personal details
Born (1945-01-21) January 21, 1945 (age 74)
Political party Conservative

Nicole Marie Eaton (born January 21, 1945) is a Canadian politician and a Conservative member of the Senate of Canada. A fundraiser for the Conservative Party, she was appointed on the advice of Stephen Harper to the Senate on December 22, 2008, her term starting on January 2, 2009.[1] She was a trustee of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) from 1983 to 1989 and a director of the ROM Foundation from 1996 to 2002.[2]

In 2011 Eaton called Canada's national symbol, the beaver, a "dentally defective rat", and suggested that the polar bear should replace it in Canadian iconography.[3] She gained further notoriety in 2012 by leading the Conservative government's charge in the Senate against foreign funding of environmental charities.


She is the daughter of Edmond Jacques Courtois.

Her brother, E. Jacques Courtois Jr, is a convicted insider trader having peddled confidential takeover information while a vice-president in Morgan Stanley's mergers and acquisitions department from 1974 to 1977. Courtois Jr fled to Bogota, Colombia, where he was a fugitive for several years before pleading guilty to insider trading charges in New York in 1983.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

She is a member of the Eaton family through her marriage to Thor Edgar Eaton.


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  2. ^ "ROM - Our History - The Eaton Family". Archived from the original on December 9, 2008. Retrieved December 23, 2008.
  3. ^ "Nicole Eaton, Canadian Senator, New National Symbol Should Be A Polar Bear". The Huffington Post Canada. The Canadian Press. October 27, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
  4. ^ "The Montreal Gazette - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  5. ^ Arenson, Karen W. (14 February 1981). "Ruin of 2 Wall Street Careers". Retrieved 29 December 2017 – via
  6. ^ Cole, Robert J. (3 September 1983). "Insider Fugitive Surrenders". Retrieved 29 December 2017 – via
  7. ^ PALTROW, SCOT J. (28 June 1988). "$19 Million in Insider Trades Laid to Trainee : SEC Links Temporary Morgan Stanley Worker, 24, Taiwan Businessman to Second-Biggest Case". Retrieved 29 December 2017 – via LA Times.
  8. ^ Ross, Nancy L. (3 July 1983). "'Black Box' Polices the Big Board". Retrieved 29 December 2017 – via
  9. ^ Neuman, William (19 June 2014). "Support From the Left Helps Keep a Right-Wing President in Power in Colombia". Retrieved 29 December 2017 – via
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