Terry Mercer

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Terry Mercer
Senator for North End Halifax, Nova Scotia
Assumed office
November 7, 2003
Nominated by Jean Chrétien
Appointed by Adrienne Clarkson
Personal details
Terry M. Mercer

(1947-05-06) May 6, 1947 (age 71)
Political party Liberal (until 2014)
Independent Liberal

Terry M. Mercer (born May 6, 1947) is a Canadian Senator.

A long-time fundraiser and organizer for the Liberal Party of Canada, Mercer was appointed to the Senate representing Nova Scotia by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien in November 2003, shortly before Prime Minister Chrétien's retirement. Mercer served as National Director of the Liberal Party during much of Chrétien's tenure as party leader.

Mercer has been an administrator and fundraiser for numerous charitable organizations such as the Kidney Foundation of Canada, St. John Ambulance, the Nova Scotia Lung Association, the YMCA and the Canadian Diabetes Association and is currently Past Chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals' Foundation for Philanthropy in Canada.

Prior to entering the charitable sector, Mercer worked as Executive Assistant to Nova Scotia's Minister of Labour and Housing from 1974 to 1978.

In February 2013, Mercer became a subject of criticism for having spent the most out of any senator in the past year.[1]

On January 29, 2014, Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau announced all Liberal Senators, including Mercer, 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]


  1. ^ http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/meet-terry-mercer-canada-s-most-expensive-senator-1.1157273
  2. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/justin-trudeau-removes-senators-from-liberal-caucus-1.2515273
  3. ^ "Trudeau's expulsion catches Liberal senators by surprise". Globe and Mail. January 29, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014.

External links

  • Terry Mercer – Parliament of Canada biography
  • Liberal Senate Forum
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