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Canada’s 105 senators come from all walks of life, and from every province and territory. They reflect our rich mix of geographical, religious, ethnic and linguistic communities, gender and age, interests and political perspectives, expertise and experience.

Senators are usually affiliated with a political party. The Government caucus is formed by the senators affiliated with the governing party in the House of Commons. The Opposition caucus is formed by the non-government party with the most seats in the Senate. (This means that the Official Opposition in the House of Commons and the Senate may be different parties.) Senators may also choose to sit as independents.

Senators are appointed by the Governor General of Canada on the advice of the Prime Minister according to geographical divisions set out by the Constitution Act, 1867. They must own property and live in the geographical division for which they are appointed. Although originally named for life, senators now serve until the age of 75.

Current senators

Abbreviations
C Conservative Party of Canada Ind Independent
Lib Liberal Party of Canada PC Progressive Conservative

Political officers

Photo of Speaker Kinsella

Speaker of the Senate

Noël A. Kinsella
C — Fredericton–York–Sunbury,
New Brunswick

Photo of Senator Nolin

Speaker pro tempore

Pierre Claude Nolin
C — De Salaberry, Quebec

       
Photo of Senator Carignan

Leader of the Government
in the Senate

Claude Carignan, P.C.
C — Mille Isles, Quebec

Photo of Senator Cowan

Leader of the Opposition
in the Senate

James S. Cowan
Lib — Nova Scotia

       
Photo of Senator Martin

Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate

Yonah Martin
C — British Columbia

Photo of Senator Fraser

Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate

Joan Fraser
Lib — De Lorimier, Quebec

       
Photo of Senator Marshall

Government Whip

Elizabeth Marshall
C — Newfoundland and Labrador

Photo of Senator Munson

Opposition Whip

Jim Munson
Lib — Ottawa / Rideau Canal, Ontario

Photo of Senator Andreychuk
A. Raynell Andreychuk
C — Saskatchewan
Photo of Senator Ataullahjan
Salma Ataullahjan
C — Toronto, Ontario
Photo of Senator Baker
George Baker, P.C.
Lib — Newfoundland
and Labrador
Photo of Senator Batters
Denise Batters
C — Saskatchewan
Photo of Senator Bellemare
Diane Bellemare
C — Alma, Quebec
Photo of Senator Beyak
Lynn Beyak
C — Ontario
Photo of Senator Black
Douglas Black
C — Alberta
Photo of Senator Boisvenu
Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu
C — La Salle, Quebec
Photo of Senator Brazeau
Patrick Brazeau
Ind — Repentigny, Quebec
Photo of Senator Buth
JoAnne L. Buth
C — Manitoba
Photo of Senator Campbell
Larry W. Campbell
Lib — British Columbia
Photo of Senator Chaput
Maria Chaput
Lib — Manitoba
Photo of Senator Charette-Poulin
Marie-P. Charette-Poulin
Lib — Northern Ontario, Ontario
Photo of Senator Cools
Anne C. Cools
Ind — Toronto-Centre–York, Ontario
Photo of Senator Cordy
Jane Cordy
Lib — Nova Scotia
Photo of Senator Dagenais
Jean-Guy Dagenais
C — Victoria, Quebec
Photo of Senator Dawson
Dennis Dawson
Lib — Lauzon, Quebec
Photo of Senator Day
Joseph A. Day
Lib — Saint John–
Kennebecasis,
New Brunswick
Photo of Senator Demers
Jacques Demers
C — Rigaud, Quebec
Photo of Senator Downe
Percy E. Downe
Lib — Charlottetown,
Prince Edward Island
Photo of Senator Doyle
Norman E. Doyle
C — Newfoundland
and Labrador
Photo of Senator Duffy
Michael Duffy
Ind — Cavendish,
Prince Edward Island
Photo of Senator Dyck
Lillian Eva Dyck
Lib — Saskatchewan
Photo of Senator Eaton
Nicole Eaton
C — Ontario
Photo of Senator Eggleton
Art Eggleton, P.C.
Lib — Ontario
Photo of Senator Enverga
Tobias C. Enverga Jr.
C — Ontario
Photo of Senator Fortin-Duplessis
Suzanne Fortin-Duplessis
C — Rougemont, Quebec
Photo of Senator Frum
Linda Frum
C — Ontario
Photo of Senator Furey
George J. Furey
Lib — Newfoundland
and Labrador
Photo of Senator Gerstein
Irving Gerstein
C — Ontario
Photo of Senator Greene
Stephen Greene
C — Halifax–The Citadel,
Nova Scotia
Photo of Senator Hervieux-Payette
Céline Hervieux-Payette, P.C.
Lib — Bedford, Quebec
Photo of Senator Housakos
Leo Housakos
C — Wellington, Quebec
Photo of Senator Hubley
Elizabeth Hubley
Lib — Prince Edward Island
Photo of Senator Jaffer
Mobina S. B. Jaffer
Lib — British Columbia
Photo of Senator Johnson
Janis G. Johnson
C — Manitoba
Photo of Senator Joyal
Serge Joyal, P.C.
Lib — Kennebec, Quebec
Photo of Senator Kenny
Colin Kenny
Lib — Rideau, Ontario
Photo of Senator Lang
Daniel Lang
C — Yukon
Photo of Senator LeBreton
Marjory LeBreton, P.C.
C — Ontario
Photo of Senator Lovelace Nicholas
Sandra M. Lovelace Nicholas
Lib — New Brunswick
Photo of Senator MacDonald
Michael L. MacDonald
C — Cape Breton,
Nova Scotia
Photo of Senator Maltais
Ghislain Maltais
C — Shawinegan, Quebec
Photo of Senator Manning
Fabian Manning
C — Newfoundland
and Labrador
Photo of Senator Massicotte
Paul J. Massicotte
Lib — De Lanaudière,
Quebec
Photo of Senator McCoy
Elaine McCoy
Ind (PC) — Alberta
Photo of Senator Johnson McInnis
Thomas Johnson McInnis
C — Nova Scotia
Photo of Senator McIntyre
Paul E. McIntyre, Q.C.
C — New Brunswick
Photo of Senator Mercer
Terry M. Mercer
Lib — Northend Halifax,
Nova Scotia

Photo of Senator Merchant
Pana Merchant
Lib — Saskatchewan
Photo of Senator Meredith
Don Meredith
C — Ontario
Photo of Senator Mitchell
Grant Mitchell
Lib — Alberta
Photo of Senator Mockler
Percy Mockler
C — New Brunswick
Photo of Senator Moore
Wilfred P. Moore
Lib — Stanhope St. /
South Shore, Nova Scotia
Photo of Senator Nancy Ruth
Nancy Ruth
C — Cluny, Ontario
Photo of Senator Neufeld
Richard Neufeld
C — British Columbia
Photo of Senator Ngo
Thanh Hai Ngo
C — Ontario
Photo of Senator Ogilvie
Kelvin Kenneth Ogilvie
C — Annapolis Valley–Hants, Nova Scotia
Photo of Senator Oh
Victor Oh
C — Mississauga
Photo of Senator Patterson
Dennis Glen Patterson
C — Nunavut
Photo of Senator Plett
Donald Neil Plett
C — Landmark, Manitoba
Photo of Senator Poirier
Rose-May Poirier
C — Saint-Louis-de-Kent,
New Brunswick
Photo of Senator Greene Raine
Nancy Greene Raine
C — Thompson–
Okanagan– Kootenay, British Columbia
Photo of Senator Ringuette
Pierrette Ringuette
Lib — New Brunswick
Photo of Senator Rivard
Michel Rivard
C — The Laurentides, Quebec
Photo of Senator Rivest
Jean-Claude Rivest
Ind — Stadacona, Quebec
Photo of Senator Robichaud
Fernand Robichaud, P.C.
Lib — New Brunswick
Photo of Senator Runciman
Bob Runciman
C — Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, Ontario
Photo of Senator Seidman
Judith Seidman
C — De la Durantaye, Quebec
Photo of Senator Seth
Asha Seth
C — Ontario
Photo of Senator Sibbeston
Nick G. Sibbeston
Lib — Northwest Territories
Photo of Senator Smith
David P. Smith, P.C.
Lib — Cobourg, Ontario
Photo of Senator Smith
Larry W. Smith
C — Saurel, Quebec
Photo of Senator Stewart Olsen
Carolyn Stewart Olsen
C — New Brunswick
Photo of Senator Tannas
Scott Tannas
C — Alberta
Photo of Senator Tardif
Claudette Tardif
Lib — Alberta
Photo of Senator Tkachuk
David Tkachuk
C — Saskatchewan
Photo of Senator Unger
Betty E. Unger
C — Alberta
Photo of Senator Verner
Josée Verner, P.C.
C — Montarville, Quebec
Photo of Senator Wallace
John D. Wallace
C — Rothesay,
New Brunswick
Photo of Senator Wallin
Pamela Wallin
Ind — Saskatchewan
Photo of Senator Watt
Charlie Watt
Lib — Inkerman, Quebec
Photo of Senator Wells
David M. Wells
C — Newfoundland and Labrador
Photo of Senator White
Vernon White
C — Ontario

Standings in the Senate

Conservative Party 55
Liberal Party 31
Independent 6
Vacant seats 13
TOTAL 105
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