Michael MacDonald

Nova Scotia

Former Vice-President of the Conservative Party of Canada

  • Senator Michael MacDonald began his career in politics in 1978, working in the Progressive Conservative research office in Ottawa. In 1980, MacDonald returned to Nova Scotia and became very involved in provincial politics, including working as the executive assistant to former premier John Buchanan from 1982 to 1984. He ran in four elections, beginning with the 1988 federal election in the riding of Cape Breton-East Richmond, followed by the 1993 and 1998 provincial elections, and the 2004 federal election in Dartmouth-Cole Harbour.
  • He served as the vice-president of the Conservative Party of Canada and was the party's national councillor for Nova Scotia until his appointment to the Senate.
  • His other roles include serving as the treasurer to the Canada-Korea Inter Parliamentary Friendship Group, as well as vice-chair to both the Canada-United States Inter Parliamentary Group, and the Canadian Section of ParlAmericas. He is also an active member with the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association, the Canadian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Canada-China Legislative Association, and the Canada-Japan Inter Parliamentary Group.
  • MacDonald's family can trace their ancestry back to some of the first settlers of Cape Breton. The youngest of ten siblings, he remains the president and owner of a motel and restaurant complex near his family home in Cape Breton called the Fortress Inn Louisbourg.
  • In his personal time, Senator MacDonald coaches minor league hockey and baseball and participates in fundraising efforts to support cystic fibrosis research and the preservation of Nova Scotia heritage.

Appointed by

Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper (Conservative)

Date appointed

2 January 2009

Expected Retirement

4 May 2030

Current Roles and Responsibilities

  • Treasurer, Canada-Korea Inter Parliamentary Friendship Group
  • Vice-Chair, Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group
  • Vice-Chair, Canadian Section of ParlAmericas
  • Member, the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association
  • Member, the Canadian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
  • Member, the Canada-China Legislative Association
  • Member, the Canada-Japan Inter Parliamentary Group

Interests

  • Cape Breton
  • Nova Scotia Heritage and Gaelic Language

Previous Parliamentary Roles

  • Member, Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade (42nd Parliament)
  • Vice-chair, Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications (42nd Parliament)
  • Member, Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs (42nd Parliament)
  • Member, Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans (42nd Parliament)
  • Member, Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs (41st Parliament)
  • Member, Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce (41st Parliament)
  • Member, Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources (41st Parliament)
  • Member, Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications (41st Parliament)
  • Member, Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources (41st Parliament)
  • Member, Standing Committee on Transport and Communications (41st Parliament)
  • Member, Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans (41st Parliament)

Education

  • King's College at Dalhousie University - Bachelor of Arts (Political Science)

Private Career

  • Businessman

Date of Birth

4 May 1955

Place of Birth

Louisbourg, NS, Canada

Gender

Male

Languages

English

Family

Spouse: Marilyn
Children:
  • Lauchlan and Liam

Office Staff

Kathryn Dunn
Executive Assistant 613-995-1866 kathryn.dunn@sen.parl.gc.ca
Ewan Dunn
Policy Advisor 613-995-1866 ewan.dunn@sen.parl.gc.ca

Ottawa Phone

613-995-1866

Place of Residence

Dartmouth, NS, Canada

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