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List of Canadian Leaders of the Government in the Senate
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List of Canadian Leaders of the Government in the Senate

The ministerial office of Leader of the Government in the Senate was recognized under the Great Seal of Canada on March 28 1969 and went into force on April 1 1969, Previously the position was not a ministerial office, although, with one exception, the incumbent also held a Cabinet portfolio while serving as Leader of the Government in the Senate. From 1935 until 1969 the Cabinet typically had a single Senator among its ranks with the position of minister without portfolio who also acted as Government Leader in the Senate. The position's counterpart on the Senate's Opposition bench is the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.

See Senators in Cabinet

1. Paul Joseph James Martin under Trudeau April 1 1969 - August 7 1974
2. Raymond Joseph Perrault under Trudeau August 8 1974 - June 3 1979
3. Jacques Flynn under Clark June 4 1979 - March 2 1980
4. Raymond Joseph Perrault under Trudeau March 3 1980 - September 29 1982
5. Bud Olson under Trudeau September 30 1982 - June 29 1984
6. Allan MacEachen under Turner June 30 1984 - September 16 1984
7. Duff Roblin under Mulroney September 17 1984 - June 29 1986
8. Lowell Murray under Mulroney June 30 1986 - June 24 1993
* Lowell Murray (cont'd.) under Campbell June 24 1993 - November 3 1993
9. Joyce Fairbairn under Chretien November 4 1993 - June 10 1997
10. Bernard Alasdair Graham under Chretien June 11 1997 - October 3 1999
11. J. Bernard Boudreau under Chretien October 4 1999 - January 8 2001
12. Sharon Carstairs under Chretien January 9 2001 - December 11 2003
13. Jack Austin under Martin since December 12 2003

Leaders of the Government in the Senate prior to 1969

(*)Prime Minister of Canada from June 16, 1891 to November 24, 1892.

(**)Prime Minister of Canada from December 21, 1894 to April 27, 1896.

(***) Had no concurrent portfolio in Cabinet.

(****) Minister without portfolio and de facto government leader in the Senate until April 1, 1969 when Leader of the Government in the Senate became an official ministerial office.