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Michael L. MacDonald (born May 4, 1955) is a Canadian politician and a Conservative member of the Canadian Senate. He was appointed on the advice of Stephen Harper to the Senate on January 2, 2009.[1]

Michael L. MacDonald
Senator for Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Assumed office
January 2, 2009
Nominated byStephen Harper
Appointed byMichaëlle Jean
Personal details
Born (1955-05-04) May 4, 1955 (age 64)
Louisbourg, Nova Scotia
Political partyConservative


Early life and educationEdit

MacDonald was born in Louisbourg, the youngest of 10 children.[2] In 1977, he graduated from University of King's College in Halifax with an Honours degree in political science.

Political careerEdit

MacDonald worked as a researcher for the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada Research Office from 1978 to 1980. He then worked in the office of MLA Gerald Sheehy from 1980 to 1982 and then as Executive Assistant to Premier John Buchanan from 1982 to 1984. He was also Executive Assistant to Thomas McMillan from 1984 to 1985, and then to Stewart McInnes from 1985 to 1987.[2]

He has been the owner of the Fortress Inn in Louisbourg since 1988.[2]

In 1988, he ran for federal office in Cape Breton—East Richmond, placing second with 7,173 votes. In 1993, he ran provincially for the Progressive Conservative Association of Nova Scotia in the riding of Dartmouth-Cole Harbour, placing second with 2,905 votes. He ran in Dartmouth-Cole Harbour again in 1998, placing third with 2,084 votes. He ran federally in 2004 in the riding of Dartmouth—Cole Harbour, placing third with 8,739 votes.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

MacDonald lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, with his wife Marilyn, and their two sons, Lauchlan and Liam.[2]


  1. ^ "Senators - Detailed Information". Parliament of Canada. Archived from the original on 2009-02-05. Retrieved 2009-12-23.
  2. ^ a b c d e Senator Michael L. MacDonald - Official Biography Senate of Canada

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