Donald Oliver

Donald Oliver
Donald H. Oliver
Senator for South Shore, Nova Scotia
Assumed office
September 7, 1990
Appointed by Brian Mulroney
Personal details
Born November 16, 1938 (1938-11-16) (age 72)
Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Political party Conservative
Profession Lawyer

Donald H. Oliver, QC (born November 16, 1938) is a Canadian Senator.

A lawyer and developer, Oliver is a member of Nova Scotia's Black minority. He is the nephew of Canadian opera singer Portia White, politician Bill White and labour union activist Jack White, and the cousin of political strategist Sheila White. He is descended from slave refugees who came to Canada during the War of 1812.[1]


Education and before politics

Oliver practised law in Halifax, Nova Scotia as a partner in the firm Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales from 1965 to 1990, and subsequently at two other law firms for a total of 36 years, primarily in civil litigation. He taught at Dalhousie University Law School as a part-time professor for 14 years, and also taught law courses at Technical University of Nova Scotia and St. Mary’s University. He is a Queen's Counsel.


A long-time activist in the Progressive Conservative Party, Oliver served as the party's director of legal affairs through six federal elections from 1972 to 1988. He has also served as a federal vice-president of the party and as a director of its fundraising wing, the PC Canada Fund.

Oliver also served for years as Constitution Chairman and member of the Finance Committee for the Progressive Conservative Association of Nova Scotia, and is a former Vice-President of that Party.

Appointment to the Senate

Oliver was appointed to the Senate at the recommendation of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney on September 7, 1990. He has served as a member of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce, and as the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications. He is currently Chairman of the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry. Senator Oliver was also Co-chair of the Special Joint Committee on a Code of Conduct for Parliamentarians. He has worked on a number of Private Members’ Bills, including a bill to amend sections of the criminal code dealing with stalking and, more recently, a bill to address the issue of SPAM.

On March 4, 2010, Oliver was named Speaker pro tempore of the Senate of Canada.

Personal life

Oliver is married and has one daughter. When not in Ottawa, Oliver resides on his farm in Queens County, Nova Scotia. Senator Donald Oliver is an honorary patron with Canadian Crossroads International. In 1962 he was a Crossroads volunteer to Ethiopia, an experience Senator Oliver has said, changed him forever.


  1. ^ Senator Donald Oliver, "Black History And Culture", December 20, 2007.

2. Volunteers Lend the World a Helping Hand, Embassy October 2008

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