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Terry Mercer

Terry Mercer

Canadian politician
Terry Mercer
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Intro Canadian politician
Is Politician
From Canada
Type Politics
Gender male
Birth 6 May 1947
Age 73 years
Star sign Taurus
Politics Liberal Party of Canada, Senate Liberal Caucus
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Biography

Terry M. Mercer (born May 6, 1947) is a Canadian Senator.

A long-time fundraiser and organizer for the Liberal Party of Canada, Mercer was appointed to the Senate representing Nova Scotia by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien in November 2003, shortly before Prime Minister Chrétien's retirement. Mercer served as National Director of the Liberal Party during much of Chrétien's tenure as party leader.

Mercer has been an administrator and fundraiser for numerous charitable organizations such as the Kidney Foundation of Canada, St. John Ambulance, the Nova Scotia Lung Association, the YMCA and the Canadian Diabetes Association and is currently Past Chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals' Foundation for Philanthropy in Canada.

Prior to entering the charitable sector, Mercer worked as Executive Assistant to Nova Scotia's Minister of Labour and Housing from 1974 to 1978.

In February 2013, Mercer became a subject of criticism for having spent the most out of any senator in the past year.

On January 29, 2014, Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau announced all Liberal Senators, including Mercer, were removed from the Liberal caucus, and would continue sitting as Independents. The senators refer to themselves as the Senate Liberal Caucus even though they are no longer members of the parliamentary Liberal caucus.

With the Senate Liberal Caucus facing losing official parliamentary caucus status in 2020 with a third of its caucus facing mandatory retirements on their turning age 75, Senator Joseph Day announced that the Senate Liberal Caucus had been dissolved and a new Progressive Senate Group formed in its wake, with the entire membership joining the new group, including this senator.

With Senator Day's mandatory retirement in January 2020, on December 12, 2019, Senator Jane Cordy tweeted that her colleagues in the PSG had selected her as the new leader, ostensibly effective that same date. Additionally, she subsequently announced later that day Senator Mercer would be moving into the Whip/Caucus Chair role, that Senator Dennis Dawson would be become the new Deputy Leader, and that the interim monikers were being removed at the same time.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 13 Jun 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/meet-terry-mercer-canada-s-most-expensive-senator-1.1157273
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/justin-trudeau-removes-senators-from-liberal-caucus-1.2515273
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/trudeau-to-boot-senators-from-liberal-caucus-in-bid-to-restore-senate-independence/article16567413/
https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/new-faction-progressive-senate-group-1.5358269
https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/one-time-liberal-senators-rename-themselves-as-progressive-senate-group-1.4685456
https://twitter.com/SenatorCordy/status/1205240775308709888
https://twitter.com/SenatorCordy/status/1205240776374079488
https://lop.parl.ca/sites/ParlInfo/default/en_CA/People/Profile?personId=8788
http://www.liberalsenateforum.ca/Senator/mercet
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