Lowell Murray

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Lowell Murray (born 26 September 1936) is a Senator and long time activist with the Progressive Conservative party in Canada. He was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Joe Clark in 1979. In 1986, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney appointed Murray to the Cabinet as Leader of the Government in the Senate and variously as Minister of State for Federal-Provincial Relations (until April 21, 1991) as Minister responsible for Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (June 1987 to September 1988) and Acting Minister of Communications (December 1988 to 30 January 1989). Murray served as Government Leader in the Senate until the defeat of the government of Prime Minister Kim Campbell in 1993.

In 2003, Murray joined with Joe Clark to oppose the merger of the Progressive Conservatives with the Canadian Alliance to form the Conservative Party of Canada. When the new party was created he refused to join the new Conservative caucus and remains one of four Senators (the others being William Doody, Nancy Ruth, and Norman Atkins) who continue to sit as Progressive Conservatives despite the fact that the Progressive Conservative Party has formally dissolved. Murray is scheduled to retire from the Senate in 2011.

See also List of Ontario senators.

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  • Senator Lowell Murray (http://www.parl.gc.ca/common/senmemb/senate/isenator_det.asp?senator_id=72&sortord=N&Language=E&M=M)
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