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Grant Mitchell (politician)

Grant Mitchell
Canadian Senator for Alberta
In office
March 24, 2005 – April 24, 2020
Nominated byPaul Martin
Appointed byAdrienne Clarkson
Succeeded byKaren Sorensen
Leader of the Official Opposition in Alberta
In office
November 12, 1994 – April 17, 1998
Preceded byLaurence Decore
Succeeded byHoward Sapers
Leader of the Alberta Liberal Party
In office
Preceded byBettie Hewes (interim)
Succeeded byNancy MacBeth
MLA for Edmonton Meadowlark
In office
MLA for Edmonton McClung
In office
Personal details
Born (1951-07-19) July 19, 1951 (age 72)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Political partyNon-affiliated
Other political
Alma materQueen's University, University of Alberta
OccupationBusinessman, financial analyst, lecturer

Grant Mitchell (born July 19, 1951) is a Canadian politician and businessman. Over his career, he was leader of the Alberta Liberal Party and a member of the Senate of Canada.


He received a BA degree from the University of Alberta and an MA degree from Queen's University.


From 1976 to 1979, he worked as a public servant with the Government of Alberta. From 1979 to 1986, he worked in the financial sector as an executive with Edmonton's Principal Group.

From 1998 to 2005, while out of politics, Mitchell joined CIBC Wood Gundy as an investment advisor.

He has also served on the boards of the Canadian Commercial Corporation, the Edmonton ITU World Cup Triathlon and the Edmonton Police Foundation.

Political career

Provincial politics

Mitchell was first elected to the Alberta legislature as the Liberal MLA for Edmonton Meadowlark in 1986. Following his re-election in 1989, he was re-elected in 1993 and 1997 in the new riding of Edmonton McClung.

After placing second in the 1988 Liberal leadership contest to Edmonton mayor Laurence Decore, he became leader of the party and opposition leader in Alberta in 1994 and served until 1998, when he left provincial politics. He was succeeded as Liberal leader by Nancy MacBeth.

Federal politics

On March 24, 2005, he was appointed to the Canadian Senate by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, on the advice of Prime Minister Paul Martin, where he represented Edmonton.

Mitchell served on three Senate committees: National Finance; Legal and Constitutional Affairs; and Agriculture and Forestry. He sat on the Senate committee for Human Rights and was deputy chair of the Senate Committee for Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources.

On January 29, 2014, Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau announced all Liberal senators, including Mitchell, were removed from the Liberal caucus, and would continue sitting as independents.[1] The senators referred to themselves as the Senate Liberal Caucus even though they were no longer members of the parliamentary Liberal caucus.[2]

On May 2, 2016, he left the Senate Liberal Caucus to sit as an independent;[3] the next day he was appointed whip by Government Representative in the Senate Peter Harder. As such, Mitchell acted as a liaison between the government and senators and tried to secure votes for government legislation.[4]

On November 29, 2019, the Prime Minister's Office announced[5] that Senator Harder would step down from his position as Representative of the Government in the Senate effective December 31, 2019, and that Mitchell would step down as Government Liaison[5] but continue in the role until Harder's successor was named in "due course."[5] Marc Gold was named Harder's successor on January 24, 2020.[6] Mitchell retired from the Senate on April 24, 2020.[7]


Grant Mitchell is married to Teresa Mitchell (née Flood), an Edmonton lawyer. They have three sons: Lucas, Liam, Grady.


  1. ^ "Justin Trudeau removes senators from Liberal caucus". January 29, 2014.
  2. ^ "Trudeau's expulsion catches Liberal senators by surprise". The Globe and Mail. January 29, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  3. ^ "Trudeau's representative in Senate to name deputy, whip - The Globe and Mail".
  4. ^ "Liberals' New Senate Positions Dismissed As 'Word Games' | HuffPost null".
  5. ^ a b c "The Prime Minister announces changes to the Senate leadership". Office of the Prime Minister of Canada. Government of Canada. November 29, 2019. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  6. ^ "Trudeau appoints constitutional lawyer Marc Gold as government leader in the Senate". CBC News. January 24, 2020. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  7. ^ Mitchell, Grant. "I recently retired from the Senate of Canada. It was an honour to represent Alberta. I am grateful to have worked with so many remarkable people on important issues and challenges. I leave with a full heart, wonderful memories and the prospect of a bright future with my family". Retrieved May 9, 2020.
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