James Kelleher

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James Kelleher
Member of the Senate of Canada (for Ontario)
In office
September 23, 1990 – October 2, 2005
Appointed byBrian Mulroney
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Sault Ste. Marie
In office
Preceded byRon Irwin
Succeeded bySteve Butland
Personal details
BornOctober 2, 1930
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
DiedJune 2, 2013 (aged 82)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Political partyProgressive Conservative
ResidenceToronto, Ontario
CabinetMinister for International Trade (1984-1986)
Solicitor General of Canada (1986-1988)

James Francis "Jim" Kelleher, PC QC (October 2, 1930 – June 2, 2013) was a Canadian politician and retired senator.

Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario,[1] he received a B.A. degree in 1952 from Queen's University and an LL.B. degree in 1956 from Osgoode Hall Law School. Kelleher was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1984 election as the Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

He was appointed minister of international trade in the first cabinet of prime minister Brian Mulroney. In 1986, he became solicitor general as the result of a cabinet shuffle, and remained so until his defeat in the 1988 election.

On September 23, 1990, Kelleher was appointed to the Senate of Canada on Mulroney's recommendation.[2] He retired from the upper house upon his seventy-fifth birthday, October 2, 2005, due to the Senate's mandatory retirement rules.

He died of heart problems in 2013.[3]


There is a James Kelleher fonds at Library and Archives Canada.[4]


  1. ^ "James Kelleher Video | Interviews". OV Guide. 2 October 2005. Retrieved 4 June 2013.[dead link]
  2. ^ "List of senators in the 34th Parliament of Canada: Information from". Answers.com. Retrieved 4 June 2013.[unreliable source?]
  3. ^ Elaine Della-Mattia (3 June 2013). "James Kelleher served city and nation". The Sault Star. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  4. ^ "James Kelleher fonds, Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 4 September 2020.

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