- Jack Austin
August 19, 1975
March 2, 2007
birth_date=birth date and age|1932|3|2
office= Senator from
portfolio=Minister of State, Minister of State for Social Development, Leader of the Government in the Senate
spouse=|:"For the Australian Rules Football player see
Jack Austin (footballer)."
Jacob "Jack" Austin, PC (born
March 2, 1932) is a former Canadian politicianand former member of the Canadian Senate. He was appointed to the upper houseby Prime Minister Pierre Trudeauon August 8, 1975and represents British Columbia. At the time of his retirement he was the longest serving member of the Upper House.
He served as a Minister of State in the
cabinetof Prime Minister Pierre Trudeaufrom 1981 to 1982 and then Minister of State for Social Development until Trudeau's retirement in 1984. He returned to the Canadian Cabinetin 2003 when Prime Minister Paul Martinappointed him Leader of the Government in the Senate, where he served until the Liberal defeat in the 2006 election. He reached the age of 75 on March 2, 2007, and is retired from the senate.
Prior to entering the Senate, Austin had careers as a lawyer and then as a senior civil servant.
In the 1950s, Austin was a legal partner of
Nathan Nemetzwho later served as Chief Justice of British Columbia. Nemetz recruited Austin to join the Liberal Party.Kelly Korbin, "A lifetime in the public eye: Retiring senator shares high points; his hopes for Canada", "Jewish Independent Online", February 10, 2007 [http://www.jewishindependent.ca/Archives/Feb06/archives05Feb10-02.html] ]
In the early 1960s, Austin's political career began when he served as executive assistant to
Arthur Laingwhile he was Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources. While in Ottawa he was asked by Paul Martin, Sr.to serve on the legal team that negotiated the Columbia River Treatyon behalf of the government.
Austin's only attempt to win an election was as the Liberal candidate in
Vancouver—Kingswayin the 1965 federal election but was defeated by Grace MacInnisof the New Democratic Party.
In 1970, he was appointed
deputy ministerof Energy, Mines and Resources and was part of the first Canadian trade mission sent to the People's Republic of China. He also played a key role in the establishment of Petro-Canada. He was appointed chief of staff to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeauin 1974 and was appointed to the Senate by Trudeau in 1975.
He was given the
Order of the Aztec Eagleby the Mexican Government in 2000 [http://canadagazette.gc.ca/partI/2001/20010224/html/house-e.html]
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