Peter Harder (politician)

V. Peter Harder PC (born August 25, 1952) is a Canadian former senior civil servant who was named to the Senate of Canada to represent Ontario on March 23, 2016, after the Prime Minister had announced his intention to recommend his appointment on March 18, 2016.[2] He serves as Representative of the Government in the Senate.[3]

Peter Harder

Senator from Ontario
Assumed office
March 23, 2016
Nominated byJustin Trudeau
Appointed byDavid Johnston
Representative of the Government in the Senate
In office
March 23, 2016  December 31, 2019
Preceded byClaude Carignan (as Leader of the Government in the Senate)
Succeeded byTo be determined[1]
Personal details
Born (1952-08-25) August 25, 1952
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Political partyNon-affiliated

A longtime senior bureaucrat in the Canadian civil service, he was deputy minister to the Minister of Foreign Affairs when he retired from the civil service in 2007.[4] He later became senior policy advisor for Denton's, a Canadian law firm,[5] and had a key role on Justin Trudeau's transition team following the 2015 election.[5][6] On November 29, 2019, the Prime Minister's office announced[1] that Senator Harder would be stepping down from his position as Representative of the Government in the Senate effective December 31, 2019.[1] Senator Grant Mitchell is also to retire as Government Liaison in the Senate, but will remain until a replacement to Harder is named in "due course."[1]


2000 Prime Minister’s Outstanding Achievement Award [7]
2002 Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal [8]
2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal [9]


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