|Deputy Leader||Dennis Patterson|
|Founded||November 4, 2019|
|Split from||Independent Senators Group, Conservative Party of Canada|
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The Canadian Senators Group (French: Groupe des sénateurs canadiens) is a parliamentary group of senators in the Senate of Canada founded on November 4, 2019, by eight senators from the Independent Senators Group, two from the Conservative Party of Canada's Senate caucus, and one non-affiliated senator. The group named Scott Tannas as its interim leader and Josée Verner as interim deputy leader, though the actual caucus leadership roles and role titles have yet to be announced.
The caucus was formed on November 4, 2019.
In an interview with CTV News' Don Martin, Tannas said that the motivation for him and at least several other senators to depart the ISG was a perceived lack of independence in the contentious spring 2019 legislation related to west coast oil tanker moratoriums and other oil and gas-related legislation. Additionally, Tannas cited the concern that the Independent Senators Group, then numbering 58 Senators, had become too large, and that a "wider range of views and approaches" was needed. In addition, in an effort to avoid "groupthink", CSG interim leader Senator Scott Tannas announced that the initial founding members of the group had agreed to cap membership in the group to no more than 25 members. Also included among the reasons for the founding of a second, non-partisan, and independent Senate caucus was a perennially renewed effort to focus on regional issues, despite this notionally being the constitutionally-enshrined purpose of the Senate as a whole.
Included among those decamping to the Canadian Senators Group was Elaine McCoy, who previously served as the ISG's founding facilitator from 2016 to 2017.
On November 18, 2019, two more senators joined the CSG: Percy Downe, formerly of the Progressive Senate Group and Senate Liberal Caucus; and Jean-Guy Dagenais, a Conservative. Downe said he still supported the Liberal Party but liked the "diversity of views" in the CSG; while Dagenais cited disagreements with the leadership of Andrew Scheer, particularly Scheer's social views and the "low importance" he placed on Quebec, as the reasons for his defection.
On February 4, 2022, Dennis Patterson joined the CSG, departing the Conservative caucus. The "last straw" was disappointment that members of the party weren't condemning the Freedom Convoy.
On August 4, 2022, Larry Smith left the Conservative caucus to join the CSG. Smith clarified that he would remain a member of the Conservative Party.
|Name||Province (Division)||Former political affiliation||Mandatory retirement date|
|Robert Black||Ontario||Independent Senators Group||27 March 2037|
|Larry Campbell||British Columbia||Independent Senators Group||28 February 2023|
|Jean-Guy Dagenais||Quebec (Victoria)||Conservative||2 February 2025|
|Percy Downe||Prince Edward Island||Progressive Senate Group||8 July 2029|
|Stephen Greene||Nova Scotia (Halifax - The Citadel)||Independent Senators Group||8 December 2024|
|Dennis Patterson||Nunavut||Conservative||30 December 2023|
|Jim Quinn||New Brunswick||Non-affiliated||25 January 2032|
|David Richards||New Brunswick||Non-affiliated||17 October 2025|
|Larry Smith||Quebec (Saurel)||Conservative||28 April 2026|
|Scott Tannas||Alberta||Conservative||25 February 2037|
|Josée Verner||Quebec (Montarville)||Independent Senators Group||30 December 2034|
|Pamela Wallin||Saskatchewan||Independent Senators Group||10 April 2028|
|Vernon White||Ontario||Conservative||21 February 2034|
|Name||Province (Division)||Former political affiliation||Left caucus||Reason|
|Elaine McCoy||Alberta||Independent Senators Group||29 December 2020||Died in office|
|Doug Black||Alberta||Independent Senators Group||31 October 2021||Resigned from Senate|
|Diane Griffin||Prince Edward Island||Independent Senators Group||18 March 2022||Mandatory retirement from the Senate|