Senator Donald H. Oliver was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 1990 after a distinguished career in business and the law.

Senator Donald Oliver – nephew of renowned singer Portia White and a prominent lawyer in Halifax before he was appointed to the Senate in 1990 – has dedicated much of his energy to ensuring equal rights for all Canadians. He spoke to the Senate in 2007 about the 1948 Declaration Human Rights. "It is essential," he said, "if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law. Honourable senators, I urge the members of this chamber to uphold the vision laid out by the drafters of the declaration by supporting the equal and inalienable rights of all people and protecting them through the enforcement of the rule of law."

Senator Donald Oliver

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