Senator Moore was appointed to the Senate on September 26th, 1996 by the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien and represents the Province of Nova Scotia (Stanhope St./South Shore). The Senator graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1964, and with a Law degree in 1968 from Dalhousie University. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1983. He is a member of the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society, having practiced law in Halifax for 31 years (1968-1999). On October 28th, 2007, Senator Moore was awarded a Honourary Doctorate of Laws degree by Saint Mary’s University.
The Senator was a Halifax Alderman from 1974 to 1980 and served as Deputy Mayor from 1977 to 1978. He was Chairman of the Halifax Metro Centre, having been a member of its building committee, and he chaired the Social Assistance Appeal Board for Halifax and Dartmouth. For 10 years, from 1994-2004, he was a member of the Board of Governors of Saint Mary’s University, including the Advisory Committee to the President. He is a former member of the 615 Bluenose Air Cadet Squadron, and the R.C.A.F. Reserves.
Senator Moore is especially interested in post-secondary education, and is a member of the Liberal Party’s Post-Secondary Education and Research Caucus. He has served as a member of the Economic Committee of the Atlantic Liberal Caucus. This Committee was responsible for the policy paper for the Atlantic Provinces entitled “Catching Tomorrow’s Wave.” This initiative became government policy in 2000 under the program name of “Atlantic Investment Partnership” which committed $700 million into research (including post-secondary education), community economic development, small communities investment, trade and investment, entrepreneurship and business skills development, and tourism. This funding was renewed in the 2005 budget for a further period of five years.
In March, 2001, the Senator commenced an Inquiry in the Senate on the role of the federal government in the financing of deferred maintenance costs in Canada’s post-secondary education institutions. This inquiry, after being considered by the Senate Standing Committee on National Finance, resulted in the federal government providing assistance of $200 million in its 2002 budget for Canada’s post-secondary education institutions for the indirect costs of research, which includes the maintenance of the buildings of those institutions. This financial assistance has since continued in every subsequent federal budget as a line item.
Currently, the Senator sits as a member of the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence, Banking Trade and Commerce, as well as the Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Regulations. He is a vice-chair of the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group, and is chair of the Senate’s Artwork Advisory Working Group, a sub-committee of the Standing Senate Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration. He has also served on both the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance (1996-2003) and Legal and Constitutional Affairs (1996-2003).
Senator Moore has given generously of his time to numerous voluntary organizations, including his church, St. John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg. His community and volunteer involvement is wide-ranging. In particular, since 1994, Senator Moore has served as volunteer chairman of the Bluenose II Preservation Trust Society, a not-for-profit organization and a registered charity, whose fundraising efforts over the winter of 1994-95 enabled the restoration and return to full operational and sailing status of the historic schooner, Bluenose II, one of Canada’s beloved national icons. The Society successfully operated the ship for 10 years ending on 31 March 2005. More recently, the Senator initiated with the then President of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD), a studio residency program, in Lunenburg. This facility, which opened on 26 May 2006, gives graduates of NSCAD an opportunity to gain professional experience, develop their work for an exhibit or graduate school, or make preparations for an entrepreneurial endeavour. Concurrently, this initiative strengthens the existing artistic community in and around Lunenburg.
Senator Moore was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on January 14th, 1942. He lives with his wife Jane and their two children, Nicholas and Alexandra in Chester, Nova Scotia.