Senator Moore was appointed to the Senate by The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien as a representative of the Province of Nova Scotia on September 26, 1996.
He received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1964, and he received a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University in 1968. He was awarded an Honourary Doctorate of Laws degree by Saint Mary’s University on 28 October 2007, and an Honourary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree by NSCAD University on 17 May 2014.
A lawyer and Queen’s Counsel (1983), Senator Moore’s career also includes extensive experience in the Halifax community. From 1974 to 1980, he was a Halifax Alderman, and he served as Deputy Mayor of the City from 1977 to 1978. His career also includes serving as Chairman of the Social Assistance Appeal Board for Halifax and Dartmouth; as a founding Director and Chairman of the Halifax Metro Centre, and he served 10 years as a Member of the Board of Governors of Saint Mary’s University. He is a former Member of the Royal Canadian Air Force Reserve Squadron. He has served as Chairman of the Bluenose II Preservation Trust, a group of volunteers who restored, maintained and operated the original schooner Bluenose II for 10 years from 1994. He now serves as voluntary Chair of the Lunenburg School of the Arts.
He is currently a Member of the following Senate Committees: Banking, Trade and Commerce; Scrutiny of Regulations; and National Security and Defence. He is also chair of the Art Advisory Working Group of the Senate. Areas of interest and specialization include post-secondary education and regional economic development. Favourite pastimes include sailing, skiing, art, and reading.
Among his achievements in the Senate, he initiated an inquiry on the role of government in the accumulated deferred maintenance costs in our universities. That work led to a federal budget line item that provides funding assistance for our universities to meet such maintenance costs. Senator Moore was one of the authors of a paper entitled “Catching Tomorrow’s Wave” which led to a federal funding package that includes research and development in the Atlantic Provinces centred in our universities.