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About Don
About Don


Senator Donald Neil Plett was born to parents Archie and Ruby on May 14, 1950. He grew up (1950-05-14)grew gin a small town of 900 people at the longitudinal center of Canada, Landmark, Manitoba.


Don attended and graduated from Red River College in Winnipeg. As an alumni member Don served on the Board of Governors of the College.


Archie Plett, Don’s father, started Landmark Mechanical, a heating and ventilation company in 1957. In 1987 Don took over from his father and built a strong foundation for the family business. In 2007 two of his sons took over the successful business with a seamless transition.


Family is very important to Don. He has been happily married to wife Betty Plett since 1968 and they have four sons together as well as twelve adorable grandchildren.


Don has shown a huge commitment to his Manitoba community by being active in sports, church, politics and other volunteer efforts.


Don has always had a passion for politics. Don’s political involvement includes:

-       Volunteering federally, campaigning for the Honourable Jake Epp, at the young age of 15.

-       Serving as the President of the Chamber of Commerce, a Village Council Member, the Chairman of the Village Council and the Chairman of the Utilities Board.

-       Serving as a board member and president of the La Verendrye PC association.

-       Serving on the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba Executive Committee.

-       Numerous Progressive Conservative Federal campaign teams as a strategist and planner.

-       Vice President of the Provencher Alliance Party Board of Directors.

-       Successfully managing the 2000 Alliance campaign for the Honourable Vic Toews.

-       Serving two years on the Alliance National Council.

-       President and Chief Operating Officer of the Alliance Party of Canada.

-       Worked tirelessly on the merger of the Conservative parties.

-       Becoming the first President and subsequently twice re-elected as the President of the Conservative Party of Canada.


On August 27th, 2009 Don was appointed to the Senate of Canada by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. On learning of Don’s appointment, Dan Lett of the Winnipeg Free Press has been quoted as saying that “we should all want the Don Pletts of the world in the Senate.”

Senator Plett was appointed Opposition Whip for the Conservative Senate Caucus and serves on the Standing Senate Committee on Legal & Constitutional Affairs and Agriculture & Forestry. He is also Chair of the Advisory Working Group tasked with studying and recommending changes to the Senate's administrative rules.

Senator Plett is known for taking a strong stance on issues that he is passionate about, some of which include: the protection of children, supporting Canadian farmers, religious freedom, free speech, fair democratic processes, and issues facing the trades and construction industry. Senator Plett also frequently contributes to discussions surrounding Senate reform, both in and out of the red chamber.

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