Senator Claude Carignan on the retirement of Speaker Noël A. Kinsella
OTTAWA, November 25th, 2014 – Senator Claude Carignan, Leader of the Government in the Senate, would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate Speaker Noël Kinsella, who retires from the Senate later this week, for his many years of dedicated service to the Canadian people.
“Speaker Kinsella has ensured that this great institution will be more transparent and accessible for every Canadian,” remarked Senator Carignan, referring to the role of the outgoing Speaker in the modernization of the Senate.
Amongst the long list of accomplishments during his time as Speaker, Senator Kinsella has overseen voluntary disclosure of Senate spending and contracts, annual third party audits of Senate finances and enacting cost cutting measures and other efficiencies. In the fall of 2013, in large part because of his ability to work with all sides in pursuit of the greater good, Speaker Kinsella became chair of the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration.
“He will leave an indelible mark on this country’s history. And not only because of his work here in the Senate but throughout his career,” added Senator Carignan.
Senator Kinsella served for forty one years as a faculty member at St. Thomas University in Fredericton and was chair of the Atlantic Human Rights Centre at St. Thomas. He was president of both the Canadian Human Rights Foundation and the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies. Senator Kinsella’s research led to the creation of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission, serving as its first chair for more than twenty years.
He also served on the New Brunswick delegation during negotiations in the early 1980s which led to the patriation of the Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
A native of Saint John, New Brunswick, Speaker Kinsella, was appointed to the Senate on the recommendation of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney on September 12th, 1990. The Senator served as Opposition Whip, Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Opposition before being appointed Speaker on February 8th, 2006.
“Today, we thank a wonderful colleague as the Senate bids farewell to a noble and fair Speaker. On behalf of the Conservative caucus in the Senate, I salute the extraordinary work of Noël Kinsella and wish him the best for the years to come”, concluded the Leader of the Government in the Senate.