OTTAWA, September 22, 2016
The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Claude Carignan, has been advised of the retirement of the Honourable Senator Janis Johnson and would like to take the opportunity to thank her for her remarkable public service.
Senator Johnson was appointed to the Senate by the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney in 1990. She had been a career public affairs consultant and a University administrator, with a crafty hand in the political jar. Senator Johnson was the first woman to serve as the National Director of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in September 1983.
“During over a quarter of a century, Senator Johnson has made an indelible contribution in the Senate in the areas of international relations, women’s rights, the environment, advocacy for persons with disabilities, Indigenous Canadians, and the arts. She brought verve and class to the Senate,” said Senator Carignan. “She is—and with distinction—the longest-serving Conservative member of the Upper Chamber.”
Senator Johnson had a critical role in defeating Bill C-43 in 1991—the last attempt of the Government of Canada to introduce legislation to restrict abortion rights to women in Canada. In 2007, her love of the arts had her advocating for Bill C-59, which would deter unauthorized video recording activities in movie theatres in Canada and ensure police could respond quickly to the recording of films. In 2013, she opened second reading to Bill S-14, which would bolster Canada’s ability to take action against Canadian individuals and corporations that engaged in bribing foreign civil servants to secure business contracts. This is just some of the vital legislation she dedicated herself to.
Senator Johnson has contributed to a diversity of Senate committees over the years. These include Fisheries and Oceans, Transport and Communications, Aboriginal Peoples, Human Rights, and Internal Economy. She currently serves on the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources and the Standing Senate Committee on Senate Modernization. She has also been Co-Chair of the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group for the last six years, where she has done a remarkable job with our southern neighbour, representing Canadian interests and liaising with members of the U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate.
In addition, Senator Johnson has done ample volunteer work for the arts, a delight for her.
“From intense debates, to studying legislation and working on vital committee reports, Senator Johnson has stood out in the Senate for her principles, confidence, determination, and diligence,” said Senator Carignan.
The Conservative Senate Caucus thanks Senator Johnson for her steadfast work for over two decades, and wishes her all the best as she embarks on a new chapter in her life. She will be missed.
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Office of the Honourable Senator Claude Carignan, P.C., Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
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