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The Honourable Dr.
 Noël A. Kinsella

Incumbent
Assumed office 
September 12, 1990

Born November 28, 1939 (1939-11-28) (age 70)
Saint John, New Brunswick
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Ann Conley Kinsella
Profession Professor, senior public servant
Cabinet Speaker of the Senate
Religion Roman Catholic

Noël A. Kinsella (born November 28, 1939) is a Canadian politician and Speaker of the Canadian Senate.

Education

Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, he received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from University College in Dublin, Ireland. He received an L.Ph. and a Ph.D. degree from Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome, Italy. Furthermore, he received an S.T.L. and an S.T.D. degree from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. He was a Professor for 41 years at St. Thomas University and is currently a member of the Board of Governors. He also served as Chair of the Atlantic Human Rights Centre.

Career

Kinsella was appointed to the Canadian Senate on the recommendation of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney on September 12, 1990, as a Senator for New Brunswick. He sat as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party caucus until 2004 when he joined most of the Tory caucus in becoming a Conservative Senator.

The Honourable Noël Kinsella was Opposition Whip (1994 - 1999) and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (1999 - October 1, 2004) when he became Leader of the Opposition in the Senate. On February 8, 2006, he was named Speaker of the Senate by the Governor General on the advice of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Kinsella is considered a Red Tory and supported Peter MacKay in his bid to become leader of the Progressive Conservative Party in 2003.

Senator Kinsella is an Honourary Captain (N) of the Canadian navy.[1]

External links

  1. ^ Blakeley, Darlene. Canadian Navy: A senator joins the ranks. Retrieved 20 March 2009.
Political offices
Preceded by
John Lynch-Staunton
Leader of the Opposition in the Senate of Canada
2004-2006
Succeeded by
Dan Hays
Preceded by
Dan Hays
Speaker of the Canadian Senate
2006-
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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