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Noël Augustus Kinsella, PC (born November 28, 1939) is a Canadian politician and was Speaker of the Senate of Canada from 2006 to 2014.


Noël Kinsella

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Speaker of the Senate
In office
February 8, 2006 – November 26, 2014
Nominated byStephen Harper
Preceded byDaniel Hays
Succeeded byPierre Claude Nolin
Senator from New Brunswick
(Fredericton-York-Sunbury)
In office
September 12, 1990 – November 26, 2014
Appointed byBrian Mulroney
Personal details
Born
Noël Augustus Kinsella

(1939-11-28) November 28, 1939 (age 79)
Saint John, New Brunswick
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Ann Conley Kinsella
ProfessionProfessor, senior public servant

EducationEdit

Kinsella was born in Saint John, New Brunswick. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from University College in Dublin, Ireland. He is also an alumnus of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas Angelicum in Rome from which he earned a Ph.L. and then a Ph.D. in 1965 with a dissertation entitled Toward a theory of personality development : a study of the works of Erik H. Erikson. 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.

CareerEdit

Kinsella was appointed to the Senate of Canada 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.

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 speaks French, and uses it in parliament. He resigned as Speaker on November 26, 2014, in anticipation of his mandatory retirement from the Senate, upon reaching the age of 75, two days later.[1]

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

Honours and awardsEdit

Kinsella is an honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy since December 2008.[2]

He is also a knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.[3][4]

He was sworn in as a Member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada on February 23, 2015. This gives him the right to the honorific prefix "The Honourable" and the post-nominal letters "PC" for life.

Ribbon Description Notes
  Order of St. John (K.stJ)
  • 2010
  • Knight of Justice
  Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal
  • 1977
  • Canadian Version of this Medal
  125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal
  • 1992
  Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
  • 2002
  • Canadian Version of this Medal
  Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • 2012
  • Canadian Version of this Medal
Coat of arms of Noël Kinsella
 
Crest
Issuant from a circlet of fleurs-de-lis, fiddleheads and shamrocks Vert, a dove close proper holding in its beak a flame Gules;
Escutcheon
Argent on a fess between in chief two suns in splendour Gules and in base a lion passant Sable, the Mace of the Senate of Canada Or;
Supporters
Two white-tailed deer proper each charged on the shoulder with a pomme bearing an open book Argent and standing on a bed of maple leaves Gules;
Motto
LUCERNA PEDIBUS MEIS VERBUM TUUM (Your Word Is A Lamp Unto My Feet) [5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Quebec Conservative readies to take over as Senate Speaker". Ottawacitizen.com. 27 November 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-13. Retrieved 2009-03-20. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Speaking Notes : The Honourable Noël A. Kinsella : Speaker of the Senate of Canada : Canada and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 August 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2013-10-10. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ http://reg.gg.ca/heraldry/pub-reg/project.asp?lang=e&ProjectID=2296&ShowAll=1

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