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Wednesday, June 12th 2019 - Senators’ Statements — Acadian World Congress 2019

Acadian World Congress 2019 Click here to see video in the Senate Chamber Hon. Rose-May Poirier: Honourable senators, before we bid each other farewell for the summer, I would like to invite you to the sixth Congrès mondial acadien in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick from August 10 to 24. This is the event’s twenty-fifth anniversary. First, some history. Back in 1988, some friends were chatting and came up with the idea of organizing a gathering of Acadians. André Boudreau accepted the…
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Tuesday, June 4th 2019 - Fisheries Act C-68 - Third Reading Debate & Proposed Amendment

Fisheries Act Bill to Amend—Third Reading—Debate Click here to watch video in the Senate Chamber Hon. Rose-May Poirier: Honourable senators, I rise here today to speak at third reading on Bill C-68, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act and other Acts in consequence. I thank all the various witnesses who appeared before our committee to testify on this legislation as well as those who sent written submissions. The list of witnesses was wide-ranging: from fishermen associations, different Indigeno…
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Tuesday, May 28th 2019 - The Late Gilbert Doucet - Senators' Statements

The Late Gilbert Doucet Click here to see video in the Senate Chamber Hon. Rose-May Poirier: Honourable senators, I rise today to pay tribute to Acadian builder Gilbert Doucet, who passed away on May 14. Born in Petit-Rocher in northern New Brunswick, Mr. Doucet worked in many different fields and wore many different hats throughout his life, a life that was marked by a strong commitment to his community. After he completed his studies at Université Saint-Joseph in Memramcook, Gilbert Doucet…
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Official Languages : 
"A symbolic moment missed", according to Conservatives

"Despite Minister Joly's good intentions, starting a consultation process seven months before the end of a term does not inspire confidence. The Senate committee has been consulting with communities for two years and will be tabling its report shortly. In addition, the FCFA filed a brief detailing their vision. The message seems to be understood by everyone except Minister Joly: the modernization of the Official Languages ​​Act must be done now. The time to consult is over, it's time to take action"
-Rose-May Poirier, Conservative Senator


Click on Twitter link to read full article (French article on Radio-Canada website, written by Antoine Trépanier)

Questions by Senator Poirier during the Official Languages Committee meeting (October 22nd 2018)

First Question by Senator Poirier:

"Can you comment on the current situation, that the Minister of Official Languages is separate from Canadian Heritage, and in your opinion, what is the best approach to ensure effective implementation of the law?"

Listen to the answer by Nadia Effendi (Chair of l'Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario)

Second Question by Senator Poirier:

"The government recently announced the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023. The plan contains a component to improve access to justice, including an investment of two million dollars over two years to increase capacity and, an action plan within the action plan to improve the bilingualism of the superior court judiciary.

In your opinion, is it sufficient to meet the needs, and if not, what steps should the government take to improve the situation?"

Listen to the answer by Mr. Ronald Bisson (Director of the Réseau national de formation en justice)


Prior to entering provincial politics, Rose-May Poirier was a successful businessperson, working as an insurance representative for Assomption Vie and as an executive VIP manager for Tupperware Canada.  During her career, she received numerous distinctions as a sales leader, manager and recruiter, including leading one of the top sales teams in Canada and as one of the best salespeople in North America.

Her political career began at the municipality level where she served two terms on the Saint-Louis de Kent town council.  In 1999, Rose-May Poirier made the jump to provincial politics, representing the people of Rogersville-Kouchibouguac for three terms.  As a MLA of the Progressive - Conservative Party, Senator Rose-May Poirier was the 1st women to chair the P.C. caucus.  Upon her re-election on June 9, 2003, she was appointed Minister of the Office of Human Resources and 2 years later, in February 2006, she was named Minister of Local Government and Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs. 

Appointed to the Senate in 2010, Senator Poirier was previously the Senate Conservative Caucus Chair and the Vice Chair of the National Conservative Caucus.  She was also previously a member of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples and the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs. She currently sits on the Standing Committees for Fisheries & Oceans, Social Affairs, Science & Technology and as Deputy Chair of Official Languages.

In her community, Senator Poirier has given a lot of her time to various causes: Child Find, Children’s Wish Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation, George L. Dumont Tree of Hope campaign and the Friends of the Moncton Hospital as well as economic development for the Kent region.

Ms. Poirier lives in Saint-Louis de Kent with her husband, Donald.  They have two daughters and four grandchildren.