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Friday, June 26th 2020 - Question Period - Official Languages; Modernization of Act

Official Languages Modernization of Act Hon. Yonah Martin (Deputy Leader of the Opposition): To the government leader in the Senate, this is a question from our colleague, the Honourable Rose-May Poirier of New Brunswick, our caucus chair: [Translation] The government recently confirmed that the modernization of the Official Languages Act will not happen this year as promised. That is disappointing and worrisome to all francophones. This act needs to be modernized as soon as possible. I…
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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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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 from 2011 to 2015. She recently took back the role as the Senate Conservative Caucus Chair in December 2019.

Senator Poirier has previously been 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. 


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