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Noël Kinsella

The Honourable
Noël Kinsella
Senator from New Brunswick
In office
September 12, 1990 – November 26, 2014
Appointed by Brian Mulroney
Speaker of the Senate
In office
February 8, 2006 – November 26, 2014
Appointed by Stephen Harper
Preceded by Daniel Hays
Succeeded by Pierre Claude Nolin
Personal details
Born Noël Augustus Kinsella
(1939-11-28) November 28, 1939
Saint John, New Brunswick
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Ann Conley Kinsella
Profession Professor, senior public servant
Religion Roman Catholic

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


  • Education 1
  • Career 2
  • Honours and awards 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


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.


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.

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 awards

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

He is also a member of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta[3]

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.

He was made a Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

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


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  2. ^ Blakeley, Darlene. Canadian Navy: A senator joins the ranks. Retrieved 20 March 2009.
  3. ^ Quail, Peter. Epistula Vol. 9 No. 2: [2]November 2011

External links

  • Noël Kinsella – Parliament of Canada biography
  • BiographyThe Honourable Noël A. Kinsella, The Speaker of the Senate,
Political offices
Preceded by
John Lynch-Staunton
Leader of the Opposition in the Senate of Canada
Succeeded by
Dan Hays
Preceded by
Dan Hays
Speaker of the Canadian Senate
Succeeded by
Pierre Claude Nolin
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Paul Martin
as Former Prime Minister
Canadian order of precedence
as Speaker of the Canadian Senate
Succeeded by
Andrew Scheer
as Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons
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