|Senator from Ontario
June 29, 1984
December 10, 1943 |
James Colin Ramsey Kenny (born December 10, 1943) is a Canadian Senator.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Kenny received his high school education at Bishop's College School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1966 from Norwich University. In 1967, he received a Public Service Fellowship from the Tuck School of Business.
Kenny's political career began in 1968 when he served as executive director of the Liberal Party of Canada in Ontario. He was on the staff of the Prime Minister's Office from 1970 until 1979, and rose to the position of policy advisor and assistant Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
As a member of the Upper House, Kenny has been active in writing anti-smoking legislation and legislation encouraging the use of alternative fuels. He has also represented Canada as a delegate to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
While serving as Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence (SCONSAD), the committee has seen more witnesses, spent more hours in committee, and released more reports than any other Senate committee.
The SCONSAD reports examine areas of national security and defence, including airports, seaports, border crossings, coasts, Emergency Preparedness, and the Canadian Forces.
Kenny also served as Vice-Chair of the Special Committee on Illegal Drugs and Vice-Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources.
He also chaired the Senate Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration.
Kenny gained national spotlight with a YouTube video of the Senate Defence Committee where several heated arguments occurred in committee when the meeting was disrupted repetitively by Senators choosing not to follow rules.
Kenny withdrew from the Liberal caucus on November 21, 2013 pending the outcome of an investigation into sexual harassment charges against him by his former assistant. In April 2014 an independent investigator cleared Kenny on all 3 charges brought forward by his former employee. The findings were upheld by both Liberal and Conservative senate whips and the investigation was closed.
- "Raucous YouTube videos embarrass senators". CBC News. July 2, 2009.
- "Liberal Senator Colin Kenny faces sexual harassment investigation". Toronto Star. November 21, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
- "Senator Kenny withdraws from Liberal caucus due to sexual harassment allegations". Globe and Mail. November 21, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2013.