Claudette Tardif

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The Honourable
Claudette Tardif
Senator for Alberta, Alberta
Assumed office
March 24, 2005
Nominated by Paul Martin
Appointed by Adrienne Clarkson
Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
Assumed office
January 18, 2007
Preceded by Joan Fraser
Personal details
Born (1947-07-27) July 27, 1947 (age 70)
Westlock, Alberta
Political party Liberal (until 2014)
Independent Liberal

Claudette Tardif (born July 27, 1947) is a Canadian senator from Alberta. She was appointed to the senate by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, on the advice of Prime Minister Paul Martin, on March 24, 2005, representing the Liberal Party of Canada.

Prior to entering the Senate she was a professor and dean at the University of Alberta's French-language faculty, Faculté Saint-Jean. At the time of her appointment, Tardif was vice-president of the University of Alberta. Tardif is also a longstanding advocate of minority language rights, particularly for Alberta's francophone minority.

On January 18, 2007, she was named Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.

On January 29, 2014, Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau announced all Liberal Senators, including Tardif, were removed from the Liberal caucus, and would continue sitting as Independents.[1] The Senators refer to themselves as the Senate Liberal Caucus even though they are no longer members of the parliamentary Liberal caucus.[2]


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