|Senator for Shawinegan, Quebec|
April 8, 1997 – September 7, 2011
|Appointed by||Jean Chrétien|
|Preceded by||Maurice Riel|
|Succeeded by||Ghislain Maltais|
|Born||September 7, 1936|
A Registered Nurse by profession, in the 1960s, Pépin served as head nurse in the gynecology department and then at the family planning clinic of Notre-Dame Hospital in Montreal, and was cross-appointed to the Université de Montréal's faculty of medicine. In the 1970s, she was an administrator at the Canadian Committee for Fertility Research in Montreal, and a lecturer at the Université de Montréal. From 1979 until 1984, Pépin was vice-president and then president of the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women.
Pépin entered the Canadian House of Commons in the 1984 election when she became the Liberal Member of Parliament for Outremont, Quebec succeeding Marc Lalonde. She was defeated in the 1988 election, during which abortion was a key issue. Some have suggested that she lost the ultra-conservative Hasidic vote, and thus the seat, because of her pro choice stance.
From 1993 to 1997, she was a commissioner on the national parole board. In 1997, she was appointed to the Canadian Senate on the recommendation of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, and served as Speaker pro tempore of the Upper House from 2002 to 2004. Until her retirement, she was a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology.
On September 7, 2011, Pépin retired from the Senate upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75.
Notes and references
- Hebert, Chantal (September 3, 2007). "Liberals under gun in Quebec". Toronto Star. p. A13.
|Parliament of Canada|
Marc Lalonde (Liberal)
|Member of Parliament for Outremont
Jean-Pierre Hogue (PC)