|Speaker of the Senate|
February 8, 2006 – November 26, 2014
|Nominated by||Stephen Harper|
|Preceded by||Daniel Hays|
|Succeeded by||Pierre Claude Nolin|
|Senator from New Brunswick
September 12, 1990 – November 26, 2014
|Appointed by||Brian Mulroney|
|Born||Noël Augustus Kinsella
November 28, 1939
Saint John, New Brunswick
|Spouse(s)||Ann Conley Kinsella|
|Profession||Professor, senior public servant|
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.
Honours and awards
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.
|Order of St. John (K.stJ)||
|Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal||
|125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal||
|Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal||
|Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal||
- Blakeley, Darlene. Canadian Navy: A senator joins the ranks. Retrieved 20 March 2009.
- Quail, Peter. Epistula Vol. 9 No. 2: November 2011
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