|Senator for New Brunswick|
December 12, 2002
|Appointed by||Jean Chrétien|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
|Preceded by||Bernard Valcourt|
|Succeeded by||District was abolished in 1996|
December 31, 1955 |
Edmundston, New Brunswick
|Political party||Liberal (to 2016)
Non-affiliated (since 2016)
Pierrette Ringuette (born December 31, 1955), also formerly known as Pierrette Ringuette-Maltais, is a Canadian Senator.
Ringuette, a businesswoman and professor, was the first francophone woman to be elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick. She sat in the body as a member of the New Brunswick Liberal Party beginning in 1987.
In the 1993 federal election, she won a seat in the Canadian House of Commons as the Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for Madawaska—Victoria by defeating Progressive Conservative Cabinet Minister Bernard Valcourt.
After her electoral defeat, she joined Canada Post Corporation in a senior position as manager of the international trade development unit.
On January 29, 2014, Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau announced all Liberal Senators, including Ringuette, were removed from the Liberal caucus, and would continue sitting as Independents. According to Senate Opposition leader James Cowan, the Senators will still refer to themselves as Liberals even if they are no longer members of the parliamentary Liberal caucus.
Ringuette announced, on February 2, 2016 that she was leaving the Senate Liberal caucus to sit as an Independent saying, in a statement, that "Canadians have been clear in their desire for a non-partisan Senate. The status quo is not acceptable."
- "Trudeau’s expulsion catches Liberal senators by surprise". Globe and Mail. January 29, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
- "Photo GalleriesCBC SecureDrop Irving Gerstein retires from Senate, Pierrette Ringuette to sit as Independent". CBC News. 2 February 2016. Retrieved 12 February 2016.