Liberal Party of Canada
Senator Joan Fraser was appointed to the Senate on September 17, 1998 by the Rt. Honourable Jean Chrétien. Senator Joan Fraser represents the province of Quebec and the Senatorial Division of De Lorimier.
Senator Fraser is the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate a post she previously held from April 2006 to January 2007.
She has been Chair of the Senate Liberal Caucus (1999-2002), and has served as Chair of both the Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications (2003-2005) and the Special Senate Committee on C-20 (Clarity Legislation) (2000). She has also been a member of the Senate Standing Committees on Official Languages, National Finance and the Senate Special Committee on Anti-terrorism.
Senator Fraser is well-known to Canadians as a journalist and commentator. She began her career in print journalism, joining the Montreal newspaper The Gazette as a cub reporter in 1965. In 1967, she joined the Financial Times of Canada, where over the following eleven years she served as news editor, editorial page editor and Montreal bureau chief. In 1978, she returned to The Gazette as editorial page editor. In 1993, she was appointed Editor-in-Chief, a post she held until 1996. From 1997 to 1998, she was Director-General of the Centre for Research and Information on Canada, a division of the Council for Canadian Unity. In addition to her vast awareness of print journalism, Senator Fraser has extensive broadcast experience on radio and television, in both English and French.
She has won two National Newspaper Awards for editorial writing (1982 and 1991), and four National Newspaper Award Citations of Merit for editorial writing (1986, 1987, 1990, 1994). She has also won other awards for journalism, communications, and her work on women’s issues.
Senator Fraser holds a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages from McGill University (1965).
Born on October 12, 1944 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, she is married to Michel Faure. They have two children : Elisabeth and Isabelle.
Parliamentary Address: The Senate of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A4.
Personal Website: http://sen.parl.gc.ca/jfraser ( N.B. This site is not a part of the parliamentary Internet site )The Leader of the Government in the Senate, or, in the absence of that Leader, the Deputy Leader of the Government, and the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, or, in the absence of that Leader, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, are members ex officio in addition to the number of appointed members, of the Committee of Selection and all select committees of the Senate.