George Furey

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The Honourable
George Furey
George Furey 2016.jpg
Speaker of the Senate of Canada
Assumed office
December 3, 2015
Nominated by Justin Trudeau
Appointed by David Johnston
Preceded by Leo Housakos
Senator from Newfoundland and Labrador
Assumed office
August 11, 1999
Nominated by Jean Chrétien
Appointed by Roméo LeBlanc
Preceded by William Petten
Personal details
Born (1948-05-12) May 12, 1948 (age 70)
St. John's, Newfoundland
Political party Non-affiliated
Other political
Liberal (until 2014)
Independent Liberal
Profession Educator, school administrator

George J. Furey QC (born May 12, 1948) is a Canadian politician serving as Speaker of the Senate of Canada since 2015.

Furey worked as a teacher for the Roman Catholic School Board in St. John's from 1969 to 1972. From 1972 to 1978, he was a Supervising Vice Principal with the Port-au-Port Roman Catholic School Board and from 1978 to 1980 Supervising Principal of the Placentia-St. Mary's Roman Catholic School Board. He then embarked on a second career after earning his law degree from Dalhousie University in 1983. He was named Queen's Counsel in 1996.

On August 11, 1999, Furey was appointed to the Senate on the advice of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. He sat as a Liberal and served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration. On January 29, 2014, Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau announced all Liberal Senators, including Furey, were removed from the Liberal caucus, and would continue sitting as Independents.[1] The Senators continued to refer to themselves as the Senate Liberal Caucus even though they are no longer members of the parliamentary Liberal caucus.[2]

On December 3, 2015, Furey was appointed Speaker of the Senate by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau replacing Senator Leo Housakos. He resigned from the Independent Liberal caucus upon assuming the Speaker's chair.[3]


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  2. ^ "Trudeau's expulsion catches Liberal senators by surprise". Globe and Mail. January 29, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ Gloria Galloway (3 December 2015). "Liberals setting up advisory board to fill empty Senate seats". Globe and Mail. 

External links

  • Liberal Senate Forum
  • George Furey – Parliament of Canada biography
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