Jean-Guy Dagenais

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The Honourable
Jean-Guy Dagenais
Senator for Victoria, Quebec
Assumed office
January 17, 2012
Nominated by Stephen Harper
Appointed by David Johnston
Preceded by Francis Fox
Personal details
Born (1950-02-02) February 2, 1950 (age 68)
Political party Conservative

Jean-Guy Dagenais (born February 2, 1950) is a Canadian politician from Quebec. He was appointed to the Senate of Canada on January 17, 2012, by Stephen Harper after losing in the 2011 Canadian federal election running as a Conservative Candidate in Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot. He represents the Senate division of Victoria (Quebec).

Political career

Dagenais ran for a seat to the Canadian House of Commons under the Conservative banner in the 2011 Canadian federal election in Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot. He was defeated finishing third place out of five candidates behind winner Marie-Claude Morin and defeated incumbent Ève-Mary Thaï Thi Lac.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper advised Governor General David Johnston to appoint Dagenais to the Senate of Canada on January 6, 2012,[1] and he was subsequently appointed on January 17.

Senate scandal

In response to ongoing criticism of the Senate stemming from the Mike Duffy scandal, Dagenais railed against NDP MP Charmaine Borg, in a letter to the House of Commons accusing her of being a whiny, useless puppet who would not have won election if not for sympathy for Jack Layton, and of ignorance of the constitution for her support of the NDP position on abolishing the Senate. Dagenais was unapologetic for his insults and for his incorrect claim that Borg was wrong to note that the NDP supports abolition, both despite the fact that he himself was appointed to Senate after losing an election, and was the one who was wrong about NDP policy.[2] In response, Borg launched an official complaint against the Senator.[3]


  1. ^ "Harper appoints 7 new senators". CBC News. January 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Tory senators blast NDP for advocating Senate abolition". CBC News. The Canadian Press. 2013-12-07. Retrieved 2014-07-18. 
  3. ^ "NDP MP Charmaine Borg formally complains about 'misogynistic' attack from Tory senator". 2013-12-09. Retrieved 2014-07-18. 

External links

  • Senate biography
  • Jean-Guy Dagenais – Parliament of Canada biography
  • Jean-Guy Dagenais home page

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