Rose-May Poirier

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The Honourable
Rose-May Poirier
Senator for Saint-Louis-de-Kent, New Brunswick
Assumed office
February 28, 2010
Nominated by Stephen Harper
Appointed by Michaëlle Jean
MLA for Rogersville-Kouchibouguac
In office
Preceded by Kenneth Johnson
Succeeded by Bertrand LeBlanc
Personal details
Born (1954-03-02) March 2, 1954 (age 64)
Chatham, New Brunswick
Political party Conservative

Rose-May Poirier (born March 2, 1954) is a Canadian politician from New Brunswick. She has been a member of the Senate of Canada since February 28, 2010. Previously, she served as member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick for Rogersville-Kouchibouguac from 1999 to 2010.

A Progressive Conservative, she was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in the 1999 provincial election defeating Liberal candidate Maurice Richard by just over 100 votes – the closest result of the election. She faced Richard again in the 2003 election and defeated him by 321 votes.

Poirier joined the New Brunswick cabinet following the 2003 election as minister responsible for the Office of Human Resources and retained that post until a cabinet shuffle in early 2006 when she became Minister of Local Government and Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs.

She was re-elected in 2006 in which her party's government was defeated and went into opposition.

On January 29, 2010, she was appointed to fill a vacant New Brunswick seat in the Canadian Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.[1] Her appointment became effective February 28, 2010.[2] Unlike the other four senators named on January 29, Poirier's appointment was delayed a month so that the government of New Brunswick would not have to call a by-election to replace her just months before the 2010 provincial election.[3]


  1. ^ "Ontario's Runciman among 5 new senators". Toronto Star, January 29, 2010.
  2. ^ "Harper names five to Senate". National Post, January 29, 2010.
  3. ^ "Tory MLA Rose-May Poirier named to Senate". The Daily Gleaner, January 30, 2010.
New Brunswick Provincial Government of Bernard Lord
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Trevor Holder Minister of Local Government
Holder served as Minister of Environment and Local Government
Victor Boudreau
Rodney Weston Minister of Human Resources
Weston served as Minister responsible for Human Resources
Dale Graham
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
Brad Green Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs
Ed Doherty
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