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 Recents activities

February 17, 2016

February 4, 2016

Hon. Serge Joyal: Honourable senators, I want to use the opportunity of today's centennial commemoration of the fire on Parliament Hill to remind you of some facts that will trigger reflection on both sides of the house.

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December 11, 2015

Senator Joyal is a member of the Special Joint Committee of the Senate and the House of Commons appointed to review the report of the External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada and other recent relevant consultation activities and studies, to consult with Canadians, experts and stakeholders, and make recommendations on the framework of a federal response on physician-assisted dying that respects the Constitution, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the priorities of Canadians;

Others members:  Senators Cowan, P.C., Nancy Ruth, Ogilvie and Seidman.

December 10, 2015


Hon. Serge Joyal: First, I apologize to honourable senators. I have a bad flu today, so my voice might be very low. I am on medication and I promise I won't speak to Senator Andreychuk today.

Honourable senators, I will be very quick. I know that the hour is late, but I would be remiss if I didn't offer some food for thought at this period of the year, whereby tomorrow we're going to be adjourning and coming back on January 26.

I want to remind honourable senators that when the late Senator Nolin introduced the motion to establish the special committee, I seconded it. (Read the speech)

December 8, 2015

Senator Joyal: I want to join in on this debate because I feel that we are in a period of change. As in any period of change, there is uncertainty. This chamber today is not the one it was when I entered it as a new senator 18 years ago. I'm supposed to leave in 2020, four years from now, and I'm sure that when I leave this chamber, it might be a totally different chamber than I have known during the 22 years I will have served here. Read the speech

November 10, 2015

Attended the insignia ceremony of Chevalier of the Legion of Honour to 19 Canadian veterans of the Second World War appointed by decree of the President of the French Republic as part of the commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings and Provence - Ottawa, Residence of France, November 10, 2015

November 6, 2015

Participated in the colloquium "Bilingual Constitution for Canada in 2017" organized by the Faculty of Law (Common Law Section), University of Ottawa. Senator was one of three speakers of the panel "A bilingual Constitution - An Incomplete Project" - Ottawa, November 6, 2015 (see program)

November 5, 2015

Participated as a panelist at the Conference "The Magna Carta and its impact here" organized by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) Canada (Quebec Chapter). Goal: "developing a better understanding of the impacts of the Magna Carta on the Canadian and Quebec society, its influence on our Anglo-Saxon tradition of public law and how it is reflected in legal institutions and even private law in the case of contemporary issues related to human rights and national security. "
The intervention of Senator Joyal focused on Magna Carta and the birth of constitutional monarchy - Court of Appeal of Quebec, Montreal, November 5, 2015 (see program of the Symposium)

November 4, 2015

Was invited by Radio Canada Première to comment the broadcast of the swearing in ceremony of the cabinet ministers of the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau. Hosted by Jean-Sébastien Bernatchez.

September 8, 2015

«Serge Joyal is a jurist long recognized for his commitment to emerging rights and freedoms that have had a transformative impact. He speaks for them in Parliament and defends them in the courts. This innovative approach has enlarged the role of parliamentarians. He advocates a humanist vision of law enriched by the conviction that our cultural and historical legacy is integral to a deeper understanding of our identity.»