Senator Joseph A. Day
Joseph A. Day

Senator Joseph A. Day


Joseph A. Day, B. Eng. (RMC), J.D. (Queens), LL.M (Osgoode), FEC

Joseph A. Day was born in Saint John, NB, and grew up in Hampton, NB. In 1963, he arrived at Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean and went on to graduate from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1968 as Best All-Round Graduate and an Outstanding College Athlete. He holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada, a Juris Doctorate from Queen’s University and a Masters of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School. He was a member of the bars of Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick, as well as a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geo-Scientists of New Brunswick.

On October 4th, 2001, Senator Day was called to the Senate upon the recommendation of the Rt. Honourable Jean Chrétien. Senator Joseph A. Day represents the province of New Brunswick and the Senatorial Division of Saint John-Kennebecasis.

As of June 15th, 2016, Senator Day is proud to serve as the Senate Liberal Leader for the Senate Liberal Caucus. His other political responsibilities include participating as Chair of the Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs and serving as Deputy Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce. Senator Day served as Vice Chair and then as Chair of the National Finance Committee for many years.  In addition, he is a member of many inter-parliamentary associations, including the Canada-China Legislative Association (former co-Chair) and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. His areas of interest and specialization consist of science and technology, defence, veteran’s issues, international trade, human rights, heritage and literacy.

Senator Day was appointed Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of 722 (Saint John) Communication Squadron on Jan 3, 2002 and served until Nov 30, 2005. A well-known New Brunswick lawyer and engineer, Senator Day has had a successful career as a private practice attorney. His legal interests include Patent and Trademark Law, and intellectual property issues. He has been recognized as a specialist in Intellectual Property matters by the Law Society of Upper Canada, and is a fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.

An active member of the community, Senator Day has served on the Board of the Corps of Commissionaires for New Brunswick and currently sits on the Board of the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, the Board of the Canadian Battlefields Foundation, and is a Board member and Honourary Legal Counsel at the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award - Canada. He also served as National President of the Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada (1996) and as chair of the RMCC Foundation (1997-2000). Senator Day served as a member of the RMC Board of Governors from January 2004 to January 2007.

Committee Membership

The following are ex officio members of all committees except for the Standing Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senators and the joint committees:

  • the Leader of the Government (Government Representative) and the Leader of the Opposition or, in the absence of either, their respective Deputy Leaders; and

Pursuant to the Order of the Senate of November 7, 2017:

  • the Legislative Deputy to the Government Representative or the Government Liaison, in the absence of the Government Representative; and
  • the leader or facilitator of any recognized party or recognized parliamentary group or, in their absence, the designated deputy leader or deputy facilitator.