The following passages are adapted from the new senators’ introductions in the Senate Chamber.

Senator Judith Keating shakes hands with Senate Speaker George J. Furey during her swearing-in ceremony on February 4, 2020, as Senator Marc Gold looks on.

Senator Judith Keating 

Senator Judith Keating helped promote Indigenous issues in her role as provincial chair of the Working Group on Truth and Reconciliation in New Brunswick. Senator Keating was the first woman to become New Brunswick’s deputy minister of justice and in 2002 she was appointed to Queen’s Counsel. In 2015, she received the Muriel Corkery-Ryan Q.C. Award from the Canadian Bar Association’s New Brunswick branch in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the profession. 

Sworn in on February 4, 2020

Note to readers: The Honourable Judith Keating, Q.C. passed away on July 15, 2021. Learn more about her work in Parliament.

Senator Brent Cotter is sworn in inside the Senate Chamber on February 4, 2020, as Senator Marc Gold looks on.

Senator Brent Cotter

Senator Brent Cotter helped advance reconciliation with Indigenous people in Canada as a member of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada Advisory Committee on the Implementation of Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. A leading scholar in legal ethics, Senator Cotter brings years of experience in justice and law to the Red Chamber. Among his accomplishments are the Canadian Bar Association of Saskatchewan’s Distinguished Service Award and the Teaching Excellence Award from the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan, as well as the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.

 Sworn in on February 4, 2020

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