Statement

The Speaker of the Senate

The Passing of the Honourable Judith Keating, Q.C.

July 19, 2021


It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of our friend and colleague, the Honourable Judith Keating, Q.C.

Senator Keating, an accomplished legal and constitutional expert, represented the province of New Brunswick in the Senate since her appointment on January 31, 2020.

She had previously served the government of New Brunswick in a variety of roles, which saw her become the first woman to serve as Deputy Minister of Justice and Attorney General of New Brunswick. 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 work in the legal profession.

Of her many contributions, Senator Keating will be remembered as a tireless advocate for the equal status of the English and French languages in New Brunswick, the equal and just treatment of women in the legal profession, and the promotion of Indigenous issues in her role as provincial chair of the Working Group on Truth and Reconciliation in New Brunswick.

On behalf of the Senate of Canada, I would like to extend my condolences to all her family, friends and loved ones.

The Honourable George J. Furey, Q.C.
Speaker of the Senate