DAY Joseph A.


Political party: Liberal Party
Country: Canada
Chamber: Senate
At the Assembly since:
Committee(s) and Sub-Committee(s): DSC,DSC/TC,SC
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Joseph A. Day was called to the Senate upon the recommendation of the Rt. Honourable Jean Chrétien on October 4th, 2001. He 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. He chairs the Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs and serves 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 the Chair of the Canada-China Legislative Association as well as of the Canada-Mongolia Friendship Group. His areas of interest and specialization consist of science and technology, defence, veteran’s issues, international trade, human rights, heritage and literacy. Senator Day joined the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in 2002, and served successively as Vice-Chair and later Chair of the Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Defence and Security Cooperation, as well as Vice-Chair and later Chair of the Defence and Security Committee. He was elected Vice-President of the Assembly in November 2016. Senator Day was appointed Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of 722 (Saint John) Communication Squadron in 2002 and served until 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. Senator Day graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada 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. 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.

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