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Senator Joan Kingston Joins Independent Senators Group

OTTAWA, December 14, 2023 – Senator Joan Kingston  (New Brunswick) announced today that she will be joining the Independent Senators Group (ISG). Senator Kingston is a retired nurse and former member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, serving the Province of New Brunswick as Minister of the Environment and Minister of Labour. Most recently, Senator Kingston served as a consultant at the University of New Brunswick's (UNB) Faculty of Nursing. With a decade-long tenure at UNB, she held roles such as nurse manager and co-manager of the Fredericton Downtown Community Health Centre. She also has extensive experience in government affairs serving as a principal secretary and senior advisor, as well as a health advocate, earning recognition and induction as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing in 2021.


" “I am honoured to join the ISG in the Senate Chamber. Working collaboratively with members of the ISG and all senators, I look forward to contributing to the work of the Senate in addressing the challenges facing Canadians.”

– Senator Joan Kingston

“The Independent Senators Group is enriched by the arrival of the Senator Kingston. Her expertise will provide us with insightful perspectives in multiple areas, given her credentials in healthcare, academia, public policy as well as a former parliamentarian and minister in New Brunswick’s government. Senator Kingston's addition will contribute greatly to the group's diversity of thought and expertise.”

– Senator Raymonde Saint-Germain, ISG Facilitator


Senator Joan Kingston was nominated to the Senate on October 31 2023 through the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments. Her addition to the Independent Senators Group brings the total membership to 40. 



Dedicated to serving Canadians and democracy, the Independent Senators Group (ISG) provides informed and non-partisan sober second thought to legislation and contemporary issues our country is facing.


Founded in 2016, the ISG has led the reform transition to a more independent and less-partisan Senate, reflecting the needs and views of a diverse and modern Canada. 


For more information please contact:

Amanda McLaren

Chief of Staff

Independent Senators Group



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