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Claude Carignan

The Honourable
Claude Carignan
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Assumed office
August 20, 2013
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Preceded by Marjory LeBreton
Senator for Mille Isles, Quebec
Assumed office
August 27, 2009
Nominated by Stephen Harper
Appointed by David Johnston
Preceded by Michel Biron
Personal details
Born (1964-12-04) December 4, 1964
Champlain, Quebec
Nationality Canadian
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Brigitte Binette
Children 3
Residence Mille Isles, Quebec
Alma mater University of Sherbrooke, University of Montreal
Profession lawyer

Claude Carignan, PC, (born December 4, 1964) is a Canadian lawyer and politician. He is currently the Leader of the Government in the Senate.

Carignan was the mayor of Saint-Eustache, Quebec from 2000 to 2009. He ran for the Conservatives in the 2008 federal election in Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, but lost. On August 27, 2009, he was named to the Senate of Canada as a Conservative.[1] On May 24, 2011, Carignan was appointed Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate. He was appointed Leader of the Government in the Senate on August 20, 2013 but, unlike most of his predecessors, was not appointed to Cabinet.[2]

Carignan was admitted to the Bar of Quebec in 1988 and specializes in labour and public law. He was a law professor[3] at the Université du Québec à Montréal and at the Université de Montréal.[4]

Electoral record

Senate record

Senator Carignan was created Government Leader in the Senate on 30 August 2013 by virtue of his caucus leadership, upon the resignation of his predecessor as Leader, Senator Marjory LeBreton.[5] He is not a member of the Privy Council and thus not invited to Cabinet meetings.


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External links

  • Claude Carignan – Parliament of Canada biography
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