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Senator Lucie Pépin

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Local Address:  Quebec , Canada
McGill University
1205 Docteur Penfield Avenue
Montreal , Quebec H3A 1B1

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  • LL.D.
    McMaster University
  • Diploma , Nursing Sciences
    University of Montreal
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The McGill Education Initiative on Interprofessional Collaboration - Project Members, 9 Aug 2015 [cached]
Lucie Pépin, The Honourable
Senator Pépin's has dedicated her career to human rights and social justice. Her early interest in women's health quickly led to public activism for broader issues of women's equality. Senator Pépin was instrumental in the coordination of advocacy efforts at the national level, securing legislation which guaranteed women's right to contraception and abortion, as well as at the provincial level, securing their right to sign medical authorization and the legalization of birth planning clinics. Senator Pépin was also deeply involved in advocacy efforts to ensure the entrenchment of women's rights in the Canadian Constitution..
Senator Pépin's enthusiastic involvement in improving the status of women was recognized by the Government of Canada, which, in 1979, appointed her Vice-President of the Advisory Council on the Statue of Women and, the following year, to its presidency. Under her direction, the Advisory Council undertook research and advised the federal government on a wide variety of subjects, most notably employment equity, child care, violence against women, pension reform, women's rights and the Constitution, as well as reforms to the Divorce Act.
In 1984, Senator Pépin was elected a Liberal Member of Parliament for Outremont. From 1985 to 1988, she was Official Opposition critic for the Status of Women, sitting on parliamentary committees considering bills on child care, divorce, pornography, immigration, prostitution, family allowances and employment equity.
Since Senator Pépin's appointment to the Senate in 1997, she has pursued her work on human rights and social justice.
Equal Voice, 15 Jan 2010 [cached]
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The Hon. the Speaker: Honourable senators, I have received a notice from the Leader of the Government in the Senate who requests that, pursuant to rule 22(10), the time for Senators' Statements be extended today for the purpose of paying tribute to the Honourable Senator Lucie Pépin, who will be retiring from the Senate on September 7, 2011.
Is it agreed that the period for tributes to the Honourable Senator Lucie Pépin be extended, according to the rules?
Once Senator Pépin has responded, we will proceed with Senators' Statements.
Honourable senators, Lucie Pépin has been a great Canadian stateswoman. She was written up in a book called Women of Influence, published, interestingly, in 1985, which was the year following Prime Minister Mulroney's landslide majority government election. Madam Pépin ran in that 1984 election as a Liberal in the riding of Outremont. She won. That was not exactly a time when many Liberal MPs would have been written up as "persons of influence."
However, Lucie Pépin has always forged her own path. She trained as a nurse, never expecting to end up in public life. I have read that she grew up expecting to lead a quiet life, raising a family and doing some nursing at the same time. However, in her work during the 1960s at the hospital, she saw women, especially from rural communities, suffering through annual child bearing.
As Senator Pépin said last March:
Throughout her almost 14 years here, Senator Pépin has continued to work to advance the causes of social justice, women's rights and the health of all Canadians. The committees she has served on are far too numerous to list, but I must single out her work on the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology and especially the Subcommittee on Population Health, for which she served as deputy chair. That subcommittee recently did an in-depth study of determinants of health that resulted in five reports. The subcommittee found that Canada is falling seriously behind other countries like the United Kingdom and Sweden. It said that it is unacceptable for a wealthy country such as Canada to continue to tolerate such disparities in health. They warned that this disparity may widen - wise words that need to be spoken and need to be heard.
Honourable senators, I cannot end without speaking of Senator Pépin's work on behalf of Canada's military families. All Canadians are aware of the dedication and sacrifice of our soldiers, especially in these dangerous times. However, not everyone pauses to reflect upon the contribution made by their families who quietly support them while living with the ever-present fear for their safety. Senator Pépin has dedicated herself to supporting our military families.
Hon. Senators: Hear, hear!
Senator Cowan: Senator Pépin, in so many ways, you epitomize the best of this place.
Hon. Marjory LeBreton (Leader of the Government): Honourable senators, it is indeed an honour to pay tribute to Senator Lucie Pépin after more than 14 years of service in the Senate of Canada. Today we say goodbye to our colleague Senator Lucie Pépin, who will be with us until September, but, I suppose, the Senate will not be sitting at that time.
During her years in the Senate of Canada, Lucie has greatly benefited this place by her great wisdom, her good nature, her elegance and her grace. She is a shining example to all women across this country of what can be achieved through hard work and perseverance.
Long before she came to this chamber, Senator Pépin devoted her time and energy, both at home and abroad, as a passionate champion for the issues and beliefs close to her heart, many of which concern women and children - matters of equality, child care, family violence, reproductive health and, of course, political participation.
All honourable senators are undoubtedly aware, as Senator Cowan pointed out, of Senator Pépin's career in the other place.
As Government Appointments Director at the time, I was pleased to discuss the possibility of this appointment with then Lucie Pépin, now Senator Pépin. I was pleased that she agreed to serve on the royal commission, and particularly pleased since she was the only female voice, and a very practical one at that, thank goodness. In any event, it was a great commission. We should go back and some read some of the recommendations. They would serve us well today.
Senator Pépin leaves Parliament at a time when the House of Commons has just seen a record number of women elected - 76, a good number and one to build on, but one to which I am sure Lucie would like to see at least another 30 added.
In April 1997, Lucie Pépin was appointed to the Senate by former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.
It was my great pleasure to serve for many years with Senator Pépin on the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology. Her contribution to the committee's work was invaluable, especially her work as a nurse and health care worker, and especially during the committee's honest and comprehensive study of the federal role in our health care system in 2002, and the 2006 report Out of the Shadows at Last, which was an important Senate study on mental health, mental illness and addiction.
Senator Pépin's long background as a health care professional and her genuine concern and compassion for her fellow citizens were a major asset to the committee. I remember that when we were doing the final rewrite of the report, Lucie had many practical suggestions to make that absolutely improved the report.
Honourable senators, as Lucie Pépin takes leave of the Senate in September, I am of the firm opinion that her retirement will find her just as busy as she ever was and that she will continue to have a strong influence in public policy matters of importance in Canada and beyond. On behalf of myself personally and all Conservative senators, I wish Senator Pépin a long, healthy and happy retirement. She will definitely be missed in this place.
Hon. Dennis Dawson: Honourable senators, over 30 years ago, in 1980, when I was parliamentary secretary to Minister Lloyd Axworthy, who was then responsible for the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women, I had the pleasure and privilege of working with my friend Lucie Pépin.
I would like to draw your attention to the presence in the gallery of one of her partners in crime from that time, Florence Ievers, who was a member of the executive council and who has since had the opportunity to work with Lucie on many issues.
At the time, Lucie had already made a name for herself in the area of women's issues in Quebec.
Her successful stint with the council easily propelled her to a Liberal Party nomination, and she was elected in 1984. One year that the leader remembers well is the year I lost, but that is not why she remembers it.
Many of you will talk about this period, both in the other place and in this place, and it is true, madam leader, that beginning one's career in politics in opposition is never pleasant. Many of you will talk about this period as a kind of purgatory.
Instead, I would like to focus more on when Lucie was a member of the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women. Like many francophone Quebecers, Lucie and parliamentarians from Quebec must work tirelessly on various fronts: defending federalism in Quebec and promoting the French fact. Being a feminist never stopped her from taking on all of these other challenges. Lucie is a Quebec nationalist, a woman who promotes Canada in Quebec, whether in her current senatorial designation of Shawinegan, her former designation of Outremont or in her beloved Saint-Jean, her favourite place.
On issues such as the law, the environment, foreign affairs or, most important of all for Lucie, the status of women, we must always think of the particular interests of Quebecers and especially of defending the French language.
I would also like to emphasize the fact that the promotion of French and respect for the Official Languages Act were not universal in 1980. Lucie and her colleagues on the council had to fight a major battle at the time: the debate on the Charter of Rights was the debate where, once again, she also had to defend women's rights, but at the same time, never forget that she was also a Quebecer and a francophone. She has had to engage in this ongoing debate ever since she was appointed to the Senate, just as she did prior to her appointment.
Aboriginal Peoples Archives | Liberal Senate Forum, 23 June 2015 [cached]
Lucie Pépin (retired)
Canada-Palestine Parliamentary Association, 3 April 2007 [cached]
Ottawa, April 3, 2007 - On the initiative of MPs Réal Ménard, Omar Alghabra and Libby Davies and the Honourable Senator Lucie Pépin, a Canada-Palestine Parliamentary Association was founded on February 21, 2007, in Ottawa.
Lucie Pépin, Co-Chair, Senate
For her part, Senator Lucie Pépin noted that " the Canada-Palestine Parliamentary Association will be a vital tool in fostering solidarity, dialogue and reflection on the status of the Palestinian people. She also invited all parliamentarians to join the new association.
Senator Lucie Pépin
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