Birthday Greetings

Hon. Jim Munson: Honourable senators, I would like to wish special birthday greetings to an exceptional New Brunswicker. This gentleman’s academic work commenced with elementary and secondary schooling in Saint John, New Brunswick, and has involved university studies in several European universities, including University College Dublin, Ireland; St. Thomas Aquinas University, Rome, Italy; and Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, Italy.

This gentleman is a licensed member of the College of Psychologists of New Brunswick. It makes him very competent to work here.

He has also spent 41 years as a faculty member of St. Thomas. He has taught psychology, philosophy and human rights; is currently a member of the board of governors, a knight of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and Malta; knight of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem; and an honorary navy captain in the Canadian Forces.

Talk about a lot of degrees, honourable senators. He holds an honorary degree, doctorate of philosophy, Dominican University College Ottawa; honorary doctorate of laws degree from St. Thomas University in Fredericton; and an honorary doctorate of literature from University College Dublin.

There is another paragraph about human rights in his field. He was a very active chairperson of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission for 22 years, beginning in 1967.

Senator Mercer: A bit of an underachiever, isn’t he?

Senator Munson: Yes. He is well known nationally and internationally as a human rights advocate and academic, including such cases as Malcolm Ross; Lovelace v. Canada at the United Nations Human Rights Committee; and is presently a member of the advisory council of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Now, if this doesn’t get me a road trip with you, Mr. Speaker, nothing else will.

That’s the official biography and, at the very end, according to Wikipedia, Senator Kinsella is considered a Red Tory —

Some Hon. Senators: Hear, hear.

Senator Munson: — and he supported Peter MacKay in his bid to become leader of the Progressive Conservative Party in 2003. Mr. Harper made a wonderful appointment here, despite all of that.

So, in the words of the late Marilyn Monroe, “Happy birthday, Mr. President.”

Hon. Senators: Hear, hear!

The Hon. the Speaker: Thank you.