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Joan Fraser

The Honourable
Joan Fraser
Senator for De Lorimier, Quebec
Assumed office
September 17, 1998
Appointed by Jean Chrétien
Preceded by Philippe Gigantès
Personal details
Born (1944-10-12) October 12, 1944
Political party Liberal

Joan Fraser (born October 12, 1944) is a Canadian Senator and former journalist.

Joan Fraser joined the Montreal Gazette in 1965 after graduating from McGill University. After two years as a cub reporter on the women's page, she joined the Financial Times of Canada where she worked for eleven years and served as news editor, editorial page editor and Montreal bureau chief. She returned to The Gazette in 1978 becoming its editor-in-chief in 1993. In 1996 she left that post and from 1997 to 1998 she was director-general of the Centre for Research and Information on Canada.

She has won two National Newspaper Awards (1982 and 1991) and four National Newspaper Award Citations of Merit (1986, 1987, 1990, 1994) for editorial writing. She has also won other awards for journalism, communications and her work on women's issues.

In 1998, Fraser was appointed to the Senate on the advice of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. In the 39th Parliament, she was appointed Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, working under Leader of the Opposition, Senator Dan Hays.

She has served as President of the Women’s Coordinating Committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (2004–2006), as well as an ex officio member of the International Executive Committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (2002–2006).

Fraser sits as a Liberal. She is currently the Deputy Leader of the Opposition

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