Studied and worked in Ottawa.
Born in 1945 in Sudbury, Ontario.
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from University of Ottawa in 2007.
President, Liberal Party of Canada from December 2006 to April 2008.
Called to the Senate of Canada in September 1995; first woman to chair the Senate Liberal Caucus, and the first senator to chair the Northern Ontario Liberal Caucus.
Received the "Prix Marcel Blouin" for the best radio morning program in Canada in 1983, the "Médaille du Conseil de la vie française" in 1988, the "Ordre de la Pléaide" in 1995, an honorary Doctor of Law degree from Laurentian University in 1995, the insignia of "Officier de l'Ordre national de la Légion d'Honneur de la France" in 2003 and the insignia of the Order of St. John in 2004.
Was a member of the Implementation Committee for Bill 8 in Ontario and a founding director of "La Cité collégiale" (the first French-language College of Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario) and the "Regroupement des gens d'affaires francophones" in Ottawa.
Was the first woman to chair the Regroupement des gens d'affaires francophones.