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Senator William Rompkey, P.C., B.A., M.A., Ph.D., LL.D. (Hon.)

 

The Honourable William (Bill) Hubert Rompkey, P.C., B.A., M.A., LL.D. (Hon.) - Canadian Senator from Newfoundland and Labrador (1995 to 2011) - Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - http://newwestminstercollege.ca

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Senator William Rompkey, P.C., B.A., M.A., Ph.D., LL.D. (Hon.)

Senator William Rompkey is a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College. He was born in Belleoram, Fortune Bay and educated at Bishop Feild College in St. John’s and at Memorial University, where he received a B.A. and a Diploma in Education. He taught in St. John’s before completing the M.A. at Memorial and the Academic Diploma in Education at the University of London, England.

Returning to the Province he was appointed principal of Yale Amalgamated School in North West River, Labrador in 1963. In 1967 he was appointed Director with the Dept. of Labrador Affairs at Goose Bay and in 1968 became the first Superintendent of the Labrador East Integrated School Board.

Senator Rompkey entered national politics in 1972, interrupting studies for the Ph.D. in Adult Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. He was elected the Liberal Member of Parliament for Grand Falls-White Bay-Labrador and was re-elected four times. In 1988 he was elected the first Member for the newly formed riding of Labrador and was re-elected in 1993. In the 1970s he held appointments as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministers of Environment and Fisheries and Manpower and Immigration. In 1980 he was appointed to the federal cabinet by Prime Minister Trudeau and held the portfolios of National Revenue, Small Business and Tourism, Mines, and Transport.

In 1993, prior to the issuance of the White Paper, he co-chaired the Special Joint Committee on the Review of Canadian Defence Policy.

He was chosen Memorial University Alumnus of the Year in 1989 and was awarded the Honourary Degree of Doctor of Laws in 1999. William Rompkey was appointed to the Senate of Canada, representing Labrador in 1995.

In the Senate he served as Government Whip and Deputy Leader of the Government. As Chair of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans he produced two reports on the Canadian Coast Guard – Rising to the Arctic Challenge in April 2009 and Controlling Canada’s Arctic Waters in December 2009 as well as two reports on the state of fisheries in the Canadian Arctic.

As a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College, Senator William Rompkey, Ph.D. is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.

 
 

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