James Colin Ramsey Kenny
(born December 10
) is a
Montreal, Quebec, Kenny
received his high school education at Bishop's College School.
received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1966 from Norwich University
. In 1967, he received a
Public Service Fellowship from the Tuck School of
political career began in 1968 when he served as executive director
of the Liberal Party of
Canada in Ontario.
was on the staff of the Prime Minister's Office
from 1970 until 1979, and rose to the position of policy advisor
and assistant Principal
Minister Pierre Trudeau
Following the Liberal government's defeat in the 1979 election
, he worked as
an executive with Dome Petroleum
until being appointed to the Senate on the recommendation of
Trudeau in 1984.
As a member of the Upper House
has been active in writing anti-smoking legislation and legislation
encouraging the use of alternative
. He has also represented Canada as a delegate to the
for Economic Cooperation and Development
(OECD) and the
Bank for Reconstruction and Development
While serving as Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on National
Security and Defence (SCONSAD), the committee has seen more
witnesses, spent more hours in committee, and released more reports
than any other Senate committee.
The SCONSAD reports examine areas of national security and defence,
including airports, seaports, border crossings, coasts, Emergency
Preparedness, and the Canadian Forces.
Kenny gained national spotlight with an infamous YouTube
video of the Senate Defence Committee where
several heated argument occurred in committee between Kenny and
See also List of Ontario