Senator Rose-Marie Losier-Cool retired on June 18, 2012.
Rose-Marie Losier was born in Tracadie, New Brunswick. She was educated at the Académie Ste-Famille in Tracadie, the École normale in Fredericton (Teaching Certificate) and the University of Moncton (Bachelor of Education). She taught in New Brunswick schools for 33 years, the last 20 of which at the École secondaire Népisiguit in Bathurst. She has been married to Wilbrod Cool since 1959. They have two sons, Jacques and Denis, and three grandchildren, Vincent, Céline and Clara-Rose.
In 1983, Rose-Marie Losier-Cool became the first woman president of the Association des enseignantes et enseignants francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick. She has sat on the board of directors of the Canadian Teachers Federation and has been a member of the Association canadienne d’éducation de langue française and the Commission de la langue française. She has sat on a number of committees working to promote the role of women in education. In May 1992, the government of New Brunswick gave her its Teacher of the Year Award for non-sexist teaching. In 1994-95, she was vice-chair of the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women. She was a member of the New Brunswick Museum from 1990 to 1998. Active in the local community, she has been on a number of hospital foundations and boards, and is currently honorary chairperson of the Bathurst College Foundation.
Rose-Marie Losier-Cool was appointed to the Senate on March 21, 1995. She was its Deputy Speaker from November 17, 1999, to October 7, 2002, and the very first woman to be its Chief Government Whip from January 15, 2004 to January 23, 2006. On April 6, 2006, she was re-elected Deputy Speaker and held this high office until March 2, 2010. In the Senate, she has also chaired the Standing Committee on Official Languages and the Standing Committee of Selection, and has been a member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Standing Committee on Human Rights. As well, she was the founding co-chair of the Canadian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development. A very active member of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie (“APF”, the international association of French-speaking parliamentarians), she became a Knight of the Ordre de la Pléiade on March 20, 2002. She was promoted to the rank of Officer of the Ordre on June 7, 2007, and to the rank of Commander on July 7, 2010. Furthermore, she was Chair of the Réseau des femmes (women’s network) of the APF from July 6, 2007 to July 8, 2011. She is also a member of three parliamentary associations: Canada-Africa, Canada-France, and the Inter-Parliamentary Union.