Deborah Coyne

Born Feb 24, 1955

Deborah Margaret Ryland Coyne, is a Canadian constitutional lawyer, professor and author. Her education includes a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University and a Master of Philosophy from Oxford University in international relations.… Read More

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1955 Birth Born on February 24, 1955.


1976 21 Years Old Coyne grew up in Ottawa. She graduated from Queen's University with a degree in economics and history in 1976.
1979 24 Years Old She received a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in 1979 and a Master of Philosophy from University of Oxford in international relations in 1982. … Read More
1982 27 Years Old Deborah Coyne took a role in opposing the Meech Lake Accord, a comprehensive package of constitutional amendments designed to gain the province of Quebec's formal acceptance of the Constitution Act, 1982. … Read More


1989 34 Years Old From 1989 to 1991, Coyne served as constitutional advisor to Newfoundland Premier Clyde Wells. … Read More


2006 51 Years Old Until the 2006 federal election was called, she was a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. … Read More
2007 52 Years Old Coyne was nominated in March 2007 as the Liberal Party of Canada candidate in Toronto Danforth but withdrew later in the year.
2008 53 Years Old In 2008, she sought the federal Liberal nomination in the riding of Don Valley West but withdrew in favour of Rob Oliphant.
2012 57 Years Old On June 27, 2012, Coyne announced that she would be a candidate for leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, during the Party's 2013 leadership contest, which was won ultimately by Justin Trudeau. … Read More
2014 59 Years Old Following the leadership campaign, Coyne made an unsuccessful bid for the Liberal Party of Canada's nomination in Ottawa West—Nepean in 2014.


2015 60 Years Old 1 More Event
On February 26, 2015, Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May announced that Coyne had been appointed as a senior policy advisor, noting "Deborah's thoughtful approach to One Canada for all Canadians complements the vision of the Green Party of Canada."
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