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The Citizens’ Representative

Biography

Image of Citizens' Representative Barry Fleming
Citizens' Representative
Barry Fleming, Q.C.

Barry Fleming, Q.C., was appointed the Citizens’ Representative for the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador by a unanimous resolution of the House of Assembly on December 6, 2006. His appointment was for a six-year term. He was re-appointed for a second six-year term in December 2012.

Prior to assuming the role of Citizens’ Representative, Barry worked for twelve years with the Human Rights Commission as its first legal counsel. From January 2005 to December 2006 he was also the Commission’s Executive Director. During his time with the Commission Barry had the opportunity to advance many human rights causes including; shortening the wait lists for services for autistic children; fighting discrimination against older workers; litigating on behalf of widows facing different treatment with respect to workers’ compensation claims; and numerous and complex disability issues.

In 1982, Barry graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Arts (Gold Medal Economics). In 1986, he graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Laws and a Masters in Business Administration.

From 1987 to 1995 Barry practiced law in the private sector. From 1989 to 1995 his focus was on assisting those fleeing communist dictatorships in Cuba, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union in obtaining immigration and refugee status in Canada.

Barry taught Business Law part-time at the Faculty of Business, Memorial University from 1987 to 1992. On June 26, 2007, he was appointed Queen’s Counsel. He is the past president of the Canadian Council of Parliamentary Ombudsman and is currently on the Board of the Forum of Canadian Ombudsman. Barry is an elected Bencher of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.