Our Minister: The Honourable Gail Shea
The Honourable Gail Shea is returning to Fisheries and Oceans as the Department’s Minister – a Cabinet position she held previously for close to three years.
Her appointment was announced July 15 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
First elected to the House of Commons in 2008, Minister Shea was named Minister of Fisheries and Oceans in October of that year.
She became Minister of National Revenue in May 2011, and was assigned to the additional position of Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency in February 2013.
Prior to her election to the House of Commons, Ms Shea was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island. Before entering politics, she managed a small family business for 15 years.
Ms. Shea has long been active in her community. She served as vice-president and treasurer of Royal Canadian Legion Branch #6. She has also served as a school trustee and president of the local Home and School Association.
Ms. Shea's long record of volunteerism includes involvement in her local community festivals, sports teams and church. A passionate advocate for seniors, she has also run a tax preparation program for seniors.
Ms. Shea and her husband, Russell, have five children.
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