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January 25, 2007
Loyola Sullivan (BSc, Memorial University, 1971; BEd, Memorial University, 1974). Before entering the political arena, Mr. Sullivan was an owner and operator of two fish-processing operations; was the proprietor of several small businesses; and served 20 years as a high school biology, math and chemistry teacher. He entered politics at the municipal level as mayor of Fermeuse, Newfoundland and Labrador, in 1979. He entered provincial politics in the June 1992 by‑election and was re‑elected in 1993, 1996, 1999 and 2003 as the Member of the House of Assembly for the Ferryland District. During his political career, Mr. Sullivan has served as Leader of the Official Opposition, interim leader of the Progressive Conservative Party, Opposition House Leader, Opposition party whip, Deputy House Leader, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, and critic for Health, Education, Finance, Treasury Board and Intergovernmental Affairs. In 2003, Mr. Sullivan was sworn in as his province's Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board. Most recently, he was appointed by the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador as Government House Leader. He and his wife, Verna, have three children: Julie, Shelley and Stefan.