Shawn Murphy

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The Honourable
Shawn Murphy
Member of Parliament
for Charlottetown
In office
Preceded by George Proud
Succeeded by Sean Casey
Personal details
Born (1951-07-27) July 27, 1951 (age 63)
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Yvette (Comeau) Murphy
Residence Charlottetown
Profession Attorney

Shawn Murphy, PC, MP, QC (born July 27, 1951 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island) is a Canadian politician.

Murphy attended the University of Prince Edward Island, and later the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law, graduating with a law degree in 1976. He returned to Prince Edward Island and joined a local law practice, working alongside future Premier Joe Ghiz. In 1997, he was made a Queen's Counsel. Murphy is married and has three adult children: Kevin, Paul, and Brian.

Murphy was a member of the Liberal Party of Canada in the Canadian House of Commons, representing the riding of Charlottetown since the election of 2000. During the Martin government, he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans with special emphasis on the Oceans Action Plan.

He was re-elected with nearly 50% of the vote in the 2004 federal election. Despite rumours of his vulnerability in the 2006 federal election, Murphy was reelected with slightly more than 50% of the vote. With the Liberals now in opposition, Murphy became the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee. Murphy was re-elected in the 2008 federal election, again winning by a comfortable margin. He announced on October 13, 2010 that he would not be running in the next election.[1]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2008: Charlottetown
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Shawn Murphy 8,893 50.06 -0.10
Conservative Tom DeBlois 5,704 32.11 -2.03
New Democratic Brian Pollard 2,187 12.31 +1.19
Green Laura Bisaillon 858 4.83 +1.76
Christian Heritage Baird Judson 124 0.70 +0.19
Total valid votes 17,766 100.00
Total rejected ballots 137 0.77
Turnout 17,903  %
Canadian federal election, 2006: Charlottetown
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Liberal Shawn Murphy 9,586 50.16 +0.76
     Conservative Tom DeBlois 6,524 34.14 +6.54
     NDP Brian Pollard 2,126 11.12 -7.28
Green David Daughton 586 3.07 -1.03
     Christian Heritage Baird Judson 97 0.51 -0.09
Total 18,919
Canadian federal election, 2004: Charlottetown
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Liberal Shawn Murphy 9,175 49.4 +6.8
     Conservative Darren Peters 5,121 27.6 -9.8
     NDP Dody Crane 3,428 18.4 -2.9
Green Will McFadden 760 4.1 +4.1
     Christian Heritage Baird Judson 105 0.6 +0.3
Total 18,589
Canadian federal election, 2000: Hillsborough
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Liberal Shawn Murphy 8,277
     Progressive Conservative Darren Peters 6,039
     New Democrat Dody Crane 4,328
     Canadian Alliance Gerry Stewart 1,005
     Natural Law Peter Cameron 92
     Christian Heritage Baird Judson 58
Total 19,799


  1. ^ Shawn Murphy leaving politics The Guardian. October 13, 2010

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Political offices
Preceded by
John G. Williams, Conservative
Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee
Succeeded by
Joe Volpe, Liberal
Preceded by
Paul Szabo, Liberal
Chairman of the Information, Privacy and Ethics Committee
Succeeded by