Aileen Carroll

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Aileen Carroll

Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded byJoe Tascona
Succeeded byRod Jackson
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Barrie
Barrie—Simcoe—Bradford (1997-2004)
In office
Preceded byEd Harper
Succeeded byPatrick Brown
Personal details
Margaret Aileen O'Leary

(1944-06-01)June 1, 1944
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
DiedApril 19, 2020(2020-04-19) (aged 75)
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)D. Kevin Carroll (m. 1968)
ResidenceBarrie, Ontario

Margaret Aileen Carroll, PC, (née O'Leary; June 1, 1944 – April 19, 2020) was a Canadian politician. She served as a member of the House of Commons from 1997 to 2006 who represented the ridings of Barrie—Simcoe—Bradford and Barrie. She served in the cabinet of Prime Minister Paul Martin as Minister for International Cooperation. From 2007 to 2011 she was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. She served in the cabinet of Premier Dalton McGuinty as Minister of Culture.


Carroll had a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Mary's University (1965) and a Bachelor of Education from York University (1989). She was a partner in a small manufacturing and retail business.



Carroll began her career in politics as a Barrie City councillor, representing the downtown Barrie ward.[1][2]


In 1997, Carroll won the Liberal nomination for the newly created riding of Barrie—Simcoe—Bradford. She went on to win the 1997 election by 7,507 votes, and was re-elected again in 2000.[3][4] She was elected in 2004 in the newly created riding of Barrie.[5]

Carroll served as Parliamentary Secretary of Foreign Affairs from 2001 to 2003.[2] Carroll was appointed as Minister for International Cooperation, responsible for the Canadian International Development Agency, when Paul Martin became Prime Minister on December 12, 2003.[1] She was the first, and to date only, federal cabinet minister from Barrie. She retained that portfolio until the Liberals were defeated in 2006, when she lost her seat to her 2004 challenger Patrick Brown.[6]

Carroll was a supporter of Paul Martin's leadership bid leading up to the 2003 Liberal Party of Canada leadership election. Carroll supported Michael Ignatieff during the 2006 Liberal Party of Canada leadership election, serving as his Ontario campaign co-chair with former DFAIT cabinet colleague Jim Peterson

Cabinet positions[edit]

27th Ministry – Cabinet of Paul Martin
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Susan Whelan Minister for International Cooperation
Josée Verner


In 2007 she ran as the Liberal candidate in the provincial riding of Barrie for the 2007 provincial election and defeated incumbent MPP Joe Tascona.[7] She was appointed to provincial cabinet of Premier Dalton McGuinty as Minister of Culture and as Minister Responsible for Seniors shortly after that election.[8] She was relieved of her cabinet posts in January 2010.[9] In 2011, she announced she would not run for re-election in the riding of Barrie.[10]

After her term as an MPP, she continued her association with the Liberal party, serving as vice president to the Barrie riding association.[11] In 2012, she supported Kathleen Wynne in the 2013 leadership election.[12]

Cabinet positions[edit]

Ontario provincial government of Dalton McGuinty
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Caroline DiCocco Minister of Culture
Also Responsible for Seniors
Michael Chan

Electoral record[edit]

1997 Canadian federal election: Barrie—Simcoe—Bradford
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Aileen Carroll 23,549 43.28
Reform Bonnie Ainsworth 16,042 29.62
Progressive Conservative John Trotter 10,735 19.82
New Democratic Peggy McComb 2,580 4.76
Green Marie Sternberg 506 0.93
Christian Heritage Dan Vander Kooi 421 0.78
Canadian Action Ian Woods 327 0.60
2000 Canadian federal election: Barrie—Simcoe—Bradford
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Aileen Carroll 26,309 48.27
Alliance Rob Hamilton 17,600 32.29
Progressive Conservative Jane MacLaren 7,588 13.92
New Democratic Keith Lindsay 2,385 4.38
Canadian Action Ian Woods 387 0.71
Christian Heritage Brian K. White 234 0.43
2004 Canadian federal election: Barrie
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Aileen Carroll 21,233 42.7%
Conservative Patrick Brown 19,938 40.1%
New Democratic Peter Bursztyn 5,312 10.7%
Green Erich Jacoby-Hawkins 3,288 6.6%
2006 Canadian federal election: Barrie
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Patrick Brown 23,999 41.9% +1.8% $81,530
Liberal Aileen Carroll 22,476 39.2% -3.5% $69,313
New Democratic Peter Bursztyn 6,984 12.2% +1.5% $14,496
Green Erich Jacoby-Hawkins 3,874 6.8% +0.2% $19,036
2007 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Aileen Carroll 19,548 42.20% +6.07%
Progressive Conservative Joe Tascona 18,167 39.22% -12.56%
Green Erich Jacoby-Hawkins 4,385 9.47% +7.37%
New Democratic Larry Taylor 3,700 7.99% -1.27%
Family Coalition Roberto Sales 173 0.27% -0.45%
Libertarian Paolo Fabrizio 168 0.32% *
Independent Darren Roskam 102 0.22% *
Independent Daniel Gary Predie 77 0.17% *

Personal life[edit]

Carroll's husband, D. Kevin Carroll, was the President of the Canadian Bar Association from 2009 to 2010. They had two grown children, Daniel and Joanna.[1] She died on April 19, 2020 at the age of 75.[13][14]


  1. ^ a b c Sulker, Tatjana (December 14, 2003). "MP lands cabinet job". The Advance. Barrie, Ont. p. 1.
  2. ^ a b Trueman, Anne; Smith, Kirsten (December 12, 2003). "Thumbnail sketches of new and returning cabinet ministers". Don Mills, Ont: CanWest News. p. 1.
  3. ^ "Final Results Riding by Riding". Calgary Herald. June 4, 1997. p. A5.
  4. ^ "Election Results". Star - Phoenix. Saskatoon, SK. November 28, 2000. p. A8.
  5. ^ "Election results...riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. June 29, 2004. p. A14.
  6. ^ "Election results...riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. January 24, 2006. p. A16.
  7. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 1 (x). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-12-06. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
  8. ^ Ferguson, Rob; Benzie, Robert (October 31, 2007). "Premier goes for new blood; Expanded 28-member cabinet has eight ministers from Toronto, three from 905 area". Toronto Star. p. A13.
  9. ^ Kenyon, Wallace (January 19, 2010). "Sweeping changes hit Queen's Park; Liberal Cabinet". National Post. p. A8.
  10. ^ "Former cabinet minister Aileen Carroll won't run in Ontario's fall election: Aileen Carroll takes a pass on fall election". Toronto, Ont: The Canadian Press. January 21, 2011.
  11. ^ "Barrie NDP, Greens pick candidates tonight". Barrie - Advance. May 28, 2014. p. 1.
  12. ^ Watt, Laurie (December 22, 2012). "Former MPP Carroll supports Wynne". Barrie - Advance. p. 1.
  13. ^ We’ve lost one of our most prominent citizens’: Aileen Carroll, longtime Barrie politician, dies
  14. ^ CARROLL, Margaret Aileen P.C. (nee O’Leary)

External links[edit]