Bernadette Jordan

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Bernadette Jordan

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Minister of Rural Economic Development
Assumed office
January 14, 2019
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byPosition established
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for South Shore—St. Margarets
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byGerald Keddy
Personal details
Born (1963-04-07) April 7, 1963 (age 56)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)David Jordan
ResidenceWest Dublin, Nova Scotia
Alma materSt. Francis Xavier University
Professiondevelopment officer

Bernadette Jordan PC MP (born April 7, 1963) is a Canadian Liberal politician, who was elected to represent the riding of South Shore—St. Margaret's in the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 federal election.[1] She was appointed Minister of Rural Economic Development on January 14, 2019.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Montreal to Scottish immigrants, her family moved to Middle LaHave, Nova Scotia in 1975.[3][4] She participated in Girl Guides of Canada programs as a Brownie, a Guide, and as an adult volunteer member.[5] Jordan graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.[6]

Before politics[edit]

From 2006 to 2014, Jordan worked as a development officer for the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore, where she was in charge of organizing fund raising events for health services foundation.[7][8]

Political career[edit]

She narrowly won the Liberal Party's nomination in the South Shore riding by 22 votes of the 450 cast over Jennifer Naugler, school board chairwoman for the South Shore Regional School Board.[9]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to her husband Dave and they have three children.[10]

Electoral record[edit]

2015 Canadian federal election: South Shore—St. Margarets
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Bernadette Jordan 30,045 56.93 +38.97
Conservative Richard Clark 11,905 22.56 –19.42
New Democratic Alex Godbold 8,883 16.83 –19.25
Green Richard Biggar 1,534 2.91 –1.08
Independent Trevor Bruhm 257 0.49
Communist Ryan Barry 151 0.20
Total valid votes/Expense limit 52,775 100.0     $216,554.85
Total rejected ballots 226 0.43 –0.24
Turnout 53,001 69.83 +7.60
Eligible voters 75,904
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +29.20
Source: Elections Canada[11][12]


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  2. ^ "Bernadette Jordan named as Nova Scotia's new federal cabinet minister". January 14, 2019. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  3. ^ the “Wave” with Bernadette Jordan LighthouseNOW
  4. ^ Bernadette Jordan only woman elected this time for Nova Scotia CBC News
  5. ^ "Campfire on the Hill". GirlGuidesCANBlog. 2016-10-27. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  6. ^ 2014 St. Francis Xavier University Alumni Chapter Contacts St. Francis Xavier University
  7. ^ Bernadette Jordan named federal Liberal candidate for South Shore Shelburne County Coast Guard
  8. ^ Meet Bernadette Jordan,
  9. ^ Nick Moase, Bernadette Jordan named federal Liberal candidate for South Shore, The Shelburne County Coast Guard, November 5, 2015.
  10. ^ South Shore - St. Margaret's - Nova Scotia Liberal Party
  11. ^ "October 19, 2015 Election Results — South Shore—St. Margarets (Validated results)". Elections Canada. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  12. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived 2015-08-15 at the Wayback Machine

External links[edit]

29th Ministry – Cabinet of Justin Trudeau
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Position created Minister of Rural Economic Development
January 14, 2019 – present