Bernadette Jordan

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Bernadette Jordan

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Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard
Assumed office
November 20, 2019
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byJonathan Wilkinson
Minister of Rural Economic Development
In office
January 14, 2019 – November 20, 2019
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byMaryam Monsef
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 57)
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 politician serving as Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard since 2019. A member of the Liberal Party of Canada, she was elected to represent the riding of South Shore—St. Margaret's in the House of Commons in the 2015 election.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Montreal to Scottish immigrants, her family moved to Middle LaHave, Nova Scotia in 1975.[2][3] She participated in Girl Guides of Canada programs as a Brownie, a Guide, and as an adult volunteer member.[4] Jordan graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.[5]

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.[6][7]

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.[8] Jordan was sworn into the federal cabinet on Nov. 20, 2019, by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, which is responsible for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the Canadian Coast Guard.[9] She served as Minister of Rural Economic Development from January until November 2019.[10]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to her husband Dave and they have three children.[11]

Electoral record[edit]

2019 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Bernadette Jordan 21,886 41.67 −15.26
Conservative Rick Perkins 14,744 28.07 +5.51
New Democratic Jessika Hepburn 8,361 15.92 −0.91
Green Thomas Trappenberg 6,070 11.56 +8.65
People's Robert Monk 667 1.27 New
Independent Steven Foster 376 0.72 New
Independent Shawn McMahon 165 0.31 New
Veterans Coalition Jason Matthews 125 0.24 New
Christian Heritage Kevin Schulthies 124 0.24 New
Total valid votes/Expense limit 52,518 100.0     $109,434.66
Total rejected ballots 439 0.83 +0.40
Turnout 52,957 67.69 −2.14
Eligible voters 78,238
Liberal hold Swing −10.38
Source: Elections Canada[12]
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[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.lighthousenow.ca/papers/PB_20141105.pdf
  2. ^ the “Wave” with Bernadette Jordan LighthouseNOW
  3. ^ Bernadette Jordan only woman elected this time for Nova Scotia CBC News
  4. ^ "Campfire on the Hill". GirlGuidesCANBlog. 2016-10-27. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  5. ^ 2014 St. Francis Xavier University Alumni Chapter Contacts St. Francis Xavier University
  6. ^ Bernadette Jordan named federal Liberal candidate for South Shore Shelburne County Coast Guard
  7. ^ Meet Bernadette Jordan, Liberal.ca.
  8. ^ Nick Moase, Bernadette Jordan named federal Liberal candidate for South Shore, The Shelburne County Coast Guard, November 5, 2015.
  9. ^ Quon, Alexander (20 November 2019). "Jordan, LeBlanc among 4 MPs from Atlantic Canada named to federal cabinet". Global News. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Bernadette Jordan named as Nova Scotia's new federal cabinet minister". January 14, 2019. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  11. ^ South Shore - St. Margaret's - Nova Scotia Liberal Party[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Results Validated by the Returning Officer". Elections Canada. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  13. ^ "October 19, 2015 Election Results — South Shore—St. Margarets (Validated results)". Elections Canada. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  14. ^ 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 posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Jonathan Wilkinson Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
November 20, 2019 –
Incumbent
Position created Minister of Rural Economic Development
January 14, 2019 – November 20, 2019
Maryam Monsef