Brenda Robertson

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The Hon.
Brenda Mary Robertson
Senator for Riverview, New Brunswick
In office
December 21, 1984 – May 23, 2004
Appointed by Brian Mulroney
MLA for Albert
In office
Serving with Claude D. Taylor
Preceded by Claude D. Taylor / Everett E. Newcombe
In office
Serving with Malcolm MacLeod
Succeeded by Malcolm MacLeod
MLA for Riverview
In office
Preceded by Riding created in 1974.
Succeeded by Hubert Seamans
Personal details
Born (1929-05-23) May 23, 1929 (age 88)
Sussex, New Brunswick
Political party Conservative
Progressive Conservative (1984–2004)
Other political
Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick
Profession Politician
Cabinet Minister of Social Program Reform (1982–1984)
Minister of Health (1976 & 1978–1982)
Minister of Social Services (1972–1974)
Minister of Welfare (1971–1972)
Minister of Youth (1970–1974)
Committees Chairman, Standing Committee on Privileges, Standing Rules and Orders (1991–1996)

Brenda Mary Robertson, CM, ONB (born May 23, 1929) is a Canadian politician and former Senator. She was the first woman elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick and the first woman to become a cabinet minister in the province.[1]

Born in Sussex, New Brunswick, she was elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick representing the district of Albert in 1967 and was re-elected four times (1970, 1974, 1978, and 1982) representing the district of Riverview. In 1970, she was appointed Youth Minister. She was also Minister of Social Welfare, Minister of Social Services, Minister of Health, and Minister for Social Program Reform. She remained a Member until her appointment to the Senate on December 21, 1984 representing the senatorial division of Riverview, New Brunswick. She sat as a Progressive Conservative and a Conservative until her retirement on her 75th birthday in 2004.[2]


In 2004, she was made a Member of the Order of New Brunswick in honour of "her tremendous work ethic and commitment to serve New Brunswickers and her country."[1] In 2008, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition for being a "trailblazer and role model for women in politics".[3]

She received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Mount St. Vincent University in 1973 and an honorary degree of Doctor of Social Science from University of Moncton in 1983.[1]