Gail Shea

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The Honourable
Gail Shea
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Egmont
Assumed office
Preceded by Joe McGuire
Member of the Prince Edward Island Legislative Assembly
for Tignish-DeBlois
In office
Preceded by Bobby Morrissey
Succeeded by Neil LeClair
Personal details
Born (1959-04-06) April 6, 1959 (age 56)
Tignish, Prince Edward Island
Political party Conservative
Religion Roman Catholic

Gail R. Shea, PC, MP (born April 6, 1959) is a Canadian politician, currently the Member of Parliament for Egmont. She was previously a member of the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island from 2000 to 2007, representing the electoral district of Tignish-DeBlois as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party.

As of July 2013, Shea serves as the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Provincial politics[edit]

Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs[edit]

Shea served as Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs from 2000 to 2003, under the second administration of Premier Pat Binns. During this period Shea 's responsibilities included the Status of Women in the province, as well as providing oversight on the Workers Compensation Board and the Island Waste Management Corporation.[1]

Minister of Transportation and Public Works[edit]

From 2003 to 2007 Shea served as Minister of Transportation and Public Works. In this position, Shea oversaw the implementation of a graduated licencing system in her home province.[2]

Election results[edit]

Prince Edward Island general election, 2007: Tignish-Palmer Road
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Neil LeClair 1,569 55.15 +11.18
Progressive Conservative Gail Shea 1,276 44.85 −10.44
Total valid votes 2,845 100.0  
Liberal gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +10.81

Canadian federal politics[edit]

Shea stood as the Conservative Party of Canada candidate in the riding of Egmont for the 2008 federal election.[3] On October 14, 2008, she became the first candidate to be elected MP from Prince Edward Island who wasn't a Liberal, in 24 years. On October 30, 2008, Shea was appointed the federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. She is only the third female MP from Prince Edward Island, following Margaret Mary Macdonald and Catherine Callbeck. In the May 2, 2011 general election Shea was re-elected to represent the people of Egmont with a margin of 4500 votes. On May 18, 2011 she was appointed Minister of National Revenue and is the only female cabinet minister east of Ontario.

Pie incident[edit]

On January 25, 2010, Shea was pied while giving a speech at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters. An American PETA activist, Emily McCoy, was arrested in Burlington in connection with the incident, and charged with assault. PETA has taken public responsibility for the incident, saying that it was part of a broader campaign against the Canadian Government's support of the seal hunt.[4][5]

In response to the pieing of the Fisheries Minister, a long time Liberal MP Gerry Byrne denounced the attack on the minister as an act of terrorism.[6] He commented on the 26th, “When someone actually coaches or conducts criminal behaviour to impose a political agenda on each and every other citizen of Canada, that does seem to me to meet the test of a terrorist organization.” Byrne continued to say, “I am calling on the Government of Canada to actually investigate whether or not this organization, PETA, is acting as a terrorist organization under the test that exists under Canadian law.” In response to his interpretation of Canadian law, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said Byrne's reaction was "a silly, chest-beating exercise."[7]

When commenting on the event later, Shea remarked, "I can tell you that this incident actually strengthens my resolve to support the seal hunt. If this is what it takes to stand up for Canadian sealing families and this industry I'm certainly very proud to do it."[8]


  1. ^ "Government Bio", Retrieved January 21, 2010
  2. ^ "Personal Sight", Retrieved January 21, 2010.
  3. ^ "Shea wins Egmont nomination",, December 17, 2007.
  4. ^ "Pie in the Face" Globe and Mail January 26, 2010 | 6:11PM EST; Retrieved January 27, 2010.
  5. ^ "Fisheries minister gets pie in face". CBC News. Retrieved March 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ "A tofu cream pie in the face is an act of terrorism, Liberal MP tells radio station". National Post, January 27, 2010.
  7. ^ Globe and Mail
  8. ^ "Pie hit should earn PETA 'terrorist' label: MP", Canadian Broadcasting Corporation January 26, 2010 | 6:34 PM NT; Retrieved January 27, 2010

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