Joan Cook

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This article is about the Canadian politician. For the American journalist, see Joan Riddell Cook.
The Honourable
Joan Cook
Senator from Newfoundland & Labrador
In office
March 6, 1998 – October 6, 2009
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien
Paul Martin
Stephen Harper
Preceded by Gerald Ottenheimer
Succeeded by Elizabeth Marshall
Personal details
Born (1934-10-06) October 6, 1934 (age 82)
English Harbour West, Newfoundland and Labrador
Nationality Canadian
Spouse(s) Widow
Children Diane & Jean
Profession Businesswoman

Joan Cook (born October 6, 1934 in English Harbour West, Newfoundland) was a Canadian Senator for Newfoundland and Labrador.


In her working life, Cook was, variously, a businesswoman who served as vice-president of her family's automobile dealership, Cook and Jones Motors, an executive with CJON radio and television, and an executive with Robert Simpson Eastern Ltd.

Cook has also been heavily involved with charitable efforts, chairing fundraising campaigns for Newfoundland's branch of the Canadian Cancer Society. Cook also served on the board of directors for Newfoundland and Labrador's Pottle Center for mental health.

After twice running unsuccessfully as a Liberal candidate in the 1993 and 1996 Newfoundland and Labrador general elections, Cook was appointed to the Senate of Canada by Governor General Roméo LeBlanc on March 6, 1998, on the advice of Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.

Due to the mandatory retirement age for Canadian Senators, Cook resigned from her appointment as Newfoundland and Labrador Senator on October 6, 2009.

Electoral history[edit]

Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi - Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes % +/-
     New Democrat Jack Harris 2,800
     Liberal Joan Cook 1,661
     Progressive Conservative Cy Mills 902
     Independent Jason Crummey 120
St. John's East - Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes % +/-
     New Democrat Jack Harris 2,336
     Liberal Joan Cook 1,728
     Progressive Conservative Sean Fitzgerald 1,285

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