Judy Foote

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Judy Foote
B.A., B.Ed., MP
Judy Foote.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Random—Burin—St. George's
Assumed office
Preceded by Bill Matthews
Member of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly
for Grand Bank
In office
Preceded by Bill Matthews
Succeeded by Darin King
Personal details
Born (1952-06-23) June 23, 1952 (age 63)
Grand Bank, Newfoundland and Labrador
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Howard Foote
Children Carla, Jason and Heidi
Residence St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Alma mater Memorial University of Newfoundland, Lambton College
Occupation Journalist

Judy Foote (born June 23, 1952[1]) is a Canadian politician from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Foote has been the Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of Random—Burin—St. George's since the 2008 Canadian federal election.

Early life[edit]

Foote was born on June 23, 1952 in Grand Bank, Newfoundland and Labrador.[1] She was the head of Memorial University's university relations division before she entered politics.[2]

Political career[edit]

Foote served as the communications director for premier Clyde Wells before she ran for an elected position[2]

Foote represented the electoral district of Grand Bank in the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly from 1996 to 2007 as a member of the Liberal Party.[2]

She served in the provincial cabinet as Minister of Development and Rural Renewal from 1996 to 1997, as Minister of Industry, Trade and Technology from 1997 to 1998, as Minister of Education from 1998 to 2000 and from 2001 to 2003.[1] In February 2003, Foote became Newfoundland's Minister of Industry, Trade and Rural Development in a cabinet shuffle.[3] Foote was narrowly reelected by 43 votes after a recount reduced her initial 50-vote lead in the Newfoundland and Labrador general election in October 2013.[4]

In 2007, Foote stepped down from the House of Assembly after she won the Liberal party nomination for Random—Burin—St. George's against former Newfoundland cabinet minister Oliver Langdon and businessman Roger Jamieson to run in the 2008 Canadian federal election.[2] Foote was then elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 2008, succeeding longtime Liberal MP Bill Matthews. In 2009, Foote, along with the other five Liberal MPs from Newfoundland, voted against the 2009 Canadian federal budget because it went against funding promises made to the province in the 1985 Atlantic Accord.[5][6]

Foote became the Liberal Deputy House Leader in September 2010, but after she was reelected in the 2011 Canadian federal election, she accepted the position of Liberal Whip, which she still holds.[1][7]

Personal life[edit]

In 2000, Foote was diagnosed with breast cancer while serving as a provincial MHA for the District of Grand Bank and underwent procedures and treatments. In June 2014, Foote announced that she is battling breast cancer for the second time.[8][9]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Judy Foote 12,914 49.65 -4.10
Conservative John Ottenheimer 8,322 32.00 +11.49
New Democratic Stella Magalios 4,465 17.17 -6.60
Green Tanya Gutmanis 307 1.18 -0.80
Total valid votes/Expense limit 26,008 100.00
Total rejected ballots 120 0.46 +0.06
Turnout 26,128 45.80 +4.73
Eligible voters 57,047
Random–Burin–St. George's - Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Judy Foote 12,557 53.7
New Democratic Terry White 5,553 23.8
Conservative Herb Davis 4,791 20.5
Green Kaitlin Wainwright 462 2.0
Total valid votes 23,363
Grand Bank - Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Judy Foote 3101 49.32%
Progressive Conservative Darin King 3058 48.53%
     NDP Bill Wakeley 136 2.15%


Grand Bank - Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Judy Foote 3964
Progressive Conservative John Bolt 1146
     NDP Richard Rennie 538
Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Judy Foote 4136
Progressive Conservative Herb Edwards 2521



  1. ^ a b c d "FOOTE, Judy, B.A., B.Ed.". Library of Parliament. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Foote takes Liberal nomination for federal race". CBC News. 3 August 2007. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Dunfield, Allison (22 April 2009). "Newfoundland cabinet shuffled". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Canadian Press (21 November 2003). "Newfoundland recount confirms Liberal's win". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Bryden, Joan (9 April 2009). "Newfoundland MPs test Ignatieff's grip on party". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "MPs approve federal budget". cbc.ca. 2009-02-03. Archived from the original on 7 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  7. ^ "Liberals unveil shadow cabinet". National Post. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  8. ^ Herridge, Paul (June 12, 2014). "‘I intend to fight this’". The Southern Gazette. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ Thomas, Brodie (June 9, 2014). "MP Judy Foote battling breast cancer". The Western Star. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ Newfoundland & Labrador Votes 2003. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved May 22, 2007.
  11. ^ Report of the Chief Electoral Officer. Retrieved April 13, 2011.

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