Loyola Sullivan

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Loyola Sullivan
Loyola Sullivan.jpg
Ambassador for Fisheries Conservation of Canada
In office
January 25, 2007 – March 28, 2011
Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board of
Newfoundland and Labrador
In office
Preceded by Joan-Marie Alyward
Succeeded by Tom Marshall
Member of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly
for Ferryland
In office
Preceded by Charlie Power
Succeeded by Keith Hutchings
Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador (Interim)
In office
Preceded by Lynn Verge
Succeeded by Ed Byrne
Mayor of Fermeuse
In office
Personal details
Born (1949-04-03) April 3, 1949 (age 68)
Calvert, Newfoundland and Labrador
Nationality Canadian
Political party Conservative Party of Canada, Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Verna Sullivan (nee Walsh)
Children Julie, Shelley and Stefan
Residence St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Alma mater Memorial University of Newfoundland
Occupation Businessman and Educator

Loyola Sullivan (born April 3, 1949) served as Canada's Ambassador for Fisheries Conservation from 2007 until 2011 and is a former Member of the House of Assembly in Newfoundland and Labrador.[1] Sullivan represented the district of Ferryland from 1992 till 2006.[2]

Sullivan was Leader of the Official Opposition between 1996 and 1998. When the Progressive Conservative (PC) Party came to power in 2003 he was appointed by Premier Danny Williams as the Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board and later as the Government House Leader.


Early life and education[edit]

Loyola Sullivan was born on April 3, 1949 in Calvert, Newfoundland and Labrador on the Southern Shore of the island of Newfoundland. Sullivan is the son of a fisherman and one of 12 children, who learned from an early age the importance of hard work; he started working summers in the local fish plant when he was 13 years old. He received his primary and elementary education in Calvert and attended high school in Ferryland where he graduated with honours at the top of his class.[3] Sullivan attended Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) where he obtained Bachelor of Science degree in 1971 and Bachelor of Education degree in 1974.[2]

Family and career[edit]

He is married to Verna Walsh of Fermeuse and together they have three children, Julie, Shelley and Stefan and three grandchildren. Sullivan became a high school biology, math and chemistry teacher, at Baltimore High School in Ferryland and was an owner and operator of two fish-processing operations as well as several other small businesses.[2]

Volunteer work[edit]

Sullivan served as the Mayor of Fermeuse from 1979 to 1982 and was the President of the Southern Shore Arena Association from 1988 to 1991.[3] Sullivan was also the Southern Shore Recreation Director, the coach of 12 provincial high school championships in cross-country, wrestling and hockey, as well as coaching the Newfoundland and Labrador junior wrestling team in the 1972 Canadian championship and Olympic trials.

Sullivan was a long-time member of the Kinsmen Club of Canada, rising to serve as National President of the organization in 1986.[3] He served on a wide-variety of community committees and boards including the Regional Arena Association, the Southern Shore Athletic Association, the Regional Oil and Gas Impact Committee, and the Committee for Primary Health Care -A Nursing Model, for which he was recognized with the Canada Volunteer Award of Merit.


In opposition[edit]

Sullivan was first elected to the Newfoundland and Labrador legislature in a 1992 by-election and was subsequently re-elected in the next four general elections.[4] From 1996 to 1998, he served as Leader of the Official Opposition and interim leader of the Progressivce Conservatives, taking over for Lynn Verge who had lost her seat in the 1996 general election.[3] Sullivan did not lead the PC Party through an election campaign and was replaced as leader by Ed Byrne in 1998. During his time in Opposition he also served as Party Whip, Deputy House Leader, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, and critic for Health, Education, Finance and Treasury Board.[3]

In government[edit]

When the Progressive Conservatives formered the government after the 2003 general election Sullivan was appointed Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board.[5] In that role, he led the negotiations for the 2005 Atlantic Accord and successfully secured the $2 billion agreement for the province. In 2006 he also took on the responsibility as Government House Leader, he served in both these roles till he retired from provincial politics in December 2006.[6] The next month on January 25, 2007, Sullivan was appointed by the federal Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Fisheries and Oceans as Ambassador for Fisheries Conservation by the Government of Canada.[1] Sullivan spent the four years furthering Canada's position on global fishery issues meeting with foreign fisheries ministers, ambassadors, foreign government and industry representatives to advance Canada's international fisheries agenda.

Federal politics[edit]

Sullivan announced on March 29, 2011, that he had resigned his post as Canada's Ambassador for Fisheries Conservation in order to seek the Conservative Party of Canada nomination in the riding of St. John's South-Mount Pearl for the 2011 federal election.[7] On May 2, Sullivan placed third receiving 8,576 votes.[8]

Electoral history[edit]

St. John's South—Mount Pearl - Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±
New Democratic Ryan Cleary 18,332 48.42
Liberal Siobhán Coady 10,670 28.18
Conservative Loyola Sullivan 8,576 22.65
Green Rick Austin 283 0.75
Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2003[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressive Conservative Loyola Sullivan 5182 86.28%
     Liberal Andrea Kavanagh 504 8.39%
     NDP Lois Martin 309 5.14%
  Independent Pilar Riego-Hickey 11 0.18%
Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 1999[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressive Conservative L Sullivan 4482 66.20%
     Liberal H Mullowney 2141 31.62%
     NDP G Ryan 147 2.17%
Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 1996[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressive Conservative L Sullivan 4834 68.36%
     Liberal T Best 2237 31.63%
Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 1993[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressive Conservative L Sullivan 3675 74.00%
     Liberal MC O'Brien 1125 22.65%
     NDP V Silk 166 0.32%


  1. ^ a b "Feds tap former N.L. minister as fisheries ambassador". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 25 January 2007. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  2. ^ a b c "Loyola Sullivan, Canada's Ambassador for Fisheries Conservation – Diplomatic Appointment". Government of Canada. 2007-01-25. Retrieved 2015-11-04. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Biographies of Ministers". Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  4. ^ "By Election held on June 25, 1992 in the Electoral District of Ferryland" (PDF). Elections Newfoundland and Labrador. 1992-06-25. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  5. ^ "Premier and Cabinet sworn in to form new government in Newfoundland and Labrador". Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. 2003-11-06. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  6. ^ "Loyola Sullivan quits Newfoundland politics". CTV News. 2006-12-30. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  7. ^ "Fisheries envoy running for Tories in St. John's". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2011-03-29. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  8. ^ NDP's Cleary knocks Liberals out of St. John's riding
  9. ^ Newfoundland & Labrador Votes 2003. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2011-04-03.
  10. ^ Newfoundland & Labrador Votes 1999. Elections Newfoundland and Labrador. Retrieved 2011-04-03.
  11. ^ Newfoundland & Labrador Votes 1996. Elections Newfoundland and Labrador. Retrieved 2011-04-03.
  12. ^ Newfoundland & Labrador Votes 1993. Elections Newfoundland and Labrador. Retrieved 2011-04-03.

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