Shaughnessy Cohen

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Elizabeth Shaughnessy Cohen
Member of Parliament
for Windsor—St. Clair
In office
January 17, 1994 – December 9, 1998
Preceded by Howard McCurdy
Succeeded by Rick Limoges
Personal details
Born (1948-02-11)February 11, 1948
London, Ontario
Died December 9, 1998(1998-12-09) (aged 50)
Ottawa, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Jerry Cohen
Residence Windsor
Profession Lawyer
Religion Jewish

Elizabeth Shaughnessy Cohen (February 11, 1948 – December 9, 1998) was a Canadian politician who represented the riding of Windsor—St. Clair for the Liberal Party of Canada from 1993 to her death.

She was born in London, Ontario, and she worked as a lawyer before entering politics. She stood as the Liberal candidate in Windsor—St. Clair, in the 1988 election, but lost to New Democratic Party incumbent Howard McCurdy. However, in the 1993 election, Cohen defeated McCurdy for the seat. She was then re-elected in 1997.

In 1998, she collapsed in the House of Commons, just seconds after she had stood to address the House.[1] She had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and was pronounced dead soon afterward.

In the by-election that followed in early 1999, Liberal candidate Rick Limoges narrowly defeated Joe Comartin of the NDP. However, in the 2000 election, Comartin won the seat.


In 2000, the Writers' Trust of Canada instituted a literary award, the Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing, in her memory. Journalist Susan Delacourt published a biography of Cohen, Shaughnessy: The Passionate Politics of Shaughnessy Cohen,[2] the same year.

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