Siobhán Coady

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The Honourable
Siobhán Coady
Siobhan Coady.jpg
Member of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly
for St. John's West
Assumed office
November 30, 2015
Preceded by Dan Crummell
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for St. John's South–Mount Pearl
In office
October 14, 2008 – May 2, 2011
Preceded by Loyola Hearn
Succeeded by Ryan Cleary
Personal details
Born (1960-11-11) November 11, 1960 (age 56)
Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador
Political party Liberal Party of Canada
Residence St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Alma mater Memorial University of Newfoundland
Occupation businesswoman

Siobhán Coady (/ʃəˈvɔːn/; born November 11, 1960) is a Canadian businesswoman and politician from Newfoundland and Labrador. She represents the riding of St. John's West in the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly as a Liberal. Coady previously served as the Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of St. John's South–Mount Pearl from 2008 to 2011.

Under leader Stéphane Dion Coady was the critic for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. In 2009, Coady was appointed by then Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff as the party's critic for Treasury Board and Ethics and Special Advisor to the Leader on Canadian Business.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Coady was born in Grand Falls-Windsor and raised in St. John's. She is an alumna of Memorial University of Newfoundland having received a Bachelor of Education degree. She is also an accredited public relations professional. Coady, her husband Pat and their nephew Brook live in St. John's.

Before entering politics, Coady was President and CEO of Newfound Genomics Inc., a leading biotechnology company; The Clinical Trials Centre, a medical research company; and Bonaventure Fisheries Inc., a privately held fish harvesting company. She is a past Chair and Governor of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and was President of the St. John’s Board of Trade in 1993.

Coady has volunteered in a wide range of activities with community organizations including as Past Chair of the Regional Economic Development Board, the Newfoundland and Labrador Business Hall of Fame, and the Red Cross Campaign. Until her election to Parliament, Coady was a member of the Board of Directors for the Genesis Centre, the Children’s Wish Foundation, Genome Canada, the Public Policy Forum, the St. John’s International Airport Authority, and was the public representative on the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Newfoundland.

Federal politics[edit]

Coady ran as the Liberal Party of Canada candidate in the riding of St. John's South-Mount Pearl in the 2004 and 2006 federal elections, losing to Conservative Party incumbent Loyola Hearn.

Coady campaigning during the 2008 election

With the retirement of Hearn, Coady ran for Parliament again in the 2008 federal election, defeating her nearest rival, New Democratic Party candidate Ryan Cleary, by a 3% margin.[2][3][4]

After the 2008 election, Liberal Party leader, Stéphane Dion appointed Coady to the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet as Critic for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. In 2009, Liberal Leader, Michael Ignatieff appointed Coady as the Liberal Critic for the Treasury Board.

Coady has been on several committees including the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates (OGGO) and was a member of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science, and Technology (INDU).[5] [6]

While Coady was considered by many to be a rising star within the Liberal caucus, and led in an opinion poll before the election, she lost her seat in the May 2, 2011, election to New Democratic Party candidate Ryan Cleary by 7,750 votes.[7][8][9][10]

Following her election defeat it was reported that Coady was being lobbied by members of the Liberal Party to run for the party's presidency in January 2012, after Alfred Apps announced he would not run for re-election.[11] In July 2011, Coady announced that she would consider being a candidate in the election to be President of the Liberal Party. Her announcement came just after former Deputy Prime Minister Sheila Copps announced that she was also considering being a candidate for president.[12] However, Coady did not end up entering the race for the presidency.

At the Liberal Party's caucus retreat at the end of August 2011, she spoke about her desire to establish a policy think tank, similar to the Broadbent Institute and the Manning Centre for Building Democracy that had been established by New Democrats and Conservatives respectively. The think tank would look at the various ideals and principles that the Liberal Party had brought to the country and investigate their vision for the country. The institute would study, analyze and find policy suggestions to questions such as how to best ensure a quality health care system in the future, as well as how to ensure innovation, productivity and job growth.[13]

Provincial politics[edit]

In August 2011, following resignation of Yvonne Jones as Leader of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador, Coady's name was brought up as a possible successor. While she stated early on she would not seek the leadership she continued to be lobbied by supporters to enter the race and was considered a frontrunner for the position.[14]

In June 2014, Coady was nominated as the provincial Liberal candidate for St. John's West in the 2015 election.[15] On November 30, 2015, Coady won the seat, defeating New Democrat leader Earle McCurdy and Progressive Conservative incumbent Dan Crummell.[16]

Minister of Natural Resources[edit]

In December 2015, Coady was appointed Minister of Natural Resources in the cabinet appointed by Dwight Ball.[17] She has recently been involved in a scandal involving payments to former Nalcor CEO Ed Martin.[18]

Lower Churchill Project[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

St. John's West - Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Siobhán Coady 2,342 46.0
New Democratic Earle McCurdy 1,384 27.2
Progressive Conservative Dan Crummell 1,364 26.8
Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Ryan Cleary 18,681 47.92 +7.36 $67,211.17
Liberal Siobhán Coady 11,130 28.55 -14.77 $81,760.42
Conservative Loyola Sullivan 8,883 22.79 +10.24 $78,347.37
Green Rick Austin 291 0.75 -1.11 none listed
Total valid votes/Expense limit 38,985 100.0   $82,628.65
Total rejected, declined and unmarked ballots 108 0.28 +0.01
Turnout 39,093 58.97 +7.02
Eligible voters 66,294
New Democratic gain from Liberal Swing +11.06
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Siobhán Coady 14,920 43.32 +10.32 $63,155.64
New Democratic Ryan Cleary 13,971 40.56 +18.87 $18,947.03
Conservative Merv Wiseman 4,324 12.55 -32.13 $63,115.88
Green Ted Warren 643 1.86 +1.23 $172.03
Newfoundland and Labrador First Greg Byrne 402 1.16 $2,908.17
Independent Terry Christopher Butler 179 0.51 none listed
Total valid votes/Expense limit 34,439 100.0   $80,167
Total rejected, declined and unmarked ballots 92 0.27 -0.06
Turnout 34,531 51.95
Eligible voters 66,467
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing -4.28
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Loyola Hearn 16,644 44.68 +5.11 $67,639.04
Liberal Siobhán Coady 12,295 33.00 -2.26 $68,791.05
New Democratic Peg Norman 8,079 21.69 -2.02 $40,492.63
Green Barry Crozier 235 0.63 -0.83 none listed
Total valid votes/Expense limit 37,253 100.0   $73,776
Total rejected, declined and unmarked ballots 124 0.33 +0.03
Turnout 37,371 57.90 +5.42
Eligible voters 64,543
Conservative hold Swing +3.68
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Loyola Hearn 13,330 39.57 -16.27 $63,090.26
Liberal Siobhán Coady 11,879 35.26 +4.91 $63,121.27
New Democratic Peg Norman 7989 23.71 +10.31 $36,839.75
Green Steve Willcott 493 1.46 $184.24
Total valid votes/Expense limit 33,691 100.0   $72,104
Total rejected, declined and unmarked ballots 103 0.30
Turnout 33,794 52.48 -1.38
Eligible voters 64,397
Conservative notional gain from Progressive Conservative Swing -10.59
Changes from 2000 are based on redistributed results. Change for the Conservatives is based on the combined totals of the Progressive Conservatives and the Canadian Alliance.

Awards received[edit]

  • In 1994, the Atlantic Canada Chamber of Commerce awarded Coady the Harvey Webber Award in recognition of her outstanding service in strengthening the Chamber movement in Atlantic Canada.
  • In 2003, Coady received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and was recognized as an Ambassador for Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • In 2004, Coady was recognized as one of the Top 50 CEO’s in Atlantic Canada.
  • In 2006, Coady was named Entrepreneur of the Year, Avalon region, by the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs and her company, Newfound Genomics, was awarded the innovation award by the St. John's Board of Trade.


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  2. ^ "Hearn elected in St. John's South". CBC News, June 29, 2004. Retrieved via Internet Archive.
  3. ^ "Manning takes Avalon as Grits hold 4 ridings". CBC News, January 23, 2006.
  4. ^ "Coady wins tight fight against NDP's Cleary". The Telegram, October 15, 2008.
  5. ^ "Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates (OGGO) Membership". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  6. ^ "Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) Membership". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  7. ^ "Winners, losers in 2011 election". Montreal Gazette. 3 May 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  8. ^ Naumetz, Tim (21 November 2011). "NDP decision to limit leadership debates stirs more unrest". The Hill Times. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  9. ^ Bartlett, Dave (25 April 2011). "Too close to call". The Telegram. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "NDP's Cleary knocks Liberals out of St. John's riding". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2 May 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Bob the rebuilder surveys the Liberal wreckage". The Globe and Mail. 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  12. ^ "Liberal veterans vie for party presidency". National Post. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  13. ^ "Liberal Party Institute: Grits Float Policy Think Tank To Rival Manning Centre, Broadbent Institute". The Huffington Post. 30 August 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  14. ^ "First Liberal leadership hopefuls announced". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  15. ^ "Siobhan Coady Liberal candidate for St. John's West". CBC News. 25 June 2014. Retrieved 2015-01-14. 
  16. ^ "NDP Leader Earle McCurdy loses to Siobhan Coady". CBC News. 30 November 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  17. ^ "Dwight Ball, new Liberal cabinet sworn in at Government House". CBC News. 14 December 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
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  19. ^ Elections Canada – Official voting results, Forty-first general election, 2011
  20. ^ Elections Canada – Candidate's electoral campaign return, 41st general election

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