The Honourable Gail Shea

Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
Egmont (Prince Edward Island)

Egmont (Prince Edward Island) Gail Shea was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008 and re-elected in 2011. In July 2013, Ms. Shea was appointed Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. Previously, she was appointed Minister of Fisheries and Oceans in October 2008 and Minister of National Revenue in May 2011. She was appointed to the additional position of Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency in February 2013. Prior to her election to the House of Commons, Ms. Shea was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island. She was first elected in April 2000 and was appointed to the provincial cabinet as Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs where she was responsible for the Status of Women, the Worker's Compensation Board and the Island Waste Management Corporation. From 2002 to 2007, Ms. Shea served as Minister of Transportation and Public Works. Prior to entering politics, Ms. Shea managed a small family business for 15 years. Ms. Shea has long been active in her community. She served as vice-president and treasurer of Royal Canadian Legion Branch #6. She has also served as a school trustee and president of the local Home and School Association. Ms. Shea's long record of volunteerism includes involvement in her local community festivals, sports teams and church. A passionate advocate for seniors, she has also run a tax preparation program for seniors. Ms. Shea and her husband, Russell, have five children.