Member of Parliament
Gail Shea was re-elected to the House of Commons on May 2, 2011. On May 18, 2011, she was sworn-in as the Minister of National Revenue. Minister Shea also serves as the federal Minister Responsible for Prince Edward Island.
Minister Shea currently serves on the cabinet committees of Operations, as well as Economic Prosperity & Sustainable Growth.
She was first elected to the House of Commons on October 14, 2008 and was appointed by Prime Minister Stephan Harper as Minister of Fisheries & Oceans – the first Island woman to ever be appointed to the Federal Cabinet.
While Minister of Fisheries & Oceans she led Canadian delegations to Norway, China, the United States and the European Parliament in the Czech Republic.
Prior to her election to the House of Commons, Minister 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, Minister Shea served as the first female Minister of Transportation and Public Works.
During her tenure as Transportation Minister, she was successful in expanding the national highway system for the province of Prince Edward Island and also introduced the graduated licensing system for new drivers.
Before entering public life Minister Shea served as Special Assistant to the Premier of Prince Edward Island from 1997-2000 and previous to that she was an employee of the Canada Revenue Agency.
She also managed a small family business for 15 years.
Always active in her community, she served as Vice-President and Treasurer of Royal Canadian Legion Branch #6. She was a member of the Unit One School Board and was President of the Tignish Home and School Association.
Her long record of volunteerism includes involvement in her local community festival, sports teams and church. A passionate advocate for seniors, she has also run a tax preparation program for seniors.
Minister Shea resides in Anglo-Tignish with her husband Russell, has five children and ten grandchildren.