Longtime Newfoundland and Labrador cabinet minister resigns

By on June 3, 2014


Joan Shea, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills and Minister Responsible for Persons with Disabilities and Youth Engagement of Newfoundland and Labrador
Joan Shea, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills and Minister Responsible for Persons with Disabilities and Youth Engagement of Newfoundland and Labrador

ST. JOHN’S, NL — A longtime Newfoundland and Labrador cabinet minister has resigned from politics.

Environment and Conservation Minister Joan Shea announced her resignation today surrounded by members of the Progressive Conservative caucus.

Shea, who represents the western Newfoundland riding of St. George’s-Stephenville East, says she made the decision over the past few days and that it felt right for her to quit public life at this time.

She was first elected in October 2003 and has held various cabinet positions including as minister of education, human resources and employment, and child, youth and family services.

Premier Tom Marshall thanked Shea for her work.

Justice Minister Terry French and Finance Minister Charlene Johnson will split Shea’s duties in cabinet.