Elizabeth Marshall

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Elizabeth Marshall
Senator from Newfoundland and Labrador
Assumed office
January 29, 2010
Nominated by Stephen Harper
Appointed by Michaëlle Jean
Preceded by Joan Cook
MHA for Topsail
In office
2003 – January 29, 2010
Preceded by Ralph Wiseman
Succeeded by Paul Davis
Personal details
Born (1951-09-07) September 7, 1951 (age 68)
Stephenville Crossing, Newfoundland
Political party Conservative Party of Canada
Other political
Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador
Spouse(s) Stan Marshall
Residence Topsail, Newfoundland and Labrador
Alma mater Memorial University of Newfoundland
Cabinet Minister of Health for Newfoundland and Labrador (2003-2004)

Elizabeth (Beth) Marshall QC (born September 7, 1951) is a Canadian politician and member of the Senate.


Elizabeth Marshall was born in Stephenville Crossing, Newfoundland and Labrador. She received her early education in St. Lawrence, Corner Brook, and Grand Falls-Windsor. Marshall holds a Bachelor of Science (Math) degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She became a chartered accountant in 1979, and spent a number of years working in the provincial public service. She is a former Deputy Minister of Social Services and Deputy Minister of Works, Services, and Transportation. Marshall also spent a decade as Newfoundland and Labrador's Auditor General, from 1992 to 2002. She is married to businessperson Stan Marshall, the President and CEO of Nalcor Energy since April 2016,[1] and they reside in Conception Bay South.[2]

Provincial politics

In March 2003, Marshall became the Progressive Conservative (PC Party) candidate in the district of Topsail, when she easily defeated Gerald Spracklin in a nomination battle.[3] In the provincial election held that October Marshall defeated Liberal incumbent Ralph Wiseman, who had been serving as the Minister of Human Resources and Employment.[4]

Following the election Premier Danny Williams appointed Marshall as the Minister of Health and Community Services. Less than a year later in September 2004, she tendered her resignation as minister, citing Williams managerial style. Marshall stated that Williams had made decisions regarding her portfolio without consulting her, with the most recent example being a decision to provide more money to end a VON strike in Corner Brook. Marshall continued to sit as a member of the House of Assembly (MHA) in the PC caucus, and stated that she agreed with the direction of the government.[5]

In January 2007, Marshall stated that she planned on seeking re-election as the MHA for Topsail in that year's election and said she enjoyed her work outside of cabinet. She also dismissed rumours that she planned on seeking the Conservative Party of Canada nomination in the riding of St. John's East, although she admitted to being approached about running in the previous federal election.[6]

Federal politics

On January 29, 2010, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Marshall to the Senate of Canada as a Conservative.[7][8] On May 25, 2011, she was appointed Government Whip, succeeding Consiglio Di Nino. In November 2013 she seconded the Martin motion that led to the suspension of Senators Patrick Brazeau, Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin.


  1. ^ http://www.vocm.com/newsarticle.asp?mn=2&id=62071&latest=1[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Premier and Cabinet sworn in to form new government in Newfoundland and Labrador". Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. 6 November 2003. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Marshall will carry Tory banner". The Telegram. 19 March 2003. p. A1.
  4. ^ Callahan, Brian. "Big winners, near losers". The Telegram. p. A1.
  5. ^ "Marshall resigns over Williams' management". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 27 September 2004. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  6. ^ Jackson, Craig (24 January 2007). "Topsail Tory MHA plans to run again". The Telegram.
  7. ^ "PM appoints N.L.'s Elizabeth Marshall to senate". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 29 January 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  8. ^ Journals of the Senate, March 3, 2010.

External links

  • Elizabeth Marshall – Parliament of Canada biography
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