Cabinet minister Shea calls it quits

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Environment Minister Joan Shea announced that she’s stepping out of politics after more than a decade in cabinet.

Joan Shea at a news conference today. — Photo by James McLeod/The Telegram

“It’s very difficult to find a day to jump off at,” Shea said, explaining her timing. “It really doesn’t happen until you pull the trigger.”

Premier Tom Marshall wished her well and said she leaves a legacy she can be proud of.

Shea has served as minister of child, youth and family services minister, minister responsible for poverty reduction, minister for post-secondary education and Government House Leader.

Shea was widely seen as one of the closest confidantes of former premier Kathy Dunderdale.

“I am grateful to have her sound judgement around the cabinet table,” Marshall said.

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  • Corporate Psycho
    June 02, 2014 - 20:12

    So will Coleman be running in her seat?

  • anna
    June 02, 2014 - 17:11

    Remember this about Ms. Shea In 2008 Shea came under fire when she admitted that she had vetoed two candidates to take over the presidency of Memorial University of Newfoundland and for insisting on approving the new President. Opposition politicians as well as academics criticized the move and the incoming president of Memorial's Faculty Association said that Shea seemed to be in contravention of the Memorial University Act, which states that the President is to be selected by the board of regents in consultation with the university's senate and with the approval of the lieutenant-governor [in] council.[

  • anna
    June 02, 2014 - 17:01

    Who will be able to appoint the next president of Memorial University? I will always remember this In 2008 Shea came under fire when she admitted that she had vetoed two candidates to take over the presidency of Memorial University of Newfoundland and for insisting on approving the new President. Opposition politicians as well as academics criticized the move and the incoming president of Memorial's Faculty Association said that Shea seemed to be in contravention of the Memorial University Act, which states that the President is to be selected by the board of regents in consultation with the university's senate and with the approval of the lieutenant-governor [in] council.[

  • Retired
    June 02, 2014 - 15:13

    It's so easy to step down when your money is made and your pockets are full.So many of us would only wish we could have aquarter of what these people make,and believe me I worked just as hard or harder in my 30 plus years as a health care worker.Oh and this is ridiculous that tisis my fifth try and can't get a code in.

  • Joannie
    June 02, 2014 - 14:26

    She quit? Or she was asked to resign? Is there something coming that will expose who Joan Shea really is?

  • Terry
    June 02, 2014 - 13:43

    It's amusing how new pavement ends where Joan's district begins... Kudos to the people of St. George's - Stephenville East, we've made it through the last 12 years without government representation. She was nowhere to be seen during the flood, the mill closure, has not spoken on the airport since telling the board to draw up a new business plan (which she never presented to government), and cannot attach her name to anything that has been accomplished in this region since her initial election. Good riddance.

    • danny conway
      June 02, 2014 - 15:03

      Joan im sorry to see you go and I wish you all the best in your retirement and it was a joy to work with you over the past years. I would like to thank you for all that was done for our town over the past 11 years and hope that your succesor is as active in our town as you were and we can continue with all the good things that was started.

  • Betty Young
    June 02, 2014 - 13:15

    @ Kate, explain what did she do? She was part of a government who gave us Muskrat Falls, And hard times for the future.

  • Kate
    June 02, 2014 - 13:04

    So you are so quick to judge - when are you guys running for office - not as easy as it seams. Maybe you should step up and run for office - just see what a thankless job it really is. Good Luck Ms Shea - thanks for all your hard work.

    • Myra
      June 02, 2014 - 17:39

      Politics is a very hard job to do, and not just anybody can do the job and do it well. So your call to the average Jamie to come on in and see how well they do the job is not logical, nor remotely close to fair.

  • Mike
    June 02, 2014 - 12:19

    The Pitbbull-rats are leaving in droves. Coleman will inherit a caucus of marshmallows. The only thing she did right was encourage one good appointment to provincial court bench. Everything else was done with a pure bully's mentality. Good bye and good riddance!

  • Jack
    June 02, 2014 - 12:04

    10 years too late! Good riddance

  • Bernie
    June 02, 2014 - 11:53

    And so it begins... I suspect we'll see a few more of these 'retirements' by the time the 'new' premier takes the reins...

  • Morris
    June 02, 2014 - 11:30

    This is a loss like no other ,except the defeat of Ross Barbour, Rossy to his friends, in 1971. Only in my native Province would a former Parole officer, having been appointed Minister of Education, veto two candidates, selected by MUN Board of Regents and MUN Senate, for appointment to the position of MUN President! That was a say day !

  • Dianne Hunt
    June 02, 2014 - 10:42

    Now its time for the people of that district, to get someone who will fight on their behalf. People call on the one the Liberals said no to back in 2013, You all know who I'm talking about, the man who don't want to see any fracking taking place, but want to put our people to work, so they can have a livelihood here at home, place where they bring up their family.

  • Dwayne
    June 02, 2014 - 10:11

    Hold the accolades! Don't forget about her boyfriend being appointed Chair of the Board of CNA and then Chair of the Board of Nalcor.