Women MLA Listing

Shirley Theresa Dysart

Details

Name:
Shirley Theresa Dysart
Born:
in Boston, MA
Date of Death:
14 December 2016 in Saint John, NB
Party:
Liberal
First Elected:
GE 18 November 1974, Riding of Saint John North

Education

  • New Brunswick Teachers' College
  • Saint Vincent University
  • University of New Brunswick- BA
  • University of London (Beaverbrook Overseas Scholarship), 1956-57
  • University of New Brunswick, Saint John campus - Honorary Doctor of Laws, 1996

Private Career

 

  • Teacher

 

Political Career

 

  • 1974: Elected MLA for Saint John North, GE 18 November (first female Liberal elected in the province)
  • 1978: Re-elected MLA for the new riding of Saint John-Park, GE 23 October
  • 1982: Re-elected MLA for Saint John-Park, GE 12 October
  • 1974-1987: Opposition Critic: Education
  • 1974-1987: Opposition Critic: Advanced Education and Training
  • 1974-1987: Opposition Critic: Health
  • 1974-1987: Opposition Critic: Justice
  • 1985: Interim Leader of the Opposition
  • 1987: Re-elected MLA for Saint John-Park, GE 13 October
  • 1987-1991: Minister of Education
  • 1991: Re-elected MLA for Saint John-Park, GE 23 September
  • 1991-1994: Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick (the first woman to hold this post)
  • 1995: Did not stand for re-election, GE 11 September

 

Committees

  • Member: Standing Committee on Contingencies and the Library
  • Member: Standing Committee on Economic Development
  • Member: Standing Committee on Estimates
  • Member: Standing Committee on Law Amendments
  • Member: Standing Committee on Municipalities and Corporations
  • Member: Standing Committee on Private Bills
  • Member: Standing Committee on Public Accounts
  • Member: Standing Committee on Social Development
  • Member: Select Committee on Constitutional Reform

Awards

  • 2004: Order of Canada