Women MLA Listing

Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell


Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell
1933 in Sackville, NB
First Elected:
GE 13 October 1987, Riding of Tantramar


  • Port Elgin Regional Memorial School
  • Mount Allison University - BSc (Home Economics - magna cum laude), 1954
  • University of Toronto - MA (Nutrition - cum laude), 1960; MD (cum laude), 1967
  • Courses from Cornell University, University of New Brunswick, and the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal
  • Mount Allison University - Honorary Doctor of Letters
  • Université de Moncton - Honorary Doctorate in Family Studies
  • University of New Brunswick - Honorary Doctor of Laws

Private Career

  • Family Physician: Toronto General Hospital, Sackville Memorial Hospital
  • Consultant: New Brunswick and Ontario Departments of Health
  • Freelance Journalist: Toronto


Political Career

  • President: Westmorland-Kent Liberal Association
  • Member: Policy Committee of the Liberal Party of Canada
  • 1987: Elected MLA for Tantramar, GE 13 October
  • 1991: Re-elected MLA for Tantramar, GE 23 September
  • 1994: Minister of State for Family
  • 1995: Re-elected MLA for Tantramar, GE 11 September
  • 1995-1997: Minister of State for Family and Community Services
  • 1997-2003: Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick
  • 2003: Appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien
  • 2003-2006: President: Beauséjour Federal Liberal Association
  • 2008: Retired from the Senate



  • Member: Standing Committee on Privileges
  • Member: Standing Committee on the Ombudsman
  • Vice-Chair: Special Committee on Social Policy Development
  • Vice-Chair: Select Committee on Demographics
  • Chair: Select Committee on Social Policy studying integration in schools
  • Member: Select Committee on the Constitution


  • National Adult Literacy Database Award
  • Toastmasters International Award
  • Dr. William F. Roberts Political Action Award