Women MLA Listing

Pamela Jane Barry


Pamela Jane Barry
1944 in Halifax, NS
First Elected:
GE 13 October 1987, Riding of Saint John-West


  • Mount St. Vincent University
  • Saint Francis Xavier University- BSc (cum laude)

Private Career


  • Laboratory Assistant: Halifax Infirmary, 1963
  • Chemist: Lantic Sugar, 1965-1966
  • Research Assistant: University of Alberta Faculty of Pharmacy, 1966-1967
  • Proprietor: Carleton Collector Antique Business, Saint John, 1983-1987
  • Research Assistant: National Research Council of Canada, Halifax, 1994
  • Executive Director: Greater Saint John Community Foundation, 1999- Present


Political Career


  • 1984-1987: Director: Saint John West Liberal Association
  • 1984-1985: Co-Chair: Liberal Party Task Force on Parents and Early Childhood Education
  • 1987: Elected MLA for Saint John-West, GE 13 October
  • 1989-1991: Minister of State for Childhood Services
  • 1991: Re-elected MLA for Saint John-West, GE 23 September
  • 1991-1994: Minister of the Environment (first woman to hold this post)
  • 1994-1998 : Solicitor General (first woman to hold this post)
  • 1995: Re-elected MLA for the new riding of Saint John-Lancaster, GE 11 September
  • 1999: Defeated, GE 7 June



  • Co-Chair: Select Committee on the 1987 Constitutional Accord
  • Vice-Chair: Select Committee on Energy
  • Member: Cabinet Priorities and Planning Committee
  • Member: Special Committee on Social Policy Development
  • Member: Standing Committee on Procedure
  • Member: Standing Committee on Law Amendments
  • Member: Standing Committee on Public Accounts
  • Member: Standing Committee on Crown Corporations
  • Chair: Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment
  • Chair: Atlantic Environment Ministers Committee
  • Chair: Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment
  • Member: Premier's Round Table on the Environment
  • Co-Chair: Task Force on Parents and Early Childhood Education


  • 2004: New Brunswick Day Community Leadership Award
  • 2005: YM-YWCA Red Triangle Award
  • Canada 125 Medal