Gail Shea, PC, MP (born April 6, 1959) is a Canadian politician, currently the Member of Parliament for Egmont. She was previously a member of the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island from 2000 to 2007, representing the electoral district of Tignish-DeBlois as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party. As of September 10, 2011, Shea serves as the Minister of National Revenue, and has been acting as Minister of Fisheries and Oceans since October 17, 2012.
Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs
Shea served as Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs from 2000 to 2003, under the second administration of Premier Pat Binns. During this period Shea 's responsibilities included the Status of Women in the province, as well as providing oversight on the Workers Compensation Board and the Island Waste Management Corporation.
Minister of Transportation and Public Works
From 2003 to 2007 Shea served as Minister of Transportation and Public Works. In this position, Shea oversaw the implementation of a graduated licencing system in her home province.
Shea stood as the Conservative Party of Canada candidate in the riding of Egmont for the 2008 federal election.On October 14, 2008, she became the first candidate to be elected MP from Prince Edward Island who wasn't a Liberal, in 24 years. On October 30, 2008, Shea was appointed the federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.
She is only the third female MP from Prince Edward Island, following Margaret Mary Macdonald and Catherine Callbeck. In the May 2, 2011 general election Shea was re-elected to represent the people of Egmont with a margin of 4500 votes. On May 18, 2011 she was appointed Minister of National Revenue and is the only female cabinet minister east of Ontario.
On January 25, 2010, Shea was pied while giving a speech at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters. An American PETA activist, Emily McCoy, was later arrested in Burlington, charged with assault in connection with the incident. PETA has taken public responsibility for the incident, saying that it was part of a broader campaign against the Canadian Government's support of the seal hunt.
April 5, 2012