Aileen Carroll

Margaret Aileen Carroll, PC, (born June 1, 1944) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. She was a member of the House of Commons from 1997 to 2006 who represented the ridings of Barrie—Simcoe—Bradford and Barrie. She served in the cabinet of Prime Minister Paul Martin as Minister for International Cooperation. From 2007 to 2011 she was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. She served in the cabinet of Premier Dalton McGuinty as Minister of Culture.

Aileen Carroll

Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded byJoe Tascona
Succeeded byRod Jackson
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Barrie
Barrie—Simcoe—Bradford (1997-2004)
In office
Preceded byEd Harper
Succeeded byPatrick Brown
Personal details
Born (1944-06-01) June 1, 1944
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)D. Kevin Carroll
ResidenceBarrie, Ontario


Carroll has a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Mary's University (1965) and a Bachelor of Education from York University (1989). She was a partner in a small manufacturing and retail business. Carroll's husband, D. Kevin Carroll, was the President of the Canadian Bar Association from 2009-2010. They have two grown children, Daniel and Joanna.[1]



Carroll began her career in politics as a Barrie City councillor, representing the downtown Barrie ward.[1][2]


In 1997, Carroll won the Liberal nomination for the newly created riding of Barrie—Simcoe—Bradford. She went on to win the 1997 election by 7,507 votes, and was re-elected again in 2000.[3][4] She was elected in 2004 in the newly created riding of Barrie.[5]

Carroll served as Parliamentary Secretary of Foreign Affairs from 2001 to 2003.[2] Carroll was appointed as Minister for International Cooperation, responsible for the Canadian International Development Agency, when Paul Martin became Prime Minister on December 12, 2003.[1] She retained that portfolio until the Liberals were defeated in 2006, when she lost her seat to her 2004 challenger Patrick Brown.[6]

Cabinet positions

27th Ministry – Cabinet of Paul Martin
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Susan Whelan Minister for International Cooperation
Josée Verner


In 2007 she ran as the Liberal candidate in the provincial riding of Barrie for the 2007 provincial election and defeated incumbent MPP Joe Tascona.[7] She was appointed to provincial cabinet of Premier Dalton McGuinty as Minister of Culture and as Minister Responsible for Seniors shortly after that election.[8] She was relieved of her cabinet posts in January 2010.[9] In 2011, she announced she would not run for re-election in the riding of Barrie.[10]

After her term as an MPP she continued her association with the Liberal party serving as vice president to the Barrie riding association.[11] In 2012, she supported Kathleen Wynne in the 2013 leadership election.[12]

Cabinet positions

Ontario Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Caroline DiCocco Minister of Culture
Also Responsible for Seniors
Michael Chan

Electoral record

1997 Canadian federal election: Barrie—Simcoe—Bradford
Party Candidate Votes%
LiberalAileen Carroll23,54943.28
ReformBonnie Ainsworth16,04229.62
Progressive ConservativeJohn Trotter10,73519.82
New DemocraticPeggy McComb2,5804.76
GreenMarie Sternberg5060.93
Christian HeritageDan Vander Kooi4210.78
Canadian ActionIan Woods3270.60
2000 Canadian federal election: Barrie—Simcoe—Bradford
Party Candidate Votes%
LiberalAileen Carroll26,30948.27
AllianceRob Hamilton17,60032.29
Progressive ConservativeJane MacLaren7,58813.92
New DemocraticKeith Lindsay2,3854.38
Canadian ActionIan Woods3870.71
Christian HeritageBrian K. White2340.43
2004 Canadian federal election: Barrie
Party Candidate Votes%
LiberalAileen Carroll21,23342.7%
ConservativePatrick Brown19,93840.1%
New DemocraticPeter Bursztyn5,31210.7%
GreenErich Jacoby-Hawkins3,2886.6%
2006 Canadian federal election: Barrie
Party Candidate Votes%±%Expenditures
ConservativePatrick Brown23,99941.9%+1.8%$81,530
LiberalAileen Carroll22,47639.2%-3.5%$69,313
New DemocraticPeter Bursztyn6,98412.2%+1.5%$14,496
GreenErich Jacoby-Hawkins3,8746.8%+0.2%$19,036
2007 Ontario general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
LiberalAileen Carroll19,54842.20%+6.07%
Progressive ConservativeJoe Tascona18,16739.22%-12.56%
GreenErich Jacoby-Hawkins4,3859.47%+7.37%
New DemocraticLarry Taylor3,7007.99%-1.27%
Family CoalitionRoberto Sales1730.27%-0.45%
LibertarianPaolo Fabrizio1680.32%*
IndependentDarren Roskam1020.22%*
IndependentDaniel Gary Predie770.17%*


  1. Sulker, Tatjana (December 14, 2003). "MP lands cabinet job". The Advance. Barrie, Ont. p. 1.
  2. Trueman, Anne; Smith, Kirsten (December 12, 2003). "Thumbnail sketches of new and returning cabinet ministers". Don Mills, Ont: CanWest News. p. 1.
  3. "Final Results Riding by Riding". Calgary Herald. June 4, 1997. p. A5.
  4. "Election Results". Star - Phoenix. Saskatoon, SK. November 28, 2000. p. A8.
  5. "Election results...riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. June 29, 2004. p. A14.
  6. "Election results...riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. January 24, 2006. p. A16.
  7. "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 1 (x). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-12-06. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
  8. Ferguson, Rob; Benzie, Robert (October 31, 2007). "Premier goes for new blood; Expanded 28-member cabinet has eight ministers from Toronto, three from 905 area". Toronto Star. p. A13.
  9. Kenyon, Wallace (January 19, 2010). "Sweeping changes hit Queen's Park; Liberal Cabinet". National Post. p. A8.
  10. "Former cabinet minister Aileen Carroll won't run in Ontario's fall election: Aileen Carroll takes a pass on fall election". Toronto, Ont: The Canadian Press. January 21, 2011.
  11. "Barrie NDP, Greens pick candidates tonight". Barrie - Advance. May 28, 2014. p. 1.
  12. Watt, Laurie (December 22, 2012). "Former MPP Carroll supports Wynne". Barrie - Advance. p. 1.
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