Gerry Byrne (politician)
Gerald Byrne Sr. PC MHA (born September 27, 1966) is a Canadian politician who was a Liberal Member of Parliament from 1996 to 2015 representing Humber—St. Barbe—Baie Verte, Newfoundland and Labrador, and a cabinet minister in the government of Jean Chrétien. He is currently the MHA for Corner Brook. He served as Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, and currently serves as Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources in the Ball government.
Gerry Byrne in 2018
|Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources|
|Assumed office |
July 31, 2017
|Preceded by||Steve Crocker|
|Minister of Advanced Education and Skills|
December 14, 2015 – July 31, 2017
|Preceded by||Clyde Jackman|
|Succeeded by||Steve Crocker|
|Member of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly|
for Corner Brook
|Assumed office |
November 30, 2015
|Preceded by||Riding Established|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
for Humber—St. Barbe—Baie Verte
January 25, 1996 – October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||Brian Tobin|
|Succeeded by||Gudie Hutchings|
(Long Range Mountains)
|Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency|
January 15, 2002 – December 11, 2003
Serving with Allan Rock
|Preceded by||Robert Thibault|
|Succeeded by||Joe McGuire|
|Born||September 27, 1966|
Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador
|Political party||Liberal Party of Canada|
|Residence||Corner Brook, Newfoundland & Labrador|
|Alma mater||Dalhousie University|
|Cabinet||Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (2002–2003)|
Byrne has been a Member of Parliament since 1996 when he won a by-election in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador to succeed Brian Tobin. Tobin resigned to run in the 1996 Newfoundland provincial election for Premier. He was re-elected in the 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2011 elections. In the 2006 election he had one of the highest margins of victory in Atlantic Canada. Byrne did not stand in the 2015 election and retired from parliament.
In the Liberal Party's 2006 leadership election, Byrne started out supporting Maurizio Bevilacqua, after Bevilacque drop out he supported Michael Ignatieff. Ignatieff placed second in the race to winner Stéphane Dion. Ignatieff became Leader of the Liberal Party two years later, and was again supported by Byrne.
He was Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency from 2002 to 2003. During his Cabinet post he served a long side fellow Liberal MP, Allan Rock. When Paul Martin became Prime Minister in 2003 Byrne was not assigned back to his former Cabinet post and was succeeded by Joe McGuire.
Comments on PETA pie incident
On January 25, 2010, Fisheries Minister, Gail 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.
In response to the pieing of the Fisheries Minister, Byrne denounced the attack on the minister as an act of terrorism. He commented on the 26th, "When someone actually coaches or conducts criminal behaviour to impose a political agenda on each and every other citizen of Canada, that does seem to me to meet the test of a terrorist organization." Byrne continued to say, "I am calling on the Government of Canada to actually investigate whether or not this organization, PETA, is acting as a terrorist organization under the test that exists under Canadian law." In response to his interpretation of Canadian law, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said Byrne's reaction was "a silly, chest-beating exercise."
In the provincial Liberal Party's 2013 leadership race, Byrne supported Humber Valley MHA Dwight Ball. Byrne retired from federal politics at the 2015 election in order to run successfully provincially later that year becoming MHA for Corner Brook. Following the Ball Liberals forming government in the 2015 election, he was appointed Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour. He currently serves as Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources following a 2017 cabinet shuffle.
|2019 Newfoundland and Labrador general election|
|Progressive Conservative||Tom Stewart||1,682||33.7|
|New Democratic||Mary B. Feltham||733||14.7|
|Total valid votes|
|2015 Newfoundland and Labrador general election: Corner Brook|
|New Democratic||Holly Pike||781||16.68|
|Progressive Conservative||Neville Wheaton||779||16.65|
|Total valid votes||4,681||100.0|
|2011 Canadian federal election: Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte|
|New Democratic||Shelley Senior||4,751||15.83||−1.97|
|Independent||Wayne Ronald Bennett||332||1.11||−2.55|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||30,014||100.00||–|
|Total rejected ballots||97||0.32||−0.25|
|2008 Canadian federal election: Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte|
|New Democratic||Mark Kennedy||4,703||17.80||+2.90||$2,495|
|Newfoundland and Labrador First||Wayne Ronald Bennett||967||3.66||–||$3,719|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||26,419||100.00||$90,812|
|Total rejected ballots||150||0.57||−0.01|
|2006 Canadian federal election: Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte|
|Conservative||Cyril Pelley, Jr.||10,137||31.16||+8.21||$41,467|
|New Democratic||Holly Pike||4,847||14.90||+1.76||$5,133|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||32,531||100.00||$84,468|
|Total rejected ballots||191||0.58||+0.13|
|2004 Canadian federal election: Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte|
|New Democratic||Holly Pike||3,743||13.14||−12.68||$5,878|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||28,485||100.00||$82,511|
|Total rejected ballots||128||0.45|
|Change from 2000 is based on redistributed results. Conservative Party change is based on the combination of Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party totals.|
|2000 Canadian federal election: Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte|
|New Democratic||Trevor Taylor||8,173||25.82||+11.22|
|Progressive Conservative||Peter McBreairty||6,340||20.03||−19.03|
|Total rejected ballots||117||0.37|
|Canadian Alliance changes from 1997 are based on the results of its predecessor, the Reform Party.|
|1997 Canadian federal election: Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte|
|Progressive Conservative||Art Bull||11,825||39.06||+15.56|
|New Democratic||Joan Scott||4,421||14.60||+12.13|
|Total rejected ballots||129||0.42|
|Canadian federal by-election, March 25, 1996: Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte|
|Progressive Conservative||Danny Kane||5,253||23.50||+8.12|
|New Democratic||Coleen Dingwell-Corbin||554||2.47||+0.03|
|By-election due to the resignation of Brian Tobin, January 25, 1996|
- "Gerry Byrne". Newfoundland House of Assembly. Retrieved 2019-12-12.
- "Even Ignatieff supporters have mixed views over his Quebec 'nation' idea". Archived from the original on 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
- "46 MPs back Ignatieff". Toronto: thestar.com. 2010-04-24. Archived from the original on 2008-12-12. Retrieved 2010-04-28.
- MacKinnon, Leslie (February 8, 2013). "Half of Liberal MPs support Trudeau for leader". CBC News. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
- "Pie in the Face" The Globe and Mail, January 26, 2010. Retrieved January 27, 2010.
- "A tofu cream pie in the face is an act of terrorism, Liberal MP tells radio station". National Post, January 27, 2010.
- "Ball wants healthy competition for Liberal leadership". The Western Star. 6 July 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
- "After delay, Corner Brook salmon anglers line up early to purchase licences". CBC News. June 4, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
- "DFO gets blame for printing error of salmon licences". CBC News. May 25, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
|Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Government of Dwight Ball|
|Cabinet post (1)|
|Clyde Jackman||Minister of Advanced Education & Skills
December 14, 2015 – July 31, 2017