Joe McGuire

Joseph Blair "Joe" McGuire, PC (born June 20, 1944 in Morell, Prince Edward Island) is a Canadian retired politician. He was a Member of Parliament representing the Liberals in the House of Commons for the riding of Egmont in Prince Edward Island. He was first elected in 1988, and re-elected in 1993, 1997, 2000, 2004, and 2006. From 2003 to 2006 he was Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Paul Martin.

Joseph Blair McGuire

Member of Parliament
for Egmont
In office
November 21, 1988  October 14, 2008
Preceded byGeorge Henderson
Succeeded byGail Shea
Personal details
Born (1944-06-20) June 20, 1944
Morell, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Mary McGuire
ResidenceSummerside, Prince Edward Island

Before entering public life, McGuire worked as a teacher in Prince Edward Island and a vice-principal at an elementary school in Ontario. He was also a community development worker having been employed with the PEI Rural Development Council and the Community Employment Strategy. He later worked for then Egmont Member of Parliament George Henderson, as well as then Premier of Prince Edward Island, Joe Ghiz.

On March 7, 2007, McGuire announced he would not run in the next federal election, choosing to retire from politics.[1]

McGuire studied at Prince of Wales College for Teacher's Training and obtained a Bachelor of Arts at St. Dunstan's University. He and his wife, Mary, have two children, Moira and Matthew.


  1. "Veteran P.E.I. MP to retire". CBC News. March 7, 2007. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
27th Ministry – Cabinet of Paul Martin
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Allan Rock Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Peter MacKay
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