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Bernadette Jordan

Bernadette Jordan
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard
In office
November 20, 2019 – October 26, 2021
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byJonathan Wilkinson
Succeeded byJoyce Murray
Minister of Rural Economic Development
In office
January 14, 2019 – November 20, 2019
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byMaryam Monsef
Member of Parliament
for South Shore—St. Margarets
In office
October 19, 2015 – September 20, 2021
Preceded byGerald Keddy
Succeeded byRick Perkins
Personal details
Born (1963-04-07) April 7, 1963 (age 61)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Political partyLiberal
SpouseDavid Jordan
ResidenceWest Dublin, Nova Scotia
Alma materSt. Francis Xavier University
ProfessionDevelopment officer

Bernadette Jordan PC (born April 7, 1963) is a Canadian politician who served as Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard from 2019 to 2021. A member of the Liberal Party of Canada, she was elected to represent the riding of South Shore—St. Margarets in the House of Commons in the 2015 election and was defeated by Rick Perkins in 2021.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Montreal to Scottish immigrants, her family moved to Middle LaHave, Nova Scotia in 1975.[2][3] She participated in Girl Guides of Canada programs as a Brownie, a Guide, and as an adult volunteer member.[4] Jordan graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.[5]

Before politics

From 2006 to 2014, Jordan worked as a development officer for the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore, where she was in charge of organizing fund raising events for health services foundation.[6][7]

Political career

She narrowly won the Liberal Party's nomination in the South Shore riding by 22 votes of the 450 cast over Jennifer Naugler, school board chairwoman for the South Shore Regional School Board.[6] Jordan was sworn into the federal cabinet on November 20, 2019, by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, which is responsible for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the Canadian Coast Guard.[8] She served as Minister of Rural Economic Development from January until November 2019.[9]

Jordan was defeated in her riding in the 2021 federal election by conservative candidate Rick Perkins.

In 2023, Jordan was named Consul General of Canada in Boston (United States of America).[10]


Through its COVID-19 Resilience Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. Two-level of government will allow over 250 public elementary schools to create new outdoor learning spaces or enhance existing ones. Schools will be able to this funding for things like school gardens, outdoor performance areas, and learning areas. Jordan supported investing $5.6 million in partnership with the province to contributing $1.4 million.[11][12]

Minister Jordan and the Canadian government is supporting seven undertakings in three schools Aspotogan Consolidated School, Bayview Community School and Chester District Elementary School are set to go through significant work to their HVAC frameworks which are expected to significantly reducing their carbon footprint.[13]


As Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, Jorden has committed to protecting ocean habitats from harmful activities, allowing marine ecosystems and species to recover and better withstand the impacts of climate change. As minister Jorden has committed to working towards protecting 30% by 2030. While working towards new ambitious global biodiversity targets under the Convention on Biological Diversity at the 15th Conference of Parties in Kunming, China in 2021.[14] [15][16] [17]

Personal life

She and her husband, Dave, have three children.[18]

Electoral record

2021 Canadian federal election: South Shore—St. Margarets
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Rick Perkins 20,454 40.90 +12.83 $114,937.56
Liberal Bernadette Jordan 18,575 37.15 -4.52 $101,389.53
New Democratic Olivia Dorey 9,541 19.08 +3.16 $21,851.45
Green Thomas Trappenberg 1,434 2.87 -14.47 $2,256.32
Total valid votes/expense limit 50,004 100.0 $115,179.35
Total rejected ballots 400
Turnout 50,404 63.16 -4.53
Registered voters 79,797
Source: Elections Canada[19]
2019 Canadian federal election: South Shore—St. Margarets
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Bernadette Jordan 21,886 41.67 −15.26 $101,013.68
Conservative Rick Perkins 14,744 28.07 +5.51 $86,186.65
New Democratic Jessika Hepburn 8,361 15.92 −0.91 none listed
Green Thomas Trappenberg 6,070 11.56 +8.65 $3,255.40
People's Robert Monk 667 1.27 New none listed
Independent Steven Foster 376 0.72 New $662.21
Independent Shawn McMahon 165 0.31 New $0.00
Veterans Coalition Jason Matthews 125 0.24 New none listed
Christian Heritage Kevin Schulthies 124 0.24 New $234.83
Total valid votes/expense limit 52,518 100.0     $109,434.66
Total rejected ballots 439 0.83 +0.40
Turnout 52,957 67.69 −2.14
Eligible voters 78,238
Liberal hold Swing −10.38
Source: Elections Canada[20]
2015 Canadian federal election: South Shore—St. Margarets
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Bernadette Jordan 30,045 56.93 +38.97
Conservative Richard Clark 11,905 22.56 –19.42
New Democratic Alex Godbold 8,883 16.83 –19.25
Green Richard Biggar 1,534 2.91 –1.08
Independent Trevor Bruhm 257 0.49
Communist Ryan Barry 151 0.20
Total valid votes/Expense limit 52,775 100.0     $216,554.85
Total rejected ballots 226 0.43 –0.24
Turnout 53,001 69.83 +7.60
Eligible voters 75,904
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +29.20
Source: Elections Canada[21][22]


  1. ^ Jordan wins federal Liberal nomination November 5, 2014 p.1
  2. ^ the “Wave” with Bernadette Jordan LighthouseNOW
  3. ^ Bernadette Jordan only woman elected this time for Nova Scotia CBC News
  4. ^ "Campfire on the Hill". GirlGuidesCANBlog. 2016-10-27. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  5. ^ 2014 St. Francis Xavier University Alumni Chapter Contacts St. Francis Xavier University
  6. ^ a b Moase, Nick (November 5, 2014). "Bernadette Jordan named federal Liberal candidate for South Shore". SaltWire Network. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
  7. ^ Meet Bernadette Jordan,
  8. ^ Quon, Alexander (20 November 2019). "Jordan, LeBlanc among 4 MPs from Atlantic Canada named to federal cabinet". Global News. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Bernadette Jordan named as Nova Scotia's new federal cabinet minister". January 14, 2019. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Orders in Council - Search".
  11. ^ "Government to spend $7M on outdoor learning for N.S. elementary schools | CBC News".
  12. ^ "N.S. And Ottawa put up $7M to help elementary schools pursue outdoor learning".
  13. ^ "Upgrades to SSRCE Schools Provides Opportunity to Improve Carbon Footprint".
  14. ^ "Canada joins Global Ocean Alliance: Advocates for protecting 30 per cent of the world's ocean by 2030". 9 July 2020.
  15. ^ "Minister Jordan Highlights Importance of Growing Canada's Ocean Economy".
  16. ^ "Canada signs on to international ocean protection target of 30 per cent by 2030 | SaltWire".
  17. ^ "The Future of Canada's Fisheries - Minister Bernadette Jordan". 30 October 2020.
  18. ^ South Shore - St. Margaret's - Nova Scotia Liberal Party, Accessed 6 November 2022.
  19. ^ "Election night results". Elections Canada. Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  20. ^ "Results Validated by the Returning Officer". Elections Canada. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  21. ^ "October 19, 2015 Election Results — South Shore—St. Margarets (Validated results)". Elections Canada. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  22. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived 2015-08-15 at the Wayback Machine
29th Ministry – Cabinet of Justin Trudeau Cabinet posts (2) Predecessor Office Successor Jonathan Wilkinson Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast GuardNovember 20, 2019 – October 26, 2021 Joyce Murray Position created Minister of Rural Economic DevelopmentJanuary 14, 2019 – November 20, 2019 Maryam Monsef
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