Judy Foote

The Honourable
Judy Foote
Minister of Public Services and Procurement
Assumed office
November 4, 2015
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Preceded by Diane Finley
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Bonavista—Burin—Trinity
Random—Burin—St. George's (2008-2015)
Assumed office
October 14, 2008
Preceded by Bill Matthews
Member of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly
for Grand Bank
In office
February 22, 1996  October 9, 2007
Preceded by Bill Matthews
Succeeded by Darin King
Personal details
Born (1952-06-23) June 23, 1952
Grand Bank, Newfoundland and Labrador
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Howard Foote
Children Carla, Jason and Heidi
Residence St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Alma mater Memorial University of Newfoundland, Lambton College
Occupation Journalist

Judy M. Foote PC MP (born June 23, 1952) is a Canadian politician from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Foote has been the Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of Bonavista—Burin—Trinity since the 2015 Canadian federal election, previously representing Random—Burin—St. George's. She is currently the Minister of Public Services and Procurement.

Early life

Foote was born on June 23, 1952 in Grand Bank, Newfoundland and Labrador.[1] She was the head of Memorial University of Newfoundland's university relations division before she entered politics.[2]

Political career

Foote served as the communications director for premier Clyde Wells before she ran for an elected position[2]

Foote represented the electoral district of Grand Bank in the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly from 1996 to 2007 as a member of the Liberal Party.[2]

She served in the provincial cabinet as Minister of Development and Rural Renewal from 1996 to 1997, as Minister of Industry, Trade and Technology from 1997 to 1998, as Minister of Education from 1998 to 2000 and from 2001 to 2003.[1] In February 2003, Foote became Newfoundland's Minister of Industry, Trade and Rural Development in a cabinet shuffle.[3] Foote was narrowly reelected by 43 votes after a recount reduced her initial 50-vote lead in the Newfoundland and Labrador general election in October 2013.[4]

In 2007, Foote stepped down from the House of Assembly after she won the Liberal party nomination for Random—Burin—St. George's against former Newfoundland cabinet minister Oliver Langdon and businessman Roger Jamieson to run in the 2008 Canadian federal election.[2] Foote was then elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 2008, succeeding longtime Liberal MP Bill Matthews. In 2009, Foote, along with the other five Liberal MPs from Newfoundland, voted against the 2009 Canadian federal budget because it went against funding promises made to the province in the 1985 Atlantic Accord.[5][6]

Foote became the Liberal Deputy House Leader in September 2010, but after she was reelected in the 2011 Canadian federal election, she accepted the position of Liberal Whip, which she held until the 2015 federal election.[1][7]

Minister of Public Services and Procurement

Upon the Liberal victory in 2015, she joined the cabinet as Minister of Public Services and Procurement. She received the highest percentage of votes of any candidate nationwide in the 2015 election winning her seat with nearly 82% of all votes. In the House of Commons, Foote is seated next to Justin Trudeau.

In May 2016 Foote appeared alongside premier Dwight Ball to announce that $250 million will be loaned to the provincial government from the federal government to reduce controversial taxes proposed in the provincial budget and Foote also said that more federal help for the province is coming in the future.[8]

Personal life

In 2000, Foote was diagnosed with breast cancer while serving as a provincial MHA for the District of Grand Bank and underwent procedures and treatments. In June 2014, Foote announced that she is battling breast cancer for the second time.[9][10]

Electoral record

Canadian federal election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes%∆%Expenditures
LiberalJudy M. Foote 28,645 81.8
ConservativeMike Windsor 3,534 10.1
New DemocraticJenn Brown 2,553 7.3
GreenTyler John Colbourne 297 0.8
Total valid votes/Expense limit 100.0   $213,444.02
Total rejected ballots
Eligible voters 61,088
Source: Elections Canada,[11][12] CBC,[13] National Post[14]
Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes%∆%Expenditures
LiberalJudy Foote 12,914 49.65 -4.10
ConservativeJohn Ottenheimer 8,322 32.00 +11.49
New DemocraticStella Magalios 4,465 17.17 -6.60
GreenTanya Gutmanis 307 1.18 -0.80
Total valid votes/Expense limit 26,008100.00
Total rejected ballots 1200.46+0.06
Turnout 26,12845.80+4.73
Eligible voters 57,047
Random–Burin–St. George's - Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±
LiberalJudy Foote 12,557 53.7
New DemocraticTerry White 5,553 23.8
ConservativeHerb Davis 4,791 20.5
GreenKaitlin Wainwright 462 2.0
Total valid votes 23,363
Grand Bank - Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
LiberalJudy Foote 3101 49.32%
Progressive ConservativeDarin King 3058 48.53%
     NDP Bill Wakeley 136 2.15%


Grand Bank - Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±
LiberalJudy Foote 3964
Progressive ConservativeJohn Bolt 1146
     NDP Richard Rennie 538
Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±
LiberalJudy Foote 4136
Progressive ConservativeHerb Edwards 2521



  1. 1 2 3 "FOOTE, Judy, B.A., B.Ed.". Library of Parliament. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Foote takes Liberal nomination for federal race". CBC News. 3 August 2007. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  3. Dunfield, Allison (22 April 2009). "Newfoundland cabinet shuffled". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  4. Canadian Press (21 November 2003). "Newfoundland recount confirms Liberal's win". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  5. Bryden, Joan (9 April 2009). "Newfoundland MPs test Ignatieff's grip on party". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  6. "MPs approve federal budget". cbc.ca. 2009-02-03. Archived from the original on 7 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-18.
  7. "Liberals unveil shadow cabinet". National Post. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  8. http://www.vocm.com/newsarticle.asp?mn=2&id=62813&popular=1
  9. Herridge, Paul (June 12, 2014). "'I intend to fight this'". The Southern Gazette. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  10. Thomas, Brodie (June 9, 2014). "MP Judy Foote battling breast cancer". The Western Star. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  11. Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Bonavista—Burin—Trinity, 30 September 2015
  12. Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates
  13. http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/canadian-election-results-2015-a-live-riding-by-riding-breakdown-of-the-vote
  14. Newfoundland & Labrador Votes 2003. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved May 22, 2007.
  15. Report of the Chief Electoral Officer. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
29th Ministry – Cabinet of Justin Trudeau
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Diane Finley Minister of Public Services and Procurement
November 4, 2015-present
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