Cabinet minister Shea calls it quits

Published on June 2, 2014
Joan Shea at a news conference today. — Photo by James McLeod/The Telegram

Environment Minister Joan Shea announced that she’s stepping out of politics after more than a decade in cabinet.

“It’s very difficult to find a day to jump off at,” Shea said, explaining her timing. “It really doesn’t happen until you pull the trigger.”

Premier Tom Marshall wished her well and said she leaves a legacy she can be proud of.

Shea has served as minister of child, youth and family services minister, minister responsible for poverty reduction, minister for post-secondary education and Government House Leader.

Shea was widely seen as one of the closest confidantes of former premier Kathy Dunderdale.

“I am grateful to have her sound judgement around the cabinet table,” Marshall said.