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Aileen Carroll

The Honourable
Aileen Carroll
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by Joe Tascona
Succeeded by Rod Jackson
Constituency Barrie
Member of Parliament
for Barrie
Barrie—Simcoe—Bradford (1997-2004)
In office
Preceded by Ed Harper
Succeeded by Patrick Brown
Personal details
Born (1944-06-01) June 1, 1944
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) D. Kevin Carroll
Children 2
Residence Barrie, Ontario
Occupation Businesswoman
Religion Roman Catholic

Margaret Aileen Carroll, PC, (born June 1, 1944) is a former Canadian politician. She was the federal Minister for International Cooperation in the Paul Martin government, and later Ontario's Minister of Culture.


  • Personal life 1
  • Political career 2
    • Municipal 2.1
    • Federal 2.2
    • Provincial 2.3
  • Electoral record 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Personal life

Carroll has a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Mary's University (1965) and a Bachelor of Education from York University (1989). She was a partner in a small manufacturing and retail business. Carroll's husband, D. Kevin Carroll, Q.C., is the President of the Canadian Bar Association from 2009-2010. They have two grown children, Daniel and Joanna.[1]

Political career


Carroll began her career in politics as a Barrie City councillor, representing the downtown Barrie ward.[1][2]


In 1997, Carroll sought and won the Liberal nomination for the newly created Barrie—Simcoe—Bradford. She went on to win the 1997 election with a sizable margin, and was re-elected again in 2000.[3][4] After merger of the conservative parties, she was elected in 2004 in the newly created riding of Barrie with a substantially reduced margin of victory.[5]

Carroll served as Parliamentary Secretary of Foreign Affairs from 2001 to 2003.[2] A staunch Paul Martin supporter, Carroll was named Minister for International Cooperation, responsible for the Canadian International Development Agency, when Paul Martin became Prime Minister on December 12, 2003.[1] She retained that portfolio until the Liberals were defeated in 2006, when she lost her seat to her 2004 challenger Patrick Brown.[6]

27th Ministry – Cabinet of Paul Martin
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Susan Whelan Minister for International Cooperation
Josée Verner


She subsequently stood as Ontario Liberal Party candidate in the provincial Barrie riding for the 2007 Ontario election, and defeated incumbent MPP Joe Tascona, who was also Brown's uncle.[7] She was named to the provincial cabinet of Premier Dalton McGuinty as Minister of Culture and as Minister Responsible for Seniors shortly after that election.[8] She was relieved of her cabinet posts in January 2010.[9] In 2011, she announced she would not run for re-election in the riding of Barrie.[10]

Provincial Government of Dalton McGuinty
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Caroline DiCocco Minister of Culture
Also Responsible for Seniors
Michael Chan

Electoral record

Canadian federal election, 1997: Barrie—Simcoe—Bradford
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Aileen Carroll 23,549 43.28
Reform Bonnie Ainsworth 16,042 29.62
Progressive Conservative John Trotter 10,735 19.82
New Democratic Peggy McComb 2,580 4.76
Green Marie Sternberg 506 0.93
Christian Heritage Dan Vander Kooi 421 0.78
Canadian Action Ian Woods 327 0.60
Canadian federal election, 2000: Barrie—Simcoe—Bradford
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Aileen Carroll 26,309 48.27
Alliance Rob Hamilton 17,600 32.29
Progressive Conservative Jane MacLaren 7,588 13.92
New Democratic Keith Lindsay 2,385 4.38
Canadian Action Ian Woods 387 0.71
Christian Heritage Brian K. White 234 0.43
Canadian federal election, 2004: Barrie
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Aileen Carroll 21,233 42.7%
Conservative Patrick Brown 19,938 40.1%
New Democratic Peter Bursztyn 5,312 10.7%
Green Erich Jacoby-Hawkins 3,288 6.6%
Canadian federal election, 2006: Barrie
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Patrick Brown 23,999 41.9% +1.8% $81,530
Liberal Aileen Carroll 22,476 39.2% -3.5% $69,313
New Democratic Peter Bursztyn 6,984 12.2% +1.5% $14,496
Green Erich Jacoby-Hawkins 3,874 6.8% +0.2% $19,036
Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Aileen Carroll 19,548 42.20% +6.07%
Progressive Conservative Joe Tascona 18,167 39.22% -12.56%
Green Erich Jacoby-Hawkins 4,385 9.47% +7.37%
New Democratic Larry Taylor 3,700 7.99% -1.27%
Family Coalition Roberto Sales 173 0.27% -0.45%
Libertarian Paolo Fabrizio 168 0.32% *
Independent Darren Roskam 102 0.22% *
Independent Daniel Gary Predie 77 0.17% *


  1. ^ a b c Sulker, Tatjana (December 14, 2003). "MP lands cabinet job". The Advance. (Barrie, Ont). p. 1. 
  2. ^ a b Trueman, Anne; Smith, Kirsten (December 12, 2003). "Thumbnail sketches of new and returning cabinet ministers". Don Mills, Ont: CanWest News. p. 1. 
  3. ^ "Final Results Riding by Riding". Calgary Herald. June 4, 1997. p. A5. 
  4. ^ "Election Results". Star - Phoenix (Saskatoon, SK). November 28, 2000. p. A8. 
  5. ^ "Election results...riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. June 29, 2004. p. A14. 
  6. ^ "Election results...riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. January 24, 2006. p. A16. 
  7. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 1 (x). Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  8. ^ Ferguson, Rob; Benzie, Robert (October 31, 2007). "Premier goes for new blood; Expanded 28-member cabinet has eight ministers from Toronto, three from 905 area". Toronto Star. p. A13. 
  9. ^ Kenyon, Wallace (January 19, 2010). "Sweeping changes hit Queen's Park; Liberal Cabinet". National Post. p. A8. 
  10. ^ "Former cabinet minister Aileen Carroll won't run in Ontario's fall election: Aileen Carroll takes a pass on fall election". Toronto, Ont: The Canadian Press. January 21, 2011. 

External links

  • Aileen Carroll – Parliament of Canada biography
  • Ontario Legislative Assembly Parliamentarian History

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