The Honourable Loyola Hearn (BA, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1969) worked as a teacher in Renews and Trepassey, Newfoundland and Labrador, prior to joining the provincial government. He served in the Province’s House of Assembly from 1982 to 1993, and was minister of education from 1985 to 1989, before entering federal politics. Mr. Hearn was elected to Parliament in 2000, and he served until 2008. He served as Progressive Conservative Party House leader, Conservative Party House leader, Opposition House leader, Canadian Heritage critic, Public Works and Government Services critic, critic of the leader of the government in the House of Commons and Fisheries and Oceans critic. On February 6, 2006, following his victory in the 2006 federal election, he was named minister of fisheries and oceans. In September 2008, Mr. Hearn announced that he would not stand for re-election. He and his wife, Maureen, have a son, David, and a daughter, Laurita.