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Gerald Merrithew

Gerald Merrithew

Member of Parliament
for Saint John
In office
Preceded byMike Landers
Succeeded byElsie Wayne
Member of the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly
for East Saint John
In office
Preceded bynew district
Succeeded byPeter Trites
Member of the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly
for Saint John County
In office
Preceded bymulti-member district
Succeeded byDistrict abolished
Personal details
Gerald Stairs Merrithew

( 1931-09-23)September 23, 1931
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
DiedSeptember 5, 2004(2004-09-05) (aged 72)
Political partyProgressive Conservative
Spouse(s)Gloria McLean
ResidenceSpringfield, New Brunswick
ProfessionHigh School Principal

Gerald Stairs "Gerry" Merrithew PC CD (September 23, 1931 – September 5, 2004), born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, was an educator, provincial and federal politician, and statesman.

Merrithew graduated from the New Brunswick Teachers' College, then obtained his BA and B.Ed degrees from the University of New Brunswick.

With a lifelong interest in the Canadian Forces, he became an Officer Cadet and rose to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. As a High School Principal, he was active not only in the educational field, but the military, recreational fields, as well as cultural affairs that led to his entering politics.

Provincial politics

First elected to the Saint John City Council in 1971 he went into Provincial politics in 1972, winning a by-election for the Provincial Progressive Conservative Party. Re-elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1974, he would be appointed to the Cabinet as Minister of Education then in 1976, Minister of Commerce & Development. After winning re-election again in 1978 and in 1982, he became the Minister of Natural Resources, Government House Leader, and Deputy Premier.

Federal politics

Gerald Merrithew resigned his provincial seat to run as a Progressive Conservative Party of Canada candidate for the Saint John riding in the 1984 Canadian federal election. Elected to the House of Commons of Canada in Ottawa, and with his party winning the election, Merrithew was immediately appointed Minister of State for Forestry then in 1986 to Forestry & Mines. After winning his seventh consecutive election in 1988, he was appointed Minister for the purpose of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister of Veterans Affairs.


In 1993, Merrithew resigned from Cabinet and did not seek re-election. He and his wife retired to their farm in Springfield, New Brunswick at the head of the Belleisle Bay.

Active with numerous Military and Veterans Associations, Merrithew was a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and also held several directorships including the "26Th Battalion Overseas Association Inc." where in 1995 he was instrumental in publishing the history of the Battalion by S. Douglas MacGowan (ISBN 1896270026).


Gerald Merrithew died of cancer on September 5, 2004, aged 72.[citation needed]


24th Ministry – Cabinet of Brian Mulroney
Cabinet posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
George Hees Minister of Veterans Affairs
Kim Campbell
himself Minister of State for Forestry & Mines
Mines was part of the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Resources
Marcel Masse
John Wise Minister of State for Forestry
Part of the Ministry of Agriculture
New Brunswick Provincial Government of Richard Hatfield
Cabinet posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
Edwin G. Allen Minister of Natural Resources
Malcolm MacLeod
Lawrence Garvie Minister of Commerce & Development
Paul Dawson
Lorne McGuigan Minister of Education
Charles Gallagher
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
Deputy Premier
Government House Leader

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