John Efford

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Reuben John Efford (born January 6, 1944 in Port de Grave, Newfoundland and Labrador) is a Canadian politician.

Efford was elected to the House of Commons in a by-election in May 2002 and was re-elected in 2004. In 2003, he was named Minister of Natural Resources. He has served as a member of the standing committees on Canadian Heritage and on Fisheries and Oceans. He has also served on the standing committees on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities and on Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Development and Natural Resources.

From 1985 to 2001, he served as a Member of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly. He was Opposition critic for consumer affairs, public works, fisheries, health and social services. He later served as minister of social services, minister of works, services and transportation, and minister of fisheries and aquaculture. He lost the 2001 leadership convention to become Liberal party leader to Roger Grimes by 14 votes in a divisive contest. Efford and fellow leadership contestant Paul Dicks subsequently left provincial politics saying they couldn't work with Grimes.

After completing a business administration program, Mr. Efford established and ran Efford’s Wholesale, Snow's Plumbing Ltd. and the Della Lee retail clothing store. Mr. Efford and his wife, Madonna, have three children and two grandchildren.


27th Ministry - Government of Paul Martin
Cabinet Posts (1)
Preceded by:
Herb Dhaliwal
Minister of Natural Resources
(2003-)
Succeeded by:
(incumbent)


Preceded by:
Brian Tobin, Liberal
Members of Parliament from Bonavista—Trinity—Conception Succeeded by:
(incumbent)

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