PC MHA for Conception Bay South District;
Minister of Justice; Minister of Environment and Conservation, Minister Responsible for the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board, Minister Responsible for the Office of Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Emissions Trading
Terry French was elected to represent the people of Conception Bay South District in a by-election on Tuesday, November 12, 2002. Two days later he took the Oath of Allegiance as MHA, and on the same day took his seat in the House of Assembly for the first time.
In 2003, Mr. French was named the Opposition critic for Government Services and Lands as well as Parliamentary Assistant to the Leader.
On October 21, 2003, he was re-elected Member for Conception Bay South. Mr. French was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier in November 2003 and confirmed in this role in the departmental restructuring of February 20, 2004. On April 6, 2005 he was appointed Caucus Whip. Mr. French was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment on January 19, 2007.
Mr. French was re-elected to the House of Assembly on October 9, 2007, and on October 30, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Community Services. He was re-elected once again on October 11, 2011.
Mr. French was sworn in as the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation on November 27, 2009. On October 28, 2011, he was appointed Minister of Environment and Conservation and Minister Responsible for the Labour Relations Agency; the Multi Materials Stewardship Board; and the Office of Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Emissions Trading. On October 19, 2012, he was appointed Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation. On January 29, 2014, he was appointed Minister of Innovation, Business and Rural Development and Minister Responsible for the Research and Development Corporation, and he maintained his responsibility as Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation.
On May 1, 2014, he was appointed to serve as Minister of Justice.
With Minister Joan Shea’s announcement on June 2, 2014 that she would be retiring as Minister, Premier Tom Marshall said Mr. French will also be appointed Minister of Environment and Conservation, Minister Responsible for the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board, Minister Responsible for the Office of Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Emissions Trading.
Before being elected to the House of Assembly, Mr. French from 1997 to 2002, served as Executive Assistant to the Member of Parliament for St. John’s East. His political experience began early. He became President of the PC Youth wing of the local PC Association in the early eighties. He served on the Provincial Executive of the PC Association of Newfoundland and Labrador and was Campaign Chairman of two successful PC campaigns in the district during the 1996 and 1999 general elections. He has served as a member of the Provincial PC Election Readiness Committee. He was heavily involved in the 2001 and 2002 provincial PC by-election wins on the Northern Peninsula and in Bonavista North.
Mr. French graduated Queen Elizabeth High School in Foxtrap in 1984 and subsequently attended Memorial University until joining his father in a family business in 1986.
He has had strong involvement in the community, particularly community sports:
* Member of the Board of Governors of the Conception Bay South Sports Hall of Fame;
* Volunteer in the Summer Games in Conception Bay South;
* Conception Bay South Minor Softball Coach;
* Member of the Conception Bay South Softball Umpire Association;
* Level 4 Umpire working at the National Softball Tournament.
He resides in Conception Bay South with his wife, two children, and his mother.