Norman Doyle was born in Avondale, Newfoundland. Upon graduation from high school, he entered the construction industry; first in Newfoundland and then in New York, USA.
He attained a Certificate of Proficiency in Broadcasting in Toronto and went on to work as a broadcaster in Wabush, Labrador. In 1973, he returned to Avondale and established and operated a private business until 1979.
In 1979, Doyle was elected as the Progressive Conservative Member of the House of Assembly (MHA) for his home District of Harbour Main – Bell Island. He was re-elected in 1982, again in 1985 and in 1989. In 1981, Doyle was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to Premier Brian Peckford. In 1982, Doyle entered the Provincial Cabinet. He was first appointed Minister of Communications, and went on to serve as Minister of Municipal Affairs. He also served as Minister of Transportation and Minister of Labour. Re-elected as an Opposition MHA in 1989, he was appointed PC Party Whip and Critic for Health and Environment & Lands. He did not seek re-election in the General Election of 1993.
On June 2, 1997, Doyle was elected as the Member of Parliament for his home riding of St. John’s East. He was re-elected in 2000. He has since served as PC Party Whip, PC Caucus Chair and served as Party Critic for Citizenship & Immigration, Transportation, and Human Resources Development. He is currently the Official Opposition Critic for Labour, and is the Conservative National Caucus Chair.
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