Loyola Hearn was born in Renews, Newfoundland where he and his wife Maureen still live. Following graduation from high school in Renews and Memorial University, Loyola began a career as a teacher and school principal.
In 1982 he entered Provincial politics and was elected, as the Member of the House of Assembly for the district of St. Mary’s the Capes. He was re-elected in 1985 with the biggest majority in the Province; a margin he held in his 1989 win. From 1985-1989 he served as the Minister of Education for Newfoundland and Labrador.
In 1993 Loyola left politics and returned to the educational field. However, in 2000 he re-entered politics this time at the federal level. He won a difficult by-election in May 2000 and then retained the seat in a general election that fall, gathering the highest percentage of votes of any Progressive Conservative in the country.
Loyola has had a lifetime of involvement in rural development, sports, and community organizations as well as municipal, provincial and federal politics. His greatest contribution however, was probably his involvement in bringing together the Progressive Conservative and Canadian Alliance parties in order to form the Conservative Party of Canada and once again restore a competitive environment in Canadian politics.
Loyola, who was the House Leader for the Progressive Conservative Party, also became the first House Leader for the new Conservative Party. He has also held several critic roles including lead critic for Fisheries & Oceans.
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