First elected to the House of Commons in 1988, Joe McGuire is one of the most respected members of Parliament in the country, and uses his experience to provide the strongest possible representation for the people of Egmont.
Re-elected in 1993, 1997 and 2000, Mr. McGuire has been tremendously successful in bringing significant economic development opportunities to Egmont. He has brought millions of dollars in investment from the Government of Canada into the region in the last year alone.
Mr. McGuire has served in a number of important Parliamentary roles. He is currently the Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Prior to that, he chaired the Atlantic Liberal Caucus committee which developed the investment strategy called "Catching Tomorrow's Wave" – it resulted in a $700-million investment in Atlantic Canada.
Before entering public life, Mr. McGuire worked as a teacher in Prince Edward Island and a vice-principal at an elementary school in Ontario. He was also a community development worker having been employed with the PEI Rural Development Council and the Community Employment Strategy. He later worked for then Egmont Member of Parliament George Henderson, as well as then Premier of Prince Edward Island, the late Mr. McGuire Ghiz.
Mr. McGuire studied at Prince of Wales College for Teacher's Training and obtained a Bachelor of Arts at St. Dunstan's University. He and his wife, Mary, have two children, Moira and Matthew.