First elected to the House of Commons on June 2, 1997, the Honourable Claudette Bradshaw was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation and Minister Responsible for the Francophonie on June 10, 1997.
On November 23, 1998, Ms. Bradshaw, member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, was appointed to cabinet as Minister of Labour. After being re-elected in November 2000, she was re-appointed as Minister of Labour on January 15, 2002 and again on December 12, 2003.
Mrs. Bradshaw has been an active community leader in Moncton. In 1974, she founded the Moncton Headstart Early Family Intervention Centre, where she served as Executive Director from 1974 to 1997. Mrs. Bradshaw served as Girls' Program Director at Moncton's Boys' and Girls' Club from 1968 to 1974.
She has been an active member of several organizations including the Provincial Housing Task Force, the Moncton Housing Coalition and the Provincial Task Force on Early Childhood. In addition, Mrs. Bradshaw has represented New Brunswick on the National Crime Prevention Council and was the Atlantic representative on the Canadian Welfare Council.
Mrs. Bradshaw has received a number of awards in recognition of her community service work including the Muriel Fergusson Award presented by the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce for Business Woman of the Year. She has also received an Honorary Doctorate in Social Work from the University of Moncton.
Mrs. Bradshaw and her husband, Douglas, have two sons.