Ed Doherty (politician)

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Ed Doherty
Minister of Government Services
In office
October 7, 2014 – September 5, 2017
PremierBrian Gallant
Preceded bySue Stultz
Succeeded bySerge Rousselle
Member of the
New Brunswick Legislative Assembly
for Saint John Harbour
In office
September 22, 2014 – September 24, 2018
Preceded byCarl Killen
Succeeded byGerry Lowe
In office
November 14, 2005 – September 27, 2010
Preceded byElizabeth Weir
Succeeded byCarl Killen
Personal details
Born (1949-05-22) May 22, 1949 (age 70)
Moncton, New Brunswick
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Mary Reid

Edward Joseph "Ed" Doherty, (born May 22, 1949) is a New Brunswick ophthalmologist and politician, who has served in the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick representing the riding of Saint John Harbour.

He was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, the son of Joseph Doherty and Marion McMackin, and was educated in Moncton, at St. Francis Xavier University and at Dalhousie University. Doherty interned at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal and practised in Antigonish, Nova Scotia from 1975 to 1980. After continuing his medical studies at Dalhousie University, he set up practice in Saint John in 1984,[1] retiring in 2006. Doherty also lectured in the Department of Ophthalmology at Dalhousie University, was a visiting ophthalmologist on the island of Dominica and, from 1994 to 2003, served as consulting eye physician for the Saint John Flames.[1]

A Liberal, he was elected in a by-election on November 14, 2005 in a race for a seat previously held by the New Democratic Party and in which the Progressive Conservative Party's candidate was thought to be the frontrunner. Doherty's victory, by a margin of 55-26-18 over the PC and NDP candidates, respectively.

The Liberals were successful in gaining power in 2006 and Doherty was re-elected to his seat and joined the cabinet thereafter, he was defeated in the 2010 election by Carl Killen of the Progressive Conservatives, but defeated Killen to reclaim the seat in the 2014 election.[2]


  1. ^ a b Athletic ophthalmologist a sight for sore eyes Archived 2006-11-16 at the Wayback Machine. National Review of Medicine, June 30, 2005.
  2. ^ "Tight Saint John Harbour race in limbo for hours". CBC News, September 23, 2014.

External links[edit]

  • "Hon. Ed Doherty, M.D." MLA Bios - 56th Legislature. Government of New Brunswick. Archived from the original on 2009-12-30. Retrieved 2009-12-06.
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Jack Keir (acting) Minister of Supply and Services
Claude Williams
Jody Carr Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour
previously styled as Minister of Post-Secondary Education and Training
Donald Arseneault
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