The Honourable Judith Erola, P.C.

Former Liberal Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women

The Honourable Judith Erola, P.C.

Judith Jacobson Erola, PC (born January 16, 1934 in Sudbury, Ontario) is a former Canadian politician, who represented the riding of Nickel Belt in the Canadian House of Commons from 1980 to 1984. She was a member of the Liberal Party.

Prior to her career in politics, she worked as a radio and television broadcaster in Sudbury. At CKSO-TV, she made history as the first woman employed by a Canadian television station as a weather reporter. She later became an account executive for CHNO.

Erola was elected to the House of Commons in 1980 and was named to Pierre Trudeau's final cabinet, holding the positions of Minister of State for Mines, Minister of State for Social Development, Minister responsible for the Status of Women and Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs. She was also the first woman ever appointed to the cabinet's priorities and planning committee, which debates and decides on the direction of government policy.

In 1987, Erola became president of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers' Association of Canada, a position she held until her retirement in 1998.

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