Senator Elizabeth Hubley
Being a senator is a privilege. I can bring the challenges and concerns of Islanders to Ottawa, and work to improve the lives of people in my home province. I have a great opportunity to help make things better.
The Honourable Elizabeth Hubley was born in Howlan, Prince Edward Island, the daughter of Bennett J. Haywood and Florence K. Brown.
She received her early education at local schools, following which she attended Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown, and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
After many years as a dance instructor, Mrs. Hubley established her own dance studio, Stepping Out, in 1980. She continues to be its Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer.
In 1989, she was elected to represent the old District of Fourth Prince in the Prince Edward Island Legislative Assembly. Senator Hubley was re-elected in 1993, at which time she was appointed Deputy Speaker. During her career in provincial politics, she was a strong supporter of rural communities and cultural development, and served on ten standing committees. She retired from provincial politics in 1996.
In 1998, Senator Hubley was appointed as a member of the Federal Veterans Review and Appeal Board, a position she held until her appointment to the Senate in March, 2001.
During her time in the Senate, she has been a member of several Senate Committees. She is currently the Deputy Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, and is a member of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights and the Senate Committee of Selection. She was Opposition Deputy Whip from 2006 to November 2015, and she is currently Deputy Whip of the Senate Liberals.
Senator Hubley has long been active in numerous community organization on the Island dedicated to the promotion and development of our heritage and cultural life. She has been a member of the P.E.I. Council of the Arts, President of the P.E.I. Fiddlers Society, and President of the Prince County Fiddlers. She is also past President of the Kensington and Area Cultural Foundation, a founding member of the Kensington Step Dancing Festival, and a past member of the Board of Directors for the Indian River Festival.
She has is a member of the CUSO Circle, and maintains a strong interest in the work of the Canadian Landmine Foundation and Mines Action Canada.
Senator Hubley and her late husband, Richard B. Hubley, have six children. Senator Hubley resides in Kensington, Prince Edward Island.