‘We’ve lost one of our most prominent citizens’: Aileen Carroll, longtime Barrie politician, dies
Aileen Carroll, a former city councillor, Liberal MP and MPP in Barrie, Ont., passed away on Sunday at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre.
“Barrie is mourning the passing of the Hon. Aileen Carroll,” local mayor Jeff Lehman said on Twitter Monday.
“Aileen was a fiery and very funny person and inspiration to many. We’ve lost one of our most prominent citizens.”
Carroll was a former politician and well-known community member in Barrie. She was born in Nova Scotia in 1944 and was the first woman to graduate from St. Mary’s University in Halifax in 1965.
She contributed to several organizations and ran a local business with two friends before getting elected to Barrie city council in 1995.
Carroll subsequently served as the Liberal MP for the former Barrie—Simcoe—Bradford riding for nine years, before she was elected as the Liberal MPP for Barrie between 2007 and 2011.
On Monday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford offered his condolences to Carroll’s family and friends over Twitter.
Former political opponent Patrick Brown, who’s now the mayor of Brampton, Ont., also paid his respects to Carroll on Twitter.
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