Former Senator, Deputy Speaker, and MLA
Hon. Elizabeth ‘Libbe’ Hubley was born Sept. 8, 1942, in Howlan, PEI, to Bennett (BJ) and Florence (Brown) Haywood. Her early education took place in local schools, the Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown, as well as the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
Early in her career, she worked as a secretary at Trans Canada Credit in Charlottetown and held various positions with companies and organizations in Calgary, Montreal and Halifax.
She married Richard Beck Hubley on Nov. 12, 1966. Together, they raised six children: Brendon, Susan, Allan, Amos (deceased), Jennifer, and Florence. She is the founder and owner of Stepping Out, a traditional dance studio in Kensington, and home of the Lady Slipper Dancers.
- First elected in 1989 as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of PEI in the dual-seat riding of 4th Prince, and re-elected in 1993;
- Served as an MLA from 1989 to 1996;
- Served as Deputy Speaker from 1991 to 1995;
- Served on several legislative committees including: Economic Development and Tourism; Health and Social Services; the Special Committee on the Constitution of Canada; and the Election Act and Electoral Boundaries Commission;
- Appointed to the Veterans Review and Appeal Board of Veterans Affairs Canada following her time in the Legislative Assembly of PEI.
Hubley was appointed to the Senate of Canada on March 8, 2001, by Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson on the recommendation of Prime Minister Jean Chretien. As a Senator, she served in various capacities, including:
- Deputy Leader of the Senate Liberals from Nov. 15, 2016, to June 28, 2017;
- Deputy Whip of the Senate Liberals from December 2005 to November 2016;
- Deputy Opposition Whip from February 2006 to November 2015;
- Vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans;
- Member of Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament, Standing Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Regulations and Standing Joint Committee on Official Languages;
- Vice-chair of the national branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association;
- Founder of National Fiddling Day;
- Participated in a diplomatic partnership with Turks and Caicos
She retired from the Senate of Canada after 16 years on her 75th birthday in September 2017. Hubley remains active in her community, in her church, with her family, and, in her free time, plays the fiddle and paints. She resides in Kensington, PEI.
Read the her feature story: A Sense of Community