|Preceded by Margaret Trudeau|
Siblings Colleen McTeer
Name Maureen McTeer
Parents John McTeer, Bea McTeer
Children Catherine Clark
Succeeded by Geills Turner
Spouse Joe Clark (m. 1973)
|Full Name Maureen Anne McTeer|
Born February 27, 1952 (age 63) Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (1952-02-27)
Alma mater University of Ottawa University of Ottawa Faculty of Law University of Sheffield
Occupation Author, lawyer, professor
Books In My Own Name, Parliament, Tough Choices, Residences: Homes of Canada's, Technology in the Field of Human
Similar People Joe Clark, Catherine Clark, Mila Mulroney, Ben Mulroney, Margaret Trudeau
A 1980 tour of 24 sussex with maureen mcteer
Maureen Anne McTeer (born February 27, 1952) is a Canadian author and lawyer, married to Joe Clark, the 16th Prime Minister of Canada.
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- Life and career
- Personal life
- Electoral record
136th convocation speech maureen mcteer carleton university 2 00 pm june 9 2010
Life and career
McTeer was born in Cumberland, Ottawa, to John and Bea McTeer. Her father taught her and her older sister, Colleen, to play hockey, resulting in McTeer's childhood dream of playing in the NHL. Her commitment to feminism was born when her father reminded her that girls do not play in the NHL. She switched her focus to her academic and debating talents, which earned her a scholarship to the University of Ottawa. She earned an undergraduate degree in 1973 and a law degree in 1976, both from Ottawa, where she served as features editor of the student newspaper, The Fulcrum, and was a member of the English debate team and the Progressive Conservative Campus Club. McTeer was later awarded an MA in biotechnology, law and ethics from the University of Sheffield, and in 2008 she received an honorary LLD from that institution.
McTeer worked as a staffer in Clark's office before marrying him in 1973. When Clark became leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in 1976, McTeer became controversial – feminism still being a relatively new social phenomenon at that time – for keeping her own surname and maintaining her own career. At one official luncheon for Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, where McTeer was seated with the guest of honour, the other women at the table teased McTeer by addressing her always as "Mrs. Clark". The Queen Mother, however, did not, and after McTeer escorted the Queen Mother to her car, the latter said "Don't be bothered by criticism," and, left as parting words: "Good Luck … Ms. McTeer." As of 2015, McTeer remains the only wife of a Canadian prime minister not to assume any part of her husband's surname; although both Laureen Teskey Harper and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau had kept their own birth surnames in their earlier years of marriage, both shifted to using their husband's surname upon assuming the role of prime minister's spouse, in part because of the controversy McTeer experienced.
In 1982, McTeer and athlete Abby Hoffman were among the organizers of the Esso Women's Nationals championship tournament for women's ice hockey. One of the tournament's trophies, the Maureen McTeer Trophy, is named for her. In the 1988 federal election, McTeer ran as a Progressive Conservative candidate in Carleton—Gloucester, hoping to get elected alongside her husband. Despite the party's re-election victory, McTeer was not elected in her riding. As of 2016, however, she remains the only spouse of a former Canadian Prime Minister to have run for political office herself. She is a specialist in medical law, and for a while was a member of the Royal Commission on Reproductive and Genetic Technologies (1989–1993).
The Clarks have one daughter, Catherine, who became a public figure in her own right when Clark returned to the leadership of the Progressive Conservatives in 1998.
Maureen McTeer promoted Frances Itani's novel Deafening in Canada Reads 2006. She promoted its French-language translation, Une coquille de silence, in Le combat des livres 2006. She received the Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case in 2008.
Riding of Carleton—Gloucester