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Sheila Martin

Sheila Martin
Sheila Martin  

Sheila Martin, although reportedly not shy, has not been much in the public eye. Her husband has been in government for many years, but until he was prime minister, her role was minimal.

Sheila Cowan was the daughter of his father's law partner, and she and Paul met when their families lived across the street from each other in Windsor. They married in 1965. She has never worked outside the home. Instead, she has stayed home to raise their three sons – Paul, Jamie and David – and manage their three households in Ottawa, Montreal and the Eastern Townships.

Sheila has given just one formal interview during her 16 years as a political wife, an indication of just how private she is.

But her husband has described her as his closest confidante, and is said to check in with her several times a day. He also named one of the ships belonging to his former company after her, the Sheila Ann.

Their three sons are now the owners of that company, Canada Steamship Lines.

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