Statement on the Passing of Marietta Roberts

Published on October 05, 2020

“I was saddened to hear of Justice Marietta Lola Doreen Roberts’s passing this morning. Justice Roberts’s esteemed career includes teaching at Alma College, practicing law in St. Thomas, and serving as the Acting Crown Attorney for Elgin County, Chair of the Elgin County Board of Education, the first female MPP for Elgin, and as an Ontario Court of Justice judge.


In September 1987 when the Liberal tide swept across Ontario, electing a majority Liberal government for the first time in more than 40 years, her election in Elgin brought both refreshing change and a sound local perspective. In all of her roles, she distinguished herself as a strong voice and represented the County with integrity and grace.


Elgin County, Ontario, and indeed Canada are all better for Marietta’s service. My deepest condolences to all who knew and loved her.”


Jeff Yurek, MPP