Guide to Canadian Ministries since Confederation

Parliamentary Assistants


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Seventeenth Ministry

Liberal 1
15 Nov. 1948 - 21 June 1957

Prime Minister
Right Honourable Louis Stephen St-Laurent 2

Parliamentary Assistants
NOT OF THE MINISTRY
Position Title
NameService Date /
Termination Date
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture
Robert McCubbin 15 Nov. 1948 - 30 April 1949
Robert McCubbin 15 July 1949 - 13 June 1953
Robert McCubbin 26 Aug. 1953 - 12 April 1957

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Defence Production
George James McIlraith 1 April 1951 - 4 Feb. 1952
George James McIlraith 12 Feb. 1952 - 13 June 1953
John Horace Dickey 27 Aug. 1953 - 12 April 1957

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of External Affairs
Hugues Lapointe 19 Jan. 1949 - 30 April 1949
Hugues Lapointe 12 July 1949 - 23 Aug. 1949
Jean Lesage 24 Jan. 1951 - 31 Dec. 1952
Roch Pinard 14 Oct. 1953 - 30 June 1954
Louis Joseph Lucien Cardin 9 Feb. 1956 - 12 April 1957

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance
Gleason Belzile 15 Nov. 1948 - 30 April 1949
James Sinclair 19 Jan. 1949 - 30 April 1949
James Sinclair 11 July 1949 - 14 Oct. 1952
Gleason Belzile 11 July 1949 - 25 July 1950
Jean Lesage 1 Jan. 1953 - 13 June 1953
Jean Lesage 24 Aug. 1953 - 16 Sept. 1953
William Moore Benidickson 14 Oct. 1953 - 12 April 1957

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Fisheries
John Watson MacNaught 15 Nov. 1948 - 30 April 1949
John Watson MacNaught 11 July 1949 - 13 June 1953
John Watson MacNaught 24 Aug. 1953 - 12 April 1957

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour
Paul-Émile Côté 15 Nov. 1948 - 30 April 1949
Paul-Émile Côté 11 July 1949 - 13 June 1953
Paul-Émile Côté 24 Aug. 1953 - 31 Dec. 1953
Joseph Adéodat Blanchette 9 Feb. 1956 - 12 April 1957

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Mines and Resources
Ralph Maybank 25 Jan. 1949 - 30 April 1949
Ralph Maybank 11 July 1949 - 17 Jan. 1950

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys
Ralph Maybank 18 Jan. 1950 - 23 Jan. 1951

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence
Hugues Lapointe 15 Nov. 1948 - 18 Jan. 1949
Loran Ellis Baker 19 Jan. 1949 - 30 April 1949
Joseph Adéodat Blanchette 19 Jan. 1949 - 30 April 1949
Joseph Adéodat Blanchette 11 July 1949 - 13 June 1953
Ralph Osborne Campney 24 Jan. 1951 - 14 Oct. 1952
Joseph Adéodat Blanchette 24 Aug. 1953 - 8 Feb. 1956
Paul Theodore Hellyer 9 Feb. 1956 - 12 April 1957

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Health and Welfare
Ralph Maybank 15 Nov. 1948 - 24 Jan. 1949
Thomas Reid 25 Jan. 1949 - 30 April 1949
Thomas Reid 13 July 1949 - 6 Sept. 1949
Emmet Andrew McCusker 24 Jan. 1951 - 13 June 1953
Frederick Greystock Robertson 14 Oct. 1953 - 12 April 1957

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Revenue
Thomas Reid 15 Nov. 1948 - 24 Jan. 1949

Parliamentary Assistant to the Postmaster General
Léopold Langlois 24 Jan. 1951 - 13 June 1953
Léopold Langlois 1 Sept. 1953 - 13 Oct. 1953
Thomas Andrew Murray Kirk 14 Oct. 1953 - 12 April 1957

Parliamentary Assistant to the Prime Minister
Walter Edward Harris 15 Nov. 1948 - 30 April 1949
Walter Edward Harris 18 July 1949 - 17 Jan. 1950
William Gilbert Weir 25 Aug. 1953 - 12 April 1957

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Public Works
Maurice Bourget 14 Oct. 1953 - 12 April 1957

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Resources and Development
George Prudham 1 Feb. 1950 - 12 Dec. 1950
Ralph Maybank 24 Jan. 1951 - 30 July 1951

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Trade and Commerce
George James McIlraith 15 Nov. 1948 - 30 April 1949
George James McIlraith 11 July 1949 - 13 June 1953

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transport
William Moore Benidickson 24 Jan. 1951 - 13 June 1953
William Moore Benidickson 31 Aug. 1953 - 13 Sept. 1953
Léopold Langlois 14 Oct. 1953 - 12 April 1957

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Leslie Alexander Mutch 15 Nov. 1948 - 30 April 1949
Leslie Alexander Mutch 11 July 1949 - 13 June 1953
Colin Emerson Bennett 14 Oct. 1953 - 12 April 1957

Footnotes

  • [1] On November 15, 1948 King resigned as Prime Minister and President of the Privy Council. On the same day the Seventeenth Ministry assumed office. It included eighteen ministers from the Sixteenth Ministry, seventeen of whom retained their previous portfolios. Howe dropped one of his: Reconstruction and Supply.
  • [2] St-Laurent was also President of the Privy Council.