Guide to Canadian Ministries since Confederation

The Ministries


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Twenty-Seventh Ministry

Liberal 1
12 Dec. 2003 - 5 Feb. 2006

Prime Minister
Right Honourable Paul Martin

The Ministry
Position Title
NameService Date /
Termination Date
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
Hon. Robert Speller 12 Dec. 2003 - 19 July 2004
Hon. Andrew Mitchell 2 20 July 2004 - 27 June 2005
Hon. Andrew Mitchell 28 June 2005 - 5 Feb. 2006

Minister for the purpose of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Act
Hon. Joseph McGuire 3 L12 Dec. 2003 - 5 Feb. 2006

Minister of Canadian Heritage
Hon. Hélène Chalifour Scherrer 12 Dec. 2003 - 19 July 2004
Hon. Liza Frulla 4 20 July 2004 - 5 Feb. 2006

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Hon. Judy Sgro 5 12 Dec. 2003 - 14 Jan. 2005
Hon. Giuseppe (Joseph) Volpe 14 Jan. 2005 - 5 Feb. 2006

Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
Hon. Mauril Bélanger 6 12 Dec. 2003 - 19 July 2004
Hon. Mauril Bélanger 20 July 2004 - 16 May 2005
Hon. Mauril Bélanger 7 17 May 2005 - 5 Feb. 2006

Deputy Prime Minister
Hon. Anne McLellan 8 12 Dec. 2003 - 5 Feb. 2006

Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec9
Hon. Jacques Saada 10 5 Oct. 2005 - 5 Feb. 2006

Minister of the Environment
Hon. David Anderson 12 Dec. 2003 - 19 July 2004
Hon. Stéphane Dion 20 July 2004 - 5 Feb. 2006

Minister of Finance
Hon. Ralph E. Goodale 12 Dec. 2003 - 5 Feb. 2006

Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
Hon. Geoff Regan 12 Dec. 2003 - 5 Feb. 2006

Minister of Foreign Affairs
Hon. William Graham 11 12 Dec. 2003 - 19 July 2004
Hon. Pierre Stewart Petitgrew 20 July 2004 - 5 Feb. 2006

Minister of Health
Hon. Pierre Stewart Petitgrew 12 12 Dec. 2003 - 19 July 2004
Hon. Ujjal Dosanjh 20 July 2004 - 5 Feb. 2006

Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development
Hon. Belinda Stronach 13 5 Oct. 2005 - 5 Feb. 2006

Minister of Human Resources Development14
Hon. Liza Frulla 15 12 Dec. 2003 - 19 July 2004
Hon. Ken Dryden 16 20 July 2004 - 4 Oct. 2005

Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
Hon. Andrew Mitchell 17 12 Dec. 2003 - 19 July 2004
Hon. Andy Scott 18 20 July 2004 - 5 Feb. 2006

Minister of Industry
Hon. Lucienne Robillard 19 12 Dec. 2003 - 19 July 2004
Hon. David Emerson 20 July 2004 - 5 Feb. 2006

Minister for International Cooperation
Hon. M. Aileen Carroll 12 Dec. 2003 - 19 Jan. 2004
Hon. M. Aileen Carroll 20 Jan. 2004 - 5 Feb. 2006

Minister of International Trade
Hon. James Scott Peterson 12 Dec. 2003 - 5 Feb. 2006

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
Hon. Irwin Cotler 12 Dec. 2003 - 5 Feb. 2006

Minister of Labour
Hon. Claudette Bradshaw 20 12 Dec. 2003 - 19 July 2004
Hon. Joseph Frank Fontana 21 20 July 2004 - 5 Feb. 2006

Leader of the Government in the House of Commons22
Hon. Jacques Saada 23 12 Dec. 2003 - 19 July 2004
Hon. Tony Valeri 20 July 2004 - 5 Feb. 2006

Leader of the Government in the Senate
Hon. Jacob Austin 12 Dec. 2003 - 5 Feb. 2006

Associate Minister of National Defence
Hon. Albina Guarnieri 24 12 Dec. 2003 - 19 July 2004
Hon. Mauril Bélanger 25 20 July 2004 - 5 Feb. 2006

Minister of National Defence
Hon. David Pratt 12 Dec. 2003 - 19 July 2004
Hon. William Graham 20 July 2004 - 5 Feb. 2006

Minister of National Revenue
Hon. Stan Kazmierczak Keyes 26 12 Dec. 2003 - 19 July 2004
Hon. John McCallum 20 July 2004 - 5 Feb. 2006

Minister of Natural Resources
Hon. Ruben John Efford 12 Dec. 2003 - 5 Feb. 2006

President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada
Hon. Denis Coderre 27 12 Dec. 2003 - 19 July 2004
Hon. Lucienne Robillard 28 20 July 2004 - 5 Feb. 2006

Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness29
Hon. Anne McLellan 30 4 April 2005 - 5 Feb. 2006

Minister of Public Works and Government Services
Hon. Stephen Owen 31 12 Dec. 2003 - 19 July 2004
Hon. Scott Brison 20 July 2004 - 5 Feb. 2006

Minister of Social Development32
Hon. Ken Dryden 5 Oct. 2005 - 5 Feb. 2006

Solicitor General of Canada29
Hon. Anne McLellan 33 12 Dec. 2003 - 19 July 2004
Hon. Anne McLellan 33 20 July 2004 - 3 April 2005

Minister of Transport
Hon. Tony Valeri 34 12 Dec. 2003 - 19 July 2004
Hon. Jean-C. Lapierre 20 July 2004 - 5 Feb. 2006

President of the Treasury Board
Hon. Reginald B. Alcock 35 12 Dec. 2003 - 5 Feb. 2006

Minister of Veterans Affairs
Hon. John McCallum 36 12 Dec. 2003 - 19 July 2004
Hon. Albina Guarnieri 20 July 2004 - 5 Feb. 2006

Minister of Western Economic Diversification
Hon. Rey D. Pagtakhan 12 Dec. 2003 - 19 July 2004
Hon. Stephen Owen 37 20 July 2004 - 5 Feb. 2006

Footnotes

  • [1] On December 12, 2003, Chrétien resigned as Prime Minister and the Twenty-Seventh Ministry assumed office. It was composed of 39 ministers.
  • [2] Mitchell was also appointed on June 28, 2005, Minister of State styled Minister of State (Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario).
  • [3] McGuire was appointed Minister for the purposes of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Act, styled Minister of Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
  • [4] Frulla was also appointed Minister responsible for Status of Women.
  • [5] Sgro resigned from the Ministry on January 14, 2005.
  • [6] Bélanger was appointed on July 20, 2004, Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State styled Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Minister responsible for Official Languages, Minister responsible for Democratic Reform and Associate Minister of National Defence.
  • [7] Bélanger was appointed on May 17, 2005, Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State to be styled Minister for Internal Trade, Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Minister responsible for Official Languages, and Associate Minister of National Defence.
  • [8] On April 4, 2005, McLellan was appointed Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and retained the title "Deputy Prime Minister".
  • [9] The office of the Minister of Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec was established by Statutes of Canada, 2005, c. 26, assented to on June 23, 2005 and in force on October 5, 2005 by Order in Council P.C. 2005-1755 of October 4, 2005.
  • [10] Saada was also appointed Minister responsible for the Francophonie.
  • [11] Graham was appointed Minister of National Defence on July 20, 2004.
  • [12] Pettigrew was appointed Minister of Health, styled Minister of Health, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister responsible for Official Languages. He was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs on July 20, 2004.
  • [13] Stronach was also appointed Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal.
  • [14] The office of the Minister of Human Resources Development was abolished. The office of the Minister of Human Resource and Skills Development was created by Statutes of Canada, 2005, c. 34, assented to on July 20, 2005 and in force on October 5, 2005 by Order in Council P.C. 2005-1749 of October 4, 2005.
  • [15] Frulla was appointed Minister of Human Resources Development, styled Minister of Social Development. She was appointed Minister of Canadian Heritage on July 20, 2004, styled Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Status of Women.
  • [16] Dryden was appointed Minister of Human Resources Development styled Minister of Social Development.
  • [17] Mitchell was appointed Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food on July 20, 2004.
  • [18] Scott was also appointed Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians.
  • [19] Robillard was appointed Minister of Industry, styled Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec. On July 20, 2004, she was appointed President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.
  • [20] Bradshaw was also appointed Minister responsible for Homelessness. On July 20, 2004, she was appointed Minister of State styled Minister of State (Juman Resources Development).
  • [21] Fontana was also appointed Minister of Housing.
  • [22] The office of the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons was established by Statutes of Canada, 2005, c. 16, assented to on April 21, 2005 and deemed to be in force on April 1, 2004.
  • [23] Saada was also appointed Minister responsible for Democratic Reform. On July 20, 2004, he was appointed Minister of State styled Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister responsible for the Francophonie.
  • [24] Guarnieri was also appointed Minister of State styled Minister of State (Civil Preparedness). On July 20,. 2004, she was appointed Minister of Veterans Affairs.
  • [25] Bélanger was also appointed Minister of State styled Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Minister responsible for Official Languages and Minister responsible for Democratic Reform and Associate Minister of National Defence. On May 17, 2005, he was appointed Minister of State styled Minister for Internal Trade and retained the titles of Associate Minister of National Defence, Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Official Languages.
  • [26] Keyes was also appointed Minister of State styled Minister of State (Sport).
  • [27] Coderre was appointed President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, styled President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, Minister responsible for La Francophonie, and Minister responsible for the Office of Indian Residential Schools Resolution.
  • [28] Robillard was also appointed Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. On January 14, 2005, she retained the titles of President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and was appointed Minister of State styled Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. On May 17, 2005, she was appointed President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.
  • [29] The office of the Solicitor General of Canada was abolished. The office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness was established by Statutes of Canada, 2005, c. 10, assented to on March 23, 2005 and in force on April 4, 2005 by Order in Council P.C. 2005-482 of April 4, 2005.
  • [30] McLellan retained the title "Deputy Prime Minister".
  • [31] Owen was appointed Minister of Western Economic Diversification and MInister of State styled Minister of Western Economic Diversification and Minister of State (Sport) on July 20, 2004.
  • [32] The office of the Minister of Social Development was created by Statutes of Canada, 2005, c. 35, assented to on July 20, 2005 and in force on October 5, 2005, by Order in Council P.C. 2005-1746 of October 4, 2005. This new ministry replaced the Ministry of Human Resources Development. Order in Council P.C. 2006-37 of February 6, 2006 amalgamated and combined the Department of Social Development and the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development under the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
  • [33] Styled Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
  • [34] Valeri was appointed Minister of State styled Leader of the Government in the House of Commons on July 20, 2004.
  • [35] Alcock was also appointed Minister responsible for The Canadian Wheat Board.
  • [36] McCallum was appointed Minister of National Revenue on July 20, 2004.
  • [37] Owen was also appointed Minister of State (Sport).