|Member of Parliament
|Preceded by||Patrick Boyer|
|Succeeded by||Michael Ignatieff|
September 9, 1937 |
St. George's, Grenada
From 1993 to 2005, Augustine was a Liberal member of the Canadian House of Commons, representing the riding of Etobicoke—Lakeshore. She is a former member of Cabinet, and a former school principal. Augustine served as the Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien from 1994 to 1996, and was the Minister of State for multiculturalism, and the status of women until 2004.
Augustine was born in Grenada. She studied at the University of Toronto where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Education. Later on she received a Honorary Doctor of Laws from the same institution. After university she was an elementary school principal with the Metropolitan Separate School Board in Toronto.
She has served on numerous organizations and Boards including the National Black Coalition of Canada, the Board of Governors of York University, the Board of Trustees for The Hospital for Sick Children, the Board of Directors of the Donwood Institute, the Board of Harbourfront and Chair of the Metro Toronto Housing Authority. She was also National President of the Congress of Black Women of Canada.
Through fund-raising efforts, Augustine supports the Jean Augustine Scholarship Fund, which assists single mothers to undertake post-secondary study at George Brown College.
In the 1993 federal election, Augustine became the first African Canadian woman elected to the Parliament of Canada and subsequently the first black woman in a federal Cabinet. She also served three terms as Chair of the National Liberal Women's Caucus.
In February 2002, Augustine was elected Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade. On May 26, 2002, Augustine was appointed Secretary of State (Multiculturalism) (Status of Women). In December 2003, she was re-appointed to the new Cabinet as Minister of State (Multiculturalism and Status of Women). In 2004, she was appointed to the position of Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole, making her the first African Canadian to occupy the Speaker's Chair in the Canadian House of Commons.
Augustine was the Founding Chair of the Canadian Association of Parliamentarians on Population & Development, Chair of the National Sugar Caucus, Chair of the Micro-credit Summit Council of Canadian Parliamentarians, Chair of the Canada-Slovenia Parliamentary Group and Chair of the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Group.
On November 4th 2014, Augustine came under fire for billing taxpayers for thousands of dollars in limousine rides.Progressive Conservative MPP Monte McNaughton wanted to know why Augustine billed taxpayers for a city sightseeing tour in Tampere, Finland and expensed $3.40 for a pair of headphones on a flight to Halifax. Citizenship and Immigration Minister Michael Chan says the expenses were not legitimate and Augustine refunded the money to taxpayers.http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-fairness-commissioner-jean-augustine-s-limo-expenses-questioned-1.2823753
She is the recipient of the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, the Kaye Livingstone Award, the Ontario Volunteer Award, the Pride Newspaper Achievement Award, the Rubena Willis Special Recognition Award and the Toronto Lions' Club Onyx Award.
- Augustine to be Ont. advocate for foreign workers. CTV News from Canadian Press (CP). Mar 13, 2007. 
- "Governor General Announces 57 New Appointments to the Order of Canada". Office of the Secretary to the Governor General. December 30, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-30.
- The London Gazette: . 14 June 2014.
- How'd They Vote?: Jean Augustine's voting history and quotes
- Jean Augustine – Parliament of Canada biography
|27th Ministry – Cabinet of Paul Martin|
|Cabinet Post (1)|
|'||Minister of State (Multiculturalism and Status of Women)
|26th Ministry – Cabinet of Jean Chrétien|
|Hedy Fry||Secretary of State (Multiculturalism) (Status of Women)