Lynne Yelich

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The Honourable
Lynne Yelich
Lynne Yelich at NATO Summit Wales crop.jpg
Yelich at the NATO Foreign Affairs ministers meeting with International Organisations, September 2014
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Blackstrap
Assumed office
Preceded by Allan Kerpan
Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular)
Assumed office
July 15, 2013
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Preceded by Diane Ablonczy
Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification)
In office
October 30, 2008 – July 15, 2013
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Preceded by Rona Ambrose
Succeeded by Michelle Rempel
Personal details
Born (1953-03-24) March 24, 1953 (age 62)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Matt Yelich
Residence Kenaston, Saskatchewan
Profession Farmer, banker

Lynne Yelich (née Zdunich), PC, MP (born March 24, 1953) is a third-generation Croatian-Canadian politician and the MP for the riding of Blackstrap. The riding of Blackstrap includes Yelich's home town of Kenaston, Saskatchewan, identified as the largest Croatian farming settlement in Canada.[1] Representing the riding of Blackstrap, Lynne Yelich was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 2000. She was re-elected in 2004, 2006 and 2008. She is currently a Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular).

At the time of the 2005 dissolution of the 38th Parliament, which ended the 17 month minority government of Prime Minister Paul Martin, Lynne Yelich was cited by Carol Goar as a Member of Parliament who had "tried to use the legislative system to improve the lives of Canadians" and for "attempting to play a positive role in a House consumed by partisan machinations" during a particularly acrimonious parliamentary period.[2]

Subsequent to the election of the Conservative minority government in 2006, Yelich was appointed by Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development. Yelich was appointed Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification) by Prime Minister Stephen Harper following the re-election of the Conservative minority government in 2008. She was last appointed Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular) in July 2013.

During her Parliamentary tenure, Yelich has served on the Citizenship & Immigration, Transport, Government Operations & Estimates, and Status of Women committees. She was also a member of the Standing Committee on Human Resources and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA). She has also served as Critic for Women Entrepreneurs, Families and Caregivers, Status of Women, Cities, and Grain Transportation.

Yelich has introduced private member's motions to make sexually explicit material contraband in prisons, keep open local weather stations, establish a report on decorum in the House, and support research on endometriosis.

She is married to Matt and is the mother of two daughters.


  1. ^ Lynne Yelich Croatian heritage at
  2. ^ Carol Goar, "Some Honourable Members". Toronto Star, November 23, 2005.

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