Minister of Communications (Canada)

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The Minister of Communications of Canada is a now-defunct cabinet post which existed from 1969 to 1996, when it was abolished. Its telecommunications policy functions were transferred to Industry Canada and its cultural role was assumed by the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

The post was established by the Department of Communications Act, and abolished by the repeal of that act in 1995. During its existence, the department was authorized to oversee radio, television, and telephone communications in Canada, and supervised the CRTC.

Ministers of Communications[edit]

1. Eric Kierans April 1, 1969 - April 28, 1971 under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau
* Joseph Côté (acting) April 29, 1971 - May 10, 1971
* Gerard Pelletier (acting) May 11, 1971 - August 11, 1971
2. Robert Stanbury August 12, 1971 - November 26, 1972
3. Gerard Pelletier (acting) November 27, 1972 - August 28, 1975
4. Pierre Juneau August 29, 1975 - October 24, 1975
* Otto Lang (acting) October 25, 1975 - December 4, 1975
5. Jeanne Sauvé December 5, 1975 - June 3, 1979
6. David MacDonald June 4, 1979 - March 2, 1980 under Prime Minister Joe Clark
7. Francis Fox March 3, 1980 - June 29, 1984 under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau
8. Ed Lumley June 30, 1984 - September 16, 1984 under Prime Minister John Turner
9. Marcel Masse September 17, 1984 - September 25, 1985 under Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
* Benoît Bouchard (acting) September 26, 1985 - November 29, 1985
Marcel Masse (second time) November 30, 1985 - June 29, 1986
10. Flora MacDonald June 30, 1986 - December 7, 1988
*. Lowell Murray (acting) December 8, 1988 - January 29, 1989
Marcel Masse (third time) January 30, 1989 - April 20, 1991
11. Perrin Beatty April 21, 1991 - June 24, 1993
12. Monique Landry June 25, 1993 - November 3, 1993 under Prime Minister Kim Campbell
13. Michel Dupuy November 4, 1993 - January 24, 1996 under Prime Minister Jean Chrétien
14. Sheila Copps January 25, 1996 - May 1, 1996**
Sheila Copps (second time) June 19, 1996 - July 11, 1996

(**)Resigned to fulfill promise to resign if GST not abolished. Returned to portfolio following by-election.

On July 12, 1996, office of the Minister of Communications and the office of the Minister of Multiculturalism and Citizenship were abolished and replaced with the office of Minister of Canadian Heritage (list).

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