Minister of Public Works (Canada)

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The position of Minister of Public Works existed as part of the Cabinet of Canada from Confederation to 1995.

As part of substantial governmental reorganization, the position was merged with that of the Minister of Supply and Services to create the position of Minister of Public Works and Government Services on July 12, 1995 under the leadership of Jean Chretien.

Ministers[edit]

1. William McDougall under Macdonald July 1, 1867 – September 27, 1869
* Hector Louis Langevin (acting minister) under Macdonald September 28, 1869 – December 7, 1869
2. Hector Louis Langevin under Macdonald December 8, 1869 – November 5, 1873
3. Alexander Mackenzie as PM November 7, 1873 – October 8, 1878
4 Sir Charles Tupper under Macdonald October 19, 1878 – May 19, 1879
Sir Hector Louis Langevin (second time) under Macdonald May 20, 1879 – June 6, 1891
under Abbott June 16, 1891 – August 11, 1891
5. Frank Smith under Abbott August 14, 1891 – January 10, 1892
6. Joseph Aldéric Ouimet under Abbott January 11, 1892 – November 24, 1892
under Thompson December 5, 1892 – December 12, 1894
under Bowell December 21, 1894 – April 27, 1896
7. Alphonse Desjardins under Tupper May 1, 1896 – July 8, 1896
8. Joseph Israël Tarte under Laurier July 13, 1896 – October 21, 1902
9. James Sutherland under Laurier November 11, 1902 – May 3, 1905
10. Charles Smith Hyman under Laurier May 22, 1905 – August 29, 1907
11. William Pugsley under Laurier August 30, 1907 – October 6, 1911
12. Frederick Debartzch Monk under Borden October 10, 1911 – October 28, 1912
13. Louis Coderre under Borden October 29, 1912 – October 5, 1915
14. Robert Rogers under Borden October 6, 1915 – August 22, 1917
15. Charles Colquhoun Ballantyne under Borden October 3, 1917 – October 12, 1917
16. Frank Broadstreet Carvell under Borden October 13, 1917 – August 1, 1919
* John Dowsley Reid (acting) under Borden August 6, 1919 – September 2, 1919
17. Arthur Lewis Sifton under Borden September 3, 1919 – December 30, 1919
* John Dowsley Reid (acting) under Borden December 31, 1919 – July 10, 1920
* John Dowsley Reid (acting) under Meighen July 10, 1920 – July 12, 1920
18. Fleming Blanchard McCurdy under Meighen July 13, 1920 – December 29, 1921
19. Hewitt Bostock under King December 29, 1921 – February 2, 1922
20. James Horace King under King February 3, 1922 – June 28, 1926
* Sir George Halsey Perley (acting) under Meighen June 29, 1926 – July 12, 1926
21. Edmond Baird Ryckman under Meighen July 13, 1926 – September 25, 1926
22. John Campbell Elliott under King September 25, 1926 – August 7, 1930
23. Hugh Alexander Stewart under Bennett August 7, 1930 – October 23, 1935
24. Pierre Joseph Arthur Cardin under King October 23, 1935 – May 12, 1942
* Joseph-Enoil Michaud (acting) under King May 13, 1942 – October 6, 1942
25. Alphonse Fournier under King October 7, 1942 – November 15, 1948
under St. Laurent November 15, 1948 – June 11, 1953
* Walter Edward Harris under St. Laurent June 12, 1953 – September 16, 1953
26. Robert Henry Winters under St. Laurent September 17, 1953 – June 21, 1957
27. Howard Charles Green under Diefenbaker June 21, 1957 – August 19, 1959
28. David James Walker under Diefenbaker August 20, 1959 – July 12, 1962
* Howard Charles Green (acting minister) under Diefenbaker July 18, 1962 – August 8, 1962
29. Edmund Davie Fulton under Diefenbaker August 9, 1962 – April 22, 1963
30. Jean-Paul Deschatelets under Pearson April 22, 1963 – February 11, 1965
31. Louis Joseph Lucien Cardin under Pearson February 15, 1965 – July 6, 1965
32. George James McIlraith under Pearson July 7, 1965 – April 20, 1968
under Trudeau April 20, 1968 – July 5, 1968
33. Arthur Laing under Trudeau July 5, 1968 – January 27, 1972
34. Jean-Eudes Dubé under Trudeau January 28, 1972 – August 7, 1974
35. Charles Mills Drury under Trudeau August 8, 1974 – September 13, 1976
36. J. Judd Buchanan under Trudeau September 14, 1976 – November 23, 1978
37. André Ouellet under Trudeau November 24, 1978 – June 3, 1979
38. Erik Nielsen under Clark June 4, 1979 – March 2, 1980
39. Paul James Cosgrove under Trudeau March 3, 1980 – September 29, 1982
40. Roméo LeBlanc under Trudeau September 30, 1982 – June 29, 1984
41. Charles Lapointe under Turner June 30, 1984 – September 16, 1984
42. Roch LaSalle under Mulroney September 17, 1984 – June 29, 1986
43. Stewart McInnes under Mulroney June 30, 1986 – December 7, 1988
* Otto Jelinek under Mulroney December 8, 1988 – January 29, 1989
44. Elmer MacIntosh MacKay under Mulroney January 30, 1989 – June 24, 1993
45. Paul Wyatt Dick under Campbell June 24, 1993 – November 3, 1993
46. David Charles Dingwall under Chrétien November 4, 1993 – January 24, 1996
47. Diane Marleau under Chrétien January 25, 1996 – July 11, 1996

After 1996 see Minister of Public Works and Government Services.