Minister of Transport (Canada)

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Minister of Transport
Lisa Raitt.jpg
Incumbent
Lisa Raitt

since 15 July 2013
Department of Transport
Style The Honourable
Member of
Appointer Governor General of Canada
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holder C.D. Howe
Formation 2 November 1936
Website www.tc.gc.ca
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The Minister of Transport (French: Ministre des Transports) is the Minister of the Crown in the Canadian Cabinet who is responsible for overseeing the federal government's transportation regulatory and development department, Transport Canada, as well as Canada Post,[1] the Saint Lawrence Seaway and the Port Authority system. The post was created by Prime Minister Mackenzie King in 1936, replacing the Minister of Railways and Canals.

From 2006 to 2013, the position was styled the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, a name change corresponding with responsibility for Infrastructure Canada being transferred to the portfolio at that time. "Minister of Transport" remained the title for legal purposes. With the Cabinet shuffle of July 15, 2013, the Transport portfolio was separated from Infrastructure and Communities.

Transport Canada used to manage most of Canada's major airports, but in the 1990s, most airports were off loaded to non-profit private airport authorities. The department is now responsible for transportation safety, appointments to Boards of Governors, and regulation management.

As of July 2013, the Minister of Transport is Lisa Raitt.

Ministers of Transport[edit]

Key:

No. Portrait Name Term of office Political party Ministry
1 C.D. Howe, wartime.jpg C. D. Howe November 2, 1936 July 8, 1940 Liberal 16 (King)
2 Arthur Cardin.jpg Arthur Cardin July 8, 1940 May 13, 1942 Liberal
C.D. Howe, wartime.jpg C. D. Howe (acting) May 13, 1942 October 6, 1942 Liberal
3 Joseph Enoil Michaud.jpg Joseph-Enoil Michaud October 6, 1942 April 18, 1945 Liberal
4 Lionel Chevrier.jpg Lionel Chevrier April 18, 1945 July 1, 1954 Liberal 17 (St. Laurent)
5 No image.svg George Carlyle Marler July 1, 1954 June 21, 1957 Liberal
6 George Hees.jpg George Hees June 21, 1957 October 11, 1960 Progressive Conservative 18 (Diefenbaker)
7 No image.svg Léon Balcer October 11, 1960 April 22, 1963 Progressive Conservative
8 No image.svg George McIlraith April 22, 1963 February 3, 1964 Liberal 19 (Pearson)
9 No image.svg Jack Pickersgill February 3, 1964 September 19, 1967 Liberal
10 Paul Hellyer-c1969.jpg Paul Hellyer September 19, 1967 April 20, 1968 Liberal
April 20, 1968 April 30, 1969 20 (Trudeau)
No image.svg James Armstrong Richardson (acting) April 30, 1969 May 5, 1969 Liberal
11 Don-Jamieson.jpg Don Jamieson May 5, 1969 November 27, 1972 Liberal
12 Jean Marchand1.jpg Jean Marchand November 27, 1972 September 26, 1975 Liberal
13 No image.svg Otto Lang September 26, 1975 June 4, 1979 Liberal
14 No image.svg Don Mazankowski June 4, 1979 March 3, 1980 Progressive Conservative 21 (Clark)
15 No image.svg Jean-Luc Pépin March 3, 1980 August 12, 1983 Liberal 22 (Trudeau)
16 No image.svg Lloyd Axworthy August 12, 1983 June 29, 1984 Liberal
June 30, 1984 September 16, 1984 23 (Turner)
(14) No image.svg Don Mazankowski (2nd time) September 17, 1984 June 29, 1986 Progressive Conservative 24 (Mulroney)
17 Crosbie 1983-2 crop.jpg John Crosbie June 30, 1986 March 30, 1988 Progressive Conservative
18 No image.svg Benoît Bouchard March 31, 1988 February 22, 1990 Progressive Conservative
19 No image.svg Doug Lewis February 23, 1990 April 20, 1991 Progressive Conservative
20 No image.svg Jean Corbeil April 21, 1991 June 24, 1993 Progressive Conservative
June 25, 1993 November 3, 1993 25 (Campbell)
21 No image.svg Doug Young November 4, 1993 January 24, 1996 Liberal 26 (Chrétien)
22 David Anderson April 2011.jpg David Anderson January 25, 1996 June 10, 1997 Liberal
23 No image.svg David Collenette June 11, 1997 December 11, 2003 Liberal
24 No image.svg Tony Valeri December 12, 2003 July 19, 2004 Liberal 27 (Martin)
25 No image.svg Jean Lapierre July 20, 2004 February 5, 2006 Liberal
26 Lawrence Cannon on March 29, 2010.jpg Lawrence Cannon February 6, 2006 October 29, 2008 Conservative 28 (Harper)
27 John Baird cropped 2011-08-04.jpg John Baird October 30, 2008 August 6, 2010 Conservative
28 Chuck Strahl 2014.jpg Chuck Strahl August 6, 2010 May 18, 2011 Conservative
29 Denis Lebel.JPG Denis Lebel May 18, 2011 July 15, 2013 Conservative
30 Lisa Raitt.jpg Lisa Raitt July 15, 2013 Incumbent Conservative

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