Perrin Beatty

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The Honourable
Henry Perrin Beatty
PC
In office
1972 – 1993
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Wellington—Grey—Dufferin—Waterloo
In office
1972–1979
Preceded by Marvin Howe
Succeeded by None (district abolished)
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Wellington—Dufferin—Simcoe
In office
1979–1988
Preceded by None (district created)
Succeeded by None (district abolished)
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Wellington—Grey—Dufferin—Simcoe
In office
1988–1993
Preceded by None (district created)
Succeeded by Murray Calder
Personal details
Born (1950-06-01) June 1, 1950 (age 64)
Toronto, Ontario
Political party Progressive Conservative Party of Canada
Residence Ottawa, Ontario
Profession Businessman, Corporate Executive, Politician

Henry Perrin Beatty, PC (born June 1, 1950) is a corporate executive and former Canadian politician.

Perrin Beatty first won election to the Canadian House of Commons as a Progressive Conservative at the age of 22 in the 1972 election.

He is a graduate of Upper Canada College in Toronto, Ontario, and of the University of Western Ontario in London.

In 1979, he became, at the time, the youngest person ever appointed to a Canadian Cabinet when Prime Minister Joe Clark made Beatty his minister of state for the Treasury Board in the short-lived government. Beatty returned to the opposition benches as a result of the defeat of the Clark government in the 1980 election.

With the Conservative victory in the 1984 election, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney made Beatty Minister of National Revenue and Minister responsible for Canada Post. He subsequently served as Solicitor General of Canada (1985 – 1986), Defence Minister (1986 – 1989), Minister of National Health and Welfare (1989 – 1991), and the now defunct position of Minister of Communications (1991 – 1993).

Despite long being touted as a future Tory leader, Beatty did not run in the 1993 Progressive Conservative leadership convention to succeed Mulroney. He was promoted to Secretary of State for External Affairs in the short-lived government of Mulroney's successor, Kim Campbell, but lost his seat in the 1993 election which returned only two Tory MPs.

In 1995, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien appointed Beatty President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a position he held until 1999 when he became president and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, a business association that promotes the interests of Canadian industry and exporters. In August 2007, Beatty left the CME to become president and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

On August 28, 2008, it was announced that Beatty has been named as the chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa, Ontario. He also sits on the board of directors for the Canadian International Council and the advisory council of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute.

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25th Ministry – Cabinet of Kim Campbell
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Barbara McDougall Secretary of State for External Affairs
1993
André Ouellet
24th Ministry – Cabinet of Brian Mulroney
Cabinet Posts (5)
Predecessor Office Successor
Marcel Masse Minister of Communications
1991–1993
Monique Landry
Jake Epp Minister of National Health and Welfare
1989–1991
Benoît Bouchard
Erik Nielsen Minister of National Defence
1986–1989
Bill McKnight
Elmer MacKay Solicitor General of Canada
1985–1986
James Kelleher
Roy MacLaren Minister of National Revenue
1984–1985
Elmer MacKay
21st Ministry – Cabinet of Joe Clark
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
' Minister of State (Treasury Board)
1979–1980
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Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Riding Created
Member of Parliament for
Wellington—Grey—Dufferin—Simcoe

1988–1993
Succeeded by
Murray Calder
Preceded by
Riding Created
Member of Parliament for
Wellington—Dufferin—Simcoe

1979–1988
Succeeded by
Riding Abolished
Preceded by
Marvin Howe
Member of Parliament for
Wellington—Grey—Dufferin—Waterloo

1972–1979
Succeeded by
Riding Abolished
Government offices
Preceded by
Anthony S. Manera
President of the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

1995–1999
Succeeded by
Robert Rabinovitch
Other offices
Preceded by
Lyn McLeod
Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology
2008-present
Succeeded by
incumbent