|Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada|
May 18, 2011 – March 14, 2013
|Prime Minister||Stephen Harper|
|Preceded by||Josée Verner|
|Succeeded by||Denis Lebel|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
May 30, 2011 – March 14, 2013
|Preceded by||Todd Russell|
|Succeeded by||Yvonne Jones|
April 9, 1964 |
Sheshatshiu, Newfoundland and Labrador
|Profession||Innu leader, businessman|
|Cabinet||Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada
Peter Penashue, PC (//; born April 9, 1964) is a Canadian politician from Newfoundland and Labrador. He was elected as the Conservative Party of Canada Member of Parliament for the riding of Labrador in the 2011 federal election. Penashue was the first Innu from Labrador to be elected to the House of Commons of Canada, the first Innu cabinet minister in Canadian history, and the first Conservative to be elected from the riding of Labrador since 1968.
Following allegations of irregularities in his campaign spending, Penashue announced on March 14, 2013 that he would resign his seat and run again as a candidate in a new by-election. In the resulting by-election, held on May 13, 2013, he was defeated by Yvonne Jones of the Liberal Party.
Penashue was born in the Innu community of Sheshatshiu, Newfoundland and Labrador. He attended elementary and secondary school in Sheshatshiu before continuing his education in St. John's, where he graduated from Brother Rice High School and pursued studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Penashue assumed a number of leadership roles in the Labrador Innu community, from Land Claims Director, Executive Director and Financial Administrator with the Naskapi Montagnais Innu to Grand Chief of the Innu Nation.
Penashue was elected President of the Innu Nation at the age of 26, and served as Grand Chief of the Innu Nation, for twelve years, from 1990 to 1997 and 1999 to 2004, and was the driving force behind the negotiation of the impacts-benefit agreement between the Innu Nation and the Voisey's Bay Nickel Company. He was also elected to the position of Deputy Grand Chief of the Innu Nation in Sheshatshiu in 2007 and stepped down on March 9, 2010.
Penashue was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the Canadian federal election, 2011, in the riding of Labrador. Penashue's challenger, Liberal incumbent Todd Russell, had originally been declared by the media as retaining his seat early on election night but after the last five polls were counted Penashue overtook Russell and was ultimately declared the winner. Penashue's original margin of victory of 231 votes was reduced to 79 votes on recount.
2011 election campaign irregularities
Penashue's campaign took 28 ineligible campaign contributions totaling $27,850 in cash and $18,710 in in-kind contributions from Provincial Airlines for services provided. Elections Canada deemed the contributions ineligible and Penashue's campaign was forced to pay $26,850 on November 28, 2012 and $18,710 on March 4, 2013 to the Receiver General of Canada.
After the 2011 election the Peneshue campaign had $4000 but still owed $15,000 from a $25,000 zero interest loan to the Innu Development Limited Partnership, a firm managed by his brother-in-law, Paul Rich. Interest free loans are not allowed by Canadian election law. In November 2012 The Conservative Party transferred $30,000 to the campaign and a further $14,350 on March 1, 2013.
On March 14, 2013 Penashue resigned and announced he would run again as a candidate in a new by-election. In the resulting by-election, held on May 13, 2013, he was defeated by Yvonne Jones of the Liberal Party.
He is married and currently lives in Sheshatshiu with his wife Mary Ann. They have four children, Jean-Paul, Peter Robert, Thea and Pupun Halina, and four grandchildren, Seth Connor, Grayson, Meshkuss and Starla.
|Canadian federal election, 2011: Labrador|
|New Democratic||Jacob Larkin||2,120||19.83||+1.98|
|Green||George C.R. Barrett||139||1.30||-2.61|
|Total valid votes||10,692||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||52||0.48||-0.37|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+31.5%|
|May 13, 2013: LabradorCanadian federal by-election,|
|New Democratic||Harry Borlase||2,324||19.19||-0.64|
|Total valid votes||12,110||100.00||–|
|Total rejected ballots||27||0.22||-0.26|
|Called on the resignation of Peter Penashue, March 14, 2013|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+8.17|
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|28th Ministry – Cabinet of Stephen Harper|
|Cabinet Posts (2)|
|Josee Verner||President of the Privy Council
|Josee Verner||Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs