Postmaster General of Canada

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Postmasters General of Canada, 1851-1929
Credit: Agnes Macdonald, Baroness Macdonald of Earnscliffe Collection. / Library and Archives Canada / PA-066694

The Postmaster General of Canada was the Canadian cabinet minister responsible for the Post Office Department (Canada Post). In 1851, management of the post office was transferred from Britain (Royal Mail) to the provincial governments of the Province of Canada, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The position of Postmaster General was established in each province. With Canadian Confederation in 1867, a single position was created replacing this post in all of the above provinces except Newfoundland; this position was abolished in 1981 when the post office was transformed from a government department into a crown corporation. From 1900 until 1909 the Postmaster General was also responsible for the Department of Labour.

Postmasters General[edit]

Alexander Campbell
under MacDonald (July 1 1867 – June 30 1873)
John O'Connor
under Macdonald (July 1 1873 – November 5 1873)
Donald Alexander Macdonald
under MacKenzie (November 7 1873 – May 17 1875)
Télesphore Fournier
under Mackenzie (May 19 1875 – October 7 1875)
Lucius Seth Huntington
under Mackenzie (October 9 1875 – October 8 1878)
Hector Louis Langevin
under Macdonald (October 19 1878 – May 19 1879)
Sir Alexander Campbell
under Macdonald (May 20 1879 – January 15 1880) (second time)
John O'Connor
under Macdonald (January 16 1880 – November 7 1880) (second time)
Sir Alexander Campbell
under Macdonald (November 8 1880 – May 18 1881) (third time)
John O'Connor
under Macdonald (May 20 1881 – May 22 1882) (third time)
John Carling
under Macdonald (May 23 1882 – September 24 1885)
Sir Alexander Campbell
under Macdonald (September 25 1885 – January 26 1887) (fourth time)
Archibald McLelan
under Macdonald (January 27 1887 – July 9 1888)
John Carling
under Macdonald (July 11 1888 – August 5 1888) (second time)
John Graham Haggart
under Macdonald (August 6 1888 – June 6 1891)
under Abbott (June 16 1891 – January 24 1892)
Sir Joseph Philippe René Adolphe Caron
under Abbott (January 25 1892 – November 24 1892)
under Thompson (December 5 1892 – December 12 1894)
Louis-Olivier Taillon
under Mackenzie Bowell (December 21 1894 – July 8 1896)
Sir William Mulock
under Laurier (July 13 1896 – October 15 1905)
Allen Bristol Aylesworth
under Laurier (October 16 1905 – June 3 1906)
Rodolphe Lemieux
under Laurier (June 4 1906 – August 10 1911)
Henri Sévérin Béland
under Laurier (August 19 1911 – October 6 1911)
Louis-Philippe Pelletier
under Borden (October 10 1911 – October 19 1914)
Thomas Chase-Casgrain
under Borden (October 20 1914 – December 29 1916)
Pierre Édouard Blondin
under Borden (January 8 1917 – July 10 1920)
under Meighen (July 10 1920 – September 20 1921)
Louis-de-Gonzague Belley
under Meighen (September 21 1921 – December 29 1921)
Charles Murphy
under King (December 29 1921 – June 28 1926)
Robert James Manion
under Meighen (August 23 1926 – September 25 1926)
Peter John Veniot
under King (September 25 1926 – August 7 1930)
Arthur Sauvé
under Bennett (August 7 1930 – August 13 1935)
Samuel Gobeil
under Bennett (August 16 1935 – October 23 1935)
John Campbell Elliott
under King (October 23 1935 – January 22 1939)
Norman Alexander McLarty
under King (January 23 1939 – September 18 1939)
Charles Gavan Power
under King (September 19 1939 – May 22 1940)
James Lorimer Ilsley
(acting)
under King (May 23 1940 – July 7 1940)
William Pate Mulock
under King (July 8 1940 – June 8 1945)
Ernest Bertrand
under King (August 29 1945 – November 15 1948)
under St. Laurent (November 15 1948 – August 23 1949)
Gabriel Édouard Rinfret
under St. Laurent (August 25 1949 – February 12 1952)
Alcide Côté
under St. Laurent (February 13 1952 – August 7 1955)
Roch Pinard
(acting)
under St. Laurent (August 16 1955 – November 2 1955)
Hugues Lapointe
under St. Laurent (November 3 1955 – June 21 1957)
William McLean Hamilton
under Diefenbaker (June 21 1957 – July 12 1962)
John Angus MacLean
(acting)
under Diefenbaker (July 18 1962 – August 8 1962)
Ellen Louks Fairclough
under Diefenbaker (August 9 1962 – April 22 1963)
Azellus Denis
under Pearson (April 22 1963 – February 2 1964)
John Robert Nicholson
under Pearson (February 2 1964 – February 14 1965)
René Tremblay
under Pearson (February 15 1965 – December 17 1965)
Joseph Julien Jean-Pierre Côté
under Pearson (December 18 1965 – April 20 1968)
under Trudeau (April 20 1968 – July 5 1968)
Eric William Kierans
under Trudeau (July 5 1968 – April 28 1971)
Joseph Julien Jean-Pierre Côté
under Trudeau (April 29 1971 – November 26 1972) (second time)
André Ouellet
under Trudeau (November 27 1972 – August 7 1974)
Bryce Stuart Mackasey
under Trudeau (August 8 1974 – September 13 1976)
Jean-Jacques Blais
under Trudeau (September 14 1976 – February 1 1978)
Gilles Lamontagne
under Trudeau (February 2 1978 – June 3 1979)
John Allen Fraser
under Clark (June 4 1979 – March 2 1980)
André Ouellet
under Trudeau (March 3 1980 – October 15 1981) (second time)

CEO and President[edit]

After 1981, Canada Post became a Crown Corporation and head is now the CEO and President:

Michael Warren

1981-1985 [1] - appointed by Trudeau

Donald Harley Lander

1986-1992 - Chair 1993-? [2] - appointed by Mulroney and business executive; deceased (2010)

Georges Clermont

1993-1998 - appointed by Campbell; now CEO of International Post

André Ouellet

1999–2004 - appointed by Chretien and former Minister in charge of Canada Post (as Postmaster General); Chair 1996-2004

Moya Greene

2004–2010 - appointed by Martin and now Chief Executive of Royal Mail

Deepak Chopra

2011-present [3] - appointed by Harper

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