President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada

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In the Canadian cabinet, the President of The Queen's Privy Council for Canada (French: President du Conseil privé de la Reine pour le Canada) is nominally in charge of the Privy Council Office. The President of the Privy Council also has the largely ceremonial duty of presiding over meetings of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, a body which only convenes in full for affairs of state such as the accession of a new Sovereign or the marriage of the Prince of Wales or heir presumptive to the Throne (see Monarchy in Canada). Accordingly the last time the President of the Privy Council had to preside over a meeting of the Privy Council was in 1981 on the occasion of HRH The Prince of Wales' engagement to Lady Diana Spencer. It is the equivalent of the office of Lord President of the Council in the United Kingdom.

Under Prime Ministers Pierre Trudeau and Joe Clark the position was synonymous with that of Government House Leader. In 1989 the Government House Leader became a separate position and the President of the Privy Council became a largely honorary title (not unlike that of Deputy Prime Minister of Canada) given to a senior minister in addition to other portfolios. From 1993 to present, with the exception of a brief period from December 12, 2003 to July 19, 2004, it has been held by whoever holds the portfolio of Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. In the past decade the position has generally been seen to be the closest thing to a sinecure posting within the Cabinet.


Presidents of the Privy Council[edit]

1. Adam Johnston Fergusson Blair under Macdonald July 1, 1867 – December 29, 1867
  vacant under Macdonald December 30, 1867 – January 29, 1869
2. Joseph Howe under Macdonald January 30, 1869 – November 15, 1869
3. Edward Kenny under Macdonald November 16, 1869 – June 20, 1870
4. Charles Tupper under Macdonald June 21, 1870 – July 1, 1872
5. John O'Connor under Macdonald July 2, 1872 – March 3, 1873
6. Hugh McDonald (politician) under Macdonald June 14, 1873 – June 30, 1873
7. Lucius Seth Huntington under Mackenzie January 20, 1874 – October 8, 1875
8. Joseph Édouard Cauchon under Mackenzie December 7, 1875 – June 7, 1877
9. Edward Blake under Mackenzie June 8, 1877 – January 17, 1878
10. John O'Connor under Macdonald October 17, 1878 – January 15, 1880
11. Louis François Rodrigue Masson under Macdonald January 16, 1880 – July 31, 1880
12. Joseph-Alfred Mousseau under Macdonald November 8, 1880 – May 19, 1881
13. Archibald Woodbury McLelan under Macdonald May 20, 1881 – July 9, 1882
14. John A. Macdonald as PM October 17, 1883 – November 27, 1889
15. Charles Carrol Colby under Macdonald November 28, 1889 – April 30, 1891
16. John Abbott as PM June 16, 1891 – November 24, 1892
17. William Bullock Ives under Thompson December 7, 1892 – December 12, 1894
18. Mackenzie Bowell as PM December 21, 1894 – April 27, 1896
19. Auguste Réal Angers under Tupper May 1, 1896 – July 8, 1896
20. Wilfrid Laurier as PM July 13, 1896 – October 6, 1911
21. Robert Laird Borden as PM October 10, 1911 – October 12, 1917
22. Newton Wesley Rowell under Borden October 12, 1917 – July 10, 1920
23. James Alexander Calder under Meighen July 10, 1920 – September 20, 1921
24. Louis-Philippe Normand under Meighen October 4, 1921 – December 28, 1921
25. William Lyon Mackenzie King as PM December 29, 1921 – June 28, 1926
26. Arthur Meighen as PM June 29, 1926 – July 12, 1926
  William Lyon Mackenzie King (2nd time) as PM September 25, 1926 – August 6, 1930
27. Richard Bedford Bennett as PM August 7, 1930 – October 22, 1935
  William Lyon Mackenzie King (3rd time) as PM October 23, 1935 – November 14, 1948
28. Louis Saint-Laurent as PM November 15, 1948 – April 24, 1957
29. Lionel Chevrier under St-Laurent April 25, 1957 – June 20, 1957
  vacant under Diefenbaker June 21, 1957 – December 27, 1961
30. Noël Dorion under Diefenbaker December 28, 1961 – July 5, 1962
31. John George Diefenbaker as PM December 21, 1962 – April 22, 1963
32. Maurice Lamontagne under Pearson April 22, 1963 – February 2, 1964
33. George James McIlraith under Pearson February 3, 1964 – July 6, 1965
34. Guy Favreau under Pearson July 7, 1965 – April 3, 1967
35. Walter L. Gordon under Pearson April 4, 1967 – March 10, 1968
* Pierre Trudeau (Acting) under Pearson March 11, 1968 – April 20, 1968
* Pierre Trudeau (Acting) (cont'd) as PM April 20, 1968 – May 1, 1968
* Allan MacEachen (Acting) under Trudeau May 2, 1968 – July 5, 1968
36. Donald Stovel Macdonald under Trudeau July 6, 1968 – September 23, 1970
37. Allan MacEachen under Trudeau September 24, 1970 – August 7, 1974
38. Mitchell Sharp under Trudeau August 8, 1974 – September 13, 1976
  Allan MacEachen (2nd time) under Trudeau September 14, 1976 – June 3, 1979
39. Walter David Baker under Clark June 4, 1979 – March 2, 1980
40. Yvon Pinard under Trudeau March 3, 1980 – June 29, 1984
41. André Ouellet under Turner June 30, 1984 – September 6, 1984
42. Erik Nielsen under Mulroney September 7, 1984 – February 26, 1985
43. Ramon John Hnatyshyn under Mulroney February 27, 1985 – June 29, 1986
44. Don Mazankowski under Mulroney June 30, 1986 – April 20, 1991
45. Joe Clark under Mulroney April 21, 1991 – June 24, 1993
46. Pierre Blais under Campbell June 25, 1993 – November 3, 1993
47. Marcel Massé under Chrétien November 4, 1993 – January 24, 1996
48. Stéphane Dion under Chrétien January 25, 1996 – December 11, 2003
49. Denis Coderre under Martin December 12, 2003 – July 19, 2004
50. Lucienne Robillard under Martin July 20, 2004 – February 5, 2006
51. Michael Chong under Harper February 6, 2006 – November 27, 2006
52. Peter Van Loan under Harper November 27, 2006 – January 3, 2007
53. Rona Ambrose under Harper January 4, 2007 – October 30, 2008
54. Josée Verner under Harper October 30, 2008 – May 18, 2011
55. Peter Penashue under Harper May 18, 2011- March 14, 2013
56. Denis Lebel under Harper March 15, 2013 -

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