Associate Minister of National Defence (Canada)
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|Associate Minister of National Defence of Canada|
|Department of National Defence|
|Appointer||Governor General of Canada|
|Term length||At Her Majesty's pleasure|
|Inaugural holder||Charles Gavan Power|
|Formation||July 12, 1940|
The Associate Minister of National Defence (French: Ministre associé de la Défense nationale) is a member of the Canadian cabinet who is responsible for various files within the defence department as assigned by the Prime Minister or Defence Minister.
The position was created in 1940 during World War II under the War Measures Act along with the creation of a Minister of Defence for Air and a Minister of Defence for Naval Services. These positions lapsed with the end of the war. The position of Associate Minister of Defence was recreated in 1953 when the National Defence Act was amended to provide for the appointment in peacetime.
This post remained vacant under Pierre Trudeau, Joe Clark and John Turner. Brian Mulroney revived the position but it was abolished under Kim Campbell when she decreased the size of cabinet from 35 to 24 ministers. The post was also not used under Jean Chrétien.
This position reappeared on December 12, 2003, when Paul Martin chose his first cabinet and named Albina Guarnieri as the Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State for Civil Preparedness, and the portfolio passed to Mauril Bélanger in a subsequent reshuffle. Stephen Harper did not name anyone to the position until his May 18, 2011 reshuffle, when Julian Fantino was appointed to the portfolio. The position was left vacant by Harper in the July 15, 2013 cabinet shuffle.
Associate Ministers of National Defence
|Charles Gavan Power||July 12, 1940||November 26, 1944||King
|vacant||November 27, 1944||November 15, 1948|
|November 15, 1948||February 11, 1953||St-Laurent
|Ralph Osborne Campney||February 12, 1953||June 30, 1954|
|vacant||July 1, 1954||April 26, 1957|
|Paul Hellyer||April 27, 1957||June 20, 1957|
|vacant||June 21, 1957||August 19, 1959||Diefenbaker
|Pierre Sévigny||August 20, 1959||February 8, 1963|
|vacant||February 9, 1963||April 21, 1963|
|Lucien Cardin||April 22, 1963||February 14, 1965||Pearson
|Léo Cadieux||February 15, 1965||September 18, 1967|
|vacant||September 19, 1967||April 20, 1968|
|April 20, 1968||June 3, 1979||P.E. Trudeau
|June 4, 1979||March 2, 1980||Clark
|March 3, 1980||June 29, 1984||P.E. Trudeau
|June 30, 1984||September 16, 1984||Turner
|September 17, 1984||August 19, 1985||Mulroney
|Harvie Andre||August 20, 1985||June 29, 1986|
|Paul Dick||June 30, 1986||June 29, 1989|
|Mary Collins||June 30, 1986||January 3, 1993|
|vacant||January 4, 1993||June 24, 1993|
|June 25, 1993||November 3, 1993||Campbell
|November 4, 1993||December 11, 2003||Chrétien
|Albina Guarnieri||December 12, 2003||July 20, 2004||Martin
|Mauril Bélanger||July 20, 2004||February 6, 2006|
|vacant||6 February 2006||18 May 2011||Harper
|Julian Fantino||18 May 2011||4 July 2012|
|Bernard Valcourt||4 July 2012||22 February 2013|
|Kerry-Lynne Findlay||22 February 2013||15 July 2013|
|vacant||22 February 2013||5 January 2015|
|Julian Fantino||5 January 2015||3 November 2015|
|Kent Hehr||4 November 2015||J. Trudeau
Cadieux and Hellyer would go on to serve as Minister of National Defence.
- "Indemnities, Salaries and Allowances". Parliament of Canada.
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