Bob Andras

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Robert Knight (Bob) Andras, PC (February 21, 1921 – November 17, 1982)[1] was a Canadian politician. He represented the electoral districts of Port Arthur from 1965 to 1979, and Thunder Bay—Nipigon from 1979 to 1980, in the Canadian House of Commons as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada.

He was born February 21, 1921 in Lachine, Quebec. Andras moved to Port Arthur, Ontario in 1958 as the general manager of Gibson Motors Ltd., a car dealership he assumed ownership of in 1960.

He held a number of cabinet positions in the government of Pierre Trudeau. He was Minister without Portfolio from 1968 to 1971, Minister of State for Urban Affairs from 1971 to 1972, Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs in 1972, Minister of Manpower and Immigration from 1972 to 1976, President of the Treasury Board from 1976 to 1978, and Minister of State for Economic Development from 1978 to 1979.

As Minister without Portfolio in 1968-1971, Andras started working with Minister of Northern Affairs, Jean Chrétien to determine the future of Indian policy. He attended consultation meetings with Aboriginal spokespeople during the summer of 1968. Aboriginal people felt that Andras understood their issues and would make a difference in Indian policy compared to previous bureaucratic rhetoric, but Andras did not have the opportunity to push the agenda forward.[2]

Andras did not run for re-election in the 1980 election. He died November 17, 1982 at his Vancouver home from cancer.


  1. ^ Montreal Gazette, 18 Nov. 1982, obituary.
  2. ^ Weaver, Sally. (1981). Making Canadian Indian Policy: The Hidden Agenda 1968-1970 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1981)
Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Doug Fisher, New Democrat
Member of Parliament for Port Arthur
Succeeded by
Last member, riding abolished in 1976
Preceded by
First member, riding created in 1976
Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Nipigon
Succeeded by
Jack Masters
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
'First, position created 1971' Minister responsible for the Status of Women
June 11, 1971 – August 7, 1974
Marc Lalonde