|Minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations|
|Assumed office |
November 4, 2015
|Prime Minister||Justin Trudeau|
|Preceded by||Bernard Valcourt|
|Minister of State for Public Health|
December 12, 2003 – February 5, 2006
|Prime Minister||Paul Martin|
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Position abolished|
|Member of Parliament|
for Toronto—St. Paul's
St. Paul's (1997–2015)
|Assumed office |
June 2, 1997
|Preceded by||Barry Campbell|
Carolyn Ann Bennett
December 20, 1950
|Residence||Forest Hill, Toronto, Ontario|
|Alma mater||University of Toronto (MD)|
Carolyn Ann Bennett Member of Parliament for the riding of Toronto—St. Paul's, a constituency located in Toronto, Ontario, since 1997. She is a member of the Liberal Party of Canada and was formerly a candidate for its leadership. During the Paul Martin government, Bennett, who was a family physician for twenty years before entering politics, was Minister of State for Public Health and established the Public Health Agency of Canada. She was appointed Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs in the 29th Canadian Ministry, and retained the position after it was renamed Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs. In 1986, Bennett received the Royal Life Saving Society Service Cross, a Commonwealth award recognizing her more than twenty years of distinguished service.(born December 20, 1950) is a Canadian physician and politician. She has served as the
Early life and education
Carolyn Ann Bennett was born in Toronto on December 20, 1950. She attended Havergal College. She graduated with a degree in medicine from the University of Toronto in 1974  and received her certification in family medicine in 1976. In 2004, she was awarded an honorary fellowship from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada for her contributions to medicine, especially women's health.
Bennett worked as a family physician at Wellesley Hospital and Women's College Hospital in Toronto from 1977 to 1997 and was a founding partner in Bedford Medical Associates. She was also president of the medical staff association of Women's College Hospital and has a clinical adjunct appointment as an assistant professor in the department of family and community medicine at the University of Toronto. Bennett served on the boards of Havergal College, Women's College Hospital, the Ontario Medical Association, and the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto.
Bennett co-authored Kill or Cure? How Canadians Can Remake their Health Care System with Rick Archbold, it was published in October 2000.
Bennett ran for public office in the 1995 Ontario provincial election as a candidate of the Ontario Liberal Party. Running in the riding of St. Andrew—St. Patrick, she lost to Progressive Conservative candidate Isabel Bassett by about 3,500 votes.
Bennett was more successful in the 1997 federal election, defeating her closest opponent in St. Paul's by almost 15,000 votes. She was re-elected by increased margins in the elections of 2000 and 2004.
On December 12, 2003, after Paul Martin became Prime Minister, he appointed Bennett as his Minister of State for Public Health. In her two years as Minister, she set up the Public Health Agency of Canada, appointed the first Chief Public Health Officer for Canada, and established the Public Health Network.
In the 2006 election, Bennett defeated two main challengers who were both touted as star candidates, Peter Kent of the Conservatives and Paul Summerville of the New Democratic Party. Bennett was re-elected, but lost her cabinet position as the Liberals were defeated. She became only the third opposition MP in the history of St. Paul's. The riding had once been a noted bellwether, but swung heavily to the Liberals along with most other central Toronto ridings.
She announced on April 24, 2006 that she would pursue the leadership of the party. On September 15, 2006, she withdrew from the leadership race and threw her support behind former Ontario Premier Bob Rae.
She was re-elected in 2011. In the 41st Parliament, Bennett was the Liberal critic for Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Development, and the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.
On November 4, 2015, Bennett was appointed the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, which was later renamed the position of Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations in the present Cabinet, headed by Justin Trudeau. She is the fifth most senior member of Justin Trudeau's cabinet. She was re-elected in 2019.
On June 24, 2021, Bennett was forced to apologize to Jody Wilson-Raybould for her response to a tweet by Wilson-Reybould concerning Justin Trudeau and his government's response to the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan. Referencing her tweet, Bennett sent texted Wilson-Reybould the single-word message "Pension?". Wilson-Reybould called it "racist and misogynistic", posting a screenshot of the message on Twitter.
- Royal Life Saving Society Service Cross (1986)
- EVE Award for Contributing to the Advancement of Women in Politics (2002)
- CAMIMH Mental Health Champion Award (2003) 
- National Award of Excellence for Outstanding Leadership and Dedication to Injury Prevention and Safety
- W. Victor Johnston Award for Lifetime Contribution to Family Medicine in Canada and Internationally (2009) 
Toronto—St. Paul's, 2015–present
|2019 Canadian federal election: Toronto—St. Paul's|
|New Democratic||Alok Mukherjee||9,442||15.8||+1.08||$48,947.09|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||59,834||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||384|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|2015 Canadian federal election: Toronto—St. Paul's|
|New Democratic||Noah Richler||8,386||14.72||-7.91||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||56,972||100.0||$208,833.75|
|Total rejected ballots||252||–||–|
|Source: Elections Canada|
St. Paul's, 1997-2015
|2011 Canadian federal election: St. Paul's|
|New Democratic||William Molls||12,124||22.0||+8.7|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||55,195||100.0|
|Total rejected ballots||276||0.5||–|
|2008 Canadian federal election: St. Paul's|
|New Democratic||Anita Agrawal||6,880||13.3||-5.9||$13,606|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||52,032||100.0||$86,488|
|2006 Canadian federal election: St. Paul's|
|New Democratic||Paul Summerville||11,189||19.2||+3.5|
|Total valid votes||58,290||100.0|
|2004 Canadian federal election: St. Paul's|
|New Democratic||Norman Tobias||8,667||15.7||+6.3|
|Total valid votes||55,095||100.0|
*Comparison to total of Progressive Conservative and Canadian Alliance vote in 2000.
|2000 Canadian federal election: St. Paul's|
|Progressive Conservative||Barry Cline||10,035||21.7||-2.0|
|New Democratic||Guy Hunter||4,372||9.7||-2.7|
|Canadian Action||Mark Till||125||0.3||-0.1|
|Natural Law||Ron Parker||83||0.2||-0.3|
|Total valid votes||46,208||100.0|
Note: Canadian Alliance vote is compared to the Reform vote in 1997 election.
|1997 Canadian federal election: St. Paul's|
|Progressive Conservative||Peter Atkins||11,520||23.7||-0.7|
|New Democratic||Michael Halewood||6,028||12.4||+7.3|
|Natural Law||Neil Dickie||221||0.5||-0.2|
|Canadian Action||Daniel Widdicombe||182||0.4|
|Total valid votes||48,636||100.0|
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