Jim Carr

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Jim Carr

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Minister of International Trade Diversification
Assumed office
July 18, 2018
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byFrançois-Philippe Champagne
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Winnipeg South Centre
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byJoyce Bateman
Minister of Natural Resources
In office
November 4, 2015 – July 18, 2018
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byGreg Rickford
Succeeded byAmarjeet Sohi
Deputy Leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party
In office
LeaderSharon Carstairs
Member of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly
for Crescentwood
In office
September 11, 1990 – January 27, 1992
Preceded byWarren Steen
Succeeded byAvis Gray
Member of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly
for Fort Rouge
In office
April 26, 1988 – September 11, 1990
Preceded byRoland Penner
Succeeded byTim Sale
Executive Director of the Manitoba Arts Council
In office
Personal details
James Gordon Carr

(1951-10-11) October 11, 1951 (age 67)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Political partyLiberal Party of Canada
Manitoba Liberal Party
Other political
New Democratic Party of Manitoba
ResidenceCrescentwood, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Alma materUniversity of Manitoba
McGill University
OccupationBusinessperson, writer, musician, politician

James Gordon Carr, PC, OM, MP (born October 11, 1951) is a musician and politician from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. In the 2015 federal election, he was elected to serve as Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre, and currently serves as Minister of International Trade Diversification in the federal Cabinet, headed by Justin Trudeau. Previously, he served as Minister of Natural Resources.[2]

He was previously a member of the Manitoba Legislature from 1988 to 1991, representing the Liberal Party.[3]


Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Carr is a descendant of Jewish immigrants who arrived from Russia in 1906. He had his bar mitzvah at Shaarey Zedek Synagogue (Winnipeg) in 1964[1] and was educated at the University of Manitoba and McGill University. He worked as a journalist, musician and administrator, serving as both an oboist and trustee with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra on different occasions. Before entering public life, he was also executive director of the Manitoba Arts Council.[4]

On June 3, 1969, Carr and four other Young Liberals joined the New Democratic Party of Manitoba so as to support Sidney Green's unsuccessful bid to lead the party. He later returned to the Liberals. During the early to mid 1990's, he worked as a reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press.

Provincial politics[edit]

Carr first ran for the Manitoba legislature in the provincial election of 1986, losing to Progressive Conservative leader Gary Filmon in the upscale west Winnipeg riding of Tuxedo. He ran again in the provincial election of 1988 during a period of increased support for the provincial Liberals, and scored a surprisingly strong victory in the riding of Fort Rouge, defeating NDP cabinet minister Roland Penner by over 2000 votes. The Progressive Conservatives formed a minority government after this election, and Carr became Deputy Leader of the official opposition party.[5]

Following redistribution, Carr sought re-election in the 1990 provincial election in the riding of Crescentwood, where he defeated Progressive Conservative Tom DeNardi by 1310 votes.[6] The Liberals fell from twenty seats to seven in this election, and Carr resigned his seat in February 1992.[7]

Post-provincial politics[edit]

In 2016.

From 1992 to 1997, Carr was on the editorial board of the Winnipeg Free Press. In 1998, he became president and CEO of the Business Council of Manitoba,[4] an organization which he co-founded. Carr is also a board member on the Canada West Foundation, and the Winnipeg Airports Authority, and well as vice-president of the Performing Arts Consortium of Winnipeg, and a director of the Manitoba Arts Stabilization Fund. Carr, who is Jewish, has also been active in the Canadian Jewish Congress.[1]

In July 2011, Carr was awarded the Order of Manitoba.[4]

In his role as the President of the Business Council of Manitoba, Carr advocated for a temporary increase to the PST by 1% to assist municipalities with their infrastructure deficits.[8]

In 2006 the Business Council of Manitoba president Carr advocated for the province to reduce its health costs, which reached as high as 42 per cent of the provincial government’s expenses, and for government officials to keep an open mind to options that included privatization. "Everything is worth studying, and it's studied everywhere around the world. There are advances that have been made in other places, with cultures similar to our own, that could be applied here," said Carr.[9]

Federal politics[edit]

In January 2014, Carr was announced as a candidate for the Liberal nomination in the federal riding of Winnipeg South Centre.[5] He went on to win the nomination meeting and was declared the Liberal candidate for the 2015 federal election.[10] He won the subsequent election on October 19, 2015. Two weeks later on November 4, 2015, Carr was officially sworn into the cabinet as Minister of Natural Resources.[11]

On February 11, 2016, as Natural Resources Minister, Carr purchased seven tickets to a NHL game featuring the Winnipeg Jets versus the Boston Bruins. His guests included the energy ministers and ambassadors from the United States and Mexico. It was later revealed Carr expensed $1,258.25 for the tickets and $525.30 for limo transportation from the Fort Garry Hotel to Winnipeg’s MTS Centre arena. A spokesperson for Carr's office stated that the spending was in line with treasury board directives on hospitality and provided an opportunity for discussions in advance of an energy summit the following day.[12]

On July 18, 2018, Carr was shuffled from Minister of Natural Resources to the newly created position of Minister of International Trade Diversification.[13]

Electoral record[edit]


2015 Canadian federal election: Winnipeg South Centre
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Jim Carr 31,993 59.72 +23.13 $140,828.10
Conservative Joyce Bateman 15,102 28.19 -12.96 $94,644.32
New Democratic Matt Henderson 4,799 8.96 -9.39 $29,074.48
Green Andrew Park 1,677 3.13 -0.09 $26,901.85
Total valid votes/Expense limit 53,571 100.00   $201,744.96
Total rejected ballots 188 0.35
Turnout 53,759 77.02
Eligible voters 69,799
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +18.05
Source: Elections Canada[14][15][16]


1990 Manitoba general election: Crescentwood
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Jim Carr 5,127 45.65
Progressive Conservative Tom DeNardi 3,278 32.61
New Democratic Neil Cohen 2,184 21.74
Total valid votes 10,050 100.00
1988 Manitoba general election: Fort Rouge
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Jim Carr 5,127 48.69 +29.22
New Democratic Roland Penner 2,912 27.65 -21.21
Progressive Conservative Robert Haier 2,303 21.87 -8.09
Progressive Gordon Pratt 75 0.70
Libertarian Dennis Owens 66 0.61 +0.50
Communist Nigel Hanrahan 46 0.48 +0.43
Total valid votes 10,529 100.00
Liberal gain from New Democratic Swing +25.22
1986 Manitoba general election: Tuxedo
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Gary Filmon 5,268 49.08 -15.51
Liberal Jim Carr 3,544 33.02 +20.96
New Democratic Bill Armstrong 1,816 16.92 -6.42
Progressive David Pearlman 104 0.97
Turnout 10,744 71.84
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -18.24
Source: Elections Manitoba[17]


  1. ^ a b c "Six Jewish MPs Head to Ottawa". CJN. November 10, 2015. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  2. ^ Full list of Justin Trudeau's Cabinet, CBC News. Retrieved on Nov. 4, 2015.
  3. ^ Adams, Christopher (2008-05-15). Politics in Manitoba: parties, leaders, and voters. Univ. of Manitoba Press. p. 93. ISBN 978-0-88755-704-0. Retrieved 7 April 2011.
  4. ^ a b c "Judges". Future Leaders of Manitoba. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
  5. ^ a b "Federal Liberal hopefuls seek Winnipeg South Centre". CBC News. February 6, 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
  6. ^ "Lord Roberts". Manitoba Votes 2003. CBC News. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
  7. ^ "MLA Biographies - Living". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
  8. ^ http://www.businesscouncil.mb.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=185:find-courage-and-bite-the-bullet&catid=55:articles&Itemid=105
  9. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/business-group-urges-province-to-consider-health-care-privatization-1.577926
  10. ^ "Jim Carr wins Liberal nomination for Winnipeg South Centre". Winnipeg Free Press. June 16, 2014.
  11. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/full-list-of-justin-trudeau-s-cabinet-1.3300699. Retrieved on Nov. 4th, 2015.
  12. ^ https://globalnews.ca/news/2819889/liberal-minister-jim-carr-spends-nearly-1800-on-hockey-outing/
  13. ^ https://globalnews.ca/video/4338195/jim-carr-becomes-minister-of-international-trade-diversification-in-cabinet-shuffle
  14. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Winnipeg South Centre, 30 September 2015
  15. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived 2015-08-15 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ http://www.elections.ca/WPAPPS/WPF/EN/CC/DistrictReport?act=C23&eventid=41&returntype=1&option=3&queryid=e02b567ac5674e07be3cb6033c152602
  17. ^ "Historical Summary" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-11-28.


29th Ministry – Cabinet of Justin Trudeau
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
François-Philippe Champagne Minister of International Trade Diversification
July 18, 2018 –
Greg Rickford Minister of Natural Resources
November 4, 2015 – July 18, 2018
Amarjeet Sohi