President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada

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President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada
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Incumbent
Karina Gould

since 10 January, 2017
Queen's Privy Council for Canada
Style The Honourable
Member of
Appointer Governor General of Canada
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holder Adam Johnston Fergusson Blair
Formation 1 July 1867
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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 Charles, 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 it has regularly 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. The current President, Karina Gould, holds the position of Minister of Democratic Institutions.

Presidents of the Privy Council[edit]

No. Portrait Name Term of office Political party Under Prime Minister
1 Adam Johnston Fergusson Blair July 1, 1867 December 29, 1867 Macdonald
  vacant December 30, 1867 January 29, 1869
2 Joseph Howe January 30, 1869 November 15, 1869
3 Edward Kenny November 16, 1869 June 20, 1870
4 Charles Tupper June 21, 1870 July 1, 1872
5 John O'Connor July 2, 1872 March 3, 1873
6 Hugh McDonald (politician) June 14, 1873 June 30, 1873
7 Lucius Seth Huntington January 20, 1874 October 8, 1875 Mackenzie
8 Joseph Édouard Cauchon December 7, 1875 June 7, 1877
9 Edward Blake June 8, 1877 January 17, 1878
10 John O'Connor October 17, 1878 January 15, 1880 Macdonald
11 Louis François Rodrigue Masson January 16, 1880 July 31, 1880
12 Joseph-Alfred Mousseau November 8, 1880 May 19, 1881
13 Archibald Woodbury McLelan May 20, 1881 July 9, 1882
14 John A. Macdonald October 17, 1883 November 27, 1889
15 Charles Carrol Colby November 28, 1889 April 30, 1891
16 John Abbott June 16, 1891 November 24, 1892 Abbott
17 William Bullock Ives December 7, 1892 December 12, 1894 Thompson
18 Mackenzie Bowell December 21, 1894 April 27, 1896 Bowell
19 Auguste Réal Angers May 1, 1896 July 8, 1896 Tupper
20 Wilfrid Laurier July 13, 1896 October 6, 1911 Laurier
21 Robert Laird Borden October 10, 1911 October 12, 1917 Borden
22 Newton Wesley Rowell October 12, 1917 July 10, 1920
23 James Alexander Calder July 10, 1920 September 20, 1921 Meighen
24 Louis-Philippe Normand October 4, 1921 December 28, 1921
25 William Lyon Mackenzie King December 29, 1921 June 28, 1926 King
26 Arthur Meighen June 29, 1926 July 12, 1926 Meighen
25 William Lyon Mackenzie King September 25, 1926 August 6, 1930 King
27 Richard Bedford Bennett August 7, 1930 October 22, 1935 Bennett
25 William Lyon Mackenzie King October 23, 1935 November 14, 1948 King
28 Louis Saint-Laurent November 15, 1948 April 24, 1957 Laurent
29 Lionel Chevrier April 25, 1957 June 20, 1957
  vacant June 21, 1957 December 27, 1961 Diefenbaker
30 Noël Dorion December 28, 1961 July 5, 1962
31 John George Diefenbaker December 21, 1962 April 22, 1963
32 Maurice Lamontagne April 22, 1963 February 2, 1964 Pearson
33 George James McIlraith February 3, 1964 July 6, 1965
34 Guy Favreau July 7, 1965 April 3, 1967
35 Walter L. Gordon April 4, 1967 March 10, 1968
* Pierre Trudeau March 11, 1968 April 20, 1968
* Pierre Trudeau April 20, 1968 May 1, 1968 P.E. Trudeau
* Allan MacEachen May 2, 1968 July 5, 1968
36 Donald Stovel Macdonald July 6, 1968 September 23, 1970
37 Allan MacEachen September 24, 1970 August 7, 1974
38 Mitchell Sharp August 8, 1974 September 13, 1976
37 Allan MacEachen September 14, 1976 June 3, 1979
39 Walter David Baker June 4, 1979 March 2, 1980 Clark
40 Yvon Pinard March 3, 1980 June 29, 1984 P.E. Trudeau
41 André Ouellet June 30, 1984 September 6, 1984 Turner
42 Erik Nielsen September 7, 1984 February 26, 1985 Mulroney
43 Ramon John Hnatyshyn February 27, 1985 June 29, 1986
44 Don Mazankowski June 30, 1986 April 20, 1991
45 Joe Clark April 21, 1991 June 24, 1993
46 Pierre Blais June 25, 1993 November 3, 1993 Campbell
47 Marcel Massé November 4, 1993 January 24, 1996 Chrétien
48 Stéphane Dion January 25, 1996 December 11, 2003
49 Denis Coderre December 12, 2003 July 19, 2004 Martin
50 Lucienne Robillard July 20, 2004 February 5, 2006
51 Michael Chong February 6, 2006 November 27, 2006 Harper
52 Peter Van Loan November 27, 2006 January 3, 2007
53 Rona Ambrose January 4, 2007 October 30, 2008
54 Josée Verner October 30, 2008 May 18, 2011
55 Peter Penashue May 18, 2011 March 14, 2013
56 Denis Lebel March 15, 2013 November 3, 2015
57 Maryam Monsef [1][2] November 4, 2015 January 10, 2017 J. Trudeau
58 Karina Gould[3] January 10, 2017

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tim Naumetz (November 9, 2015). "Youngest Cabinet minister Monsef also President of Queen's Privy Council". The Hill Times. The Privy Council Office confirmed in response to questions from The Hill Times that Ms. Monsef had been designated as President of the Queen’s Privy Council, but as of late Monday had not confirmed whether she was sworn into the office or exactly when she will be. 
  2. ^ Parliament of Canada biography: Monsef is subsequently listed as having assumed the office on November 4, 2015.
  3. ^ http://www.lop.parl.gc.ca/ParlInfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=69e429cb-3bd3-4744-95a0-701e3b95c115&Language=E&Section=FederalExperience

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