List of Canadian political families

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During its history, a number of Canadian families have produced multiple politicians. As there are no term limits in Canada for any legislative or executive office, these families have often held uninterrupted political power.

Families[edit]

Bédard
Bennett

(3rd cousins once removed, son)

Braden family

(brothers)

Cannon–Power family

(GGG-grandfather, G-grandfather, granduncles, grandfathers, uncles, son)

Caplan

(mother, son)

Carr

(twin brothers)

Casgrain-Beaubien

(many more, see fr:Famille Casgrain)

Chiarelli

(cousins)

  • Bob Chiarelli (mayor of Ottawa), Regional Chair of Ottawa-Carleton, provincial MPP and cabinet minister (Ministers of Energy, Municipal Affairs and Housing, Transportation, Energy and Infrastructure)
  • Rick Chiarelli (city councillor in Ottawa)
  • John Chiarelli (former catholic school board trustee in Ottawa)
Chartrand
Chrétien–Desmarais

(father-nephew-daughter)

Clement

(stepfather-stepson)

Copps

(father-daughter)

Crosbie

(grandfather, father, son)

David

(great-grandfather, grandfather, father, sisters)

Davie Fulton

(2 brothers, son-in-law, grandson)

De Lorimier
De Lotbinière
Dewar

(mother-son)

Dorion


Douglas

(father, daughter)

  • Tommy Douglas, Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and then founder of the New Democratic Party (NDP), member of Canadian House of Commons (CCF), MLA, leader of the Saskatchewan CCF and Premier of Saskatchewan (CCF), set up North America's first single-payer, universal healthcare program (Saskatchewan), leader of federal NDP, Canadian Member of Parliament (NDP)


Duceppe
Eyking

(husband-wife)

Ferron
Flaherty-Elliott

(husband-wife)

Ford
  • Doug Ford, Sr., Former PC MPP (1995-1999)
    • Rob Ford, 64th Mayor of Toronto, Toronto City Councillor
    • Doug Ford, Jr., Former Toronto City Councillor
      • Michael Ford, Toronto School Board Trustee (Nephew of Rob & Doug, Jr.)
Gérin-Lajoie (see also Lacoste)
Ghiz

(father-son)

Grewal

(husband-wife)

Hampton–Martel

(husband-wife, wife's father and maternal grandfather)

Henderson

(father-son)

Hinman

(grandfather - grandson)

Ignatieff

(great-grandfather, grandfather, father, son)

Jackman

(grandfather, son-in-law, son-in-law's children)

Johnson

(father-sons)

Lacoste
Layton

(grandfather, father, son, wife)

(Jack Layton is also a descendant of William Steeves, a Father of Confederation and Senator, on his maternal side.)

Léger

(father, son, daughter)

Lewis

(father and son)

Lougheed

(grandfather and grandson)

MacKay

(father-son)

Manning

(father-son)

Martin

(father-son)

Macdonald

(father-son)

Mackenzie King

(grandfather-grandson)

McGuinty

(father-son)

McLeod

(brothers)

Meighen

(father, son, daughter, grandson, grandson's stepfather)

Mercier-Gouin
Nixon

(grandfather, father, daughter)

Notley

(father, daughter)

Papineau

(see also Viger family)

Parizeau
Peterson

(brother, brother, brother and wife)

Pouliot
Rae

(father-brother-brother)

Regan

(father-son-son's wife)

Roblin

(grandfather-grandson)

Rowe

(father-daughter)

Sifton

(father-sons)

Sinclair–Trudeau family

(grandfather, son-in-law, grandson)

Taschereau family
Viger family

(see also Papineau family)

Whelan family

(brother-father-daughter)

  • Edward Charles Whelan, Member of Legislative Assembly (Saskatchewan) from 1960 to 1979, Minister of Mineral Resources from 1975 to 1976, Minister of Consumer Affairs from 1976 to 1979
  • Eugene Whelan, Member of Parliament from 1962 to 1984, Minister of Agricultuture from 1972 to 1979 an 1980 to 1984, Canadian Senate from 1996 to 1999, Officer of the Order of Canada
    • Susan Whelan, Member of Parliament from 1993 to 2004, Minister for International Cooperation
Woodsworth-MacInnis family

(father-son in law-daughter)

  • J.S. Woodsworth, founding leader of the CCF, MP from 1921 to 1942
    • Angus MacInnis, MP from BC from 1930 to 1957, involved in founding of the CCF, husband of Grace MacInnis.
    • Grace MacInnis, BC CCF MLA from 1941–45, NDP MP from 1965 to 1974, daughter of JS Woodsworth
Yakabuski family

(father-son)

See also[edit]