List of current members of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada

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Members of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada use the title The Honourable if they are ordinary members. Prime Ministers, Governors General and Chief Justices automatically are given the title The Right Honourable. While Governors General have the right to the title Right Honourable upon being sworn into office they are not inducted into the Privy Council until the end of their term unless they were previously members of the council by virtue of another office. Other eminent individuals such as prominent former Cabinet ministers are sometimes also given the title Right Honourable. Leaders of opposition parties and provincial premiers are not automatically inducted into the Privy Council. Opposition leaders are brought in from time to time either to commemorate a special event such as the Canadian Centennial in 1967, the patriation of the Constitution or, in order to allow them to be advised on sensitive issues of national security under the Security of Information Act. Paul Martin inaugurated a practice of inducting parliamentary secretaries into the Privy Council but this has not been continued by his successor, Stephen Harper.

Current members of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada (year sworn in)[edit]


Former governors general[edit]

Current prime minister[edit]

Former prime ministers[edit]

Current and former Chief Justices of Canada[edit]

Current and former Cabinet ministers (by prime minister at induction)[edit]

Louis St. Laurent[edit]

  • The Honourable Paul Hellyer (1957) (currently the longest-serving member of the Privy Council)

Lester Pearson[edit]

Pierre Trudeau[edit]

Joe Clark[edit]

Pierre Trudeau (second ministry)[edit]

John Turner[edit]

Brian Mulroney[edit]

Kim Campbell[edit]

Jean Chrétien[edit]

Paul Martin[edit]

Stephen Harper[edit]

(all those listed joined the Privy Council as Cabinet ministers unless otherwise indicated)

Former chief government whips[edit]

Former Secretaries of State (appointed 1993–2003)[edit]

Former parliamentary secretaries (appointed 2003–2005)[edit]

Current and former federal Leaders of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition[edit]

Other current and former party leaders[edit]

Current provincial premiers[edit]

Former provincial premiers[edit]

Former Speakers of the Senate[edit]

Former Speakers of the House of Commons[edit]

Other current and former parliamentarians[edit]

Former Clerks of the Privy Council[edit]

Current and former members of the Security Intelligence Review Committee[edit]

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act establishes the Security Intelligence Review Committee, and requires members to be named from current members of the Queen's Privy Council who are not members of the Senate or House of Commons. As such, appointees, if not already members of the Privy Council, are sworn in prior to being named to the Committee.

Other prominent Canadians[edit]

While traditionally appointment to the Order of Canada has been utilised to recognize prominent Canadians, Brian Mulroney appointed 18 Canadians to the Privy Council on Canada Day in 1992 in commemoration of Canada's 125th anniversary, and two more (the late W.O. Mitchell and Maurice Richard) later that year. The appointments were somewhat controversial and have yet to be repeated. Conrad Black, who was one of the 18 appointed, was expelled from the Privy Council in 2014 on the recommendation of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Initially joined Privy Council as federal Opposition Leader.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Initially joined Privy Council as federal cabinet minister.
  3. ^ Olivier resigned from the Privy Council in 1987 when he ran for the position of Mayor of Longueuil. He was reappointed to the Privy Council in 2004.
  4. ^ a b c Initially joined Privy Council as Parliamentary Secretary.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Initially joined Privy Council as member of the Security Intelligence Review Committee.
  6. ^ Parliamentary leader of the NDP as party leader Jack Layton did not have a seat in the House of Commons
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Sitting Member of Parliament at time of appointment.
  8. ^ Former Member of Parliament at time of appointment.
  9. ^ Retired Senator at time of appointment.
  10. ^ "Conrad Black stripped of Order of Canada". CBC News. January 31, 2014. Retrieved January 31, 2014.