Minister of Communications (Canada)

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The Minister of Communications of Canada is a now-defunct cabinet post which existed from 1969 to 1996, when it was abolished. Its telecommunications policy functions were transferred to the Minister of Industry and its cultural role was assumed by the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

The post was established by the Department of Communications Act, and abolished by the repeal of that act in 1995. During its existence, the department was authorized to oversee radio, television, and telephone communications in Canada, and supervised the CRTC.

Ministers of Communications[edit]

Key:

No. Name Term of office Political party Ministry
1 Eric Kierans April 1, 1969 April 28, 1971 Liberal 20 (P. E. Trudeau)
* Jean-Pierre Côté (Acting) April 29, 1971 May 10, 1971 Liberal
* Gérard Pelletier (Acting) May 11, 1971 August 11, 1971 Liberal
2 Robert Stanbury August 12, 1971 November 26, 1972 Liberal
3 Gérard Pelletier November 27, 1972 August 28, 1975 Liberal
4 Pierre Juneau August 29, 1975 October 24, 1975 Liberal
* Otto Lang October 25, 1975 December 4, 1975 Liberal
5 Jeanne Sauvé December 5, 1975 June 3, 1979 Liberal
6 David MacDonald June 4, 1979 March 2, 1980 Progressive Conservative 21 (Clark)
7 Francis Fox March 3, 1980 June 29, 1984 Liberal 22 (P. E. Trudeau)
8 Ed Lumley June 30, 1984 September 16, 1984 Liberal 23 (Turner)
9 Marcel Masse September 17, 1984 September 25, 1985 Progressive Conservative 24 (Mulroney)
* Benoît Bouchard (Acting) September 26, 1985 November 29, 1985 Progressive Conservative
(9) Marcel Masse (Second time) November 30, 1985 June 29, 1986 Progressive Conservative
10 Flora MacDonald June 30, 1986 December 7, 1988 Progressive Conservative
* Lowell Murray (Acting) December 8, 1988 January 29, 1989 Progressive Conservative
(9) Marcel Masse (Third time) January 30, 1989 April 20, 1991 Progressive Conservative
11 Perrin Beatty April 21, 1991 June 24, 1993 Progressive Conservative
12 Monique Landry June 25, 1993 November 3, 1993 Progressive Conservative 25 (Campbell)
13 Michel Dupuy November 4, 1993 January 24, 1996 Liberal 26 (Chrétien)
14 Sheila Copps January 25, 1996 May 1, 1996[a] Liberal
June 19, 1996[b] July 11, 1996

On July 12, 1996, office of the Minister of Communications and the office of the Minister of Multiculturalism and Citizenship were abolished and replaced with the office of Minister of Canadian Heritage (list).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Resigned from Parliament to fulfill her promise to resign if the GST was not abolished
  2. ^ Returned to Parliament following a by-election

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