Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs (Canada)
|Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs|
|Intergovernmental Affairs Secretariat|
|Appointer||Governor General of Canada|
|Term length||At Her Majesty's pleasure|
|Inaugural holder||Marcel Massé|
|Formation||14 November 1993|
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The Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs (French: Ministre des Affaires intergouvernementales) is the Minister of the Crown in the Canadian Cabinet who is responsible for the federal government's relations with the governments of the provinces and territories of Canada. The Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs does not head a full-fledged department, but rather the Intergovernmental Affairs Secretariat within the Privy Council Office.
The position is sometimes informally called "unity minister" in sources such as media accounts. This same informal appellation was used for the former position Minister of Constitutional Affairs, which was held by Joe Clark for its entire existence from 1991 to 1993. Prior to the creation of full ministers responsible for this file, prime ministers occasionally appointed Ministers of State for Federal-Provincial Relations: from 1977 to 1980; from 1986 to 1991.
Several provincial governments have also created Ministers of Intergovernmental Affairs responsible for relations with other provinces and the federal government. Some provinces have bestowed foreign affairs responsibilities upon these ministers, although it is constitutionally outside of their jurisdiction to do so.
|No.||Portrait||Name||Term of office||Political party||Ministry|
|1||Marcel Massé||November 14, 1993||January 24, 1996||Liberal||26 (Chrétien)|
|2||Stéphane Dion||January 25, 1996||December 11, 2003||Liberal|
|3||Pierre Pettigrew||December 12, 2003||July 19, 2004||Liberal||27 (Martin)|
|4||Lucienne Robillard||July 20, 2004||February 5, 2006||Liberal|
|5||Michael Chong||February 6, 2006||November 27, 2006||Conservative||28 (Harper)|
|6||Peter Van Loan||November 27, 2006||January 3, 2007||Conservative|
|7||Rona Ambrose||January 4, 2007||October 30, 2008||Conservative|
|8||Josée Verner||October 30, 2008||May 18, 2011||Conservative|
|9||Peter Penashue||May 18, 2011||March 14, 2013||Conservative|
|9||Denis Lebel||March 15, 2013||Conservative|