Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

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Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness of Canada
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Ralph Goodale

since 4 November 2015
Department of Public Safety
Style The Honourable
Member of
Appointer Governor General of Canada
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holder Anne McLellan
Formation December 12, 2003
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The Minister of Public Safety (French: Ministre de la Sécurité publique), formerly the Solicitor General and then the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, is the Minister of the Crown in the Canadian Cabinet who is responsible for overseeing the federal government's domestic security department, Public Safety Canada. The position was nominally created in 2003 and incorporated the responsibilities associated with the Solicitor General including responsibility for the federal Canadian prison system (Correctional Service of Canada), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Parole Board of Canada, and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, although the incumbent was formally sworn in as Solicitor General of Canada. The position also assumed responsibility for the Canada Border Services Agency which was formerly known as Canada Customs and was administered by the Minister of National Revenue prior to 2003. In 2005 the creation of the position was formalized and that of Solicitor General abolished.

The current public safety minister is Ralph Goodale.



No. Portrait Name Term of office Political party Ministry
1 FEMA - 14172 Anne McLellan cropped.jpg Anne McLellan December 12, 2003 February 5, 2006 Liberal 27 (Martin)
2 Stockwell Day - July 2010.jpg Stockwell Day February 6, 2006 October 30, 2008 Conservative 28 (Harper)
3 Peter Van Loan December 2010.jpg Peter Van Loan October 30, 2008 January 19, 2010 Conservative
4 Vic Toews.jpg Vic Toews January 19, 2010 July 9, 2013 Conservative
5 Steven Blaney 2014.jpg Steven Blaney July 15, 2013 November 4, 2015 Conservative
6 Ralph Goodale.png Ralph Goodale November 4, 2015 Incumbent Liberal 29 (J. Trudeau)

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