Principal Secretary (Canada)

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Principal Secretary to the
Prime Minister of Canada
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Incumbent
Gerald Butts

since November 2015
Office of the Prime Minister
Seat Langevin Block
Appointer Prime Minister of Canada
Formation 1867
First holder Hewitt Bernard

In Canada, the Principal Secretary is a senior aide, often the most senior political aide, to a head of government. Formerly, the position of Principal Secretary was the most senior in the Canadian Prime Minister's Office, though since 1987, it is second to the Chief of Staff. The Leader of the Official Opposition and most Canadian provincial Premiers also have a principal secretary.

List of Principal Secretaries to the Prime Minister[edit]

  • Gerald Butts (2015–present)[1][2]
  • Ray Novak (2008–2013)
  • Francis Fox (2004–2006)
  • Jean Riou (1993)
  • Michel Roy, Senior Advisor (1992–1993)
  • Hugh Segal, Senior Advisor (1991–1992)
  • Tom Trbovich, Senior Policy Advisor (1990–1991)
  • Bruce Phillips, Senior Advisor (1989–1990)
  • Peter G. White (1988–1989)
  • Bernard A. Roy (1984–1988)
  • John Swift (1984)
  • Tom Axworthy (1981–1984)
  • James A. Coutts (1975–1979, 1980–1981)
  • William Neville, Chief of Staff (1979–1980)
  • Martin O'Connell (1973–1974)
  • Marc Lalonde (1968–1972)
  • Thomas Worrall Kent, Special Advisor (1967–1968)
  • Gordon Robertson, Special Advisor (1967–1968)
  • John Hodgson (1966–1967)
  • Thomas Worrall Kent, Policy Secretary to the Prime Minister (1964–1965)
    • Coordinator of Programming (1963–1964)
  • Bert Richardson, Special Assistant (1962–1963)
  • John Fisher, Special Assistant (1961–1962)
  • Gowen Guest, Executive Assistant (1958–1961)
  • Derek Bedson, Head PM's office (1957–1958)
  • Dale Thomson (1952–1953)
  • Pierre Asselin, Private secretary (1952–1958)
  • Jack W. Pickersgill, Special Assistant to Prime Minister (1945–1952)
  • Gideon Matte, Private secretary (1945–1948)
  • Walter J. Turnbull, Principal secretary (1940–1945)
  • Arnold Heeney (1938–1940)
  • E.A. Pickering, Assistant private secretary (1935–1938)
  • Howard R.L. Henry, Private secretary (1935)
  • Andrew Dyas MacLean, Secretary (1931–1935)
  • Arthur Merriam, Private secretary (1930–1935)
  • Rod Finlayson, Principal senior secretary (1930–1935)
  • Harry Baldwin, Principal private secretary (1929–1930)
  • Norman Rogers, Assistant secretary (1929–1930)
  • Howard Measures, Personal secretary (1925–1930)
  • Ralph Campney, title unknown (1924–1926)
  • Leslie Clare Moyer, Private secretary (1922–1927)
  • Fred A. McGregor, Secretary (1921–1922)
  • Laurent Beaudry, Private secretary (1921–1922)
  • Loring Christie, Principal Advisor (External Affairs) (1920–1921)
  • Arthur Merriam, Principal secretary (1920–1921)
  • Loring Christie, Principal Advisor (External Affairs) (1914–1920)
  • Austin Ernest Blount, Private secretary (1911–1917)
  • Ernest Joseph Lemaire, Private secretary (1904–1912)
  • Austin Ernest Blount (1896)
  • Douglas Stewart, Secretary (1892–1894)
  • Joseph Pope, Secretary (1892)
    • Private secretary (1882–1891)
    • Under private secretary (1878–1882)
  • Fred White, Private secretary (1878–1882)
  • William Buckingham, Secretary (1873–1878)
  • Hewitt Bernard, Private secretary (1867–1873)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leadership of the Prime Minister's office". Official website of the Parliament of Canada. Retrieved Jan 12, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Inside Trudeau’s inner circle". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). Jan 8, 2016. Retrieved Jan 12, 2016. 

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