Seamus O'Regan

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The Honourable
Seamus O'Regan
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Seamus O'Regan at an interview with U.S. Ambassador David Jacobson, July 29, 2010
Minister of Veterans Affairs
Assumed office
August 28, 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Preceded by Kent Hehr
Associate Minister of National Defence
Assumed office
August 28, 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Preceded by Kent Hehr
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for St. John's South—Mount Pearl
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded by Ryan Cleary
Personal details
Born (1971-01-18) January 18, 1971 (age 47)
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Steve Doussis
Education Attended St. Francis Xavier University
Attended University College Dublin
Attended INSEAD
Masters of Philosophy in Politics from the University of Cambridge (Darwin College)
Occupation News reporter, broadcaster

Seamus Thomas Harris O'Regan, PC MP, (born January 18, 1971) is a Canadian politician and former television personality from Newfoundland and Labrador. He currently serves as Minister of Veterans Affairs. He was a correspondent with CTV National News, and a former host of Canada AM, which from 2003-2011, he co-hosted with Beverly Thomson.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

O'Regan was born in St. John's, Newfoundland and spent 14 years growing up in Goose Bay, graduating from Goose High School. O'Regan is of half Irish descent. His father, also named Seamus O'Regan, was a judge of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador.[2] At the age of 10, O'Regan became a regional correspondent for CBC Radio's Anybody Home?, producing stories that celebrated the unique accomplishments of local residents - a professor hunting for giant squid to one woman's fight against leukemia.

He studied politics at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and at University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. He studied marketing strategies at INSEAD, an international business school near Paris, France. He received his Masters of Philosophy in Politics from the University of Cambridge, studying at Darwin College in Cambridge, England.[3]


He has worked as an assistant to Environment Minister Jean Charest in Ottawa and to Justice Minister Edward Roberts in St. John's, and was policy advisor and speechwriter to the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, Brian Tobin.[4]

In 2000, O'Regan joined talktv's current affairs program, the chatroom. He began his duties at Canada AM on December 19, 2001. On November 8, 2011, he announced that he would be leaving Canada AM on November 24, 2011 to become a correspondent for CTV National News.[1] O'Regan left CTV in 2012.[5] Since leaving CTV he has occasionally been a fill-in host on radio station CFRB in Toronto,[6] and worked on independent television productions and as a media innovator in residence at Ryerson University.[6][7] O'Regan is also the executive vice president for communications of the Stronach Group.[7]

In September 2014, O'Regan was nominated as the Liberal Party candidate in the Newfoundland and Labrador riding of St. John's South—Mount Pearl for the 2015 federal election.[8] On October 19, 2015, O'Regan won the election, defeating New Democrat incumbent Ryan Cleary.[9][10] He was appointed to the cabinet on August 28, 2017 as the Minister of Veterans Affairs.[11]

Personal life[edit]

On July 9, 2010, he married his longtime partner, Steve Doussis, in Newfoundland.[12]

O'Regan serves on the Boards of Katimavik, Canada's leading youth service-learning programme, and The Rooms, which houses the provincial art gallery, museum, and archives of Newfoundland and Labrador. He also sits on the board of directors for fellow Newfoundlander Allan Hawco's theatre company, The Company Theatre, located in Toronto.

In January 2016, O’Regan announced that he entered a rehab program to undertake “an alcohol free lifestyle.”[13]

In November 2017, he was hospitalized in Ottawa for a major gastrointestinal obstruction.[14]


In December 1999, O'Regan was named as one of Maclean's 100 Young Canadians to Watch in the 21st century.[1]

Electoral history[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Seamus O'Regan 25,992 58.02 +29.32
New Democratic Ryan Cleary 16,467 36.76 –9.58
Conservative Marek Krol 2,047 4.57 –19.64
Green Jackson McLean 365 0.81 +0.09
Total valid votes/Expense limit 44,801 100.0   $200,174.30
Total rejected ballots 133 0.30 +0.02
Turnout 44,934 67.13 +8.16
Eligible voters 66,936
Liberal gain from New Democratic Swing +19.45
Source: Elections Canada[15][16]


  1. ^ a b c "Seamus O'Regan joining CTV National News as correspondent". CTV News. November 8, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-09. 
  2. ^ Dyer, Evan (20 September 2015). "Mulcair, Trudeau cross swords in Newfoundland where NDP and Liberals are in battle". CBC News. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Seamus O'Regan, Correspondent, CTV National News". CTV. Retrieved 13 January 2012. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Seamus O'Regan - Summary Profile". National Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Seamus O'Regan to run for Liberals in St. John's". CTV News. August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Seamus O'Regan: Mental health spokesman". The Grid, June 23, 2014.
  7. ^ a b Canadian Press (18 August 2014). "Seamus O'Regan seeks federal Liberal nomination in Nfld". Maclean's. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Seamus O'Regan takes Liberal nomination in St. John's South-Mount Pearl". CBC News. September 23, 2014. Retrieved 2015-10-22. 
  9. ^ "Seamus O'Regan upsets Ryan Cleary for Liberal win in St. John's South-Mount Pearl". CBC News. October 20, 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-22. 
  10. ^ "Liberals sweep all 7 N.L. ridings in federal election". CBC News. October 19, 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-22. 
  11. ^ "Indigenous Affairs department split, Seamus O'Regan new veterans minister in cabinet shakeup". CBC News. 2017-08-27. Retrieved 2017-08-27. 
  12. ^ Takeuchi, Craig (November 8, 2011). "CTV anchor Seamus O'Regan to leave Canada AM for CTV National News". The Georgia Straight. Vancouver Free Press Publishing Corporation. Retrieved 2015-11-13. 
  13. ^ "Liberal MP Seamus O'Regan checks into wellness program seeking 'alcohol free lifestyle'". The Globe and Mail. The Canadian Press. 2016-01-03. Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ "October 19, 2015 Election Results — St. John's South—Mount Pearl (Validated results)". Elections Canada. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  16. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates

External links[edit]

29th Ministry – Cabinet of Justin Trudeau
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
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