Seamus O'Regan at an interview with U.S. Ambassador David Jacobson, July 29, 2010
|Minister of Indigenous Services|
|Assumed office |
January 14, 2019
|Prime Minister||Justin Trudeau|
|Preceded by||Jane Philpott|
|31st Minister of Veterans Affairs|
Associate Minister of National Defence
August 28, 2017 – January 14, 2019
|Prime Minister||Justin Trudeau|
|Preceded by||Kent Hehr|
|Succeeded by||Jody Wilson-Raybould|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
for St. John's South—Mount Pearl
|Assumed office |
October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||Ryan Cleary|
|Born||January 18, 1971|
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
|Education||Attended St. Francis Xavier University|
Attended University College Dublin
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 Indigenous Services, and formerly served as Minister of Veterans Affairs. He was a correspondent with CTV National News, and a former host of Canada AM, which he co-hosted from 2003-2011 with Beverly Thomson.
Early life and education
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. 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.
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.
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. O'Regan left CTV in 2012. Since leaving CTV he has occasionally been a fill-in host on radio station CFRB in Toronto, and worked on independent television productions and as a media innovator in residence at Ryerson University. O'Regan is also the executive vice president for communications of the Stronach Group.
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. On October 19, 2015, O'Regan won the election, defeating New Democrat incumbent Ryan Cleary. He was appointed to the cabinet on August 28, 2017 as the Minister of Veterans Affairsand on January 14, 2019 was made the Minister of Indigenous Services, vacating his previous post.
On July 9, 2010, he married his longtime partner, Steve Doussis, in Newfoundland.
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 November 2017, he was hospitalized in Ottawa for a major gastrointestinal obstruction.
|Canadian federal election, 2015|
|New Democratic||Ryan Cleary||16,467||36.76||–9.58||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||44,801||100.0||$200,174.30|
|Total rejected ballots||133||0.30||+0.02|
|Liberal gain from New Democratic||Swing||+19.45|
|Source: Elections Canada|
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|29th Ministry – Cabinet of Justin Trudeau|
|Cabinet post (1)|
|Kent Hehr||Minister of Veterans Affairs
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