Dominic LeBlanc

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Dominic LeBlanc

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Dominic LeBlanc 2009
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Northern Affairs and Internal Trade
Assumed office
July 18, 2018
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byJustin Trudeau (Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth)
Carolyn Bennett (Northern Affairs)
President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada
Assumed office
July 18, 2018
Preceded byKarina Gould
50th Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
In office
May 31, 2016 – July 18, 2018
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byHunter Tootoo
Succeeded byJonathan Wilkinson
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
In office
November 4, 2015 – August 19, 2016
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byPeter Van Loan
Succeeded byBardish Chagger
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Beauséjour
Assumed office
November 27, 2000
Preceded byAngela Vautour
Personal details
Born (1967-12-14) December 14, 1967 (age 50)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Jolène Richard
ResidenceMoncton, New Brunswick
ProfessionLawyer
WebsiteDominic LeBlanc

Dominic A. LeBlanc PC MP (born December 14, 1967), is a Canadian lawyer and politician. He has been the member of parliament for the New Brunswick riding of Beauséjour since 2000. Since July 2018, he has been serving as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Northern affairs and Internal Trade. LeBlanc is the son of former Member of Parliament, Senator and Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc.[2]

LeBlanc ran for leadership of Liberal Party in 2008 but dropped out of the race to endorse Michael Ignatieff, who was later acclaimed leader. With the resignation of Ignatieff after the 2011 federal election LeBlanc was considered a likely candidate in the race to succeed him as party leader, but declined on running.[3][4]

On November 4, 2015, he was appointed the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons in the present Cabinet, headed by Justin Trudeau. On May 31, 2016, upon the resignation of Hunter Tootoo from the Ministry, LeBlanc also assumed the role of Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. On August 19, 2016, LeBlanc was replaced by Bardish Chagger as Leader of the Government in the House of Commons.[5] On July 18, 2018, LeBlanc was shuffled from the role of Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard to the role of Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Northern Affairs and Internal Trade.

Early life and education[edit]

LeBlanc was born in Ottawa, Ontario, to Roméo LeBlanc and Joslyn "Lyn" Carter. As a child, he baby-sat Justin, Alexandre, and Michel Trudeau, the children of then-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. He has remained friends with Justin Trudeau, with whom he is currently serving with in the House of Commons, and endorsed his candidacy for Liberal leader in 2012.[4]

LeBlanc attended Lisgar Collegiate Institute for high school.[6] He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Toronto (Trinity College), a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of New Brunswick, and then attended Harvard Law School, where he obtained his Master of Laws degree.

Prior to being elected to the House of Commons, LeBlanc was a Barrister and Solicitor with Clark Drummie in Shediac and Moncton. From 1993-1996, LeBlanc was a Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. He is the son of the former Governor General of Canada, The Right Honourable Roméo LeBlanc, who had previously been the Member of Parliament for Westmorland-Kent from 1972 to 1984, and then a Senator from 1984 to 1994.[7]

LeBlanc is an Acadian.

Political career[edit]

LeBlanc is member of the Liberal Party of Canada in the House of Commons of Canada, representing the riding of Beauséjour in New Brunswick.

LeBlanc first ran in that riding in 1997,[8] losing to New Democratic Party candidate, Angela Vautour.[9] During that race there were accusations of political patronage as LeBlanc's father was the sitting viceroy, and there was criticism that the Governor General had a series of events planned in New Brunswick the very week that the Prime Minister dropped the election writs.[10][11][12][13]

In 2000 LeBlanc once again ran against Vautour, who had crossed the floor and was a Progressive Conservative, and was elected.[14] LeBlanc has been re-elected in the 2004 (where he faced Vautour for the third time), 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015 federal elections.

Chrétien and Martin governments[edit]

During the Liberal Party's time in power LeBlanc served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, from January 13, 2003, to December 11, 2003, and was the chair of the Atlantic Caucus.

On July 10, 2004, he was sworn-in as a Member of the Privy Council for Canada and appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Deputy Chief Government Whip. He has served on the Special Committee on Non-Medical Use of Drugs, and the Standing Committees on Fisheries and Oceans, Transport and Government Operations, National Defence and Veterans Affairs, and Public Accounts, Procedures and House Affairs, and International Trade.

In opposition[edit]

In January 2006, he was named Official Opposition critic for international trade and later that year he was co-chair of the 2006 Liberal Party leadership convention in Montreal. In January 2007, he was named by the Honourable Stéphane Dion, Vice Chair - Liberal Party of Canada Policy and Platform Committee and In October of that year, he was named Official Opposition critic for intergovernmental affairs. In January 2009, he was named by the Honourable Michael Ignatieff as the critic for justice and attorney general. Before the return of Parliament in September 2010, Ignatieff shuffled his Shadow Cabinet and appointed LeBlanc as the Liberal critic for national defence.[15] Following LeBlanc's re-election in the 2011 federal election, interim Liberal leader Bob Rae appointed LeBlanc as the Liberal Party's Foreign Affairs Critic.

2008 leadership bid[edit]

On October 27, 2008, LeBlanc was the first candidate to officially announce his intention to seek the leadership of the Liberal party to replace Stéphane Dion. Former leadership candidates Michael Ignatieff and Bob Rae came forward shortly after LeBlanc's announcement.[16] His supporters included top staffers in the prime minister's office under Jean Chrétien, such as his former chief of staff Percy Downe, and Tim Murphy, chief of staff under Paul Martin. Some senior organizers in Gerard Kennedy's 2006 leadership bid were also with LeBlanc.[17]

On December 8, 2008, LeBlanc announced he was dropping out of the leadership race because he felt a leader needed to be put in place as soon as possible and that he was throwing his support behind Ignatieff. The next day Rae dropped out of the race and Ignatieff was acclaimed leader when Dion stepped down.[18][19]

2011-2015[edit]

LeBlanc retained his seat in the 2011 election, while the Liberals dropped down to third place in the House of Commons.

Regarding the race for the leadership of the Liberal Party, LeBlanc, a prospective leadership candidate, puts it, the next leader needs to commit 10 to 15 years of his or her life "occupied exclusively" with rebuilding the Liberal party and winning elections.[20]

Trudeau government[edit]

On November 4, 2015, he was appointed the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons in the present Cabinet, headed by Justin Trudeau.[21] On May 31, 2016, upon the resignation of Hunter Tootoo from the Ministry, LeBlanc also became the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. His father had previously held the equivalent position under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.[22]

On August 19, 2016, Leblanc was replaced as Leader of the Government in the House of Commons by Bardish Chagger. He retained the post of Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.[5]

On July 18, 2018, Leblanc was shuffled from Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard to Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.[23]

On September 12, 2018 Canada's Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion found LeBlanc broke conflict of interest rules when he awarded a lucrative Arctic surf clam licence to a company linked to his wife's cousin in February 2018.[24]

Cabinet positions[edit]

29th Ministry – Cabinet of Justin Trudeau
Cabinet posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
Justin Trudeau Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Northern Affairs and Internal Trade
2018–present
Incumbent
Hunter Tootoo Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
2016–2018
Jonathan Wilkinson
Peter Van Loan Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
2015–2016
Bardish Chagger

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Dominic LeBlanc 36,534 69.02 +28.33 $77,614.48
New Democratic Hélène Boudreau 8,009 15.13 –8.30 $24,161.02
Conservative Ann Bastarache 6,017 11.37 –20.35
Green Kevin King 2,376 4.49 +0.32 $1,009.07
Total valid votes/Expense limit 52,936 100.00   $200,494.19
Total rejected ballots 320 0.60
Turnout 53,256 80.48
Eligible voters 66,170
Liberal notional hold Swing +18.31
Source: Elections Canada[25][26]
Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Dominic LeBlanc 17,399 39.08 -7.68
Conservative Evelyn Chapman 14,814 33.27 +4.12
New Democratic Susan Levi-Peters 10,397 23.35 +6.47
Green Natalie Arsenault 1,913 4.3 -2.89
Total valid votes/Expense limit 100.00
Liberal hold Swing +5.90
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Dominic LeBlanc 19,972 46.6 -0.95
Conservative Omer Léger 12,512 29.2 -3.03
New Democratic Chris Durrant 7,219 16.8 +0.13
Green Mike Milligan 3,187 7.4 +4.61
Total valid votes 42,890
Liberal hold Swing -2.08
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Dominic LeBlanc 22,012 47.55 -5.73
Conservative Omer Léger 14,919 32.23 +4.04
New Democratic Neil Gardner 7,717 16.67 +1.96
Green Anna Girouard 1,290 2.79 -1.03
Independent Frank Comeau 357 0.77 Ø
Total valid votes 46,295
Liberal hold Swing +4.89
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Dominic LeBlanc 21,934 53.28 +6.18
Conservative Angela Vautour 11,604 28.19 -17.65
New Democratic Omer Bourque 6,056 14.71 +7.65
Green Anna Girouard 1,574 3.82 Ø
Total valid votes 41,168
Liberal hold Swing +11.92
Canadian federal election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Dominic LeBlanc 21,465 47.10 +12.27
Progressive Conservative Angela Vautour 14,631 32.11 +16.11
Alliance Tom Taylor 6256 13.73 +3.55
New Democratic Inka Milewski 3217 7.06 -31.93
Total valid votes 45,569
Liberal gain from New Democratic Swing +22.10
Canadian federal election, 1997
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Angela Vautour 18,504 38.99 +33.25
Liberal Dominic LeBlanc 16,529 34.83 -41.20
Progressive Conservative Ian Hamilton 7592 16.00 +0.78
Reform Raymond Braun 4833 10.18 Ø
Total valid votes 47,458
New Democratic gain from Liberal Swing +37.23

Personal life[edit]

In 2003, he married Jolène Richard, a former Moncton lawyer who became a judge on the Provincial Court of New Brunswick in 2008, and eventually became a chief judge.[27] She is the daughter of Guy A. Richard, who served as Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick.[28][29] He has an adult stepson.[29]

In December 2017, he announced that he had been diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and would begin chemotherapy immediately while continuing to serve in his parliamentary roles.[29]

References[edit]

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