List of current members of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada

Members of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada use the title The Honourable if they are ordinary members. Prime Ministers, Governors General and Chief Justices automatically are given the title The Right Honourable. While Governors General have the right to the title Right Honourable upon being sworn into office they are not inducted into the Privy Council until the end of their term unless they were previously members of the council by virtue of another office. Other eminent individuals such as prominent former Cabinet ministers are sometimes also given the title Right Honourable. Leaders of opposition parties and provincial premiers are not automatically inducted into the Privy Council. Opposition leaders are brought in from time to time either to commemorate a special event such as the Canadian Centennial in 1967, the patriation of the Constitution or, in order to allow them to be advised on sensitive issues of national security under the Security of Information Act. Paul Martin inaugurated a practice of inducting parliamentary secretaries into the Privy Council but this has not been continued by his successors.

Current members of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada (year sworn in)Edit


Former governors generalEdit

Current and former prime ministersEdit

Current and former Chief Justices of CanadaEdit

Current and former Cabinet ministers (by prime minister at induction)Edit

Louis St. LaurentEdit

  • The Honourable Paul Hellyer (1957) (currently the longest-serving member of the Privy Council)

Pierre TrudeauEdit

Joe ClarkEdit

Pierre Trudeau (second ministry)Edit

John TurnerEdit

Brian MulroneyEdit

Kim CampbellEdit

Jean ChrétienEdit

Paul MartinEdit

Stephen HarperEdit

Justin TrudeauEdit

(all those listed joined the Privy Council as Cabinet ministers unless otherwise indicated)

Other parliamentarians (not otherwise listed above)Edit

Former Speakers of the House of CommonsEdit

Former Speakers of the SenateEdit

Current and former government representatives/leaders in the Senate (who were not cabinet ministers)Edit

Current and former federal Leaders of Her Majesty's Loyal OppositionEdit

Other former party leadersEdit

Current and former Chief Government Whips (who were not cabinet ministers)Edit

Members of Parliament appointed by nature of being parliamentary secretaries (appointed 2003–2005, only period where all parliamentary secretaries are sworn into Privy Council)Edit

Other current and former parliamentariansEdit

Current and former provincial premiers (not otherwise listed above)Edit

Former Clerks of the Privy CouncilEdit

Former members of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (not otherwise listed above)Edit

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act establishes the Security Intelligence Review Committee, and requires members to be named from current members of the Queen's Privy Council who are not members of the Senate or House of Commons. As such, appointees, if not already members of the Privy Council, are sworn in prior to being named to the committee.

Other prominent CanadiansEdit

While traditionally appointment to the Order of Canada has been utilised to recognize prominent Canadians, Brian Mulroney appointed 18 Canadians to the Privy Council on Canada Day in 1992 in commemoration of Canada's 125th anniversary, and two more (the late W.O. Mitchell and Maurice Richard) later that year. The appointments were somewhat controversial and have yet to be repeated. Conrad Black, who was one of the 18 appointed, was expelled from the Privy Council in 2014 on the recommendation of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.[15]

Longest-serving current Privy CounsellorsEdit

This is a list of the longest-serving current members of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada.

Privy Counsellor Role Appointed
Paul Hellyer former Minister of National Defence 1957
Jean Chrétien former Prime Minister 1967
Alexander Campbell former Premier of Prince Edward Island 1967
Otto Emil Lang former Minister of Justice 1968
André Ouellet former Minister of Foreign Affairs 1972
Marc Lalonde former Minister of Finance 1972
Judd Buchanan former Minister of Public Works 1974
Marcel Lessard former Minister of Regional Economic Expansion 1975
Anthony Abbott former Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs 1976
Monique Bégin former Minister of National Revenue 1976
Jean-Jacques Blais former Postmaster General 1976
Iona Campagnolo former Minister of Amateur Sports 1976
Francis Fox former Solicitor General 1976

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Initially joined Privy Council as federal cabinet minister.
  2. ^ a b Initially joined Privy Council as federal Opposition Leader.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Olivier resigned from the Privy Council in 1987 when he ran for the position of Mayor of Longueuil. He was reappointed to the Privy Council in 2004.
  5. ^ a b Also a former Speaker of the House of Commons
  6. ^ a b c d e Initially joined Privy Council as Parliamentary Secretary.
  7. ^ Initially joined Privy Council as Deputy Government Whip.
  8. ^ Initially joined Privy Council as Chair of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians.
  9. ^ a b Was not sworn into Privy Council while leader, but was appointed on a later date.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h Initially joined Privy Council as member of the Security Intelligence Review Committee.
  11. ^ Parliamentary leader of the NDP as party leader Jack Layton did not have a seat in the House of Commons
  12. ^ a b c d e f Sitting Member of Parliament at time of appointment.
  13. ^ a b Former Member of Parliament at time of appointment.
  14. ^ Retired Senator at time of appointment.
  15. ^ "Conrad Black stripped of Order of Canada". CBC News. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)


External linksEdit

  • [1] Official list of Privy Counsellors.