Minister for Women and Gender Equality

The Minister for Women and Gender Equality is the position in the Canadian cabinet responsible for the federal Department of Women and Gender Equality Canada, under the Department of Canadian Heritage.[2]

Minister for Women and Gender Equality of Canada
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Incumbent
Maryam Monsef

since 10 January 2017
Department for Women and Gender Equality
StyleThe Honourable
Member of
AppointerGovernor General of Canada
Term lengthAt Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holderBob Andras
FormationJune 11, 1971 (as Minister of Status of Women)
Salary$255,300 (2017)[1]

The position previously existed as the Minister of Status of Women, responsible for what was then known as Status of Women Canada. Traditionally, the office that held the Status of Women portfolio under their purview, that minister has been designated the additional honorary title of Minister responsible for the Status of Women. Most provincial cabinets have a similar position.

The Status of Women portfolio was originally created in 1971 as a product of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women (created in 1967), who completed their report in 1970. The office as it exists today was created in 2018, following the passage of the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2 and the creation of the Women and Gender Equality department.[3]

MinistersEdit

Name Term of office Additional role Political party
Minister of Status of Women
Bob Andras 11 June 1971 7 August 1974 Lib
Marc Lalonde 1976 April 1 1977 September 15 Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Lib
1977 September 16 1978 November 23 Minister of State (Federal-Provincial Relations) Lib
1978 November 24 1979 June 3 Minister of National Health and Welfare and Minister responsible for Fitness and Amateur Sport Lib
David Samuel Horne MacDonald 1979 June 3 1980 March 2 Secretary of State and Minister of Communications PC
Lloyd Axworthy 1980 March 3 1981 September 21 Minister of Employment and Immigration Lib
Judith Erola 1981 September 22 1983 August 11 Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs Lib
1983 August 12 1984 September 16 Minister of State (Mines) Lib
Walter Franklin McLean 1984 September 17 1985 August 19 Secretary of State PC
1985 August 20 1986 June 29 PC
Barbara Jean McDougall 1986 June 30 1990 February 22 PC
Mary Collins 1990 February 23 1993 January 3 Associate Minister of National Defence PC
1993 January 4 1993 June 24 Minister of Western Economic Diversification and Minister of State (Environment) PC
1993 June 25 1993 November 3 Minister of National Health and Welfare PC
Jean Augustine 2003 December 12 2004 July 19 Minister of State Lib
Liza Frulla 2004 July 20 2006 February 5 Minister of Canadian Heritage Lib
Bev Oda

as Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women

2006 February 6 2007 August 13 Cons
Josée Verner

as Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages

2007 August 14 2008 October 29 Cons
2008 May 27 2008 October 29 Minister of State Cons
Helena Guergis

as Minister of State (Status of Women)

2008 October 30 2010 April 8 Cons
Rona Ambrose 2010 April 9 2013 July 14 Minister of Public Works and Government Services Cons
Kellie Leitch 2013 July 15 2013 December 11 Minister of Labour Cons
2013 December 12 2015 November 3 Minister of Labour Cons
Patty Hajdu 2015 November 4 2017 January 9 Lib
Maryam Monsef 2017 January 10 2018 December 12 Lib
Minister for Women and Gender Equality
Maryam Monsef 2018 December 13 2019 November 19 Lib
2019 November 20 incumbent Minister of Rural Economic Development Lib

HistoryEdit

The "status of women" portfolio was originally created in 1971 as result of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women (created in 1967), who completed their report in 1970. This new position, originally titled the Office of the Co-ordinator, Status of Women, was initially meant to help implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission.[3][4]

During the 1993–2003 ministry of Jean Chrétien, the position was titled Secretary of State (Status of Women), as it did not carry full cabinet rank. The first cabinet of Paul Martin also kept this title, as the office's responsibilities were delegated from the Minister of Canadian Heritage. However, in July 2004, the title reverted to Minister responsible for the Status of Women with the swearing-in of Liza Frulla, who doubled as Heritage Minister and was thus ultimately responsible for Status of Women Canada.

In 2016, the position was made a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada.[4] In 2018, following the passage of the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2, Status of Women Canada became a federal department called the Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE). WAGE administers the Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case. One of the programs started by the Status of Women Canada was an education/analysis program called gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Indemnities, Salaries and Allowances". Parliament of Canada.
  2. ^ "Profile - Women and Gender Equality". lop.parl.ca. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  3. ^ a b "Creation of the Department for Women and Gender Equalitys". Government of Canada.
  4. ^ a b "Profile - Office of the Co-ordinator, Status of Women". lop.parl.ca. Retrieved 2021-04-27.

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