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Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Northern Affairs and Internal Trade

The Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade (previously the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth) (French: Ministre des Affaires intergouvernementales) is the Minister of the Crown in the Canadian Cabinet who is responsible for the federal government's relations with the governments of the provinces and territories of Canada. The Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs does not head a full-fledged department, but rather the Intergovernmental Affairs Secretariat within the Privy Council Office.

Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade
Dominic LeBlanc.jpg
Incumbent
Dominic LeBlanc

since 18 July 2018
Intergovernmental Affairs Secretariat
StyleThe Honourable
Member of
AppointerGovernor General of Canada
Term lengthAt Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holderMarcel Massé
Formation14 November 1993
Websitewww.pco-bcp.gc.ca/aia/premier.asp

Since the post's establishment, all Ministers of Intergovernmental Affairs except Pierre Pettigrew and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have concurrently served as President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada.

The position is sometimes informally called "unity minister" in sources such as media accounts. This same informal appellation was used for the former position Minister responsible for Constitutional Affairs, which was held by Joe Clark for its entire existence from 1991 to 1993. Prior to the creation of full ministers responsible for this file, prime ministers occasionally appointed Ministers of State for Federal-Provincial Relations: from 1977 to 1980;[1][2] from 1986 to 1991.[3]

Several provincial governments have also created Ministers of Intergovernmental Affairs responsible for relations with other provinces and the federal government. Some provinces have bestowed foreign affairs responsibilities upon these ministers, although it is constitutionally outside of their jurisdiction to do so.

MinistersEdit

Key:

No. Pic. Name Term of office Political party Ministry
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
1   Marcel Massé November 14, 1993 January 24, 1996 Liberal 26 (Chrétien)
2   Stéphane Dion January 25, 1996 December 11, 2003 Liberal
3   Pierre Pettigrew December 12, 2003 July 19, 2004 Liberal 27 (Martin)
4   Lucienne Robillard July 20, 2004 February 5, 2006 Liberal
5   Michael Chong February 6, 2006 November 27, 2006 Conservative 28 (Harper)
6   Peter Van Loan November 27, 2006 January 3, 2007 Conservative
7   Rona Ambrose January 4, 2007 October 30, 2008 Conservative
8   Josée Verner October 30, 2008 May 18, 2011 Conservative
9   Peter Penashue May 18, 2011 March 14, 2013 Conservative
Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs
10   Denis Lebel March 15, 2013 November 4, 2015 Conservative 28 (Harper)
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth
11   Justin Trudeau November 4, 2015 July 18, 2018 Liberal 29 (J. Trudeau)
Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade
12   Dominic LeBlanc July 18, 2018 Liberal 29 (J. Trudeau)

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