Minister for the purposes of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Act

The Minister for the purposes of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Act, more commonly the Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency or Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (French: Ministre de l'Agence de promotion économique du Canada atlantique), is the member of the Cabinet of Canada who also serves as the chief executive of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). The post is traditionally held by an MP from Atlantic Canada, although occasionally the responsibilities have been accorded to a more senior cabinet minister.

Minister for the Purposes of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Act
Incumbent
Navdeep Bains

since November 4, 2015
Government of Canada
StyleThe Honourable
Member of
AppointerGovernor General of Canada
Term lengthAt Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holderGerald Merrithew
FormationSeptember 15, 1988
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Navdeep Bains, MP for the federal riding of Mississauga-Malton in Ontario, currently serves as the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, whose portfolio includes the six Canadian regional development agencies (including ACOA).[1]

Ministers

Key:

No. Portrait Name Term of office Political party Ministry
1 Gerald Merrithew September 15, 1988January 29, 1989 Progressive Conservative 24 (Mulroney)
2 Elmer MacKay January 30, 1989April 20, 1991 Progressive Conservative
3 John Crosbie April 21, 1991June 24, 1993 Progressive Conservative
4 Ross Reid June 25, 1993November 3, 1993 Progressive Conservative 25 (Campbell)
5 David Dingwall June 30, 1994January 24, 1996 Liberal 26 (Chrétien)
6 John Manley January 25, 1996October 16, 2000 Liberal
Several secretaries of state were appointed to assist Manley in this role:
7 Brian Tobin October 17, 2000January 14, 2002 Liberal
Several ministers of state were appointed to assist Tobin in this role:
8 Allan Rock January 15, 2002December 11, 2003 Liberal
9 Joe McGuire December 12, 2003February 5, 2006 Liberal 27 (Martin)
10 Peter MacKay February 6, 2006January 19, 2010 Conservative 28 (Harper)
11 Keith Ashfield January 19, 2010February 22, 2013 Conservative
12 Gail Shea February 22, 2013July 15, 2013 Conservative
13 Bernard Valcourt July 15, 2013November 4, 2015 Conservative
14 Navdeep Bains November 4, 2015Incumbent Liberal 29 (Trudeau)

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