Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

The Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry (French: Ministre de l'Innovation, des Sciences et de l'Industrie) is the Minister of the Crown in the Canadian Cabinet who is responsible for overseeing the federal government's economic development and corporate affairs department, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. The Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry is also the minister responsible for Statistics Canada. By convention, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry also serves as the Registrar General of Canada. The current officeholder is Navdeep Bains of Mississauga-Malton.

Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry of Canada
Incumbent
Navdeep Bains

since 4 November 2015
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
StyleThe Honourable
Member of
AppointerGovernor General of Canada
Term lengthAt Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holderJohn Manley
Formation29 March 1995[1]
Salary$255,300 (2017)[2]
Websitewww.ic.gc.ca
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History of the Office

The office of the Registrar General of Canada has traditionally been associated with the responsibility of overseeing corporate affairs, by virtue of its function in registering all letters patent. From Confederation to 1966, the Secretary of State for Canada was the Registrar General. Between 1966 and 1995, the office was held by the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs.

The economic development function of the portfolio can be traced from the office of Minister of Trade and Commerce, which was created in 1892. The post of Minister of Industry briefly existed between 1963 and 1969 as a successor to the post of Minister of Defence Production. It was merged with the Trade and Commerce portfolio in 1969. The post of Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce existed between 1969 and 1983. During that time, a separate post of Minister of Regional Economic Expansion (1969 to 1983)/Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion (1983-1990) also existed. In 1990, the post of Minister of Industry, Science and Technology was created.

From 1993 to 1995, a single minister was styled as Minister of Industry while concurrently holding the posts of Industry, Science and Technology, and of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, pending a government restructuring. The post of Minister of Industry was formally created in 1995. The office was renamed to its current name in the 29th Canadian Ministry.[3]

List of ministers

Predecessor offices

Economic development, industry, science

Corporate affairs

Key:

  Historical conservative parties: Progressive Conservative

Concurrently Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs &
Minister of Industry, Science and Technology (1993–1995)

No. Portrait Name Term of office Political party Ministry
* Jean Charest
styled as Minister of Industry
June 25, 1993November 3, 1993 Progressive
Conservative
25 (Campbell)
* John Manley
styled as Minister of Industry
November 4, 1993March 28, 1995 Liberal 26 (Chrétien)

Minister of Industry (1995–2015)

No. Portrait Name Term of office Political party Ministry
1 John Manley March 29, 1995October 16, 2000 Liberal 26 (Chrétien)
2 Brian Tobin October 17, 2000January 14, 2002 Liberal
3 Allan Rock January 15, 2002December 11, 2003 Liberal
4 Lucienne Robillard December 12, 2003July 19, 2004 Liberal 27 (Martin)
5 David Emerson July 20, 2004February 5, 2006 Liberal
6 Maxime Bernier February 6, 2006August 13, 2007 Conservative 28 (Harper)
7 Jim Prentice August 14, 2007October 29, 2008 Conservative
8 Tony Clement October 30, 2008May 18, 2011 Conservative
9 Christian Paradis May 18, 2011July 15, 2013 Conservative
10 James Moore July 15, 2013November 4, 2015 Conservative

Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (2015–2019)

Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry (2019–)

No. Portrait Name Term of office Political party Ministry
11 Navdeep Bains November 4, 2015Incumbent Liberal 29 (J. Trudeau)

Critics

References


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