Perrin Beatty

Henry Perrin Beatty, PC OC (born June 1, 1950) is a Canadian corporate executive and former politician, who served as a Progressive Conservative of the House of Commons from 1972 to 1993, and as a cabinet minister from 1979 to 1980 and again from 1984 to 1993.

Perrin Beatty

Secretary of State for External Affairs
In office
June 24, 1993  November 3, 1993
Prime MinisterKim Campbell
Preceded byBarbara McDougall
Succeeded byAndré Ouellet
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Wellington—Grey—Dufferin—Waterloo
In office
Preceded byMarvin Howe
Succeeded byNone (district abolished)
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Wellington—Dufferin—Simcoe
In office
Preceded byNone (district created)
Succeeded byNone (district abolished)
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Wellington—Grey—Dufferin—Simcoe
In office
Preceded byNone (district created)
Succeeded byMurray Calder
Personal details
Henry Perrin Beatty

(1950-06-01) June 1, 1950
Toronto, Ontario
Political partyProgressive Conservative
Spouse(s)Julie Beatty
ChildrenPatrick Beatty
ResidenceOttawa, Ontario
ProfessionBusinessman, Corporate Executive, Politician

Life and career

Beatty is a graduate of Upper Canada College in Toronto, Ontario,[1] and of the University of Western Ontario in London.

He first won election to the House of Commons of Canada as a Progressive Conservative at the age of 22 in the 1972 election.

In 1979 he became, at the time, the youngest person ever appointed to a Canadian Cabinet when Prime Minister Joe Clark made Beatty his minister of state for the Treasury Board in his short-lived government. Beatty returned to the opposition benches as a result of the defeat of the Clark government in the 1980 election.

With the Conservative victory in the 1984 election, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney made Beatty Minister of National Revenue and Minister responsible for Canada Post. He subsequently served as Solicitor General of Canada (1985-1986), Minister of National Defence (1986-1989), Minister of National Health and Welfare (1989-1991), and the now-defunct position of Minister of Communications (1991-1993).

Despite long being touted as a future Tory leader, Beatty did not run in the 1993 Progressive Conservative leadership convention to succeed Mulroney. He was promoted to Secretary of State for External Affairs in the short-lived government of Mulroney's successor, Kim Campbell, but lost his seat in the 1993 election which returned only two Tory MPs.

In 1995 the Liberal government of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien appointed Beatty President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a position he held until 1999 when he became president and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, a business association that promotes the interests of Canadian industry and exporters. In August 2007 Beatty left the CME to become president and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Beatty served as Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa, Ontario from 2008 to 2015. He has received honourary degrees from UOIT and Western University.

In 2012 Beatty received an honorary Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation from the Forum for International Trade Training.[2][3]


  1. "UCC community members join Order of Canada". Upper Canada College. 2019-01-17. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
  2. "CdnChamberofCommerce on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  3. "FITT - Watch Hon. Perrin Beatty, CITP, on CTV News Power... | Facebook". Retrieved 2016-04-05.
25th Ministry – Cabinet of Kim Campbell
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Barbara McDougall Secretary of State for External Affairs
André Ouellet
24th Ministry – Cabinet of Brian Mulroney
Cabinet posts (5)
Predecessor Office Successor
Marcel Masse Minister of Communications
Monique Landry
Jake Epp Minister of National Health and Welfare
Benoît Bouchard
Erik Nielsen Minister of National Defence
Bill McKnight
Elmer MacKay Solicitor General of Canada
James Kelleher
Roy MacLaren Minister of National Revenue
Elmer MacKay
21st Ministry – Cabinet of Joe Clark
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
  Minister of State (Treasury Board)
Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Riding Created
Member of Parliament for

Succeeded by
Murray Calder
Preceded by
Riding Created
Member of Parliament for

Succeeded by
Riding Abolished
Preceded by
Marvin Howe
Member of Parliament for

Succeeded by
Riding Abolished
Government offices
Preceded by
Anthony S. Manera
President of the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Succeeded by
Robert Rabinovitch
Other offices
Preceded by
Lyn McLeod
Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Succeeded by
Noreen Taylor
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