President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada

In the Canadian cabinet, the President of The Queen's Privy Council for Canada (French: Président du Conseil privé de la Reine pour le Canada) is nominally in charge of the Privy Council Office. The President of the Privy Council also has the largely ceremonial duty of presiding over meetings of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, a body which only convenes in full for affairs of state such as the accession of a new Sovereign or the marriage of the Prince of Wales or heir presumptive to the Throne (see Monarchy in Canada). Accordingly, the last time the President of the Privy Council had to preside over a meeting of the Privy Council was in 1981 on the occasion of Charles, Prince of Wales' engagement to Lady Diana Spencer. It is the equivalent of the office of Lord President of the Council in the United Kingdom.

President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada
Incumbent
Dominic LeBlanc

since July 18, 2018
Queen's Privy Council for Canada
StyleThe Honourable
Member of
AppointerGovernor General of Canada
Term lengthAt Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holderAdam Johnston Fergusson Blair
Formation1 July 1867
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Under Prime Ministers Pierre Trudeau and Joe Clark the position was synonymous with that of Government House Leader. In 1989 the Government House Leader became a separate position and the President of the Privy Council became a largely honorary title (not unlike that of Deputy Prime Minister of Canada) given to a senior minister in addition to other portfolios. From 1993 it has regularly been held by whoever holds the portfolio of Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. In the past decade the position has generally been seen to be the closest thing to a sinecure posting within the Cabinet. The current President, Dominic LeBlanc, holds the position of Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Northern Affairs and Internal Trade.

Presidents of the Privy Council

No. Portrait Name Term of office Political party Under Prime Minister
1Adam Johnston Fergusson BlairJuly 1, 1867December 29, 1867Macdonald
 vacantDecember 30, 1867January 29, 1869
2Joseph HoweJanuary 30, 1869November 15, 1869
3Edward KennyNovember 16, 1869June 20, 1870
4Charles TupperJune 21, 1870July 1, 1872
5John O'ConnorJuly 2, 1872March 3, 1873
6Hugh McDonald (politician)June 14, 1873June 30, 1873
7Lucius Seth HuntingtonJanuary 20, 1874October 8, 1875Mackenzie
8Joseph Édouard CauchonDecember 7, 1875June 7, 1877
9Edward BlakeJune 8, 1877January 17, 1878
10John O'ConnorOctober 17, 1878January 15, 1880Macdonald
11Louis François Rodrigue MassonJanuary 16, 1880July 31, 1880
12Joseph-Alfred MousseauNovember 8, 1880May 19, 1881
13Archibald Woodbury McLelanMay 20, 1881July 9, 1882
14John A. MacdonaldOctober 17, 1883November 27, 1889
15Charles Carrol ColbyNovember 28, 1889April 30, 1891
16John AbbottJune 16, 1891November 24, 1892Abbott
17William Bullock IvesDecember 7, 1892December 12, 1894Thompson
18Mackenzie BowellDecember 21, 1894April 27, 1896Bowell
19Auguste Réal AngersMay 1, 1896July 8, 1896Tupper
20Wilfrid LaurierJuly 13, 1896October 6, 1911Laurier
21Robert Laird BordenOctober 10, 1911October 12, 1917Borden
22Newton Wesley RowellOctober 12, 1917July 10, 1920
23James Alexander CalderJuly 10, 1920September 20, 1921Meighen
24Louis-Philippe NormandOctober 4, 1921December 28, 1921
25William Lyon Mackenzie KingDecember 29, 1921June 28, 1926King
26Arthur MeighenJune 29, 1926July 12, 1926Meighen
25William Lyon Mackenzie KingSeptember 25, 1926August 6, 1930King
27Richard Bedford BennettAugust 7, 1930October 22, 1935Bennett
25William Lyon Mackenzie KingOctober 23, 1935November 14, 1948King
28Louis Saint-LaurentNovember 15, 1948April 24, 1957Saint-Laurent
29Lionel ChevrierApril 25, 1957June 20, 1957
 vacantJune 21, 1957December 27, 1961Diefenbaker
30Noël DorionDecember 28, 1961July 5, 1962
31John George DiefenbakerDecember 21, 1962April 22, 1963
32Maurice LamontagneApril 22, 1963February 2, 1964Pearson
33George James McIlraithFebruary 3, 1964July 6, 1965
34Guy FavreauJuly 7, 1965April 3, 1967
35Walter L. GordonApril 4, 1967March 10, 1968
*Pierre TrudeauMarch 11, 1968April 20, 1968
*Pierre TrudeauApril 20, 1968May 1, 1968P.E. Trudeau
*Allan MacEachenMay 2, 1968July 5, 1968
36Donald Stovel MacdonaldJuly 6, 1968September 23, 1970
37Allan MacEachenSeptember 24, 1970August 7, 1974
38Mitchell SharpAugust 8, 1974September 13, 1976
37Allan MacEachenSeptember 14, 1976June 3, 1979
39Walter David BakerJune 4, 1979March 2, 1980Clark
40Yvon PinardMarch 3, 1980June 29, 1984P.E. Trudeau
41André OuelletJune 30, 1984September 6, 1984Turner
42Erik NielsenSeptember 7, 1984February 26, 1985Mulroney
43Ramon John HnatyshynFebruary 27, 1985June 29, 1986
44Don MazankowskiJune 30, 1986April 20, 1991
45Joe ClarkApril 21, 1991June 24, 1993
46Pierre BlaisJune 25, 1993November 3, 1993Campbell
47Marcel MasséNovember 4, 1993January 24, 1996Chrétien
48Stéphane DionJanuary 25, 1996December 11, 2003
49Denis CoderreDecember 12, 2003July 19, 2004Martin
50Lucienne RobillardJuly 20, 2004February 5, 2006
51Michael ChongFebruary 6, 2006November 27, 2006Harper
52Peter Van LoanNovember 27, 2006January 3, 2007
53Rona AmbroseJanuary 4, 2007October 30, 2008
54Josée VernerOctober 30, 2008May 18, 2011
55Peter PenashueMay 18, 2011March 14, 2013
56Denis LebelMarch 15, 2013November 3, 2015
57Maryam Monsef [1][2]November 4, 2015January 10, 2017J. Trudeau
58Karina Gould[3]January 10, 2017July 18, 2018
59Dominic LeBlancJuly 18, 2018present

References

  1. Tim Naumetz (November 9, 2015). "Youngest Cabinet minister Monsef also President of Queen's Privy Council". The Hill Times. The Privy Council Office confirmed in response to questions from The Hill Times that Ms. Monsef had been designated as President of the Queen’s Privy Council, but as of late Monday had not confirmed whether she was sworn into the office or exactly when she will be.
  2. Parliament of Canada biography: Monsef is subsequently listed as having assumed the office on November 4, 2015.
  3. http://www.lop.parl.gc.ca/ParlInfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=69e429cb-3bd3-4744-95a0-701e3b95c115&Language=E&Section=FederalExperience
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