Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs (Canada)

Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs (Canada)
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

Peter Penashue
since 18 May 2011
Style The Honourable
Appointed by David Johnston
as Governor General of Canada
First Marcel Massé
Formation 14 November 1993
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure


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The Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs (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.

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

The current Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and the President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada is Peter Penashue.

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 of 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.



No. Portrait Name Term of office Political party Ministry
1 No image.svg Marcel Massé November 14, 1993 January 24, 1996 Liberal 26 (Chrétien)
2 Stéphane Dion.jpg Stéphane Dion January 25, 1996 December 11, 2003 Liberal
3 PierrePettigrew.JPG Pierre Pettigrew December 12, 2003 July 19, 2004 Liberal 27 (Martin)
4 No image.svg Lucienne Robillard July 20, 2004 February 5, 2006 Liberal
5 No image.svg Michael Chong February 6, 2006 November 27, 2006 Conservative 28 (Harper)
6 Peter Van Loan on November 3, 2010.jpg Peter Van Loan November 27, 2006 January 3, 2007 Conservative
7 RonaAmbrose EdmontonLRTOpening 25April2009.jpg Rona Ambrose January 4, 2007 October 30, 2008 Conservative
8 No image.svg Josée Verner October 30, 2008 May 18, 2011 Conservative
9 No image.svg Peter Penashue May 18, 2011 present Conservative


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