Secretary of State for External Affairs (Canada)

Canada's Secretary of State for External Affairs was, from 1909 to 1993, the member of the Cabinet of Canada responsible for overseeing the federal government's international relations and the former Department of External Affairs. The first two Secretaries of State for External Affairs from 1909 until 1912 (Charles Murphy under Sir Wilfrid Laurier and William James Roche under Sir Robert Borden) concurrently served as Secretary of State for Canada. The two portfolios were permanently separated in 1912. The position was then held concurrently by the Prime Minister of Canada until 1946.

Noted Secretaries of State for External Affairs have included Louis St. Laurent, Lester B. Pearson, Howard Charles Green, Paul Joseph James Martin, Allan MacEachen, Mitchell Sharp, and Joe Clark.

The position was replaced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1993.

The position is referenced in the passport note (Page 1) of the Canadian Passport beyond 2000 with current passports corrected with the title of Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Secretaries of State for External Affairs

Key:

No. Portrait Name Term of office Political party Ministry
1 Charles Murphy.jpg Charles Murphy May 19, 1909 October 6, 1911 Liberal 8 (Laurier)
2 William James Roche.jpg William James Roche October 10, 1911 April 1, 1912 Conservative (historical) 9 (Borden)
3 RobertLBorden.jpg Robert Borden April 1, 1912 October 11, 1917 Conservative (historical)
October 12, 1917 July 9, 1920 Unionist 10 (Borden)
4 ArthurMeighenheadshot.jpg Arthur Meighen
(1st time)
July 10, 1920 December 29, 1921 N. L. C. 11 (Meighen)
5 Wm Lyon Mackenzie King.jpg William Lyon Mackenzie King
(1st time)
December 29, 1921 June 28, 1926 Liberal 12 (King)
(4) ArthurMeighenheadshot.jpg Arthur Meighen
(2nd time)
June 29, 1926 September 25, 1926 Conservative (historical) 13 (Meighen)
(5) Wm Lyon Mackenzie King.jpg William Lyon Mackenzie King
(2nd time)
September 25, 1926 August 7, 1930 Liberal 14 (King)
6 Richard Bedford Bennett.jpg Richard Bedford Bennett August 7, 1930 October 23, 1935 Conservative (historical) 15 (Bennett)
(5) Wm Lyon Mackenzie King.jpg William Lyon Mackenzie King
(3rd time)
October 23, 1935 September 3, 1946 Liberal 16 (King)
7 Louisstlaurent.jpg Louis St. Laurent September 4, 1946 September 9, 1948 Liberal
8 Lester B. Pearson with a pencil.jpg Lester B. Pearson September 10, 1948 November 15, 1948 Liberal
November 15, 1948 June 20, 1957 17 (St. Laurent)
9 DiefYoung.jpg John Diefenbaker June 21, 1957 September 12, 1957 Progressive Conservative 18 (Diefenbaker)
10 Sidney Smith.JPG Sidney Earle Smith September 13, 1957 March 17, 1959 Progressive Conservative
DiefYoung.jpg John Diefenbaker
(2nd time; Acting)
March 19, 1959 June 3, 1959 Progressive Conservative
11 No image.svg Howard Green June 4, 1959 April 21, 1963 Progressive Conservative
12 PJJ Martin.jpg Paul Joseph James Martin April 22, 1963 April 20, 1968 Liberal 19 (Pearson)
13 No image.svg Mitchell Sharp April 20, 1968 August 7, 1974 Liberal 20 (Trudeau)
14 No image.svg Allan MacEachen
(1st time)
August 8, 1974 September 13, 1976 Liberal
15 Don-Jamieson.jpg Don Jamieson September 14, 1976 June 3, 1979 Liberal
16 No image.svg Flora MacDonald June 4, 1979 March 2, 1980 Progressive Conservative 21 (Clark)
17 No image.svg Mark MacGuigan March 3, 1980 September 9, 1982 Liberal 22 (Trudeau)
(14) No image.svg Allan MacEachen
(2nd time)
September 10, 1982 June 29, 1984 Liberal
18 Jean Chrétien1.jpg Jean Chrétien June 30, 1984 September 16, 1984 Liberal 23 (Turner)
19 JoeClark.jpg Joe Clark September 17, 1984 April 20, 1991 Progressive Conservative 24 (Mulroney)
20 No image.svg Barbara McDougall April 21, 1991 June 24, 1993 Progressive Conservative
21 No image.svg Perrin Beatty June 25, 1993 November 3, 1993 Progressive Conservative 25 (Campbell)

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