Minister of Health (Canada)

Minister of Health

Leona Aglukkaq.jpg
Leona Aglukkaq

Style The Honourable
Appointed by Michaëlle Jean
as Governor General of Canada
First David Dingwall
Formation 12 July 1996
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure


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The Minister of Health (French: Ministre de la Santé) is the Minister of the Crown in the Canadian Cabinet who is responsible for overseeing the federal government's health department (Health Canada) and the enforcing the Public Health Agency of Canada, Canada Health Act, the law governing Medicare. The current Minister of Health is Leona Aglukkaq, MP for Nunavut.

The Minister of Health is also the responsible Minister for the:


Prior to 1944, the responsibilities of the current Health portfolio were part of the now-defunct post of Minister of Pensions and National Health. From 1944 to 1996, the post was known as the Minister of National Health and Welfare.



No. Portrait Name Term of office Political party Ministry
1 No image.svg David Dingwall July 12, 1996 June 10, 1997 Liberal 26 (Chrétien)
2 Allan-rock-wLKc.jpg Allan Rock June 11, 1997 January 14, 2002 Liberal
3 FEMA - 14172 Anne McLellan cropped.jpg Anne McLellan January 15, 2002 December 11, 2003 Liberal
4 PierrePettigrew.JPG Pierre Pettigrew December 12, 2003 July 19, 2004 Liberal 27 (Martin)
5 Ujjal Dosanjh cropped.jpg Ujjal Dosanjh July 20, 2004 February 5, 2006 Liberal
6 Tony Clement.jpg Tony Clement February 6, 2006 October 29, 2008 Conservative 28 (Harper)
7 Minister Leona Aglukkaq.jpg Leona Aglukkaq October 30, 2008 Incumbent Conservative

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