Minister of Veterans Affairs (Canada)

Minister of Veterans Affairs
Ministry
Federal

Incumbent
Steven Blaney
PC, MP

Style The Honourable
Appointed by David Johnston
as Governor General of Canada
First Ian Alistair Mackenzie
Formation 18 October 1944
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure

Website www.vac-acc.gc.ca
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The Minister of Veterans Affairs (French: Ministre des Anciens Combattants) is the Minister of the Crown in the Canadian Cabinet whose position was created in 1944. The Department of Veterans Affairs Canada was split from the Department of Pensions and National Health and was given the responsibility of administering benefits and pensions for war veterans. Its first responsibility was assisting in the reintegration of demobilised soldiers into civilian life and assisting them with health care, education, employment, loans and pensions. Today the department is largely responsible for medical care and pensions for aging veterans via the Canadian Pension Commission, War Veterans Appeal Board, and Bureau of Pensions Advocates.

Ministers

1. Ian Alistair Mackenzie Cabinet of King October 18, 1944 – January 18, 1948
2. Milton Gregg Cabinet of King January 19, 1948 – November 15, 1948
Cabinet of St-Laurent November 15, 1948 – August 6, 1950
3. Hugues Lapointe Cabinet of St-Laurent August 7, 1950 – June 20, 1957
4. Alfred Johnson Brooks Cabinet of Diefenbaker June 21, 1957 – October 10, 1960
5. Gordon Churchill Cabinet of Diefenbaker October 11, 1960 – February 11, 1963
6. Marcel Lambert Cabinet of Diefenbaker February 12, 1963 – April 21, 1963
7. Roger Teillet Cabinet of Pearson April 22, 1963 – April 19, 1968
Cabinet of Trudeau April 20, 1968 – July 5, 1968
8. Jean-Eudes Dubé Cabinet of Trudeau July 6, 1968 – January 27, 1972
9. Arthur Laing Cabinet of Trudeau January 28, 1972 – November 26, 1972
10. Daniel J. MacDonald Cabinet of Trudeau November 27, 1972 – June 3, 1979
11. Allan McKinnon Cabinet of Clark June 4, 1979 – March 2, 1980
Daniel J. MacDonald (2nd time) Cabinet of Trudeau March 3, 1980 – September 30, 1980
* Gilles Lamontagne (acting) Cabinet of Trudeau October 1, 1980 – September 21, 1981
12. W. Bennett Campbell Cabinet of Trudeau September 22, 1981 – June 29, 1984
Cabinet of Turner June 30, 1984 – September 16, 1984
13. George Hees Cabinet of Mulroney September 17, 1984 – September 14, 1988
14. Gerald Stairs Merrithew Cabinet of Mulroney September 18, 1988 – January 3, 1993
15. Kim Campbell Cabinet of Mulroney January 4, 1993 – June 24, 1993
16. Peter McCreath Cabinet of Campbell June 25, 1993 – November 3, 1993
17. David Collenette Cabinet of Chrétien November 4, 1993 – October 4, 1996
18. Doug Young Cabinet of Chrétien October 5, 1996 – June 10, 1997
19. Fred Mifflin Cabinet of Chrétien June 11, 1997 – August 2, 1999
20. George Baker Cabinet of Chrétien August 3, 1999 – October 17, 2000
21. Ron Duhamel Cabinet of Chrétien October 18, 2000 – January 14, 2002
22. Rey Pagtakhan Cabinet of Chrétien January 15, 2002 – December 11, 2003
23. John McCallum Cabinet of Martin December 12, 2003 – July 19, 2004
24. Albina Guarnieri Cabinet of Martin July 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006
25. Greg Thompson Cabinet of Harper February 6, 2006 - January 16, 2010
Vacant January 16, 2010 - January 19, 2010
26. Jean-Pierre Blackburn Cabinet of Harper January 19, 2010 – May 18, 2011
27. Steven Blaney Cabinet of Harper May 18, 2011 – present

Prior to 1944, the responsibilities of the current Veterans Affairs portfolio were part of the now-defunct post of Minister of Pensions and National Health.


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