Minister of Western Economic Diversification (Canada)
Minister of Western Economic Diversification Ministry Federal Incumbent
Style The Honourable Appointed by David Johnston
as Governor General of Canada
First Bill McKnight Formation June 28, 1988 Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure Canada
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The Minister of Western Economic Diversification (French: Ministre de la Diversification de l'économie de l'Ouest) is the Minister of the Crown in the Canadian Cabinet who also serves as the chief executive of Western Economic Diversification Canada. The post is traditionally held by an MP from Western Canada, although occasionally the responsibilities have been accorded to a more senior cabinet minister, such as the Industry minister.
Related regional development posts include Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec.
No. Name Term of office Political party Ministry 1 Bill McKnight June 28, 1988 January 29, 1989 Progressive Conservative 24 (Mulroney) 2 Charlie Mayer January 30, 1989 January 3, 1993 Progressive Conservative 3 Mary Collins January 4, 1993 June 24, 1993 Progressive Conservative 4 Larry Schneider June 25, 1993 November 3, 1993 Progressive Conservative 25 (Campbell) 5 Lloyd Axworthy November 4, 1993 January 24, 1996 Liberal 26 (Chrétien) 6 John Manley January 25, 1996 October 16, 2000 Liberal 7 Brian Tobin October 17, 2000 January 14, 2002 Liberal 8 Allan Rock January 15, 2002 December 11, 2003 Liberal 9 Rey Pagtakhan December 12, 2003 July 20, 2004 Liberal 27 (Martin) 10 Stephen Owen July 20, 2004 February 6, 2006 Conservative 11 Carol Skelton February 6, 2006 January 4, 2007 Conservative 28 (Harper) 12 Rona Ambrose January 4, 2007 October 30, 2008 Conservative 13 Jim Prentice October 30, 2008 November 5, 2010 Conservative (12) Rona Ambrose November 5, 2010 May 18, 2011 Conservative 14 Lynne Yelich May 18, 2011 Incumbent Conservative
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