Minister of Transport (Canada)

Minister of Transport
Ministry
Federal
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Incumbent
Denis Lebel
PC, MP, BA
since 18 May 2011
Style The Honourable
Appointed by David Johnston
as Governor General of Canada
First C.D. Howe
Formation 2 November 1936
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure

Website www.tc.gc.ca
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The Minister of Transport (French: Ministre des Transports) is the Minister of the Crown in the Canadian Cabinet who is responsible for overseeing the federal government's transportation regulatory and development department, Transport Canada. The post was created by Prime Minister MacKenzie King in 1936.

Since 2006 the position has been styled the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, a name change corresponding with responsibility for Infrastructure Canada being transferred to the portfolio at that time. "Minister of Transport" remains the title for legal purposes.

Transport Canada used to manage most of Canada's major airports, but in the 1990s, most airports were off loaded to non-profit private airport authorities. The department is now responsible for transportation safety and regulation management.

As of June 2011, the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities is Denis Lebel.

Ministers of Transport

1. C.D. Howe under King November 2, 1936 - July 8, 1940
2. Pierre Cardin under King July 8, 1940 - May 13, 1942
* C.D. Howe (Acting) under King May 13, 1942 - October 6, 1942
3. Joseph Enoil Michaud under King October 6, 1942 - April 18, 1945
4. Lionel Chevrier under St. Laurent April 18, 1945 - July 1, 1954
5. George Carlyle Marler under St. Laurent July 1, 1954 - June 21, 1957
6. George Hees under Diefenbaker June 21, 1957 - October 11, 1960
7. Léon Balcer under Diefenbaker October 11, 1960 - April 22, 1963
8. George McIlraith under Pearson April 22, 1963 - February 3, 1964
9. Jack Pickersgill under Pearson February 3, 1964 - September 19, 1967
10. Paul Hellyer under Pearson September 19, 1967 - April 20, 1968
Paul Hellyer (cont'd) under Trudeau April 20, 1968 - April 30, 1969
* James Armstrong Richardson (Acting) under Trudeau April 30, 1969 - May 5, 1969
11. Donald Campbell Jamieson under Trudeau May 5, 1969 - November 27, 1972
12. Jean Marchand under Trudeau November 27, 1972 - September 26, 1975
13. Otto Lang under Trudeau September 26, 1975 - June 4, 1979
14. Don Mazankowski under Clark June 4, 1979 - March 3, 1980
15. Jean-Luc Pépin under Trudeau March 3, 1980 - August 12, 1983
16. Lloyd Axworthy under Trudeau August 12, 1983 - June 29, 1984
Lloyd Axworthy (cont'd) under Turner June 30, 1984 - September 16, 1984
Don Mazankowski (2nd time) under Mulroney September 17, 1984 - June 29, 1986
17. John Crosbie under Mulroney June 30, 1986 - March 30, 1988
18. Benoît Bouchard under Mulroney March 31, 1988 - February 22, 1990
19. Doug Lewis under Mulroney February 23, 1990 - April 20, 1991
20. Jean Corbeil under Mulroney April 21, 1991 - June 24, 1993
Jean Corbeil (cont'd) under Campbell June 25, 1993 - November 3, 1993
21. Doug Young under Chrétien November 4, 1993 - January 24, 1996
22. David Anderson under Chrétien January 25, 1996 - June 10, 1997
23. David Collenette under Chrétien June 11, 1997 - December 11, 2003
24. Tony Valeri under Martin December 12, 2003 - July 19, 2004
25. Jean Lapierre under Martin July 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006
26. Lawrence Cannon under Harper February 6, 2006 - October 29, 2008
27. John Baird under Harper October 30, 2008 - August 6, 2010
28. Chuck Strahl under Harper August 6, 2010 – May 18, 2011
29. Denis Lebel under Harper May 18, 2011 - present

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