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Members of the Cabinet, Parliamentary Secretaries and Opposition Party Critics

The Cabinet consists of the Prime Minister and Ministers who have been appointed by the Governor General on the advice of the Prime Minister.  Virtually all members of Cabinet are Members of the House of Commons, with one or two Senators also appointed.  The Cabinet is the head of the executive branch of government, although its role in theory is to formally advise the Governor General. Individual Cabinet Ministers are responsible for a government department or portfolio, but collectively the Cabinet makes decisions on behalf of the Government, decides what legislation to introduce,  and is responsible to Parliament for the conduct of the government. The members of the Cabinet remain in office until they resign or successors are appointed. Traditionally, Prime Ministers have tried to ensure that the cabinet reflects the different regions and diverse composition of the Canadian population. 

 

A Parliamentary Secretary is appointed by the Prime Minister to assist a cabinet Minister, or, in some cases, to assist several cabinet Ministers or the Prime Minister.  A Parliamentary Secretary works under the direction of the Minister, and has parliamentary and departmental duties. A Parliamentary Secretary functions as a liaison between the Minister and Parliament and the government caucus. He or she plays a key role on parliamentary committees that are responsible for the issues relating to the department. The Parliamentary Secretary may table documents in the House of Commons or answer questions on behalf of the Minister, but may not present Government Bills. On occasion, a Parliamentary Secretary may represent the Minister at public functions, and may be given policy-related duties, although the Minister retains ultimate responsibility. 

 

An Opposition Critic is an opposition party member who is given responsibility for scrutinizing and critiquing the administration and policies of a particular department or portfolio. An opposition critic is the chief spokesperson and advocate for the policy area to which he or she is assigned in the House of Commons, in its committees, and in the media. An opposition critic will also help develop his or her party’s position and policies in the area. Collectively, a party's opposition critics are sometimes said to form a shadow Cabinet.

 
Area of ResponsibilityDepartmentMembers of the Cabinet, Parliamentary Secretaries and Opposition Party Critics
Aboriginal Affairs Indian Affairs and Northern Development Minister: Valcourt, Bernard
  • Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Access to Information Treasury Board Minister: Clement, Tony
  • President of the Treasury Board

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Agriculture and Agri-Food Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister: Ritz, Gerry
  • Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Minister of State: Bernier, Maxime
  • Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism and Agriculture)

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Americas Foreign Affairs Minister: Baird, John
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs

Parliamentary Secretary:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Americas and Consular Affairs Foreign Affairs Minister: Baird, John
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Asia-Pacific Gateway Transport Minister: Raitt, Lisa
  • Minister of Transport

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Indian Affairs and Northern Development Minister: Valcourt, Bernard
  • Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

Minister of State: Moore, Rob
  • Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Canada-USA Border and Trade Issues Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister: Blaney, Steven
  • Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Canadian Heritage Canadian Heritage Minister: Glover, Shelly
  • Minister for Official Languages
  • Minister of Canadian Heritage

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency Environment Minister: Aglukkaq, Leona
  • Minister for the Arctic Council
  • Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
  • Minister of the Environment

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency Minister: Aglukkaq, Leona
  • Minister for the Arctic Council
  • Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
  • Minister of the Environment

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Canadian Wheat Board Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister: Ritz, Gerry
  • Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Parliamentary Secretary:
Citizenship and Immigration Citizenship and Immigration Minister: Alexander, Chris
  • Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Minister of State: Uppal, Tim
  • Minister of State (Multiculturalism)
Kenney, Jason
  • Minister for Multiculturalism
  • Minister of Employment and Social Development

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Consular Services Foreign Affairs Minister: Baird, John
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs

Minister of State: Yelich, Lynne
  • Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular)

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Consumer Affairs Industry Minister: Moore, James
  • Minister of Industry

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Co-operatives Industry Minister: Moore, James
  • Minister of Industry

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Democratic Reform Prime Minister of Canada Minister: Harper, Stephen
  • Prime Minister

Minister of State: Poilievre, Pierre
  • Minister of State (Democratic Reform)

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Digital Issues Canadian Heritage Minister: Glover, Shelly
  • Minister for Official Languages
  • Minister of Canadian Heritage

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Early learning and Childcare Employment and Social Development Minister: Kenney, Jason
  • Minister for Multiculturalism
  • Minister of Employment and Social Development

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec Minister: Lebel, Denis
  • Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
  • President of the Queen's Privy Council

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Employment and Social Development Employment and Social Development Minister: Kenney, Jason
  • Minister for Multiculturalism
  • Minister of Employment and Social Development

Minister of State: Bergen, Candice
  • Minister of State (Social Development)

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Employment Insurance Employment and Social Development Minister: Kenney, Jason
  • Minister for Multiculturalism
  • Minister of Employment and Social Development

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Energy Natural Resources Minister: Rickford, Greg
  • Minister of Natural Resources
  • Minister of State (Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario)

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Environment Environment Minister: Aglukkaq, Leona
  • Minister for the Arctic Council
  • Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
  • Minister of the Environment

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Ethics Treasury Board Minister: Clement, Tony
  • President of the Treasury Board

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario Industry Minister: Moore, James
  • Minister of Industry

Minister of State: Goodyear, Gary
  • Minister of State (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario)

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario Industry Minister: Moore, James
  • Minister of Industry

Minister of State: Rickford, Greg
  • Minister of Natural Resources
  • Minister of State (Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario)

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Finance Finance Minister: Oliver, Joe
  • Minister of Finance

Minister of State: Sorenson, Kevin
  • Minister of State (Finance)

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Fisheries and Oceans Fisheries and Oceans Minister: Shea, Gail
  • Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Foreign Affairs Foreign Affairs Minister: Baird, John
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs

Minister of State: Yelich, Lynne
  • Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular)

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Francophonie Foreign Affairs Minister: Baird, John
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs

Minister of State: Paradis, Christian
  • Minister for La Francophonie
  • Minister of International Development

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues Justice Minister: MacKay, Peter Gordon
  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Great Lakes Environment Minister: Aglukkaq, Leona
  • Minister for the Arctic Council
  • Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
  • Minister of the Environment

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Health Health Minister: Ambrose, Rona
  • Minister of Health

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Heritage Canadian Heritage Minister: Glover, Shelly
  • Minister for Official Languages
  • Minister of Canadian Heritage

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Housing Employment and Social Development Minister: Kenney, Jason
  • Minister for Multiculturalism
  • Minister of Employment and Social Development

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Human Resources and Skills Development Employment and Social Development Minister: Kenney, Jason
  • Minister for Multiculturalism
  • Minister of Employment and Social Development

Minister of State: Bergen, Candice
  • Minister of State (Social Development)

Parliamentary Secretary:
Human Rights Justice Minister: MacKay, Peter Gordon
  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Immigration Citizenship and Immigration Minister: Alexander, Chris
  • Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Indian Affairs and Northern Development Indian Affairs and Northern Development Minister: Valcourt, Bernard
  • Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Industry Industry Minister: Moore, James
  • Minister of Industry

Minister of State: Bernier, Maxime
  • Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism and Agriculture)

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Infrastructure and Communities Privy Council Office Minister: Lebel, Denis
  • Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
  • President of the Queen's Privy Council

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Intergovernmental Affairs Intergovernmental Affairs Minister: Lebel, Denis
  • Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
  • President of the Queen's Privy Council

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
International Cooperation International Cooperation Minister: Paradis, Christian
  • Minister for La Francophonie
  • Minister of International Development

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
International Development International Cooperation Minister: Paradis, Christian
  • Minister for La Francophonie
  • Minister of International Development

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
International Trade International Trade Minister: Fast, Edward
  • Minister of International Trade

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Interprovincial Trade Industry Minister: Moore, James
  • Minister of Industry

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Justice Justice Minister: MacKay, Peter Gordon
  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Labour Labour Minister: Leitch, K. Kellie
  • Minister of Labour
  • Minister of Status of Women

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Labour Employment and Social Development Minister: Kenney, Jason
  • Minister for Multiculturalism
  • Minister of Employment and Social Development

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons Leader of the Government in the House of Commons Minister: Van Loan, Peter
  • Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Leader of the Government in the Senate Leader of the Government in the Senate Minister: Vacant
Leader of the Government in the Senate Leader of the Government in the Senate Minister: Carignan, Claude
  • Leader of the Government in the Senate
Literacy Employment and Social Development Minister: Kenney, Jason
  • Minister for Multiculturalism
  • Minister of Employment and Social Development

Parliamentary Secretary:
Multiculturalism Citizenship and Immigration Minister: Alexander, Chris
  • Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Minister of State: Uppal, Tim
  • Minister of State (Multiculturalism)
Kenney, Jason
  • Minister for Multiculturalism
  • Minister of Employment and Social Development

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
National Defence National Defence Minister: Nicholson, Rob
  • Minister of National Defence

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
National Revenue National Revenue Minister: Findlay, Kerry-Lynne D.
  • Minister of National Revenue

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Natural Resources Natural Resources Minister: Rickford, Greg
  • Minister of Natural Resources
  • Minister of State (Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario)

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Northern Development Indian Affairs and Northern Development Minister: Valcourt, Bernard
  • Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Official Languages Canadian Heritage Minister: Glover, Shelly
  • Minister for Official Languages
  • Minister of Canadian Heritage

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Parliamentary Affairs Leader of the Government in the House of Commons Minister: Van Loan, Peter
  • Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Pensions Employment and Social Development Minister: Kenney, Jason
  • Minister for Multiculturalism
  • Minister of Employment and Social Development

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Persons with Disabilities Employment and Social Development Minister: Kenney, Jason
  • Minister for Multiculturalism
  • Minister of Employment and Social Development

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Post Secondary Education Employment and Social Development Minister: Kenney, Jason
  • Minister for Multiculturalism
  • Minister of Employment and Social Development

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Prime Minister Prime Minister of Canada Minister: Harper, Stephen
  • Prime Minister

Minister of State: Duncan, John
  • Minister of State and Chief Government Whip

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Privacy Treasury Board Minister: Clement, Tony
  • President of the Treasury Board

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Privy Council Privy Council Office Minister: Lebel, Denis
  • Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
  • President of the Queen's Privy Council

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Public Safety Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister: Blaney, Steven
  • Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Public Works and Government Services Public Works and Government Services Minister: Finley, Diane
  • Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Quebec Region Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec Minister: Lebel, Denis
  • Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
  • President of the Queen's Privy Council

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Science and Technology Industry Minister: Moore, James
  • Minister of Industry

Minister of State: Holder, Ed
  • Minister of State (Science and Technology)

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Search and Rescue National Defence Minister: Nicholson, Rob
  • Minister of National Defence

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Seniors Employment and Social Development Minister: Kenney, Jason
  • Minister for Multiculturalism
  • Minister of Employment and Social Development

Minister of State: Wong, Alice
  • Minister of State (Seniors)

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Skills Training and Apprenticeships Employment and Social Development Minister: Kenney, Jason
  • Minister for Multiculturalism
  • Minister of Employment and Social Development

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Small Business Industry Minister: Moore, James
  • Minister of Industry

Minister of State: Bernier, Maxime
  • Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism and Agriculture)

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Sports Canadian Heritage Minister: Glover, Shelly
  • Minister for Official Languages
  • Minister of Canadian Heritage

Minister of State: Gosal, Bal
  • Minister of State (Sport)

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Status of Women Labour Minister: Leitch, K. Kellie
  • Minister of Labour
  • Minister of Status of Women

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Tourism Industry Minister: Moore, James
  • Minister of Industry

Minister of State: Bernier, Maxime
  • Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism and Agriculture)

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Transport Transport Minister: Raitt, Lisa
  • Minister of Transport

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Treasury Board Treasury Board Minister: Clement, Tony
  • President of the Treasury Board

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Urban Affairs Privy Council Office Minister: Lebel, Denis
  • Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
  • President of the Queen's Privy Council

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Veterans Affairs Veterans Affairs Minister: Fantino, Julian
  • Minister of Veterans Affairs

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Assistant / Associate Critic:
Western Economic Diversification Western Economic Diversification Minister: Rempel, Michelle
  • Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification)

Minister of State: Rempel, Michelle
  • Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification)

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
Youth Employment and Social Development Minister: Kenney, Jason
  • Minister for Multiculturalism
  • Minister of Employment and Social Development

Parliamentary Secretary:
Critic:
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Updated on: 2014.08.15

Revised on: 2014.08.15

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