The Honourable George Baker, former MP for the riding of Gander - Grand
Falls (Newfoundland and Labrador) was first elected to the House of Commons in
1974, and was re-elected at every subsequent federal election.
During his distinguished parliamentary career, he has served as Parliamentary
Secretary to the Minister of Transport from 1975 to 1976, Parliamentary
Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Environment from 1975 to 1976, and as
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue in 1976. In
Opposition, he served as Party Critic for Atlantic Development in 1989, and
Associate Party Critic for the Treasury Board in 1990.
From 1999 to 2000, George Baker served as Minister of Veterans Affairs. In
this portfolio, he successfully negotiated a $50 million compensation package
for veterans of Canada's merchant navy - an issue that was very close to his
Since 1993, he has also served on the House Standing Committees on Finance,
Trade and Economic Affairs, Fisheries and Oceans, Miscellaneous Estimates,
Transport, Government Operations, and Procedure and House Affairs.
Mr. Baker studied political science and economics at Memorial University of
Newfoundland and at the University of New Brunswick. He was formerly Chief Clerk
of the Newfoundland House of Assembly, serving concurrently, from 1967 to 1968,
as Secretary of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. George Baker also
worked as a contract producer for CBC, for music drama and arts in Newfoundland.
George Baker has four children.