Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth (Canada)

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Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth
Justin Trudeau G20 2015.jpg
Justin Trudeau

since 4 November 2015
Intergovernmental Affairs Secretariat
Style The Honourable
Member of
Appointer Governor General of Canada
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holder Marcel Massé
Formation 14 November 1993
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The Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth (previously the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs (French: Ministre des Affaires intergouvernementales) is the Minister of the Crown in the Canadian Cabinet who is responsible for the federal government's relations with the governments of the provinces and territories of Canada. The Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs does not head a full-fledged department, but rather the Intergovernmental Affairs Secretariat within the Privy Council Office.

Since the post's establishment, all Ministers of Intergovernmental Affairs except Pierre Pettigrew and current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have concurrently served as President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada.

The position is sometimes informally called "unity minister" in sources such as media accounts. This same informal appellation was used for the former position Minister of Constitutional Affairs, which was held by Joe Clark for its entire existence from 1991 to 1993. Prior to the creation of full ministers responsible for this file, prime ministers occasionally appointed Ministers of State for Federal-Provincial Relations: from 1977 to 1980;[1][2] from 1986 to 1991.[3]

Several provincial governments have also created Ministers of Intergovernmental Affairs responsible for relations with other provinces and the federal government. Some provinces have bestowed foreign affairs responsibilities upon these ministers, although it is constitutionally outside of their jurisdiction to do so.



No. Pic. Name Term of office Political party Ministry
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
1 No image.svg Marcel Massé November 14, 1993 January 24, 1996 Liberal 26 (Chrétien)
2 Stéphane Dion.jpg Stéphane Dion January 25, 1996 December 11, 2003 Liberal
3 PierrePettigrew.JPG Pierre Pettigrew December 12, 2003 July 19, 2004 Liberal 27 (Martin)
4 No image.svg Lucienne Robillard July 20, 2004 February 5, 2006 Liberal
5 Michael Chong.jpg Michael Chong February 6, 2006 November 27, 2006 Conservative 28 (Harper)
6 Peter Van Loan December 2010.jpg Peter Van Loan November 27, 2006 January 3, 2007 Conservative
7 Rona Ambrose January 4, 2007 October 30, 2008 Conservative
8 No image.svg Josée Verner October 30, 2008 May 18, 2011 Conservative
9 No image.svg Peter Penashue May 18, 2011 March 14, 2013 Conservative
Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs
10 Denis Lebel.JPG Denis Lebel March 15, 2013 November 4, 2015 Conservative 28 (Harper)
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth
11 Justin Trudeau G20 2015.jpg Justin Trudeau November 4, 2015 Liberal 29 (J. Trudeau)


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