Martin O'Connell (politician)

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Martin Patrick O'Connell
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Scarborough East
In office
Preceded byThe electoral district was created in 1966.
Succeeded byReginald Stackhouse
In office
Preceded byReginald Stackhouse
Succeeded byGordon Gilchrist
Minister of Labour
In office
January 28, 1972 – November 26, 1972
Prime MinisterPierre Trudeau
Preceded byBryce Stuart Mackasey
Succeeded byJohn Carr Munro
In office
November 24, 1978 – June 3, 1979
Prime MinisterPierre Trudeau
Preceded byAndré Ouellet (Acting)
Succeeded byLincoln Alexander
Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister
In office
Prime MinisterPierre Trudeau
Preceded byMarc Lalonde
Succeeded byJames A. Coutts
Personal details
Born(1916-08-01)August 1, 1916
Victoria, British Columbia
DiedAugust 11, 2003(2003-08-11) (aged 87)
Political partyLiberal
CabinetMinister of Labour (1972 & 1978–79)
PortfolioParliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Regional Economic Expansion (1969–71)

Martin Patrick O'Connell, PC (August 1, 1916 – August 11, 2003) was a Canadian politician.

Born in Victoria, British Columbia, he received a Bachelor of Arts from Queen's University. During World War II, he was a captain in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. After the war, he received an MA and a Ph.D from the University of Toronto.

In 1965, he ran for the House of Commons of Canada for the riding of Greenwood. He was defeated but was elected in 1968 in the riding of Scarborough East. A Liberal, he was defeated in the 1972 elections but was re-elected again in 1974. He ran twice more unsuccessfully in 1979 and 1980. From 1969 to 1971, he was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Regional Economic Expansion. From 1971 to 1972, he was the Minister of State and in 1972 he was the Minister of Labour.

After his defeat in the 1972 General Election, O'Connell served as Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Trudeau from 1973 until he was once again elected to the House of Commons in the 1974 General Election.

From 1978 to 1979, he again was the Minister of Labour.

From 1984 to 1989, he was the Chairman of the Council of Governors of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. In 1993 he was the co-founder and first co-chairman of The Canadian Foundation for the Preservation of Chinese Cultural and Historical Treasures.


  • "The Honourable Martin O'Connell, PhD, Privy Councill". Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.
  • Martin O'Connell (politician) – Parliament of Canada biography