Minister of Mines and Resources

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Minister of Mines and Resources of Canada
Member ofCabinet of Canada
Constituting instrumentStatute 1 Edw. VIII, c. 33
Formation1 December 1936
Abolished18 January 1950

The position of Minister of Mines and Resources was a cabinet portfolio in Canada from 1936 to 1950. The mines portfolio had previously been that of the Minister of Mines, which was a portfolio adjunct to other ministries such as Inland Revenue and Indian Affairs.

Upon their abolition, the responsibilities belonging to the offices of Minister of Immigration and Colonization, Minister of the Interior, Minister of Mines, and Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs were combined into the office of Minister of Mines and Resources, created by Statute 1 Edw. VIII, c. 33, assented to on 23 June 1936 and proclaimed in force on 1 December 1936. The last Minister of Immigration and Colonization, Thomas Alexander Crerar, remained in office under the new title of Minister of Mines and Resources.

Both the offices of Minister of Mines and Resources and Minister of Reconstruction and Supply were abolished by Statute 13 Geo. VI, c. 18, and the offices of the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys and Minister of Resources and Development were thus created by Statutes 13 Geo. VI, c. 16, 17 and 18 respectively, each assenting to on 10 December 1949 and proclaimed in force on 18 January 1950.

The office portfolio was superseded in 1950 by the Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys, combining in a department which had previously been associated with the Ministry of Lands. The current successor to the "Resources" portfolio is the Minister of Natural Resources.

Ministers of Mines and Resources[edit]

1. Thomas Alexander Crerar Cabinet of King December 1, 1936 – April 17, 1945
2. James Allison Glen Cabinet of King April 18, 1945 – June 10, 1948
3. James Angus MacKinnon Cabinet of King June 11, 1948 – November 15, 1948
James Angus MacKinnon Cabinet of St. Laurent November 15, 1948 – March 31, 1949
4. Colin William George Gibson Cabinet of St. Laurent April 1, 1949 – January 17, 1950