Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

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Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Ministre de la Sécurité publique et de la Protection civile
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Bill Blair

since 20 November 2019
Public Safety Canada
StyleThe Honourable
Member of
Reports to
AppointerMonarch (represented by the governor general);[3]
on the advice of the prime minister[4]
Term lengthAt Her Majesty's pleasure
PrecursorSolicitor General of Canada
Inaugural holderAnne McLellan
FormationDecember 12, 2003
SalaryCA$269,800 (2019)[5]
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The minister of public safety and emergency preparedness (French: ministre de la sécurité publique et de la protection civile) is the minister of the Crown in the Canadian Cabinet responsible for overseeing Public Safety Canada, the Government of Canada's domestic security department.[6] The portfolio succeeded the role of solicitor general of Canada (French: solliciteur général du Canada) in 2005.

Bill Blair is the seventh and present minister of public safety and emergency preparedness,[7] previously holding the border security and organized crime reduction portfolio,[8] and serving as chief of the Toronto Police Service prior to his tenure in federal government.

The position was nominally created in December 2003 as a successor to the previous position of solicitor general, with the official title of Solicitor General carrying over during the 27th Canadian Ministry. It incorporated the responsibilities associated with the solicitor general, including responsibility for the Correctional Service of Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Parole Board of Canada, and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.[6] The portfolio also assumed responsibility for the Canada Border Services Agency upon that agency's formation in December 2003. The title of Solicitor General was abolished in 2005 and formally replaced in relevant laws with the present title.[9]

The minister is also responsible for the Emergency Management Act.



No. Portrait Name Term of office Political party Ministry
Solicitor General
1 FEMA - 14172 Anne McLellan cropped.jpg Anne McLellan December 12, 2003 April 3, 2005 Liberal 27 (Martin)
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
FEMA - 14172 Anne McLellan cropped.jpg Anne McLellan April 4, 2005 February 5, 2006 Liberal 27 (Martin)
Minister of Public Safety
2 Stockwell Day - July 2010.jpg Stockwell Day February 6, 2006 October 30, 2008 Conservative 28 (Harper)
3 Peter Van Loan December 2010.jpg Peter Van Loan October 30, 2008 January 19, 2010 Conservative
4 Vic Toews.jpg Vic Toews January 19, 2010 July 9, 2013 Conservative
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
5 Steven Blaney 2014.jpg Steven Blaney July 15, 2013 November 4, 2015 Conservative 28 (Harper)
6 Ralph Goodale 2013.jpg Ralph Goodale November 4, 2015 November 20, 2019 Liberal 29 (J. Trudeau)
7 Bill Blair - 2012 (cropped).jpg Bill Blair November 20, 2019 Incumbent Liberal

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Canadian Parliamentary system - Our Procedure - House of Commons". Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  2. ^ "Review of the Responsibilities and Accountabilities of Ministers and Senior Officials" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Constitutional Duties". The Governor General of Canada. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  4. ^ "House of Commons Procedure and Practice - 1. Parliamentary Institutions - Canadian Parliamentary Institutions". Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  5. ^ "Indemnities, Salaries and Allowances". Library of Parliament. April 11, 2018. Archived from the original on June 1, 2017. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "About Us". Public Safety Canada. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  7. ^ "Who's who in Justin Trudeau's 2019 cabinet".
  8. ^ "Trudeau cabinet shuffle brings new faces, several changes for run-up to 2019 campaign".
  9. ^ Doern, G. Bruce (2005). How Ottawa Spends, 2005-2006: Managing the Minority. McGill-Queen's Press. p. 81. ISBN 9780773573307.

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