Minister of Public Safety (Canada)

Minister of Public Safety (Canada)
Minister of Public Safety
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Vic Toews

Style The Honourable
Appointed by Michaëlle Jean
as Governor General of Canada
First Anne McLellan
Formation 12 December 2003
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure


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The Minister of Public Safety (French: Ministre de la Sécurité publique) (formerly the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness) is the Minister of the Crown in the Canadian Cabinet who is responsible for overseeing the federal government's domestic security department, Public Safety Canada. The position was nominally created in 2003 and incorporated the responsibilities associated with the Solicitor General including responsibility for the federal Canadian prison system (Correctional Service of Canada), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Parole Board of Canada, and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, although the incumbent was formally sworn in as Solicitor General of Canada. The position also assumed responsibility for the Canada Border Services Agency which was formerly known as Canada Customs and was administered by the Minister of National Revenue prior to 2003. In 2005 the creation of the position was formalized and that of Solicitor General abolished.

The current public safety minister is Vic Toews, who is styled simply as Minister of Public Safety.



No. Portrait Name Term of office Political party Ministry
1 No image.svg Anne McLellan December 12, 2003 February 5, 2006 Liberal 27 (Martin)
2 Stockwell Day - July 2010.jpg Stockwell Day February 6, 2006 October 30, 2008 Conservative 28 (Harper)
3 Peter Van Loan on November 3, 2010.jpg Peter Van Loan October 30, 2008 January 19, 2010 Conservative
4 No image.svg Vic Toews January 19, 2010 Incumbent Conservative


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