- Secretary of State for Canada
The position of Secretary of State for Canada was a
Canadian Cabinetposition with a corresponding department. It was established in 1867 as the official channel of communication between the Dominion of Canadaand the Imperial government in London. As Canada became increasingly independent after World War Iand particularly with the passage of the Statute of Westminster in 1931 this role fell into disuse.
The department was maintained, however, and was used to administer various aspects of government which did not have their own ministry. As well, the Secretary of State for Canada was "Registrar-General" responsible for the
Great Seal of Canadaand various functions of state associated with it.
At various times the Secretary of State for Canada was responsible for the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the civil service, the Queen's Printer for Canada, administration of Crown lands, governance of Canadian Indians (as they were called) as well as various ceremonial and state duties. Generally, any government role and responsibility which was not specifically assigned to a cabinet minister would be the de facto responsibility of the Secretary of State.
The department was eliminated in 1993 when the government was reorganized. The position of Secretary of State for Canada was not legally eliminated until 1996 when its remaining responsibilities were assigned to other cabinet positions and departments, particularly the newly created position of
Minister of Canadian Heritage.
The position of Secretary of State for Canada had no relation to that of Secretary of State for External Affairs except for the period from 1909 until 1912 when the Secretary of State for Canada (
Charles Murphyunder Sir Wilfrid Laurierand William James Rocheunder Sir Robert Borden) was responsible for the newly created Department of External Affairs.
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