The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc is the Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade. The Minister’s priorities include: strengthening the Government of Canada’s relationship with the provinces and territories; addressing the needs of people living in northern Canada; and working with provinces and territories to improve trade within Canada.
He co-leads partnerships with Atlantic provinces on the Atlantic Growth Strategy, helps to implement the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, and supports the creation of the Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework.
The Minister is also the President of the Queen’s Privy Council, and is responsible for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, the Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat, the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal and the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board.
He is also designated under the Financial Administration Act as minister responsible for the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages and the Public Service Commission of Canada. The Minister is Chair of the Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Irregular Migration, a committee responsible for managing irregular border crossings.
Minister LeBlanc was first elected to the House of Commons in November 2000, and was re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011, and 2015.
In this government, Minister LeBlanc has also served as the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and as Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.
Minister LeBlanc served on the Special Committee on Non-Medical Use of Drugs and the Standing Committees on Fisheries and Oceans, Transport and Government Operations, National Defence and Veterans Affairs, Public Accounts, Procedures and House Affairs, International Trade, Justice and Human Rights, and Foreign Affairs. He has also served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence.
On July 10, 2004, Minister LeBlanc was sworn in as a Member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Deputy Chief Government Whip. He has served as Opposition Critic for International Trade, Intergovernmental Affairs, Justice, Defence, and Foreign Affairs.
Mr. LeBlanc earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Toronto (Trinity College), a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick, and a Masters of Law from Harvard Law School.
Prior to his election to the House of Commons, Minister LeBlanc was a barrister and solicitor with Clark Drummie in Shediac and Moncton, New Brunswick. From 1993 to 1996, Minister LeBlanc was special advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien.
Mr. LeBlanc is married to Jolène Richard, Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of New Brunswick.
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