The Right Honourable Stephen Joseph Harper

Prime Minister

Calgary Southwest (Alberta)

Harper was first elected to the House of Commons in 1993 as a member of the Reform Party, resigning in 1997 to become vice-president and then later president of the National Citizens Coalition.

Harper came back to politics in 2002, winning the leadership of the Canadian Alliance Party. He was elected as a Member of Parliament for Calgary Southwest in a by-election later that year, returning to the House as leader of the Official Opposition. A year later, when the Progressive Conservative and Canadian Alliance parties voted to join forces, Harper became leader of the new Conservative Party.

The Conservatives were elected as a minority government in 2006, making Harper the prime minister. After re-election as a minority in 2008, the Conservatives secured a majority mandate in the 2011 election.

Harper was born on April 30, 1959, in Toronto. He later moved to Alberta, receiving a master's degree in economics from the University of Calgary. Harper and his wife, Laureen, have two children, Benjamin and Rachel. The family has a permanent residence in Calgary.

The Honourable Michelle Rempel

Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification)

New to cabinet in July 2013

Calgary Centre-North (Alberta)

Rempel was elected to represent Calgary Centre-North in the House of Commons on May 2, 2011. She was appointed parliamentary secretary to the minister of the environment on May 25, 2011.

Rempel was the previously director of the University of Calgary's Institutional Programs Division. Rempel also worked in the technology commercialization division of the University of Manitoba.

She also worked as a managerial consultant in Calgary and is currently co-chair of the Conservative Party's National Policy Committee.

The Honourable Greg Rickford

Minister of State (Science and Technology / Fednor)

New to cabinet in July 2013

Kenora (Ontario)

Greg Rickford was first elected to Parliament in 2008. He has degrees in common and civil law from McGill University and an MBA from Laval University.

Rickford worked as a lawyer and nurse in Northern Ontario, where he worked with First Nations communities.

He has been parliamentary secretary for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and parliamentary secretary for Official Languages.

The Honourable Candice Bergen

Minister of State (Social Development)

New to cabinet in July 2013

Portage-Lisgar (Manitoba)

Candice Bergen was born in Morden, Man. She first worked in the financial planning industry and later ran her own consulting firm. In 2004, Bergen was the Manitoba campaign manager for Stephen Harper's leadership bid for the Conservative Party of Canada. She has acted as an advisor to several members of Parliament, and served as Chief Organizer for the Conservative Party of Canada in Manitoba.

First elected to the House of Commons in 2008, Bergen was re-elected in 2011 and appointed parliamentary secretary to the minister of public safety that May.

Bergen now resides in Winkler, Man.

The Honourable Pierre Poilievre

Minister of State (Democratic Reform)

New to cabinet in July 2013

Nepean-Carleton (Ontario)

Pierre Poilievre was elected to Parliament in 2004. He has been parliamentary secretary for transport, parliamentary secretary to the prime minister and minister of intergovernmental affairs and parliamentary secretary to the president of the Treasury Board.

When he was first elected in 2004, Poilievre defeated then-defence minister David Pratt. He was 25 years old at the time.

The Honourable Kevin Sorenson

Minister of State (Finance)

New to cabinet in July 2013

Crowfoot (Alberta)

Kevin Sorenson was first elected to Parliament in 2000 as a member of the Canadian Alliance. Since the Conservatives first formed a government in 2006, he has been the chair of eight committees or sub-committees, including the special committee on the Canadian mission in Afghanistan.

Before being elected to public office, he owned and operated his family farm and a small auction company.

Sorenson grew up in Killam, Alta. He lives with his wife, Darlene, and their two children.

The Honourable Bal Gosal

Minister of State (Sport)

Bramalea-Gore-Malton (Ontario)

Bal Gosal was elected to the House of Commons for the first time in May 2011.

Gosal has worked as a commercial insurance broker with London Life and was actively involved in financial planning. In 2004, he became associated with Goodison Insurance and Financial Services in Brampton.

Gosal has been a member of the Peel Regional Police Services Board and Peel Children's Aid Society and served as a member of the Brampton Board of Trade Marketing Committee.

Gosal and his wife, Pawanjit, have three children and live in Brampton.

The Honourable Alice Wong

Minister of State (Seniors)

Richmond (British Columbia)

Alice Wong was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008. She was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism in November 2008.

Prior to entering federal politics, Wong operated several family businesses, including one specializing in research and education. She has worked as manager of international programs at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, as well as coordinator of the Centre for Small Business and manager of international projects at Vancouver Community College. She has also been a college lecturer and instructor at schools in Hong Kong and has extensive field experience in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Wong has served as a vice-president of several local community organizations and was a member of a number of local boards. She is also a guest host of current affairs programs on local Chinese and multicultural radio and television.

Wong moved to Canada 31 years ago from Hong Kong. She received her PhD in curriculum and instruction in 1993 from the University of British Columbia.

Wong and her husband, Enoch, have been married for over 25 years.

The Honourable Tim Uppal

Minister of State (Multiculturalism)

Edmonton-Sherwood Park (Alberta)

Tim Uppal was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008 and re-elected in 2011. Prior to being appointed to the Ministry, Uppal served on the standing committees for Health, and Citizenship and Immigration.

In his professional career, Uppal served as a senior adviser for the Conservative Party of Canada and was a residential mortgage manager with TD Canada Trust.

Uppal has a long history of community involvement, which was recognized when he was named The Outstanding Young Edmontonian for 2005 by the Junior Chamber of Commerce and when he was awarded an Alberta Centennial Medallion from the Government of Alberta. He is an active member of the Sherwood Park Centennial Rotary Club and was also a member of the Capital Health Community Council and the City of Edmonton Chief of Police Advisory Council.

Uppal and his wife, Kiran, have one daughter.

The Honourable John Duncan

Minister of State and Chief Government Whip

Vancouver Island North (British Columbia)

John Duncan was first elected to the House of Commons in 1993 and re-elected in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2011. From 2006 to 2007, Duncan was Pacific Region Advisor to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. From 2008 to 2010, he was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. In August 2010, Duncan was appointed Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, and Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.

Duncan previously held a number of opposition critic positions, including Indian Affairs and Northern Development, International Trade and Natural Resources.

From 1972 until his election to Parliament in 1993, he worked in the coastal B.C. forest industry.

Duncan attended the University of British Columbia and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the Faculty of Forestry in 1972.

The Honourable Rob Moore

Minister of State (ACOA) and regional minister for New Brunswick and Newfoundland

Fundy Royal (New Brunswick)

Rob Moore earned a degree in business administration at the University of New Brunswick (Saint John), going on to obtain a law degree from the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton). After being called to the bar, he worked on Parliament Hill as justice policy advisor to the leader of the opposition.

He was elected to the House of Commons in 2004. He has served as parliamentary secretary to the minister of justice. He was previously minister of state for small business and tourism.

Moore and his wife, Melinda, live in Quispamsis, N.B., with their three children.

The Honourable Gary Goodyear

Minister of State (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario)

Cambridge (Ontario)

Gary Goodyear was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004 and re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2011. He was appointed Minister of State (Science and Technology) in October 2008, and Minister of State (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario) in August 2009.

Prior to entering federal politics, Dr. Goodyear practised chiropractic medicine and worked as an advisor to investment firms in the biomedical industry.

Dr. Goodyear was a co-designer of a three-year post-graduate sports fellowship program. He also co-authored ìPractice Guidelinesî and was Public Relations Director and Past President for the College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences in Toronto. Dr. Goodyear has taught at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and the University of Waterloo. He has worked with many athletes, both amateur and professional, including serving as medical services chair for the Ontario Special Olympics.

Dr. Goodyear attended the University of Waterloo specializing in kinesiology and psychology before graduating from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.

He is married to Valerie and they have two children.

The Honourable Lynne Yelich

Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular)

Blackstrap (Saskatchewan)

Lynne Yelich was first elected to the House of Commons in 2000 and re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011. She was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development in February 2006. She was appointed Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification) in October 2008.

Prior to her appointment to the Ministry, Yelich was a member of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. She has also been a member of the standing committees on the Status of Women, on Transport, on Government Operations and Estimates, and on Citizenship and Immigration.

Prior to her election, Yelich and her husband owned and ran a successful farming operation on the outskirts of Kenaston, Saskatchewan.

In addition to her long history of political involvement, Yelich remains active in local church and community activities.

She resides in Kenaston with her husband Matthew. They have two daughters.

The Honourable Maxime Bernier

Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism, and Agriculture)

Beauce (Quebec)

Maxime Bernier was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006 and was re-elected in 2008 and 2011. In February 2006, Bernier was appointed Minister of Industry and, in August 2007, he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Bernier was vice-president of the Standard Life of Canada insurance company and manager of corporate and international relations at the Commission des valeurs mobiliëres du Québec. As a consultant, he provided advice on the legislation of financial institutions and the development of regulations governing that sector.

Bernier is a lawyer with a bachelor's degree in commerce. He was a member of the board of the Montreal Economic Institute and is a member of several charitable organizations.

He was born and raised in Beauce.

The Honourable Kellie Leitch

Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women

New to cabinet in July 2013

Simcoe-Grey (Ontario)

Dr. Kellie Leitch is a paediatric orthopedic surgeon and an associate professor of surgery. She has worked at clinics throughout central Ontario, including Simcoe County, and through her practice at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

In addition to her work as a surgeon and professor, Leitch also finds time to serve on various Councils and Boards, including the YMCA and Community Living.

Leitch was elected to Parliament in 2011 and has served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and to the Minister of Labour.

The Honourable Chris Alexander

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

New to cabinet in July 2013

Ajax-Pickering (Ontario)

Chris Alexander was born in Toronto and currently lives in the town of Ajax with his wife, Hedvig Christine Alexander, and daughters Selma and Elisabeth. Following undergraduate studies at McGill University, Alexander earned a master's degree in history, politics and economics from Oxford University before embarking in 1991 upon an 18-year career with the Canadian Foreign Service.

During his time as a diplomat, Alexander was twice posted to the Canadian Embassy in Moscow – first from 1993 to 1996 and then as the second-in-command from 2000 until 2003, when he was appointed Canada's first resident Ambassador to Afghanistan. He remained in Afghanistan as Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General from 2005 to 2009. His insights into the country and its long conflict and troubled region, based on six years of experience in Kabul, were published in 2011 in a book entitled The Long Way Back: Afghanistan's Quest for Peace.

In May 2011, Alexander was elected Member of Parliament for Ajax-Pickering. Alexander has been Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence since May 2011.

The Honourable Shelly Glover

Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

New to cabinet in July 2013

Saint Boniface (Manitoba)

Born in Saskatoon, Shelly Glover studied Justice and Law Enforcement at the University of Winnipeg.

She went on to serve as a member of the Winnipeg Police Service for almost 19 years, prior to federal politics. Her police career included undercover work, child abuse investigations, youth crime and gang interventions.

First elected to the House of Commons in 2008, she most recently was appointed parliamentary secretary to the minister of finance. She had also been parliamentary secretary to for Aboriginal Affairs and for official languages.

Glover is of Métis origin.

Shelly is married to Bruce, who is a retired police officer and small business owner. Together they have five adult children.

The Honourable Kerry-Lynne Findlay

Minister of National Revenue

Delta-Richmond East (British Columbia)

Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay was first elected to the House of Commons in 2011. She was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice in May 2011. Findlay was appointed as Associate Minister of National Defence in February 2013.

Prior to entering federal politics, she practiced law in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Her public service includes working on fisheries and First Nations land management issues. Findlay was a member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal from 2006 to 2011.

Findlay has been active in the Canadian Bar Association, including as the founding Chair of the BC Women Lawyers Forum and the National Women Lawyers Forum, Chair of the Constitutional Law Section and President for the BC branch. She was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1999.

Findlay is married and has four children.

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The Honourable Joe Oliver

Minister of Natural Resources

Eglinton-Lawrence (Ontario)

Joe Oliver was elected to the House of Commons for the first time in May 2011.

Oliver began his investment banking career at Merrill Lynch, and served in senior positions at other investment dealers and as Executive Director of the Ontario Securities Commission. He was then appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada. He also played a prominent role as Chair of the Advisory Committee of the International Council of Securities Associations and as Chair of the Consultative Committee of the International Association of Securities Commissions. A graduate of the Directors Education Program at the Rotman School of Management, he was also a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators and sat on the board of the Canadian Securities Institute Research Foundation.

Oliver is an active member of his community and volunteers for various charities in Canada and abroad. He served as Chair of the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation of Canada for four years and continues to be an active volunteer at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Oliver obtained both his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Civil Law at McGill University. He was called to the Quebec Bar and later graduated with an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

The Honourable Edward Fast

Minister of International Trade

Abbotsford (British Columbia)

Edward Fast was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006, and was re-elected in 2008 and 2011.

Prior to his appointment to the Ministry, Fast served as a member of the standing committees on Canadian Heritage and on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

Fast's Private Member's Bill C-277 to amend the Criminal Code to increase the maximum sentence for luring children over the Internet for sexual purposes from 5 to 10 years in prison, received Royal Assent in 2007 and became the law of Canada.

In 1985, Fast was elected to the Abbotsford School Board and served two terms. In 1996, he was elected to Abbotsford City Council where he served for nine years. During that time, he served variously as deputy mayor and chair of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission.

After graduating from law school at the University of British Columbia in 1982, he started his own law firm, Linley Welwood.

Fast and his wife, Annette, have lived in Abbotsford for over 29 years and have four daughters.

The Honourable Steven Blaney

Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Lévis-Bellechasse (Quebec)

First elected to the House of Commons in 2006, Steven Blaney was re-elected in 2008 and 2011.

After his election, Blaney was appointed Vice-Chair of the Conservative caucus of Quebec and in October 2008, he became Chair. He served on the standing committees on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and on Environment and Sustainable Development. In light of the importance of the mission in Afghanistan, Blaney later joined the National Defence Committee and participated in a visit to Kandahar in January 2006.

On May 31, 2007, Blaney became Chair of the Standing Committee on Official Languages, which strives to promote linguistic duality throughout the country. He is also a member of the Canada-France Interparliamentary Association.

After he graduated from the Université de Sherbrooke, Blaney became a civil engineer in 1988 and then obtained a Master of Business Administration in 2002 in Lévis. After his studies, he worked as a consultant, an entrepreneur and an advisor for urban infrastructure and environmental technologies.

Blaney is married to Marie Bouchard and has two children.

The Honourable Julian Fantino

Minister of Veterans Affairs

Vaughan (Ontario)

Julian Fantino was elected to the House of Commons in November 2010 and re-elected in 2011. In January 2011, Fantino was appointed Minister of State (Seniors).

Prior to his election to Parliament, Fantino served almost 40 years in law enforcement. He was Chief of the York Regional Police and of the Toronto Police Service. He served as Ontario's Commissioner of Emergency Preparedness and as Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police. Fantino is also the past President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and the past Vice-President at Large of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Fantino is active in local and international victim rights groups, including as an honorary member of Canadian Crime Victim Foundation. He is involved in community organizations, including programs to make organized sports accessible to disadvantaged children; supports the Hospice Vaughan; and participates on the board of Vaughan's Villa Leonardo Gambin long-term care facility.

He and his wife, Liviana, have two children.

The Honourable Gail Shea

Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Egmont (Prince Edward Island)

Gail Shea was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008 and re-elected in 2011. She was appointed Minister of Fisheries and Oceans in October 2008.

Prior to her election to the House of Commons, Shea was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island. She was first elected in April 2000 and was appointed to the provincial cabinet as Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs where she was responsible for the Status of Women, the Worker's Compensation Board and the Island Waste Management Corporation. From 2002 to 2007, Shea served as Minister of Transportation and Public Works.

Prior to entering politics, Shea managed a small family business for 15 years.

Shea has long been active in her community. She served as vice-president and treasurer of Royal Canadian Legion Branch #6. She has also served as a school trustee and former president of the local Home and School Association. Shea's long record of volunteerism includes involvement in her local community festival, sports teams and church. A passionate advocate for seniors, she has also run a tax preparation program for seniors.

Shea is married to Russell and has five children.

The Honourable Lisa Raitt

Minister of Transport

Halton (Ontario)

Lisa Raitt was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008 and re-elected in 2011. She was appointed Minister of Natural Resources in October 2008 and Minister of Labour in January 2010.

Prior to her election to the House of Commons, Raitt was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Port Authority (TPA). She had previously served as the TPA's general counsel and harbourmaster.

As a lawyer, Raitt specialized in the areas of intellectual property, commercial litigation and shipping arbitration.

She is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University and holds a master of science degree from the University of Guelph. She earned her law degree from Osgoode Hall at York University.

Raitt is an active member of her community. She volunteered as a Halton canvasser and fundraiser for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and for her children's hockey, soccer and gymnastics organizations. In 2002, Raitt was invited to become a member of the Canadian chapter of the worldwide Young Presidents' Organization.

Raitt resides in Oakville and is the mother of two boys.

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq

Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, and Minister for the Arctic Council

Nunavut (Nunavut)

Leona Aglukkaq was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008 and re-elected in 2011. She was appointed Minister of Health in October 2008.

Prior to entering federal politics, Aglukkaq represented the district of Nattilik in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly beginning in 2004. She served as the territorial Minister of Finance and House Leader. She also held the post of Minister of Health and Social Services.

Aglukkaq has served in numerous roles in the governments of both the Northwest Territories and Nunavut including that of Deputy Clerk of the Legislative Assembly and Deputy Minister for Culture, Language, Elders and Youth. She has served on the Arctic College Board of Governors, the Nunavut Impact Review Board and the Northwest Territories Science Institute.

Aglukkaq resides in Gjoa Haven and Iqaluit, Nunavut, with her husband, Robert, and their son.

The Honourable Denis Lebel

Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

Roberval-Lac-Saint-Jean (Quebec)

Denis Lebel was first elected to the House of Commons in 2007 and was re-elected in 2008 and 2011. Lebel was appointed Minister of State for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec in 2008.

Lebel has served on a number of parliamentary committees, as well as on the executive committees of the Canada-Europe and Canada-France parliamentary associations.

Prior to entering federal politics, Lebel was Mayor of Roberval from 2000 to 2007 and was a member of the board of directors, executive board and forest committee of the Union des municipalités du Québec. He also chaired the Caucus des municipalités voisines des Premiéres Nations and sat on the board of directors of Infrastructure Quebec.

Lebel and his wife, Danielle, have two children.

The Honourable James Moore

Minister of Industry

Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam (British Columbia)

James Moore was first elected to the House of Commons in 2000 and re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011. In June 2008, he was appointed Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific Gateway) (2010 Olympics) (Official Languages). In October 2008, he was appointed Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Moore had previously been appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services in February 2006, and was additionally named Parliamentary Secretary for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver Whistler Olympics in April 2006. Prior to his appointment to the Ministry, Moore served as a member of the standing committees on Government Operations and Estimates, on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, on Transport, and on Environment and Sustainable Development.

In addition to his community and political work, Moore also has extensive experience in broadcasting, including once launching his own talk show.

Moore is a graduate of the University of Northern British Columbia.

The Honourable Christian Paradis

Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie

Mégantic-L'Érable (Quebec)

Christian Paradis was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006 and re-elected in 2008 and 2011. Paradis was appointed Secretary of State (Agriculture) in January 2007. He was appointed Minister of Public Works and Government Services in June 2008 and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec in October 2008. In January 2010, he was named Minister of Natural Resources in addition to his responsibilities for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec.

Prior to his election to Parliament, Paradis had a legal practice specializing in corporate law.

He has been actively involved in several support groups and charitable organizations, including the Rotary Club of Thetford Mines.

Paradis graduated from the UniversitÈ de Sherbrooke in civil law and holds a graduate degree in corporate law from UniversitÈ Laval.

Paradis and his wife Julie have three children.

The Honourable Gerry Ritz

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Battlefords-Lloydminster (Saskatchewan)

Gerry Ritz was first elected to Parliament in 1997. He was re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011. He was named Secretary of State (Small Business and Tourism) in January 2007 and appointed Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board in August 2007.

During the course of his career, Ritz has run his own farming operation, owned and operated a general contracting business and co-owned a weekly newspaper.

Ritz also has a long history of community involvement including work with the Rosetown Economic Development Committee, the Knights of Columbus and coaching children's hockey.

Ritz and his wife, Judy, live at Brightsand Lake. They have two children.

The Honourable Jason Kenney

Minister of Employment and Social Development

Calgary Southeast (Alberta)

Jason Kenney was first elected to the House of Commons in 1997 and re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2011. He served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and, in January 2007, was appointed Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity). In October 2008, Kenney was appointed Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism.

Kenney was Chair of the Subcommittee on International Human Rights and the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, and a member of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics.

Prior to seeking election, Kenney served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

Kenney is a graduate of Notre Dame College. He also studied at the St. Ignatius Institute of the University of San Francisco.

He resides in Calgary.

The Honourable Peter Van Loan

Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

York-Simcoe (Ontario)

Peter Van Loan was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004 and re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2011. Van Loan was appointed President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister for Sport in November 2006, and was named Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform in January 2007. He was appointed Minister of Public Safety in October 2008 and Minister of International Trade in January 2010.

Prior to entering public life, Van Loan worked as partner and chair of the Planning and Development Law Group with the national law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP. He has also been an adjunct professor of planning at the University of Toronto.

Van Loan has been active in the community, serving as a member of the Georgina Economic Development Committee, a former executive member of the Canadian Bar Association - Ontario, Municipal Section, and a member of the Ontario Brownfields Advisory Panel.

Van Loan obtained a master of science degree in planning and a master of arts in international relations from the University of Toronto and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.

He is married to Cheryl and they have two children.

The Honourable James Flaherty

Minister of Finance

Whitby-Oshawa (Ontario)

Jim Flaherty was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006 and re-elected in 2008 and 2011. He was appointed Minister of Finance in February 2006.

From 1995 to 2005, Flaherty served as a member of the Ontario legislature representing Whitby-Ajax. During this period, he held many positions, including Deputy Premier, Minister of Finance, Attorney General and Minister of Labour.

He graduated from Princeton University and Osgoode Hall Law School. He was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1975 and practised law for more than 20 years before entering politics.

Flaherty is married to Christine Elliot. They live in Whitby with their triplet sons.

The Honourable Tony Clement

President of the Treasury Board

Parry Sound-Muskoka (Ontario)

Tony Clement was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006 and re-elected in 2008 and 2011. On February 6, 2006, he was appointed Minister of Health and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario. In October 2008, he was appointed Minister of Industry.

Prior to running for federal office, Clement was a member of Ontario's provincial legislature from 1995 to 2003, representing Brampton South (later, Brampton West-Mississauga). He served as Minister of Transportation; Minister of the Environment; Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. Prior to his election, he was counsel to a national law firm.

Clement holds a bachelor of arts in political science and a law degree from the University of Toronto.

Clement is a recipient of the Courage in Public Policy Award from the Canadian Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute of Canada. The award was given to him in recognition of his leadership in supporting the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Corporation.

Clement resides in Port Sydney with his wife Lynne and their three children.

The Honourable John Baird

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Ottawa West-Nepean (Ontario)

John Baird was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006 and re-elected in 2008 and 2011. In February 2006, Baird was sworn in as President of the Treasury Board. In this role, he introduced and successfully steered the new Federal Accountability Act through both Houses of Parliament. In January 2007, he was named Minister of the Environment and, in October 2008, he became Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, where he spearheaded the design, negotiation and delivery of some 12,000 infrastructure stimulus projects across the country. In August 2010, he was named Leader of the Government in the House of Commons. From November 2010 to January 2011, he undertook additional responsibilities as Minister of the Environment.

Prior to entering federal politics, Baird was a member of Ontario's provincial legislature, where he represented the constituency of Nepean-Carleton from 1995 to 2005. During that time, he served as Minister of Community and Social Services, Energy, Francophone Affairs, Children and Youth Services, and as Government House Leader.

Baird is a long-time member of the Royal Canadian Legion, an honorary member of the Kiwanis Club of Nepean, and a lifetime member of Canada's largest Association for Community Living. In 2008, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Maclean's Magazine and the Historica-Dominion Institute named him 2010 Parliamentarian of the Year, after a vote by his colleagues in all parties in the House of Commons.

Baird holds a Bachelor of Arts in political studies from Queen's University.

The Honourable Diane Finley

Minister of Public Works and Government Services

Haldimand-Norfolk (Ontario)

Diane Finley was first elected to Parliament in 2004 and re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2011. In February 2006, she was appointed Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, and in January 2007, she was named Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. She was appointed Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development in October 2008.

Finley began her professional career as an administrator at the University of Western Ontario's French Immersion School. Prior to her election, she held several senior positions in both the public and private sectors encompassing health care, transportation, agricultural equipment manufacturing, printing and publishing, and aviation.

In addition, Finley has been active with a number of organizations, including the Brant Community Care Access Centre, the National Standards Committee of the Paramedic Association of Canada, the Ambulance Service Alliance of Ontario, the Ontario Government Health Policy Advisory Council, and the Thyroid Foundation of Canada.

Finley has a bachelor's degree in administrative studies and a master's in business administration from the University of Western Ontario.

She resides in Simcoe.

The Honourable Rona Ambrose

Minister of Health

Edmonton-Spruce Grove (Alberta)

Rona Ambrose was first elected as a Member of Parliament in 2004 and re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2011. In February 2006, she was appointed Minister of the Environment and in January 2007, she was named Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Western Economic Diversification. Following the 2008 election, she was named Minister of Labour as well as minister responsible for northern Alberta. In January 2010, Ambrose became Minister of Public Works and Government Services, and in April 2010, she was also named Minister for Status of Women.

As Environment Minister, she introduced the Clean Air Act and was also an early leader in calling for a new international agreement, which includes all major emitters, a position now adopted by the international community in the Copenhagen Accord.

As Minister of Labour, she helped resolve strikes at Via Rail, Ottawa's public transit system and the Canadian National Railway.

Prior to serving in Parliament, Ambrose worked in the Government of Alberta's Department of International and Intergovernmental Relations. She has also worked in the private sector as a public policy consultant.

Her community service has included involvement in organizations working to end violence against women, including the Status of Women's Action Group, the Victoria Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse Crisis Centre, and the Edmonton Women's Shelter.

Ambrose holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria and a master's degree in Political Science from the University of Alberta.

The Honourable Peter MacKay

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Central Nova (Nova Scotia)

Peter MacKay was first elected to Parliament in 1997. He was re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011. In February 2006, he was named Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. In August 2007, he was named Minister of National Defence while continuing to serve as Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. He was again named Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway in October 2008.

In his first five years in the House of Commons, MacKay served as House Leader for the Progressive Conservative caucus.

On May 31, 2003, he became Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. In March 2004, he was named Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and was renamed Deputy Leader following the June 2004 election.

Before entering politics, MacKay had a private law practice in New Glasgow, specializing in criminal and family law. In 1993, he accepted an appointment as Crown Attorney for the Central Region of Nova Scotia. He prosecuted cases at all levels, including youth and provincial courts as well as the Supreme Court of Canada.

MacKay has served on volunteer boards including New Leaf and Tearmann House. As well, he has been active in Big Brothers-Big Sisters, the Pictou County Senior Rugby Club and the YMCA.

After graduating from Acadia University, MacKay went on to study law at Dalhousie University. He was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in June 1991.

The Honourable Robert Nicholson

Minister of National Defence

Niagara Falls (Ontario)

Robert Nicholson was first elected to Parliament in 1984 and re-elected in 1988, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011. He was named Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform in February 2006, and in January 2007, he was appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

During his first term in Parliament, Nicholson served as Minister for Science and Minister responsible for Small Business. He also served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

Nicholson was also active in municipal politics and was elected to the Niagara Regional Council in 1997, 2000 and 2003.

A practising lawyer before entering politics, Nicholson has a law degree from the University of Windsor, and he is a member of the Upper Canada Law Society.

Nicholson is married to Arlene and is the father of three children.

The Honourable Bernard Valcourt

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

Madawaska-Restigouche (New Brunswick)

Bernard Valcourt was first elected to the House of Commons in 1984 and re-elected in 1988 and 2011. He was appointed in 1984 as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and to the Minister of State (Science and Technology). Valcourt subsequently served in the Twenty-Fourth and the Twenty-Fifth Parliaments as Minister of State (Small Businesses and Tourism), Minister of State (Indian Affairs and Northern Development), Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Minister of Employment and Immigration and Minister of Labour.

Valcourt was elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick as the member for Edmundston where he served as Leader of the Opposition until 1997 and member until 1999.

Valcourt is a barrister and solicitor and practised law in Edmundston, New Brunswick.