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List of Canadian Ministers of Justice
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List of Canadian Ministers of Justice

Canadian Ministers of Justice

Ministers of Justice also carry the title Attorney General of Canada

1. John A. Macdonald as PM July 1 1867 - November 5 1873
2. Antoine Dorion under Mackenzie November 7 1873 - May 31 1874
* Albert James Smith (Acting) under Mackenzie June 1 1874 - July 7 1874
3. Télesphore Fournier under Mackenzie July 8 1874 - May 18 1875
4. Edward Blake under Mackenzie May 19 1875 - June 7 1877
5. T. A. R. Laflamme under Mackenzie June 8 1877 - October 8 1878
6. James McDonald under Macdonald October 17 1878 - May 18 1881
7. Alexander Campbell under Macdonald May 20 1881 - September 24 1885
8. John Thompson under Macdonald September 26 1885 - June 6 1891
John Thompson (cont'd) under Abbott June 16 1891 - November 24 1892
John Thompson (cont'd) as PM December 5 1892 - December 12 1894
9. Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper under Bowell December 21 1894 - January 5 1896
* Thomas Daly (Acting) under Bowell January 6 1896 - January 14 1896
10. Arthur Rupert Dickey under Bowell January 15 1896 - April 27 1896
Arthur Rupert Dickey (cont'd) under Tupper May 1 1896 - July 8 1896
11. Oliver Mowat under Laurier July 13 1896 - November 17 1897
12. David Mills under Laurier November 18 1897 - February 7 1902
13. Charles Fitzpatrick under Laurier February 11 1902 - June 3 1906
14. Allen Aylesworth under Laurier June 4 1906 - October 6 1911
15. Charles Doherty under Borden October 10 1911 - July 9 1920
Charles Doherty (cont'd) under Meighen July 10 1920 - September 20 1921
16. R. B. Bennett under Meighen October 4 1921 - December 28 1921
17. Lomer Gouin under King December 29 1921 - January 3 1924
* Ernest Lapointe (Acting) under King January 4 1924 - January 29 1924
18. Ernest Lapointe under King January 30 1924 - June 28 1926
* Hugh Guthrie (Acting) under Meighen June 29 1926 - July 12 1926
19. Esioff-Léon Patenaude under Meighen July 13 1926 - September 24 1926
Ernest Lapointe (2nd time) under King September 25 1926 - August 6 1930
20. Hugh Guthrie under Bennett August 7 1930 - August 11 1935
Esioff-Léon Patenaude (2nd time) under Bennett August 14 1935 - October 22 1935
21. George Geary under Bennett August 14 1935 - October 22 1935
  Ernest Lapointe (3rd time) under King October 23 1935 - November 26 1941
* Joseph Enoil Michaud (Acting) under King November 27 1941 - December 9 1941
22. Louis Saint-Laurent under King December 10 1941 - December 9 1946
23. James Lorimer Ilsley under King December 10 1946 - June 30 1948
* Louis Saint-Laurent (Acting) under King July 1 1948 - September 9 1948
Louis Saint-Laurent (2nd time) under King (continued) September 10 1948 - November 14 1948
24. Stuart Sinclair Garson under St-Laurent November 15 1948 - June 20 1957
25. E. Davie Fulton under Diefenbaker June 21 1957 - August 8 1962
26. Donald Fleming under Diefenbaker August 9 1962 - April 21 1963
27. Lionel Chevrier under Pearson April 22 1963 - February 2 1964
28. Guy Favreau under Pearson February 3 1964 - June 29 1965
* George McIlraith (Acting) under Pearson June 30 1965 - July 6 1965
29. Louis Cardin under Pearson July 7 1965 - April 3 1967
30. Pierre Trudeau under Pearson April 4 1967 - April 19 1968
  Pierre Trudeau (cont'd) as PM April 20 1968 - July 5 1968
31. John Turner under Trudeau July 6 1968 - January 27 1972
32. Otto Lang under Trudeau January 28 1972 - September 25 1975
33. Stanley Basford under Trudeau September 26 1975 - August 2 1978
* Otto Lang (Acting) under Trudeau August 3 1978 - August 8 1978
  Otto Lang (2nd time) under Trudeau August 9 1978 - November 23 1978
34. Marc Lalonde under Trudeau November 24 1978 - June 3 1979
35. Jacques Flynn under Clark June 4 1979 - March 2 1980
36. Jean Chrétien under Trudeau March 3 1980 - September 9 1982
37. Mark MacGuigan under Trudeau September 10 1982 - June 29 1984
38. Donald Johnston under Turner June 30 1984 - September 16 1984
39. John Crosbie under Mulroney September 17 1984 - June 29 1986
40. Ray Hnatyshyn under Mulroney June 30 1986 - December 7 1988
* Joe Clark (Acting) under Mulroney (Acting) December 8 1988 - January 29 1989
41. Doug Lewis under Mulroney January 30 1989 - February 22 1990
42. Kim Campbell under Mulroney February 23 1990 - January 3 1993
43. Pierre Blais under Mulroney January 4 1993 - June 24 1993
  Pierre Blais (cont'd) under Campbell June 25 1993 - November 3 1993
44. Allan Rock under Chrétien November 4 1993 - June 10 1997
45. Anne McLellan under Chrétien June 11 1997 - January 14 2002
46. Martin Cauchon under Chrétien January 15 2002 - December 11 2003
47. Irwin Cotler under Martin December 12 2003 -

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