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List of Canadian Solicitors General
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List of Canadian Solicitors General

The office of Solicitor General of Canada was created on June 23 1887 bud did not come into force until December 3 1892. The Solicitor General was designated an officer to assist the Minister of Justice and was not initially a position in the Canadian Cabinet though it was considered part of the Ministry. While the position of Solicitor General was not a Cabinet position its occupant was often sworn into the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and attended Cabinet meetings. The position first became a de facto Cabinet position on October 2 1915. On October 4 1917 the position was again removed from Cabinet. On July 5 1919 it again became a de facto Cabinet position. On September 5 1925 the position was again removed from Cabinet. On August 23 1926 the position was again reinstated as a de facto cabinet position and remained so until 1966 when the modern position of Solicitor General was created with the repeal of the previous Solicitor General Act and the passage of a new statute creating the ministerial office of the Solicitor General of Canada.

 

1. John Joseph Curran* under Thompson December 5 1892 - December 12 1894
John Joseph Curran* (cont'd) under Bowell December 21 1894 - October 17 1895
vacant under Bowell October 18 1895 - April 27 1896
2. Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper under Tupper May 1 1896 - July 8 1896
3. Charles Fitzpatrick* under Laurier July 13 1896 - February 9 1902
4. Henry George Carroll* under Laurier February 10 1902 - January 28 1904
5. Rodolphe Lemieux* under Laurier January 29 1904 - June 3 1906
''vacant under Laurier June 4 1906 - February 13 1907
6. Jacques Bureau* under Laurier February 14 1907 - October 6 1911
''vacant under Borden October 10 1911 - June 25 1913
7. Arthur Meighen* under Borden June 26 1913 - October 1 1915
Arthur Meighen (cont'd) under Borden October 2 1915 - August 24 1917
* Arthur Meighen ''(acting')' under Borden August 31 1917 - October 3 1917
8. Hugh Guthrie* under Borden October 4 1917 - July 4 1919
Hugh Guthrie (cont'd) under Borden July 5 1919 - July 10 1920
* Hugh Guthrie (acting) under Meighen July 10 1920 - December 29 1921
9. Daniel Duncan McKenzie under King December 29 1921 - April 10 1923
vacant under King April 11 1923 - November 13 1923
10. Edward James McMurray under King November 14 1923 - May 22 1925
vacant under King May 23 1925 - September 4 1925
11. Lucien Cannon* under King September 5 1925 - June 28 1926
vacant under Meighen June 29 1926 - August 22 1926
12. Guillaume André Fauteux under Meighen August 23 1926 - September 25 1926
Lucien Cannon (second time) under King September 25 1926 - August 7 1930
13. Maurice Dupré under Bennett August 8 1930 - October 23 1935
vacant under King October 25 1935 - April 17 1945
14. Joseph Jean under King April 18 1945-November 15 1948
Joseph Jean (cont'd) under St. Laurent November 15 1948 - August 23 1949
15. Hugues Lapointe under St. Laurent August 25 1949 - August 6 1950
16. Stuart Sinclair Garson under St. Laurent August 7 1950 - October 14 1952
17. Ralph Osborne Campney under St. Laurent October 15 1952 - January 11 1954
18. William Ross Macdonald under St. Laurent January 12 1954 - June 21 1957
19. Léon Balcer under Diefenbaker June 21 1957 - October 10 1960
20. William Joseph Browne under Diefenbaker October 11 1957 - August 9 1962
vacant under Diefenbaker August 10 1962 - April 22 1963
21. John Watson MacNaught under Pearson April 22 1963 - July 6 1965
22. Lawrence Pennell under Pearson July 7 1965 - April 20 1968
23. John Napier Turner under Trudeau April 20 1968 - July 5 1968
24. George James McIlraith under Trudeau July 6 1968 - December 21 1970
25. Jean-Pierre Goyer under Trudeau December 22 1970 - November 26 1972
26. William Warren Allmand under Trudeau November 27 1972 - September 13 1976
27. Francis Fox under Trudeau September 14 1976 - January 27 1978
* Stanley Ronald Basford (acting) under Trudeau January 28 1978 - February 1 1978
28. Jean-Jacques Blais under Trudeau February 2 1978 - June 3 1979
29. Allan Frederick Lawrence under Clark June 4 1979 - March 2 1980
30. Robert Phillip Kaplan under Trudeau March 3 1980 - June 29 1984
Robert Phillip Kaplan (cont'd) under Turner June 30 1984 - September 16 1984
31. Elmer MacKay under Mulroney September 17 1984 - August 19 1985
32. Henry Perrin Beatty under Mulroney August 20 1985 - June 29 1986
33. James Francis Kelleher under Mulroney June 30 1986 - December 7 1988
* Henry Perrin Beatty (acting) under Mulroney December 8 1988 - January 29 1989
34. Pierre Blais under Mulroney January 30 1989 - February 22 1990
35. Pierre Cadieux under Mulroney February 23 1990 - April 20 1991
36. Douglas Grinslade Lewis under Mulroney April 21 1991 - January 3 1993
Douglas Grinslade Lewis (cont'd) under Campbell June 24 1993 - November 3 1993
37. Herb Gray under Chretien November 4 1993 - June 10 1997
38. Andy Scott under Chretien June 11 1997 - November 23 1998
39. Lawrence MacAulay under Chretien November 23 1998 - October 22 2002
40. Arnold Wayne Easter under Chretien October 22 2002 - December 11 2003
(*) Not in Cabinet