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Anne McLellan

The Honourable
Anne McLellan
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Edmonton Northwest
In office
Preceded by Murray Dorin
Succeeded by district abolished
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Edmonton West
In office
Preceded by district created
Succeeded by district abolished
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Edmonton Centre
In office
Preceded by district created
Succeeded by Laurie Hawn
Minister of Justice
In office
June 11, 1997 – January 14, 2002
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien
Preceded by Allan Rock
Succeeded by Martin Cauchon
Minister of Health
In office
January 15, 2002 – December 12, 2003
Prime Minister Jean Chrétien
Preceded by Allan Rock
Succeeded by Pierre Pettigrew
9th Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
In office
December 12, 2003 – February 6, 2006
Prime Minister Paul Martin
Preceded by John Manley
Succeeded by position discontinued
Personal details
Born (1950-08-31) August 31, 1950
Hants County, Nova Scotia
Political party Liberal
Residence Edmonton, Alberta
Profession Lawyer, law professor, politician

A. Anne McLellan, PC OC AOE (born August 31, 1950, in Noel, Nova Scotia) is a Canadian academic and politician. She was a cabinet minister in the Liberal governments of Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin, serving most recently as Deputy Prime Minister of Canada. On February 26, 2015, she was appointed chancellor of Dalhousie University[1] effective May 25.[2]


  • Early life 1
  • Political career 2
  • Deputy Prime Minister 3
  • After politics 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

McLellan earned bachelor's degrees in Arts and Law from Halifax's Dalhousie University. She then earned a Master of Laws from King's College London in the United Kingdom in 1975.

She became a professor of law, first at the University of New Brunswick and then, beginning in 1980, at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law where she served at various times as associate dean and dean. She has also served on the board of directors of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

Political career

Her first foray into politics was as the Liberal candidate for the riding of Edmonton Northwest in the 1993 general election, when she won her seat by 12 votes. She quickly became a rising star in the Liberal Party, being one of four Liberals elected in Alberta, and was named to cabinet as Minister of Natural Resources. McLellan has the prenominal "the Honourable" and the postnominal "PC" for life by virtue of being made a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada on November 4, 1993.[2]

She was re-elected by narrow margins in the new riding of Edmonton West in the 1997 and 2000 elections, despite the Liberals' general unpopularity in Alberta. Her frequent narrow escapes gave her the nickname "Landslide Annie" in Canadian political circles.

McLellan served as Minister of Justice from 1997 to 2002, with responsibility for implementing new anti-terror and security laws following the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, and the implementation of the Canadian gun registry. She served as Minister of Health from 2002 to 2003.

Though she supported Paul Martin for the Liberal leadership, she was kept in Jean Chrétien's cabinet due to her ability and also because Chrétien wanted an Albertan in his cabinet for the sake of regional representation.

Deputy Prime Minister

On being sworn-in as Prime Minister on December 12, 2003, Paul Martin named her his Deputy Prime Minister. McLellan was also named minister for the newly created Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.[3] As Deputy Prime Minister, she was also chair of the Operations Committee of the Cabinet.[4] McLellan's appointment was one of a number of women given senior positions in the Paul Martin government.[5]

During the 2004 federal election, she was re-elected by 721 votes, or just over 1% of the vote, defeating Laurie Hawn of the Conservative Party of Canada in the riding of Edmonton Centre.

In the 2006 federal election, McLellan was defeated by Hawn 45.01% to 38.36%.

McLellan has so far been the last Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, as the succeeding Harper government has opted not to use this title.

McLellan is one of the few Canadian parliamentarians to have spent her entire career as a cabinet member.

After politics

On May 12, 2006, McLellan was appointed Distinguished Scholar in Residence to the University of Alberta at the Canadian university's Institute for United States Policy Studies. On June 27, 2006, she also became counsel to the Edmonton-based law firm Bennett Jones LLP. She also became a director on the boards of Nexen Inc., Agrium Inc. and Cameco Corporation.[6]

On July 1, 2009, McLellan was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for her service as a politician and law professor, and for her contributions as a community volunteer. On May 9, 2013, she was appointed to the Alberta Order of Excellence for her achievements in politics, law and advanced education.[7]


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  3. ^ Roy Cullen (2011). Beyond Question Period. Trafford Publishing. p. 150.  
  4. ^ Patrick Malcolmson; Richard Myers (8 February 2012). The Canadian Regime. University of Toronto Press. p. 109.  
  5. ^ Chris Dornan; Jon H. Pammett (2004). The Canadian General Election of 2004. Dundurn. p. 60.  
  6. ^ "Board of Directors – Anne McLellan". Cameco. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Diverse leaders to receive province's highest honour". Government of Alberta. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 

External links

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  • Anne McLellan
27th Ministry – Cabinet of Paul Martin
Cabinet Posts (3)
Predecessor Office Successor
legislation enacted Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Stockwell Day
Wayne Easter Solicitor General of Canada
styled as
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
position abolished / legislation enacted
John Manley Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
position discontinued
26th Ministry – Cabinet of Jean Chrétien
Cabinet Posts (5)
Predecessor Office Successor
Allan Rock Minister of Health
Pierre Pettigrew
Allan Rock Minister of Justice
Martin Cauchon
legislation enacted Minister of Natural Resources
Ralph Goodale
Bobbie Sparrow Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources
styled as Minister of Natural Resources
legislation enacted
Bobbie Sparrow Minister of Forestry
styled as Minister of Natural Resources
legislation enacted
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
Jim Edwards Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians
Ralph Goodale
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Manley
Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
Succeeded by
Lucienne Robillard
Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Murray Dorin
Member of Parliament for Edmonton Northwest
District abolished
Member of Parliament for Edmonton West
Preceded by
Steve Paproski
Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre
Succeeded by
Laurie Hawn
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