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The Minister of National Defence ( ) is a Minister of the Crown; the Canadianmarker politician within the Cabinet of Canada responsible for the Department of National Defence which oversees the Canadian Forces.

The position was pre-dated by the Minister of Militia and Defence. During World War II, the Minister of National Defence was assisted by two subordinate ministers, the Minister of National Defence for Air and Minister of National Defence for Naval Services. The portfolio was merged into a single ministry following the end of the war.

The current Minister of National Defence is The Honourable Peter MacKay.

The highest ranking officer reporting to the Minister is the Chief of the Defence Staff. Although the Governor General of Canada is the Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Forces, the ultimate responsibility resides with the Minister of National Defence.

The Minister of National Defence is also the designated Lead Minister for Search and Rescue (LMSAR) within the federal government.

The Defence portfolio for the Minister of National Defence also includes:



Ministers

1. George Perry Graham Cabinet of King January 1, 1923 – April 27, 1923
* Edward Mortimer Macdonald (Acting) Cabinet of King April 28, 1923 – August 16, 1923
2. Edward Mortimer Macdonald Cabinet of King August 17, 1923 – June 28, 1926
* Hugh Guthrie (Acting) Cabinet of Meighen June 29, 1926 – July 12, 1926
3. Hugh Guthrie Cabinet of Meighen July 13, 1926 – September 25, 1926
vacant Cabinet of King September 25, 1926 – September 30, 1926
* James Robb (Acting) Cabinet of King October 1, 1926 – October 7, 1926
4. James Ralston Cabinet of King October 8, 1926 – August 7, 1930
5. Donald Matheson Sutherland Cabinet of Bennett August 7, 1930 – November 16, 1934
6. Grote Stirling Cabinet of Bennett November 17, 1934 – October 23, 1935
7. Ian Alistair Mackenzie Cabinet of King October 24, 1935 – September 18, 1939
8. Norman McLeod Rogers Cabinet of King September 19, 1939 – June 10, 1940
* Charles Power (Acting) Cabinet of King June 11, 1940 – July 4, 1940
James Ralston (2nd time) Cabinet of King July 5, 1940 – November 1, 1944
9. Andrew McNaughton Cabinet of King November 2, 1944 – August 20, 1945
10. Douglas Abbott Cabinet of King August 21, 1945 – December 9, 1946
11. Brooke Claxton Cabinet of King December 10, 1946 – November 15, 1948
Cabinet of St–Laurent November 15, 1948 – June 30, 1954
12. Ralph Campney Cabinet of St–Laurent July 1, 1954 – June 20, 1957
13. George Pearkes Cabinet of Diefenbaker June 21, 1957 – October 10, 1960
14. Douglas Harkness Cabinet of Diefenbaker October 11, 1960 – February 3, 1963
vacant Cabinet of Diefenbaker February 4, 1963 – February 11, 1963
15. Gordon Churchill Cabinet of Diefenbaker February 12, 1963 – April 21, 1963
16. Paul Hellyer Cabinet of Pearson April 22, 1963 – September 18, 1967
17. Léo Cadieux Cabinet of Pearson September 1967 – April 19, 1968
Cabinet of Trudeau April 20, 1968 – September 16, 1970
* Bud Drury (Acting) Cabinet of Trudeau September 17, 1970 – September 23, 1970
18. Donald Macdonald Cabinet of Trudeau September 24, 1970 – January 27, 1972
19. Edgar Benson Cabinet of Trudeau January 28, 1972 – August 31, 1972
* Jean-Eudes Dubé (Acting) Cabinet of Trudeau September 1, 1972 – September 6, 1972
* Bud Drury (Acting) (2nd time) Cabinet of Trudeau September 7, 1972 – November 26, 1972
20. James Richardson Cabinet of Trudeau November 27, 1972 – October 12, 1976
* Barnett Danson (Acting) Cabinet of Trudeau October 13, 1976 – November 2, 1976
21. Barnett Danson Cabinet of Trudeau November 3, 1976 – June 3, 1979
22. Allan McKinnon Cabinet of Clark June 4, 1979 – March 2, 1980
23. Gilles Lamontagne Cabinet of Trudeau March 3, 1980 – August 11, 1983
24. Jean–Jacques Blais Cabinet of Trudeau August 12, 1983 – June 29, 1984
Cabinet of Turner June 30, 1984 – September 16, 1984
25. Robert Coates Cabinet of Mulroney September 17, 1984 – February 11, 1985
* Erik Nielsen (Acting) Cabinet of Mulroney February 12, 1985 – February 25, 1985
26. Erik Nielsen Cabinet of Mulroney February 26, 1985 – June 29, 1986
27. Perrin Beatty Cabinet of Mulroney June 30, 1986 – January 29, 1989
28. Bill McKnight Cabinet of Mulroney January 30, 1989 – April 20, 1991
29. Marcel Masse Cabinet of Mulroney April 21, 1991 – January 3, 1993
30. Kim Campbell Cabinet of Mulroney January 4, 1993 – June 24, 1993
31. Tom Siddon Cabinet of Campbell June 25, 1993 – November 3, 1993
32. David Collenette Cabinet of Chrétien November 4, 1993 – October 4, 1996
33. Doug Young Cabinet of Chrétien October 5, 1996 – June 10, 1997
34. Art Eggleton Cabinet of Chrétien June 11, 1997 – June 25, 2002
35. John McCallum Cabinet of Chrétien June 26, 2002 – December 11, 2003
36. David Pratt Cabinet of Martin December 12, 2003 – July 19, 2004
37. Bill Graham Cabinet of Martin July 20, 2004 – February 5, 2006
38. Gordon O'Connor Cabinet of Harper February 6, 2006 – August 14, 2007
39. Peter MacKay Cabinet of Harper August 14, 2007 –


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