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Secretary of State for External Affairs (Canada)

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Canada's Secretary of State for External Affairs was, from 1909 to 1993, the member of the Cabinet of Canada responsible for overseeing the federal government's international relations and the former Department of External Affairs. The first two Secretaries of State for External Affairs from 1909 until 1912 (Charles Murphy under Sir Wilfrid Laurier and William James Roche under Sir Robert Borden) concurrently served as Secretary of State for Canada. The two portfolios were permanently separated in 1912. The position was then held concurrently by the Prime Minister of Canada until 1946.

Noted Secretaries of State for External Affairs have included Lester Pearson, Paul Martin, Sr., Allan MacEachen, Mitchell Sharp and Joe Clark.

The position was replaced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1993.

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