Anne McLellan

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The Honourable A. Anne McLellan, M.P. P.C. (born August 31, 1950, in Hants County, Nova Scotia) is the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada. Born in Nova Scotia, Ms. McLellan earned her bachelor degrees in Arts and Law from Halifax's Dalhousie University and then earned a Master of Laws from King's College, London in the UK.

She became a professor of law, first at the University of New Brunswick and then, beginning in 1980, at the University of Alberta 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.

Her first foray into politics was as the Liberal candidate for the riding of Edmonton-Northwest in the1993 general election. She is known as "Landslide Annie" for her frequent, narrow electoral victories.

She quickly became a rising star in the Liberal Party, being one of two Liberals elected in Alberta, and was named to cabinet as Minister of Natural Resources.

She managed to get re-elected in the new riding of Edmonton-West in 1997 and 2000 despite Liberal unpopularity in Alberta. She moved around the cabinet table, serving as Minister of Justice from 1997 - 2002 and Minister of Health from 2002 - 2003. As Justice Minister, she was responsible from implementing new anti-terror and security laws following the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

On being sworn-in as Prime Minister on December 12, 2003, Paul Martin showed renewed confidence in McLellan and sent a message to the west about his plans to reduce western alienation by naming her his Deputy Prime Minister. McLellan was also named minister for the newly created Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

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

27th Ministry - Government of Paul Martin
Cabinet Posts (3)
Preceded by:
Position created
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
(2005-)
Succeeded by:
(incumbent)
Preceded by:
Wayne Easter
Solicitor General of Canada
styled as
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
(2003-2005)
Succeeded by:
Position abolished
Preceded by:
John Manley
Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
(2003-)
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(incumbent)
26th Ministry - Government of Jean Chrétien
Cabinet Posts (5)
Preceded by:
Allan Rock
Minister of Health
(2002-2003)
Succeeded by:
Pierre Pettigrew
Preceded by:
Allan Rock
Minister of Justice
(1997-2002)
Succeeded by:
Martin Cauchon
Preceded by:
Position created
Minister of Natural Resources
(1995-1997)
Succeeded by:
Ralph Goodale
Preceded by:
Bobbie Sparrow
Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources &
Minister of Forestry
styled as
Minister of Natural Resources
(1993-1995)
Succeeded by:
Positions abolished
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Preceded by:
Jim Edwards
Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians
(1993-1997)
Succeeded by:
Ralph Goodale



Preceded by:
Electoral district created
Members of Parliament for Edmonton Centre
2004-
Succeeded by:
incumbent
Preceded by:
Electoral district created
Members of Parliament for Edmonton West
1997-2004
Succeeded by:
Electoral district abolished
Preceded by:
Murray Dorin, PC
Members of Parliament for Edmonton Northwest
1993-1997
Succeeded by:
Electoral district abolished

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