Ralph Goodale

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Ralph Edward Goodale (born October 5, 1949, in Regina, Saskatchewan) is Canada's current Minister of Finance.

Goodale was raised on a farm near Wilcox, and before serving in Ottawa he had lived in the province of Saskatchewan for his entire life. He first attended the University of Regina and then obtained a law degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

Active in politics from a young age, he was first elected to the Parliament of Canada in the 1974 election at the age of twenty-four. He served as backbench MP until the 1979 election, when he was defeated. In 1981, he was acclaimed as leader of the Saskatchewan Liberal Party.

He led that party to a very poor showing in the 1982 provincial election, in which the party received few votes and won no seats in the provincial legislature. Goodale himself was the only Liberal candidate to receive a respectable number of votes.

The party bounced back under his leadership to win almost 10% of the vote in the 1986 provincial election, but only Goodale was elected to the legislature. Goodale ran on a platform of fiscal responsibility in this election, arguing that both the Progressive Conservative and New Democrat parties favoured excessive spending policies.

Goodale resigned as leader to run for the federal Liberal Party in the 1988 election, but he was not elected to represent his riding. Beginning earlier that year and prior to his resignation, Goodale's executive assistant was Jason Kenney. Kenney would become a Conservative Party of Canada MP in a Calgary riding.

Goodale then spent five years in the private sector, working in senior positions for companies such as the Pioneer Life Assurance Company, Pioneer Lifeco Inc., and Sovereign Life Insurance Co. He eventually ran in the 1993 federal election and was elected to parliament. As a member of the new Chrétien government, Goodale was named Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

In 1997, he became the Minister of Natural Resources. Goodale maintained a reputation of being honest, and in 2002, he was named Minister of Public Works and Government Services. The Department of Public Works and Government Services had been plagued by scandals.

A close ally of Paul Martin, Jr., Goodale was rewarded with the extremely important role of Finance Minister when Martin became Prime Minister on December 12, 2003.

27th Ministry - Government of Paul Martin
Cabinet Posts (1)
Preceded by:
John Manley
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by:
26th Ministry - Government of Jean Chrétien
Cabinet Posts (4)
Preceded by:
Don Boudria
Minister of Public Works and Government Services
Succeeded by:
Stephen Owen
Minister of State
NB: no portfolio specified (while House Leader)
Preceded by:
Anne McLellan
Minister of Natural Resources
Succeeded by:
Herb Dhaliwal
Preceded by:
Charlie Mayer
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
NB: "Minister of Agriculture" before 1995
Succeeded by:
Lyle Vanclief
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Preceded by:
Position created
Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board
Succeeded by:
Reg Alcock
Preceded by:
Anne McLellan
Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians
Succeeded by:
Denis Coderre
Special Parliamentary Responsibilities
Preceded by:
Don Boudria
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
Succeeded by:
Don Boudria


Preceded by:
Bill Knight
Member of Parliament for Assiniboia
Succeeded by:
Len Gustafson
Preceded by:
Larry Schneider
Member of Parliament for Regina—Wascana
Succeeded by:
The electoral district was abolished in 1996.
Preceded by:
The electoral district was created in 1996.
Member of Parliament for Wascana
Succeeded by:

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