Canada/Minister/Justice and Attorney General

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(Minister of Justice,  Attorney General)
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StartJuly 1, 1867
In Canada a dual role, both Minister of Justice and Attorney General

The minister of justice and attorney general of Canada is a dual-role portfolio in the Canadian Cabinet.[1]

The officeholder in the role of Minister of Justice is the minister of the Crown responsible for the Department of Justice and the justice portfolio, and in the role of Attorney General ,[2] litigates on behalf of the Crown and serves as the chief legal advisor to the Government of Canada. (Though most prosecution functions of the attorney general have been assigned to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. The attorney general is supported in this role by the director of public prosecutions.[2])

This cabinet portfolio has been held by many individuals who went on to become prime minister including John Sparrow David Thompson, R. B. Bennett, Louis St Laurent, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, John Turner, Kim Campbell and Jean Chrétien (Clark became MoJAG after his time as prime minister). This is the only Canadian Ministry (other than that of the prime minister) which has not been reorganized since its creation in 1867.

A separate cabinet position, the minister of public safety (formerly known as the "solicitor general") administers the law enforcement agencies (police, prisons, and security) of the federal government.


Office Holders on Wikispooks

Jody Wilson-Raybould4 November 201514 January 2019
Kim Campbell23 February 19903 January 1993
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