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Gerry St. Germain

Incumbent
Assumed office 
June 23, 1993
Appointed by Brian Mulroney

Born November 6, 1937 (1937-11-06) (age 72)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Political party Conservative

Gerry St. Germain, PC (born November 6, 1937) is a Canadian politician.

St. Germain had various jobs prior to entering politics, working variously as a Royal Canadian Air Force pilot, police officer (Winnipeg and Vancouver Police Departments), building contractor, businessman and poultry farmer. Born in Manitoba, he moved to British Columbia.

A strong Tory supporter, St. Germain was parachuted as a Progressive Conservative into the Mission-Port Moody riding for the byelection there in 1983. St. Germain was elected to as a Member of Parliament in the Canadian House of Commons through a by-election held on the same day in 1983 that Brian Mulroney was elected.

St. Germain was Member of Parliament for the now defunct riding of Mission-Port Moody from then until 1993. In March 1988, St. Germain joined the Canadian Cabinet (the first Métis to do so) as Minister of State for Transport and was later appointed as Minister of Forestry. He was also the Political Minister for BC at this time.

After his riding's boundaries were changed into the new riding of Mission-Coquitlam, St. Germain was defeated in the November 1988, General Election by Joy Langan. From 1989 to 1995, he was the President of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. In June 1993, he was appointed to the Canadian Senate just prior to Mulroney's retirement as Prime Minister of Canada.

In 1998, while still a Progressive Conservative, St. Germain explored the United Alternative option, formed by Reform Party of Canada leader Preston Manning, which was an attempt to unite the right. In June 2000 he sat as an Independent Conservative Senator and in October 2000 he became the only Canadian Alliance Senator. Since the Canadian Alliance formed the Official Opposition in the House of Commons, St. Germain argued that he should be the Leader of the Official Opposition in the Senate but his arguments were rejected by the Speaker. At the request of Canadian Alliance Leader Stephen Harper, St. Germain led the negotiations to unite the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservative Party. When the two parties merged in December 2003, St. Germain then sat as Senator for the Conservative Party of Canada.

As Senator, St. Germain represents the Langley-Pemberton-Whistler senatorial division. He is currently the senior Senator for British Columbia.

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Cabinet and Caucus Positions

  • Government Caucus Chairman
  • Secretary of State / Minister of State
  • Minister of State (Transport)
  • Minister of State (Forestry)

Committees

Senate Committees

Chair

  • Standing Committee - Aboriginal Peoples

Vice-Chair

  • Standing Committee - Aboriginal Peoples 36th Parl., 2nd Session
  • Sub Committee - Subcommittee on Forestry 36th Parl., 2nd Session
  • Standing Committee - Aboriginal Peoples 38th Parl., 1st Session

Member

Standing Committee - Aboriginal Peoples 36th Parl., 1st Session Standing Committee - Agriculture and Forestry 36th Parl., 1st Session Standing Committee - Banking, Trade and Commerce 36th Parl., 1st Session Standing Committee - Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources 36th Parl., 1st Session Standing Committee - National Finance 36th Parl., 1st Session Standing Committee - Aboriginal Peoples 36th Parl., 2nd Session Standing Committee - Agriculture and Forestry 36th Parl., 2nd Session Standing Committee - Banking, Trade and Commerce 36th Parl., 2nd Session Standing Committee - Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources 36th Parl., 2nd Session Sub Committee - Subcommittee on Aboriginal Economic Development in relation to Northern National Parks 36th Parl., 2nd Session Sub Committee - Subcommittee on Forestry 36th Parl., 2nd Session Standing Committee - Aboriginal Peoples 37th Parl., 1st Session Standing Committee - Aboriginal Peoples 37th Parl., 2nd Session Standing Committee - Aboriginal Peoples 37th Parl., 3rd Session Standing Committee - Agriculture and Forestry 37th Parl., 3rd Session Standing Committee - Aboriginal Peoples 38th Parl., 1st Session Standing Committee - Agriculture and Forestry 38th Parl., 1st Session Standing Committee - Banking, Trade and Commerce 38th Parl., 1st Session Standing Committee - Fisheries and Oceans 38th Parl., 1st Session Standing Committee - Legal and Constitutional Affairs 38th Parl., 1st Session Standing Committee - Official Languages 38th Parl., 1st Session

Joint Committees

Member

Special Joint Committee on Child Custody and Access 36th Parl., 1st Session

Preceded by
Mark Rose
Member of Parliament for Mission--Port Moody
1984-1988
Succeeded by
Riding Defunct

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