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The Honourable
 Robert Douglas Nicholson 

Assumed office 
2004 federal election
Preceded by Gary Pillitteri
In office
1984 – 1993
Preceded by Al MacBain
Succeeded by Gary Pillitteri

Born April 29, 1952 (1952-04-29) (age 57)
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Political party Conservative
Other political
Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Arlene Nicholson
Residence Niagara Falls, Ontario
Occupation lawyer
Portfolio Minister of Justice
Religion Roman Catholic

Robert Douglas "Rob" Nicholson, PC, QC, MP (born April 29, 1952), the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, is a Canadian politician. He is a current member of the Canadian House of Commons, representing the riding of Niagara Falls for the Conservative Party and the current Minister of Justice after serving for one year as Government House Leader. He replaced Vic Toews as Justice Minister during a Cabinet shuffle on January 4, 2007. Peter Van Loan replaced him as Government House Leader.


Early life

Nicholson was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen's University and a law degree from the University of Windsor. He practiced law before entering politics, and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Political career

He was first elected to parliament in the federal election of 1984 as a Progressive Conservative, easily defeating New Democrat Richard Harrington and incumbent Liberal Al MacBain. He was re-elected by a narrower margin in the 1988 election, defeating Liberal Gary Pillitteri by fewer than 2,000 votes.

Nicholson served as parliamentary secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons from 1989 to 1990, and as parliamentary secretary to the Attorney General from 1989 to 1993. On June 25, 1993, he was appointed Minister for Science and Minister responsible for Small Business in the short-lived government of Kim Campbell.

He was defeated in the 1993 election, finishing third against Pillitteri and Reformer Mel Grunstein. He ran again in the 1997 election, but again finished third.

Nicholson was elected as a trustee for the Niagara Catholic District School Board in 1994. He was elected to the Niagara Regional Council later in 1997, and was re-elected in 2000, and 2003. He ran for Chairman of the Regional Municipality of Niagara in late 2003, but lost to St. Catharines Regional Councillor Peter Partington.

The Progressive Conservatives merged with the Canadian Alliance as the Conservative Party of Canada in early 2004, and Nicholson joined the new party. He was narrowly returned to parliament in the 2004 election, defeating Liberal Victor Pietrangelo by fewer than 1,000 votes.

Nicholson served as Shadow Transportation Critic from July 2004 to January 2005. He was appointed Chief Opposition Whip on January 28, 2005. He had the unique distinction of being the only member of the Conservative Party Caucus during the 38th Parliament who previously served as a cabinet minister at the federal level, and together with David Emerson still remains as one of only two Conservative MPs during the 39th Parliament who have previously done so (Garth Turner, who served with Nicholson in the Campbell cabinet, was elected as a Conservative but was removed from caucus after less than a year). He was re-elected in the 2006 election and appointed to the Harper cabinet.

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28th Ministry - Government of Stephen Harper
Cabinet Posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Vic Toews Minister of Justice
Minister of State
styled as
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
Peter Van Loan
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
Position re-created - replacing Minister responsible for Democratic Renewal Belinda Stronach Minister responsible for Democratic Reform
Peter Van Loan
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Tony Valeri Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
Peter Van Loan
25th Ministry - Government of Kim Campbell
Cabinet Posts (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Minister of Science
Special Cabinet Responsibilities
Predecessor Title Successor
Minister responsible for Small Business
Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Al MacBain, Liberal
Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls
Succeeded by
Gary Pillitteri, Liberal
Preceded by
Gary Pillitteri, Liberal
Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls
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